Your Guide to Tinnitus

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Buzzing in the ears

Do you have a sound in your ears that just won't go away – a buzz, ring or hiss that come and go at random times? Have you asked yourself "why is there ringing in my ears" or have you heard whooshing sounds that no-one else does?

If so, it's likely that you are one of the millions of people living with tinnitus. This is not a disease, it's a symptom that can result from several underlying conditions. Download our comprehensive guide to learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for tinnitus.

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Most people living with tinnitus have some form of hearing loss associated with the nerves involved in hearing. When you lose the ability to hear certain frequencies of sound, your brain overcompensates by creating background noise. Some forms of tinnitus can also be related to muscle movements near the ear or problems with blood flow in the face or neck. On its own, tinnitus is not a sign of a serious medical issue. Still, it is always good to see a hearing care professional if you have any concerns about your hearing health.

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Most common causes of tinnitus:

  • Ear infections
  • Stress
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Meniere's disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Medications
  • Heart disease

Impact of Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be a debilitating condition that negatively affects a patient’s overall health and social well-being. Even moderate cases can interfere with the ability to work and socialize. 

Two Types of Tinnitus

Objective Tinnitus: Head or ear noises that are audible to other people as well as the patient. These sounds are usually produced by internal functions in the body's circulatory (blood flow) and somatic (musculoskeletal movement) systems. Objective tinnitus is very rare, representing less than 1% of total tinnitus cases.

Subjective Tinnitus: Head or ear noises that are perceivable only to the specific patient. Subjective tinnitus is usually traceable to auditory and neurological reactions to hearing loss, but can also be caused by an array of other catalysts. More than 99% of all reported tinnitus cases are of the subjective variety

buzzing bees illustrating tinnitus buzz

Treatment Options

The primary objective for all currently-available tinnitus treatment options is to lower the perceived burden of tinnitus, allowing the patient to live a more content, unencumbered, and comfortable life.

There is currently no scientifically proven cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus — in particular the vast majority of cases caused by sensorineural hearing loss.

There are, however, excellent tools to help patients manage their condition; treatments that reduce the perceived intensity, omnipresence, and burden of tinnitus, such as:

  • General wellness 
  • Hearing aids 
  • Sound therapies 
  • Drug therapies
  • TMJ treatments 
  • Ear wax removal 
  • Surgery
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)
spay removing an insect symbolizing getting rid of the tinnitus buzzing

Preventing Tinnitus

There are many causes of tinnitus. But there is good news! The risk of occurrence can be reduced with preventative measures. Most importantly, you must avoid the danger of damaging the ear through loud noises. You should also reduce stress as much as possible. To this end, manage your time and schedule periods of relaxation and exercise. Recognize the sources of stress in your life, find healthy ways to cope with them, build a support network, and eat balanced and healthy meals.

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