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Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in blog, Bone and Joint, ENT | 0 comments

Tinnitus Sounds

Tinnitus Sounds

 

There are a variety of tinnitus sounds. Most people say their ears are ringing or buzzing. These are just two of the common tinnitus sounds. Your tinnitus may be a ringing, roaring, beating, clicking, banging, buzzing, hissing, humming, chirping, clanging, sizzling, whooshing, rumbling, whistling or dreadful shrieking noise! To some people, tinnitus sounds like rushing water, breaking glass, owls hooting or chain saws running.

 

Causes of tinnitus:

Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease. Conditions that might cause tinnitus include:

  1. Hearing loss
  2. Ménière’s disease (disorder of the inner ear)
  3. Loud noise exposure
  4. Migraine headaches
  5. Head injury
  6. Drugs or medicine that are toxic to hearing
  7. Anaemia
  8. Hypertentsion
  9. Stress
  10. Too much wax in the ear
  11. Certain types of tumours
  12. Too much coffee
  13. Smoking cigarettes

 

Why is tinnitus worse at night?

During the day, the distractions of activities and the sounds around you make your tinnitus less noticeable. When your surroundings are quiet, your tinnitus can seem louder and more bothersome. Fatigue and stress may also make your tinnitus worse.

 

How is the cause of tinnitus diagnosed?

Tinnitus is a symptom of a problem. The first thing you should do is to try to find out the underlying cause. You should have a medical examination with special attention given to conditions associated with tinnitus. You should also receive a full hearing evaluation including tinnitogram by an audiologist to see if hearing loss may be causing your tinnitus.

 

How is tinnitus treated? 

The most effective treatment for tinnitus is to eliminate the underlying cause. Tinnitus, in some cases, can be a symptom of a treatable medical condition. Unfortunately, in many cases, the cause of tinnitus cannot be identified, or medical/surgical treatment is not an option. In these cases, the

tinnitus can still be managed using a variety of other methods. Be sure to discuss with your doctor any medical treatment options before considering tinnitus management.

 

Management :

  1. Habituation therapies (TRT)
  2. Tinnitus maskers
  3. Sound machines Biofeedback
  4. Hypnosis
  5. Electrical stimulation
  6. Relaxation Therapy
  7. Counselling

 

How is tinnitus prevented?

  1. Avoiding loud noise, music, etc
  2. Proper care of ear
  3. Limited usage of loud electrical appliances
  4. Use of ear plugs or ear muffs
  5. Avoiding ototoxic drugs
  6. Avoiding foods causing tinnitus
  7. Treating ear infections in the early stages

 

Audiologists and otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat doctors, or ENTs) routinely collaborate in identifying the cause of tinnitus and providing treatment and management. A treatment that is useful and successful for one person may not be appropriate for another.

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