For those of us who don’t suffer from tinnitus, it’s difficult to imagine the irritation caused by the constant whistling, hissing, whining etc. that tinnitus (Ti-NIGHT-tus) can cause. This is especially true when it is bedtime as tinnitus really thrives on low-noise environments and gets worse with the decrease of background noise. It is a condition suffered by millions of people in the USA and can be treated quite easily. There is, however, not a cure.
Tinnitus is cause by a number of things or factors. One of the primary causes of the hissing noise and hearing loss of the ears is a constant, loud noise. Loud noises are hearing thieves and damage the inner ear to such an extent that it can no longer be treated.
Another factor that can affect hearing and lead to tinnitus is medication. Some medications (including over-the-counter medicines like aspirin) can cause some hearing difficulty when taken in high dosages. It is always advisable to read the insert of the medication for possible side-effects.
A big factor in acquiring tinnitus is lifestyle. Of importance here is how well you look after your body. If you suffer from diseases like high blood pressure or have thyroid problems, this may be the cause of the tinnitus that you’re suffering from. As you treat these conditions, you should also experience a lessening of the tinnitus and considerable relief.
It is therefore very clear that you need to have a regular check-up when you start experiencing the symptoms of tinnitus. Bear in mind that tinnitus is not a disease, merely a symptom in itself of something that is wrong in your body. It could be as simple as built-up wax in your ear to something a little more complex like a heart condition or medication that you’re using. In any case, you should take special care when you do suffer from tinnitus because it can become a great irritant in your life.
Other treatments can include hearing aids that mask the hissing and the whistling. Soft music or a white noise machine can also bring relief if you’re trying to fall asleep. There are many other small lifestyle changes that you can make in order to combat the irritation caused by tinnitus.
Tinnitus is not a killer disease, but it can cause considerable discomfort. If you start hearing a constant hissing in your ears, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. Tinnitus is a way that your body has to tell you that something’s wrong. You need to have your ears checked and tested, but also consider going for a full physical to see if there aren’t any underlying conditions that could be affecting your hearing.
Once you’ve found the cause of the tinnitus, you can then start working on relieving the symptoms by dropping your blood pressure, taking care of your thyroid or changing the medication that you’re taking. Although it can’t be cured, it can certainly be treated.