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Tinnitus is an irritating and painful condition that is characterized by a ringing sound in the ears that cannot be heard by anyone apart from the sufferer. It can be a temporary condition, often appearing for a few hours or days after you have been subjected to extremely loud noises. However, it can become a permanent condition which is very frustrating and difficult to live with.
Tinnitus is difficult to measure, since different people experience it in different ways, but it is thought that the hair cells in the cochlea may become damaged and cause the brain to receive faulty information that a sound is present when it is not.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Exposure to loud sounds is the main cause of Tinnitus, but it can also be related to middle ear infection or disease, stress, Meniere’s disease, certain medications and the normal age-related hearing loss. Very rarely, Tinnitus may be linked to a serious problem such as a brain aneurysm or nerve tumour, so you should always get it checked out to rule this out.
What is The Treatment For Tinnitus?
There is no magic cure for Tinnitus, although treatment using hearing aids, medications or surgery can be successful in some cases. Prevention, however, is much easier. You can take many easy measures to protect your ears from Tinnitus, and you should be especially vigilant if you have experienced temporary Tinnitus in the past.
1. Keep the noise down. Your ears are fragile, and taking care of them is very important. Avoiding loud noises wherever possible, and protecting your ears when exposure is unavoidable, will really help you to keep your hearing functioning well. Earplugs and ear defenders can be extremely useful, and are vital for children if they are in the vicinity of loud music. Be aware that everyday noises, such as lawnmowers, can be very loud, and be mindful of the volume if you listen to music via headphones.
2. Be aware of your diet. A healthy, balanced diet can help to keep your ears in great shape. Keeping your salt intake low and your weight healthy is very important. Tinnitus is clearly linked to obesity and the cardiovascular problems that being overweight can cause.
3. De-stress. Keep your stress levels down and ensure that you get a good amount of rest. Reduce your intake of alcohol and caffeine as these can increase your blood pressure, and stop smoking as soon as possible.
4. See your doctor. Always consult the experts if you have problems with your ears, and never try to solve the problem yourself by inserting anything into your ear canals.
Visit The Professionals at Hidden Hearing
You can have a free hearing test and talk about Tinnitus, or any other hearing problems that you may be experiencing, at Hidden Hearing, Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions. Our national network includes over sixty-five branches and clinics, so contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch