Curing Tinnitus

Curing tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is more difficult than you might imagine. In order to cure tinnitus, it helps to know what causes it. The problem is that there are many possible causes of tinnitus and unfortunately, in many cases doctors never do figure out the cause. This makes curing tinnitus difficult in many instances.

Without proper treatment and relief, tinnitus causes increased stress in people that suffer from the condition. People may find themselves unable to sleep, unable to concentrate on things or struggling with short-term memory problems. They may become irritable, anxious or depressed. Of course they are eager for a way to cure tinnitus.

Before we talk more about curing tinnitus, letís talk for a moment about prevention.

Unfortunately, itís hard to prevent tinnitus since it can be caused by so many things and since we often donít know what causes it. For instance, tinnitus may be caused by things like age-related hearing loss, high blood pressure, muscles spasms in the jaw, disorders of the blood vessels, tumors, certain medications, prolonged exposure to very loud noises, stress, certain psychological disorders and trauma to the head or ears.

The Mayo Clinic emphasizes the importance of always wearing hearing protection when exposed to loud noises as the simplest, most effective thing you can do to help prevent tinnitus. If youíre not sure whether or not you should wear ear plugs while engaging in a particular activity, you can check with your doctor or an audiologist. For questions about hearing protection on the job, talk with your companyís safety officer if they have one or contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Anyone with the condition wants to know how to cure tinnitus, of course, and sometimes doctors can identify the cause and prescribe a cure. For instance, if tinnitus occurs as a side effect of certain medications, your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternative drug that does not have this side effect. If tinnitus occurs as a result of a tumor (which is rare), a surgeon can remove the tumor and cure the condition. If tinnitus occurs as a result of high blood pressure, a low fat diet, regular exercise and medication for hypertension may cure tinnitus.

Often, though, doctors canít pinpoint the cause of tinnitus or there is no clear cure. Doctors sometimes prescribe tricyclic antidepressants to reduce or eliminate ringing in the ears. Some people prefer to avoid such drugs, though, because of the risk of side effects. Side effects of tricyclic antidepressants can include headaches, nausea, weight gain, blurred vision, decreased blood pressure, increased heart rate and fatigue.

Some people look toward homeopathic remedies as a way of curing tinnitus in order to avoid the side effects of prescription drugs.

If you develop ringing in the ears after a head injury or if you have ringing in the ears accompanied by other symptoms like difficulty speaking or walking, see a doctor right away. Otherwise, see a doctor if you have tinnitus that bothers you. Talk to your doctor about treatment options but be aware that curing tinnitus can be a tricky matter.

More on curing tinnitus on our main tinnitus cures page

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