There are many possible remedies for tinnitus but unfortunately the treatment of tinnitus is a complicated matter and many remedies don't work for everyone with the condition. Part of the problem is that it's difficult to determine the cause of tinnitus. In fact, in most cases doctors never know what causes the disorder.
Tinnitus is simply a noise in the ears. It may be a ringing sound, a roaring sound, a buzzing sound or a hissing sound. Sometimes it's a clicking sound. It may be very loud or it may be fairly soft. It may be a constant sound or it may come and go.
Treatment of tinnitus is not required in all cases. Sometimes it's simply an annoyance that you can learn to live with. In severe cases, though, it prevents people from sleeping. It makes it hard to concentrate on things. It can lead to anxiety and depression. And in some cases, it is caused by a medical problem that does require treatment.
Sometimes tinnitus cannot be prevented. Many times we don't know what causes it or whether it is caused by things outside of our control, like age-related hearing loss. However, the Mayo Clinic does suggest some simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing the condition. Wear ear protection when working with loud tools or machinery or using firearms. Minimize your exposure to very loud music or other loud noises when you can. Also, maintain good cardiovascular health by exercising and eating right. Sometimes cardiovascular problems or problems with the blood vessels cause tinnitus so keeping your cardiovascular system healthy can prevent problems from developing.
The treatment of tinnitus can be a complicated matter. To begin with, it's hard to determine what causes tinnitus in many cases. It's hard to treat something if doctors can't determine the cause of the problem.
Many of the available remedies for tinnitus don't really cure the condition, they just mask the symptoms or make the symptoms more bearable. For instance, some people experience relief by using white noise machines, machines that make a low-level background noise that kind of drowns out the roaring in their ears. The machines don't stop the sound in the ears, though, and this remedy only works when you can have the machine with you. When you go out in the community and don't have a white noise machine available, the noise in your ears will continue to bother you.
Remedies for tinnitus include a number of drugs, such as tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline and nortriptyline, sedatives like xanax, and a drug called acamprosate that is typically used in the treatment of alcoholism. While these drugs can be effective in the treatment of tinnitus, they can have unpleasant side effects like drowsiness, blurred vision, weight gain and constipation. Tricyclic antidepressants may cause heart problems in some patients and drugs like xanax can be habit forming.
Rarely, tinnitus is caused by something like a tumor or an aneurysm. In those cases, the treatment of tinnitus usually involves surgery to correct the problem (and to prevent more serious health problems from occurring).
If you have ringing in your ears that troubles you, see a doctor for a diagnosis and to discuss remedies for tinnitus. If tinnitus begins following a blow to the head or other injury, see a doctor right away.
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