Tinnitus Treatment Options
Tinnitus disrupts daily concentration with a constant buzzing, ringing or whistling in the ear. The most common form of it is objective, meaning only the person affected can hear the sound. Tinnitus comes and goes as it pleases, and the core sounds mentioned are just a few of many. Tinnitus is one of the conditions checked during tests at Hearing Aid Specialists of the Carolinas. Treatment options are available for all forms of the condition.
Common causes of tinnitus
Depression, stress, physical injuries and ear wax. Any of these can have a substantial impact on the aggressiveness of tinnitus. For some people, tinnitus can even be one symptom of a larger problem. That is why it’s important to get evaluated and find out just how far the condition has progressed.
- Age-related hearing loss
- Ear trauma caused by drugs or chemicals
- Home cerumen removal kits
- Ear injuries
- Prolonged exposure to high noise
- Meniere’s disease
- Tumors or cancer
- Treatment options
There are no surgical or medical means to completely cure tinnitus. This applies to permanent tinnitus and not the temporary type caused by earwax. But advancements in treatment options have made it much easier for patients to deal with the symptoms. Now tinnitus sufferers are able to live normal lives without the condition dictating how they go about their day. Treatment options are based on evaluation results, so every patient will get a program that fits their own goals. TRT is a common referral, and is known as tinnitus retraining therapy. The program uses a mixture of sound therapy and repeated exposure to change how the brain perceives certain sounds. With time, TRT turns forefront tinnitus sounds into background noise. Other options for treatment are medications, although therapy is still recommended to supplement its effectiveness.
There are a few things that can be done to avoid tinnitus or to keep its symptoms from worsening. Patients can avoid many of these irritants at work or in a controlled setting. Hearing aids and custom earplugs/earmolds are also an ideal solution to keeping tinnitus in check.
- Caffeine and nicotine
- Loud noise exposure for extended periods of time
- High stress
- High amounts of alcohol
- Some medications