Tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears, is a widespread condition affecting approximately 20% of the population. It can range from an occasional nuisance to a chronic distraction that interferes with your quality of life. It can be caused by a variety of factors, and is considered a symptom rather than a separate condition, so treatment depends upon figuring out the underlying cause and taking steps to control it.
In some cases, tinnitus is untreatable; at other times, it may go away on its own. Simple solutions include removing excess earwax or switching to a different medication. Vascular conditions can often be treated with medication or surgery.
Noise suppression may work when other remedies are ineffective. White noise is used to suppress a sound enough that it becomes less noticeable. There are a variety of electronic devices available including white noise machines with built-in nature sounds, hearing aids, masking devices worn in the ear like hearing aids, and tinnitus retraining devices that rely on programmed musical patterns at specific frequencies. Many people use fans or air conditioners to accomplish this, eliminating the need to invest in a separate device. Counseling can help when using noise suppression techniques.
There are no medications devoted specifically toward eliminating tinnitus, but some drugs can help reduce symptoms. Certain antidepressants, as well as natural remedies like zinc, niacin, and gingko biloba, may help.
If you are suffering from tinnitus and seeking relief, contact us today – we have solutions to help!