Living with Tinnitus can be a daily struggle. Suffering from Tinnitus means constantly having to deal with a ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, and tingling in your ears, which drowns out most other noises you hear on a regular basis. The vast majority of people living with Tinnitus experience varying intensities of these noises – ranging from soft to loud, and low to high pitched – which can lead to increased anxiety and depression.
There is more than one kind of Tinnitus, each with its own diagnosis:
- Subjective Tinnitus (Chronic): the most common form of Tinnitus, characterized by the noises only you can hear, with the noises reoccurring at least twice a week, for at least five minutes at a time.
- Objective Tinnitus (Pulsatile): characterized by the noises only doctors can hear during an examination, whether you are aware of them or not. Objective Tinnitus is far less common than Subjective, and is caused by ear bone conditions and blood vessel problems.
While Tinnitus usually comes and goes in an “on and off” fashion, it’s almost always a symptom of a larger health issue that should be addressed immediately.
Common causes of Tinnitus can come from the following ailments:
- Early onset noise-induced hearing loss
- Ear infection and inflammation (otitis), including “swimmer’s ear” and vertigo
- Heart or blood disease
- Ear bone changes (otosclerosis)
- Meniere’s Disease (MD)
- Brain tumors (acoustic neuroma)
- Previous head injuries and excessive earwax
- Emotional stress and regular exposure to stressors
- Certain medications
But having Tinnitus doesn’t mean you’ll have to live with its symptoms for the rest of your life. While there is no current medication for Tinnitus relief, a simple hearing aid that boosts attenuated frequencies can help mask the Tinnitus by raising the sound levels of background noises within a specific frequency range. In addition to hearing aids, Tinnitus relief can also come from low-level masking devices and tonal retaining devices.
Other treatment options include the use of white noise machines, which produce natural soun