Tinnitus - The Basics Of Tinnitus
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Constant Ringing in the Ears

Millions of people worldwide suffer from tinnitus as some point in their lives. Sometimes it is just a passing phase, but for many it is a constant and frustrating condition. If the ringing only lasts for a little while, it usually isn’t a serious problem and is probably just caused by a little water in the ears or having recently been to a loud environment such as a sporting event. However, if the ringing continues for days and interferes with your daily life, it is a more serious condition.

There are a number of different possible causes for tinnitus. These could include prolonged exposure to loud noises, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, or medications including aspirin, antidepressants, and some sedatives. A common ear infection or Meniere’s disease could also be causing tinnitus. Unfortunately, the exact cause of tinnitus is usually difficult to pinpoint. There has been a lot of research done in recent years regarding tinnitus, but there still is yet to be a cure for the condition. For now treatment needs to focus on finding a way to manage tinnitus instead of curing it.

There is a misconception that depression can cause tinnitus. The opposite is actually true. Suffering from tinnitus can cause depression and it’s easy to see why. The constant ringing makes it difficult to concentrate, insomnia can develop, and the overall quality of life can suffer. It is also frustrating because you are hearing a sound that no one else is, which can make some people feel as if they are going crazy. Depression can be treated however with therapy and medication. Be careful though, like we saw before, some antidepressants can actually cause tinnitus, so make sure to tell your doctor if you are suffering from tinnitus before beginning any sort of medication.

While the cause of tinnitus is difficult to pinpoint, the symptoms of this condition are quite clear cut. A noise is being heard that no one else can hear. Usually the sound is a ringing, but it can also be a buzzing, clicking, or beeping. Often times there is a hearing problem that goes along with the tinnitus, so treating the hearing can also help treat tinnitus. Regular hearing checkups are a great way to avoid hearing problems or tinnitus getting worse.

Even though there is no cure for tinnitus yet, there is still plenty that can be done to relieve some of the pain of tinnitus. Avoiding exposure to loud noises such as concerts is one way. If you are going to be around loud noises, wear some sort of ear protection. Therapy has been proven to help train the mind to have less of a negative response to the tinnitus as well as treat any depression. Distracting techniques such as tinnitus maskers are a great way to just distract your mind from the ringing, making it less noticeable.

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