Let’s set the stage: you’re in your bed at night trying to chill out after a long, tiring day. You feel yourself starting to drift off to sleep. Then as you lie there in the quiet of the night, you start to notice the sound of ringing in your ears. Your phone, TV, and radio are all switched off so you know it’s nothing in your room. No, this sound is coming from within your ears and you don’t know how to make it stop.
If this scenario has happened to you, then it’s likely that you’re one of the 50 million people who have tinnitus. This condition causes you to hear ringing, buzzing, and whooshing sounds, among others, inside your ears. For most people, tinnitus will not have a substantial impact on their lives beyond being a simple irritation. For other people, however, tinnitus can be debilitating and cause them to lose sleep and have difficulty engaging in work and recreational activities.
What’s The Primary Cause of Tinnitus?
Tinnitus remains somewhat of a mystery, but experts have narrowed down a few causes for this problem. It’s most common in people who have damaged hearing, as well as people who have heart problems. Restricted blood flow around the ears is commonly thought to be the main cause of tinnitus. This causes the heart to have to work harder to pump blood to where it’s needed. People who have iron-deficiency anemia frequently suffer from tinnitus symptoms because their blood cells don’t carry enough oxygen throughout their body, which, again, works the heart harder to deliver nutrients to the right place, often leading to tinnitus.
Tinnitus also occurs as a result of other conditions, such as Meniere’s disease, ear infections, and ear canal blockages. Situations where tinnitus becomes more pronounced happen with all of these condition because they all affect the hearing. In other cases, there may not be an easily discernible cause of tinnitus, which can make treatment challenging, but not impossible.
Is There Any Remedy For Tinnitus?
Depending on the underlying cause of your tinnitus, there may be several possible treatment options. One relevant thing to note, however, is that there is currently no known cure for tinnitus. Despite this fact, there’s still a good possibility that your tinnitus will get better or even go away altogether due to these treatments.
Research has revealed that hearing aids help cover up tinnitus in individuals who have hearing loss.
If covering up the noise isn’t helpful, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been proven to help people live with the buzzing in their ears that does not fade away with other treatments. This kind of mental health treatment helps patients change their negative thoughts about tinnitus into more positive, practical thoughts that help them function normally on a day to day basis.