Hearing Health Blog

Man with incessant ringing in the ears holding his head.

Let’s set the stage: You’re lying in bed attempting to fall asleep after a long exhausting day. Your eyelids are starting to get heavy and you know that your about to fall asleep. Then as you’re lying there in the quiet of the night, you begin to notice the sound of buzzing in your ears. You’re certain it’s nothing in your bedroom because the radio, TV, and phone are all off. No, this sound is coming from within your ears and you’re not sure how to stop it.

If this scenario sounds familiar, then chances are that you’re one of the 50 million people who suffer from tinnitus. This problem causes you to hear ringing, buzzing, and whooshing sounds, among others, inside your ears. For the majority of people, tinnitus won’t have a substantial impact on their lives besides being a simple irritation. But this is not the case with everyone who has tinnitus. For some, it can cause them to Disengage socially, have a hard time working, and to lose sleep.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is still a bit of a mystery, but this condition has been narrowed down to a few causes. It’s most common in individuals who have damaged hearing, and also individuals who suffer from heart problems. Reduced blood flow around the ears is commonly thought to be the underlying 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 commonly experience tinnitus symptoms because their blood cells don’t carry enough oxygen throughout their body, which, again, makes the heart work extra hard to get oxygen and other nutrients where they need to go.

Tinnitus also occurs as a result of other conditions, such as Meniere’s disease, ear infections, and ear canal blockages. Scenarios where tinnitus becomes more pronounced happen with all of these condition because they all impact the hearing. At times treatment can be challenging when the cause of tinnitus isn’t evident, but that doesn’t mean treatment isn’t possible.

How Can Tinnitus be Managed?

Depending on the root cause of your tinnitus, there may be several possible treatment options. One significant thing to note, however, is that there is presently no known cure for tinnitus. But these treatments can still offer a good chance for your tinnitus to improve or go away altogether.

Research has revealed that hearing aids help cover up tinnitus in people who suffer from hearing loss.

If covering up the noise doesn’t help, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been confirmed to help people deal with the buzzing in their ears that does not go away with other treatments. This mental health type of therapy can help people who suffer from tinnitus to function more normally on an everyday basis by helping them transform their negative thinking into a more positive outlook.

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