Tinnitus is a condition often characterized by phantom noises, clicking, buzzing or ringing sounds in the ear or head when no such sound really exists in the external surroundings.
While tinnitus is not a disease or serious medical condition, it does not much anxiety, irritation and mental anguish to the people suffering from it. It is estimated that 10% of the world’s population suffers from this condition.
There are several causes for tinnitus from hearing loss due to age, injury to the ear canal, sinusitis, stress, TMJ syndrome, cellular conditions, etc.
What many people do not realize is that tinnitus can be classed as subjective or objective. If only the sufferer is able to hear the noises, it is classed as subjective tinnitus. If a medical professional is able to hear the noise during an examination of the patient, then it is classed as objective.
Though there is no medication or drugs available to treat this problem, there are several natural methods and remedies that may be used to alleviate the problem and actually bring permanent relief to the patient.
By treating the symptoms directly or discovering the cause of the tinnitus and mitigating it, the patient in most cases sees improvement in his condition. Though tinnitus is not a life-threatening problem, it has been linked to stress, difficulty in concentrating, heightened irritation, depression, memory problems, insomnia, and general anxiety.
The elderly are especially susceptible to this condition especially adults over the age of 60. People who work jobs that expose them to loud noises for hours and people who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) are also more prone to getting tinnitus.
What causes tinnitus?
There have been many different reasons documented about the causes of tinnitus. What makes this problem difficult to treat is that the cause of tinnitus in different patients varies greatly.
For some patients, it may be due to blood vessel disorders. Other patients may have other causes like side effects of the medication they are using, age-related hearing loss, earwax blockage in the ear canal, constant exposure to loud sounds, and abnormal bone growth in the ears.
There are also less common causes like TMJ, an inner ear disorder known as Meniere’s disease, too much stress, depression, injuries to the head or neck injuries or even a benign tumor growing on the cranial nerve referred to as acoustic neuroma.
Once you understand what is causing your tinnitus then you should try and address the cause. The ringing in your ears is just a symptom but for every tinnitus patient, there is a cause unique to their condition. Discovering that cause and addressing it will solve the problem
Head and neck tumors, high cholesterol build up in the blood vessels and high blood pressure may also cause tinnitus.
If you are on medications such as antibiotics, diuretics, anti-malaria medication, cancer treatments, etc. you may be experiencing ringing noises in your ears. For some people, even aspirin may cause these noises to appear.
The most important thing is to examine what is going on in your life that is causing this problem. In some cases, seeing a medical professional may be the best way to go about solving your problem.