Tinnitus – Ringing In Ears

If you’ve experienced a ringing in the ears, and it’s persistant, then you may be suffering from the ear disorder known as “Tinnitus”

The word “tinnitus” originates from the Latin, and means “tinkling or ringing like a bell”.

Tinnitus is usually caused by a fault in the hearing system; it is a symptom, not a disease in itself. The primary symptom of the Tinnitus ear disorder is ear ringing. Though you may also experience insomnia, nausea, headaches, and also depression.

Worldwide research continues but the actual mechanisms, or processes of tinnitus are not yet fully understood. It is thought that tinnitus is caused by some neurological disorders, physical ear trauma, ear infections and irritations or excessive earwax.

There are litterally millions of people around the world that experience tinnitus! Severe tinnitus is recognised as a very major affliction, but most people have tinnitus to a milder degree. Given time, commitment and up-to-date professional help, tinnitus can reduce for many people.

Here are some tips to reduce the symptoms:

Avoid Loud noise
Damage to your ears can be caused by long or sudden exposure to loud noise, which can damage your hearing with resultant deafness and tinnitus.

There are a number of high-risk jobs such as industrial workers, farmers, transport workers – and don’t forget that noisy lawn mower!

Reduce the noise source or protect your ears with earplugs, or ear muffs. Leisure noise can also be a hazard, e.g. rock concerts, boom boxes in cars and misuse of your Ipod can all contribute to deafness

Stress and Fatigue
By focussing your energies and activities on areas of interest to you can help distract the effects of tinnitus and reduce the stress experienced by the symptons

Medications
There are some – It is essential to tell your family doctor about your tinnitus; some common medications cause tinnitus as a side effect or make your existing tinnitus worse. Take special care with medications for arthritis, rheumatic diseases, some antibiotics, and anti-depressants. Also aspirin – ask your doctor about alternatives.

4. Try easing off caffeine (tea, coffee, coca-cola, chocolate), and alcohol as they can temporarily worsen tinnitus for some people. Avoid quinine – as in tonic water. Nicotine and marijuana too. Smoking narrows your blood vessels which supply vital oxygen to your ears and their sensory cells.

Quit smoking!