Ringing in the ears – make it stop

Tinnitus, or the ringing in your ears with no external source, affects everyone at a point in their life. For you, it may be ringing in the ears; for some, other patients may be chirping, buzzing, roaring, whistling, or hissing. Each individual can experience tinnitus symptoms differently. The ringing seems to come from one ear, but it can extend to both or feel like drumming inside your head or from a distance. Depending on the condition, the sound can pulsate, be steady for a long time, or intermittent.

Everyone dealt with tinnitus at least once, usually after being exposed to deafening noises. People attending music festivals experience short-lived tinnitus that goes away on its own after a few days. Sometimes patients use medication like anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin to alleviate the discomfort. Buzzing in the ears affects over 10% of Americans. 25 million American adults have experienced tinnitus at least five times in the last year, and 16 million of them sought medical help. The condition is common in patients over 55 years, and it’s often associated with hearing loss or another hearing issue.

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Can you relieve tinnitus?

Sometimes you can point to the underlying factor that triggers tinnitus and treat it to alleviate your symptoms. But often, there is no direct cause that causes it, and you end up wondering how you can relieve it.

When you experience frequent tinnitus episodes, you need to learn to habituate or ignore them. Over the past few years, there has been so much advancement. There are rechargeable hearing aids available that provide a combination of clear amplification and sound therapy to alleviate tinnitus symptoms.

Meditation can help you relieve the sound in your ears.

Relaxation and meditation are essential in treating tinnitus. Stress is often the principal trigger, and by learning relaxation and meditation techniques, you prevent it before it starts. When the ringing in the ears starts, calming your mind and body can stop it from affecting your well-being. When the sound in your ears is so disturbing, it interferes with your daily activities. It would help if you refocused your attention to find a way to relieve it. Often, meditation is the most effective method.

Treat the underlying cause.

If the ringing in your ears lasts for more than six months, see a clinician evaluate your medical history, give you a physical examination, and do tests to identify the factor that causes it. During the check-up, the clinician asks you to describe the noise, where you hear it, the sound’s quality, and how often it happens. They need to determine if the condition is related to your spending time in a specific environment.

Your general health affects the severity of the condition, so the physician will probably recommend adopting a healthy diet, lowering your stress levels, getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night, and being physically active. Treating your other medical conditions can reduce tinnitus symptoms. When you experience tinnitus symptoms for an extended period, consulting a specialist is the right approach because they can determine the best way to treat it.

Linda G. Taunton
Zombie specialist. Introvert. Total entrepreneur. Evil music nerd. Bacon practitioner. Pop culture ninja. Alcohol buff. Student. Spent childhood developing strategies for hobos in Africa. Gifted in working on Mr. Potato Heads in Phoenix, AZ. Have a strong interest in working with licorice with no outside help. A real dynamo when it comes to consulting about cabbage on the black market. Lead a team developing Virgin Mary figurines in Hanford, CA. Spent 2001-2005 consulting about mannequins in Las Vegas, NV.

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