Hearing Health Blog

Man with incessant ringing in the ears holding his head.

Let’s set the scene: you’re lying in bed at night attempting to chill out after a long, exhausting day. You feel yourself starting to drift off to sleep. Then you start to hear it: a ringing sound inside your ears. Your phone, TV, and radio are all off so you’re sure it’s nothing in your room. Unfortunately, this sound is inside your ears and it won’t go away.

If this scenario sounds familiar, then chances are that you’re one of the 50 million people who suffer from tinnitus. Ringing, Buzzing, and a range of other noises will be heard in your ears when you suffer from this condition. The majority of people who have tinnitus think of it as a mere irritation; they notice it now and again but it doesn’t really impact their daily lives. But this is not the situation with everyone who is suffering from 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 problem has been narrowed down to a few causes. It’s most common in people who have damaged hearing, and also people who suffer from heart conditions. It’s believed that tinnitus occurs due to reduced blood flow around the ears, which causes the heart to pump blood harder so that it can get where it needs to go. People who have iron-deficiency anemia often experience tinnitus symptoms because their blood cells do not carry enough oxygen throughout their body, which, once again, makes the heart work extra hard to get oxygen and other nutrients where they need to go.

Tinnitus also happens as a symptom of other conditions, such as Meniere’s disease, ear infections, and ear canal blockages. All of these ailments impact the hearing and result in situations where tinnitus becomes more prevalent. At times treatment can be difficult when the cause of tinnitus is not evident, but that doesn’t mean treatment isn’t possible.

Is There Any Remedy For Tinnitus?

Depending on the underlying cause of your tinnitus, there may be a number of possible treatment options. One significant thing to note, however, is that there is currently no known cure for tinnitus. In spite of this fact, there’s still a good chance that your tinnitus will get better or even disappear completely due to these treatments.

Studies have shown that hearing aids help mask 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 go away with other treatments. This mental health style of therapy can help people who suffer from tinnitus to function more normally on an everyday basis by helping them transform their negative thoughts into a more positive outlook.

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