Tinnitus is an affection known as auditory imaging, manifested throw ringing, buzzing, crackling, or hissing sound heard inside one or both ears as a result of brain activity that tries to protect the ear against the external factors that can be dangerous.The ringing noise is not related to any psychiatric condition.The disturbing and uncomfortable sound can last for a few hours or can persist and/or increase, becoming constant.
A study done at Johns Hopkins University has shown that more than 10 percent of adults experienced tinnitus by age 70.The use of MP3s, iPods and other personal stereos represents the main cause of tinnitus for younger people.
The intensity of tinnitus noise can be increased by loud sounds from atmosphere, colds or allergy flare-up.It has different forms depending on each person and can’t be generalised.That’s why the relief can’t be established without the previous consult of a physician.
Causes of tinnitus:
Tinnitus is caused by the exposure to high noise levels, leisure activities( MP3 players, chain saws, musical instruments), use of the firearms, blows to the head, large doses of certain drugs such as aspirin, stress, compacted ear wax, middle ear infections, Menir’s disease, head trauma, Perilymp fistula, tumors, dysfunction of the joint connecting the jaw to the bone under the ear, emotional problems and depression.
The use of hearing protection can prevent this affection.A useful tool may be considered the earplug.
Tinnitus can be an obstacle in both personal and social life.It causes concentration difficulties, psychological problems, general fatigue and lack of energy, obsessive sensitivity to any kind of noises, anxiety or stress.
Suggested Treatments for Tinnitus:
Tinnitus can’t be treated, but there are various therapies and coping strategies that proved their efficiency such as certain herbbs and plants( Feverfew, Hawthorn, Ginkgo biloba),essential Oils( Rosemary, Cypress, Lemon, Rose), ear candling, Vitamins & Minerals( Magnesium, Potassium, Maganese, Vitamins A & C, bioflavonoids, pantothenic acid), Homeopathy( Calcarea carbonica, Carbo vegetabilis, Cinchona officinalis (China), Chininum sulphuricum, Cimicifuga, Coffea cruda, Graphites, Kali carbonicum, Lycopodium, Natrum salicylicum, Salicylicum acidum ).
Pantothenic acid (B5) supplements are recommended as a treatment useful against the stimulation of the stressed nerve endings of the ear.
Alternative therapies: Acupuncture, chiropractic therapies, hypnosis, Sound therapy, group therapy and counseling, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.
There are some general rules recommended in order to improve your lifestyle even if you are suffering from Tinnitus:
-Avoid anxiety or stress;
-Avoid the use of stimulants(caffeine, alcohol, nicotine);
-Sleep in an elevated position for your head;
-Avoid to sleep in an atmosphere charged with noises;
-Use a tinnitus masker;
-Use a hearing aid;
-Avoid excessive noise;
-Try alternative therapies and/or counseling;
-Try some antibiotics;
Another way to cope with your tinnitus on a conscious and subconscious level is the Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) that involves a learning process in order to help the brain to ignore the Tinnitus.
Resources and Related Information:
–Homeopathic Remedies for Tinnitus Relief
Readers Digest, March 1999;
–The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Natural Remedies written by C. Norman Shealy, M.D.;
–Living with tinnitus from ehealthMD;
–One in seven, issue 37, October/November 2003.