Let’s set the scene: You’re lying in bed attempting to sleep after a long stressful day. Your eyelids are starting to get heavy and you know that your about to fall asleep. Then as you lie there in the quiet of the night, you begin to notice the sound of ringing in your ears. Your phone, TV, and radio are all off so you know it’s nothing in your room. Unfortunately, this sound is inside your ears and it won’t stop.
If this scenario sounds familiar, then it’s likely that you’re one of the 50 million people who are afflicted by tinnitus. Ringing, Buzzing, and a range of other sounds will be heard inside of your ears when you suffer from this problem. For most people, tinnitus won’t have a substantial impact on their lives beyond being a simple annoyance. But this is not the case with everyone who suffers from tinnitus. For some, it can cause them to lose sleep, to disengage socially, and to have a hard time working.
What’s The Underlying Cause of Tinnitus?
Tinnitus remains somewhat of a mystery, but this condition has been narrowed down to a few causes. It’s most common in individuals who have damaged hearing, and also people who suffer from heart conditions. It’s believed that tinnitus occurs due to limited blood flow around the ears, which makes the heart pump blood harder so that it can get where it needs to go. People who have iron-deficiency anemia commonly experience tinnitus symptoms because their blood cells do not carry enough oxygen throughout their body, which, again, makes the heart work extra hard to get oxygen and other nutrients where they need to go.
Tinnitus also happens as a result of other conditions, such as Meniere’s disease, ear infections, and ear canal blockages. All of these conditions impact the hearing and lead to situations where tinnitus becomes more prevalent. At times treatment can be difficult when the cause of tinnitus isn’t evident, but that doesn’t mean treatment is impossible.
Is There Any Remedy For Tinnitus?
Depending on the underlying cause of your tinnitus, there may be a number of possible treatment options. One important thing to take note of, however, is that there is currently no known cure for tinnitus. But these treatments can still present a good chance for your tinnitus to get better or disappear completely.
Studies have shown that hearing aids help cover up tinnitus in individuals who have hearing loss.
If covering up the noise doesn’t help, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been confirmed to help people live with the ringing in their ears that does not disappear with other treatments. This type of mental health therapy helps patients change their negative feelings about tinnitus into more positive, realistic thoughts that will help them function normally on an every day basis.