You don’t have to go about your life “just living with” your annoying tinnitus. Tinnitus is a very common problem and you may not know that it is often accompanied by hearing loss.

For some people, tinnitus is just a minor distraction but for others, it causes a constant source of stress during their daily life. Interestingly, the level of distress caused by tinnitus is often in direct proportion to the amount of attention you pay it. The more tinnitus weighs on you, the more likely it is to cause negative feelings like depression and frustration.

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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a noise in the ears or head that is described as ringing, humming, hissing, buzzing, etc. It is not related to an external sound and is not heard by others.  It usually originates from damage to the hair cells in the inner part of the ear and is interpreted in the auditory cortex of the brain.  Even if the auditory nerve is severed due to surgery, injury, or a medical condition, tinnitus is still perceived.

Causes of Tinnitus

  • Noise exposure
  • Hearing loss
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Acoustic neuroma or other skull based tumors
  • Wax build-up
  • Jaw misalignment

Treating Tinnitus

If you think that you are suffering from tinnitus and want to know what you can do, the first thing you should do is consult a doctor.  To treat your tinnitus, your doctor will first try to identify any underlying, treatable condition that may be associated with your symptoms. If tinnitus is due to a health condition, your doctor may be able to take steps that could reduce the noise.

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Ear wax removal

Changing your medication

Checking for underlying vascular conditions

Masking Devices

Hearing Aids