Ringing in your ears? Is it an annoyance or a painful, life-interrupting problem for you? Tinnitus affects more than 50 million Americans. Many people who have hearing loss also suffer from tinnitus. Nearly 12 million seek medical treatment and around 2 million cases of tinnitus are debilitating. The condition is caused by noise-related damage to the tiny cilia that line the inner ear. These little cilia can also be damaged by certain medications like aspirin.
When enough damage has occurred, hearing is impaired to some extent and the brain tries to make up for this loss by producing its own electrical sound signals. This is where the constant ringing, buzzing or hissing comes into play.
For some people, it’s just a minor problem and in some cases, like after a really loud rock concert, it’s temporary. After repeated exposure and damage, the problem can lead to hearing loss and ringing that can be very painful. Just ask Pete Townsend! He’s struggled with tinnitus for many years now. His tinnitus has threatened his career from time to time because when playing music, especially when drums are being played, the noise can cause him a great deal of pain!
There is no known “cure” for tinnitus, but some experts agree that using certain “listening strategies” to kind of retrain the brain and eliminate the ringing. Silence is often the biggest trigger for increasing tinnitus symptoms so using some sort of background noise might help.
Various vitamin deficiencies are also being found in people who experience hearing problems. Think about it. Why do some musicians end up with tinnitus and others do not? Sure, some were proactive and used appropriate earplugs to reduce the decibel level, but this isn’t always the case. And, even though aging is another reason behind a decline in hearing and the development of tinnitus, not all people lose their hearing as they get older.
Here’s an area where there should be quite a few natural remedies due to the fact that hearing loss is also caused by free radical damage to the cilia. Supplements, hearing protection, listening strategies and devices that offer background noise are all available as well as advice on dealing with tinnitus included in plenty of information products.
Again, some are good products, some are a waste of your time and hard-earned dollars. So, stick with me, your health hound, and I’ll sniff out the products and let you know when they wind up in the doghouse or if they deserve a 5-bone rating! I’ll use my 8-step investigation plan to let you know whom you can trust and who needs a good old-fashioned rolled up newspaper!
Health Hound Approved Tinnitus Treatments