If you have a constant ringing or buzzing in your ears, you most likely have a condition called tinnitus. Tinnitus can range from being annoying at best to being debilitating at worst. Thankfully, there are ways to make tinnitus more bearable. Many people with tinnitus are told that there is no treatment for it and that they have to just deal with it. This is a myth, and it is one of many that we hope to dispel.
Myth 1: There’s Nothing I Can Do About My Tinnitus.
Many people go to their doctors to complain about a ringing in their ears that won’t go away, and their doctors tell them that it is tinnitus and that there’s nothing they can do about it. Fortunately, there are a few different things you can do to cope with tinnitus.
- Tinnitus Sound Therapy: You can use sound as a tool to help minimize the distraction of tinnitus. Hearing aids, music, or noise generators can all work to amplify exterior sounds to mask the ringing from tinnitus.
- Ear Protection: Tinnitus is often caused by exposure to loud noises. Wearing ear protection can help you to prevent the condition.
- Counseling: An experienced hearing healthcare professional can assess your hearing to determine the cause of your tinnitus and minimize the negative impact your tinnitus may have on your life.
- Relaxation Exercises: Tinnitus is often exacerbated by stress. By doing some simple relaxation exercises, you can minimize the effects of tinnitus.
Myth 2: Tinnitus is Temporary.
This is only partly true. It depends on what kind of tinnitus you have. If you have tinnitus that is caused by recent exposure to a loud noise, it will likely go away eventually. Other forms of tinnitus are more long-lasting or happen in consistent episodes.
Myth 3: There Are Pills That Will Make Tinnitus Go Away.
There are some companies that claim to have pills that will permanently treat the effects of tinnitus. However, research that has been conducted on tinnitus has still been unsuccessful in determining a medicine or supplement that will treat tinnitus. The only things that have been proven to have an effect on tinnitus are sound therapy and tinnitus management devices.
Myth 4: Hearing Aids Can’t Help Tinnitus.
It is a fact that hearing aids are one of the most effective ways to treat tinnitus. They can amplify the sounds of the surrounding environment, which makes tinnitus less noticeable in quiet environments. Additionally, hearing aids can minimize the noise that reaches the ear in loud environments, which can be critical for those with hearing loss.
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