Causes of Tinnitus

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If you have a constant ringing in your ears, otherwise known as tinnitus, you may be already be suffering from another disease or illness that could be one of the root causes of tinnitus. There can be many causes of the noises you are hearing, and there may be a cure, depending upon the type of tinnitus that you have.

Objective Tinnitus
Objective tinnitus, which normally is caused by a medically treatable illness, can usually be cured by your medical doctor. If the ringing that you hear has come on suddenly, you should see your physician as soon as possible to determine if your tinnitus is curable. You could have an infection, or a wax build-up. Both of these are easily treatable.

Subjective Tinnitus
The vast majority of those who have ringing or whistling noises have a condition known as "subjective tinnitus." This condition normally can't be treated medically, and the sufferer usually resorts to either living with the condition, or finds some sort of alternative treatment.

Loud Noises Can Cause Tinnitus
One of the most common causes of ear ringing is exposure to loud noises. Loud music (personal music devices like ipods can be especially damaging), the constant thrum of industrial machinery, or explosions can damage sensitive parts of your hearing, and this can contribute to permanent tinnitus.

Always protect your hearing when around loud noises - use ear plugs or headphones to keep your hearing intact.

The Aging Process Takes Its Toll
Some genetic hearing diseases can leave you vulnerable to tinnitus. The brain, in the absence of auditory signals from damaged hearing, can add its own noises - these are the whistling, screeching and ringing noises you hear. Then there's the aging process, in the absence of any identifiable disease. Cellular breakdown and other deterioration of the body can be responsible for a "natural" progression to tinnitus.

In cases like this, modern hearing aids can be of great help. Of course, see your physician first to get an accurate diagnosis of your hearing problem. Then, you may be referred to an audiologist to have your hearing tested, and be fitted with a hearing device. For many tinnitus sufferers, the hearing aids provide immediate relief.

Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is an abnormality of the inner ear that can cause many symptoms, including vertigo or severe dizziness, tinnitus, hearing loss, and the sensation of pressure or pain in the afflicted ear. The disease normally affects only one ear at a time and is a common cause of hearing loss.

Meniere's disease cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be treated. Make sure you visit your physician if you have any of these symptoms, as there may be some medical treatment for your tinnitus.

Keep Your Blood Pressure In Check
High blood pressure, and artery disease can cause the blood vessels in the inner ear to become blocked - resulting in low blood flow to the ear. Sometimes, the blood vessels can become so blocked that pulsatile tinnitus results. Pulsatile tinnitus can make a pulsing, whooshing sound that matches your heartbeat. If you have this symptom, again visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis, and get appropriate treatment.

Medicines Can Cause Tinnitus
Common, over-the-counter medications can be responsible for the ringing noises you hear. NSAIDS like aspirin and ibuprofen, if taken regularly and in large enough doses can definitely cause hearing problems. The same can be said of Pepto-Bismol, a popular upset stomach remedy. There are over 200 medications that have been proven to be responsible for causing tinnitus.

Take Good Care Of Yourself
Here's the easiest thing you can do for those irritating noises that you're hearing - take good care of yourself. Eat a proper, healthful and balanced diet. Get plenty of rest. Have a regular program of vigorous exercise that includes cardio and strength exercises.

Try and keep your stress levels low. There is a direct correlation between stress levels and disease - and tinnitus can be caused or increased by excess stress levels.

Even if your tinnitus can't be cured by conventional means, following the advice shown above can certainly help lower the intensity, if not outright get rid of the noises altogether. Be persistent in your quest for relief from your tinnitus - there are many alternative treatments available today that have provided relief to millions. Hopefully, you can add your name to this list as well.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02