Do you suffer from constant ringing in your ears? If so, then you know how annoying and sometimes painful it can truly be. It may affect your day-to-day activities or prevent you from getting proper sleep at night. Whatever the case may be, it's certainly no fun and all you probably want is to get rid of it.
But first, you need to understand exactly what it is to understand how you can rid yourself of the burden. So, let's start there, shall we? That ringing or buzzing in your ears at any given time is a symptom commonly known as tinnitus. According to the National Institutes of Health, "1 out of 10 US adults has experienced tinnitus in the past year." So, the bright side is that you're not alone.
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One thing to remember is that while chronic tinnitus can certainly impact your life, it's usually not as serious as it is distracting. But what the heck is causing it? Apparently, there are a several things that can create this ringing. The American Tinnitus Association estimates there are roughly 200 health disorders that can generate tinnitus symptoms. Not exactly a small number.
According to EveryDayHealth.com, Tinnitus can be a side effect of certain medications -- including antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cancer drugs, and even aspirin when taken in high doses. Other factors also include noise exposure, smoking, hypertension, and hearing loss.
The site also explains that in rare cases, "tinnitus may be a sign of a tumor-related disorder, such as acoustic neuroma." But if you think you'll never get rid of it, think again. Treatment for tinnitus does vary however, depending on the cause. Tinnitus retraining therapy is otherwise known as sound therapy that helps reduce awareness of the sound.
A study recently published in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery suggests that transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy (stimulating regions of the brain with magnetic pulses) might be an effective treatment, as well.
But above all, remember to consult a Doctor or primary ear physician if you're experiencing symptoms of tinnitus.
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