April 01, 2010

Tinnitus Treatments

Treatment For Tinnitus Ringing In The Ears

Finding treatment for ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus can be a tricky business.  This is because there is no definitive cure for tinnitus that is currently available. 

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in one or both ears without a corresponding external source.  The sound produced by tinnitus has been described as a ringing, chirping, whistling, roaring or crackling and can range from subtle to piercing in intensity. 

As mentioned earlier, there is as yet no definitive cure for ringing in the ears.  This is primarily because the exact cause of tinnitus is not yet fully understood by experts in the medical field.  What is well documented however are the medical conditions which can trigger tinnitus.  These include but are not limited to blockage or infections of the ear, allergies and sinusitis, cardiovascular disease and problems with the circulatory system, head and neck trauma, chronic stress and anxiety, ototoxic substances, and Meniere’s disease.

While there is as yet no cure for tinnitus, the symptom can be treated and managed so that a person with ringing ears can go back to functioning as normally as before.  In order to get proper treatment for ringing in the ears, the first step should always be to have yourself examined by and to seek the advice of a qualified medical specialist.  In cases where the specific trigger for tinnitus can be identified (as for instance a blockage in the ear or the taking of too much aspirin) the resolution or treatment of the medical condition does lead to the disappearance of tinnitus or at the very least a drastic reduction of its intensity.

There are however a lot more cases where a specific trigger cannot be identified or the symptom still remains to be disturbing despite treatment of the medical condition triggering it.  In this case, the attending physician will recommend that you undergo tinnitus retraining therapy.  The aim of this treatment is to condition the mind to view the noise tinnitus creates as something non threatening and something to be ignored, much like people without tinnitus treat the whirring of an air-conditioning unit or the fridge.

Finally, there are alternative methods of tinnitus treatments which are worth your attention.  Although proof of how effective these types of treatments are is limited to anecdotal evidence, it cannot be denied that thousands of people have been able to find relief through these methods.  A search on the Internet or information from tinnitus support groups may point you in the right direction to get additional relief from your tinnitus.  Just make sure you consult your doctor before trying out any alternative therapy.   

1 comment:

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