If constant ear noises such as beeping, buzzing, whistling, humming, banging, etc., are bothering you, it’s likely that you suffer from a condition called tinnitus. Not only are the noises different for everyone, the causes may vary greatly as well. Tinnitus is not fully understood and, as of yet, there is no official cure for the disturbance. However, there are many ways to help you cope with it or keep it at bay.
Causes of tinnitus have been stated as being over-exposure to loud noises (such as professionals who work in construction, the military, with loud music, etc.); ear damage caused by too many or severe ear infections, or other ear problems; an unhealthy diet with too much salt and caffeine, mental problems, insomnia, certain medications, or stress, just to name a few.
Try to understand what your ear noises’ possible causes may be so that you can take advantage of a treatment that is targeted to relieve the underlying cause. There are many possible treatments and I will list some of the more popular ones here.
Many have claimed that massaging their head and ears alleviates the disturbance. A massage may increase the rate of blood flow to your ears which is believed to be one way to combat the condition. Another blood-flow increasing activity is to take an alternately hot and cold bath or shower.
If you believe that stress is the cause of your tinnitus, you’ll want to do things that relax your body. A warm bath, meditation, some activity that you like to do like gardening or walking, working out, getting enough sleep, getting enough of the B12 vitamins and avoiding caffeine are just some ways to reduce stress.
Certain herbal supplements and prescribed medications can reduce stress or help combat other areas that you are having trouble with like high blood pressure or fatigue. Eating a healthy, balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy can also improve your condition.
Try to reduce your salt intake. This again goes hand-in-hand with reducing your blood pressure so that enough blood and oxygen are reaching your ears. Salt can also build up fluid in your ears which can heighten the problem.
Certain alternative therapies such as habituation therapy and acupuncture hypnotherapy may also work. If coupled with a healthy diet, enough sleep, and a little bit of activity, they can work even faster and more effectively. Look for a a qualified therapist in alternative therapy who has worked with tinnitus before as they may be able to share ways that their previous patients have benefited from the therapy.
Tinnitus is a very common problem that affects almost 40 million Americans so remember that you are not alone by any means.
This article entitled “Are Ear Noises Bothering You?” is not meant to substitute the advice of a medical professional.