Living with those buzzing and literally ear-piercing sounds every single day must be a nightmare. No matter how insignificant tinnitus might seem to you once you first start experiencing it, the truth is that it will quickly become extremely annoying. You could even reach the point where you can’t perform your daily tasks due to the ringing in your ears that’s making every single minute you are awake horrible. Of course, I’m talking about the chronic type here. The acute one is the same, but only less frequent.
Now, nobody can deny the fact that people can actually get used to this condition and learn how to live with it. As you can see here, those people usually have to make some adjustments and learn how to cope with the condition in order for their quality of life not to be impaired as well. Yet, do you really need to just make your peace with the fact that you need to live with those noises inside your ears without trying to do anything about it?
Well, if you ask me, you should definitely try and do something about it, since there seem to be quite a few methods that could help you either manage tinnitus or completely get rid of it. We are, of course, going to take a look at those methods shortly, but there’s something we need to do first. Unsurprisingly, the first thing we have to do is check out the actual causes of this particular condition, because those causes will directly influence the type of treatment that might help you. So, here we go.
Causes Of Tinnitus
If you have done any research on this topic previously, then you know that there are quite a few different things that could cause this problem. The first thing you should know is that tinnitus can actually be a symptom of some other medical issues that you should look into, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It goes without saying that, when caused by those other diseases, you need to treat the specific medical problem you have in order to actually get rid of tinnitus.
There are, however, some other things that can cause this problem. Among other things, those include the build-up of earwax, as well as the existence of some other foreign objects that might be putting pressure on your eardrums. In addition to that, tinnitus can be caused by certain ear infections, meaning that you should definitely consult a doctor to see what it is that’s causing your problem before trying to treat it.
What You Can Do To Manage It Or Get Rid Of It
As I have already mentioned above, there are certain methods and tricks that you can use in order to manage this condition and make it better, or in order to completely get rid of it. We are now going to take a look at some of those things you can do in this endeavor. Hopefully, you will find the method that works for you and thus improve your quality of life and prevent tinnitus from bothering you so much. Let’s get started.
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- Do Exercises
Whether you want to believe it or not, there are actually exercises that can help mitigate this particular condition. Of course, some of those are only suitable for short-term mitigation, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give them a go. After all, short-term relief is sometimes quite enough to help you get through the day without getting frustrated and annoyed. So, do your research on tinnitus exercises and remember them, because you might definitely need them.
These exercises usually consist of progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, as well as guided imagery. There are also certain music therapies that you might want to try. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you should definitely look further into it. In any case, having a deeper look into these exercises will definitely come in handy.
- Quit Smoking
If you are a smoker, then this probably sounds like just another annoying endeavor of someone trying to convince you to kick this bad habit. Believe me, that’s not what I am trying to do here. I’m simply stating the obvious and the obvious is that smoking can actually worsen your tinnitus by restricting your blood flow. Now, I can completely understand that telling you to quit is not going to do the trick here.
So, what I suggest is for you to think closely about whether you can make that sacrifice in order to be able to manage or get rid of tinnitus in return. If not, then you’ll certainly have to live with it. Of course, keep in mind that reducing the intake of nicotine could also be of some help, meaning that you don’t need to resort to the most extreme measure instantly and quit smoking in a day.
- Get Ear Wax Removal
If you remember what I have been saying above, then you already know that tinnitus can, among other things, be caused by the build-up of ear wax. I know what you might be wondering right now and I know the exact question that’s swirling around your mind. It goes something like – will tinnitus go away after ear wax removal? There is certainly not a short answer to this question, but let me try and explain this as quickly and as clearly as possible.
Basically, getting an ear wax removal treatment can be of huge help for those people whose tinnitus was actually caused by ear wax. In other words, if your eardrums are under pressure by ear wax or dirt, getting this treatment will certainly solve your problem and get rid of it completely. On the other hand, if there is a different problem causing tinnitus, then this method won’t work.
In case you know that this is the cause of your issue and if you are sure that it will work, then here’s what you can do. You can either resort to some home remedies and try to get the ear wax removed, or you can go to a professional that can take care of this. It should go without saying that the latter option is the better one, since tampering around your ears all on your own, without knowing the first thing about how to get rid of those ear wax build-ups can just make the problem even worse.
- Use Hearing Protection
Certain types of tinnitus are temporary and are usually a result of short-term exposure to some loud noises and environments. For example, you might start hearing those unpleasant ringing and piercing sounds in your ears after having attended a concert or a different event featuring loud noises. Keep in mind that not everyone experiences this in the same extent, meaning that you shouldn’t diminish the problem just because your friends might say that they have the same temporary issue after concerts. What you should do is explain to those friends that this shouldn’t be taken for granted and that they should, as well, take better care of their hearing.
What is it, however, that you can do in order to prevent the problem from getting worse when it is caused by loud environments? Well, the answer to this question should be rather obvious, but let me explain it nevertheless. You should wear some type of a hearing protection whenever you are attending certain loud events. This way, you will prevent further hearing injury and possibly hearing loss, as well as avoid developing a strong case of persistent tinnitus. If that’s not reason enough for you to start wearing ear protection, then I definitely don’t know what is.
- Remember That Every Case Is Unique & Act Accordingly
If there is one thing that you should know about tinnitus, it’s that every single case is unique, meaning that you will need to be extremely attentive in order to figure out exactly what it is that is making this condition worse for you, as well as what it is that can improve it. Basically, you should take note of all the sources and the triggers that might be worsening this problem for you. Once you have discovered those triggers, your task is to try and avoid them as much as possible, so as to manage your tinnitus.
I know that you are now probably wondering what kinds of triggers I am talking about, so let me elaborate. Virtually anything can be your particular trigger and, as I said, it varies from case to case. Usually, those triggers include certain foods, drinks, as well as medications. So, do your best to identify your specific triggers and then try and stay clear of them, because that’s a sure path towards improving your specific condition.