Imagine hearing a ringing noise in your ears or head that sometimes doesn't go away. This maddening noise, called tinnitus, can range in volume from a ring to a roar. Some people hear buzzing, hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking instead of–or in addition to–ringing. Each person has a unique version. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or multiple tones and its perceived volume can range from subtle to shattering.
At one time or another, most people today will experience tinnitus at some time in their life. You might notice this after being exposed to loud music or harsh noises. The noise exposure is over, but there's a ringing in your ears. In America alone, as many as 50 million people today say their ears ring. About 12 million have tinnitus severe enough to seek medical attention, and 7 million people are so seriously bothered by tinnitus that living a normal life is not possible. Tinnitus symptoms can, in fact, interfere with concentration, work, sleep and relaxation, normal communication with others, and can lead to psychological distress. Many tinnitus sufferers become markedly depressed because of the constant and bothersome noise. There is no known cure for tinnitus, but now there's hope in alleviating the symptoms with RingStop.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Exposure to loud noises is by far the most likely culprit. Up to 90% of all people who seek treatment for tinnitus have some level of hearing loss, usually noise-induced, whether they know it or not. Other suspects include: stress and high blood pressure, aging, ototoxic (harmful to hearing) drugs (e.g. aspirin, certain antibiotics, anti-depressants, and anti-histimines), ear or sinus infections, jaw, neck and cranial bone misalignment, obstruction from ear wax, thyroid disorders, and head and neck trauma. Tinnitus can also be a symptom of stiffening of the middle ear bones (otosclerosis). Some tinnitus comes from damage to the microscopic ending of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. The health of these nerve endings is important for acute hearing, and injury to them brings on hearing loss and often tinnitus. Advancing age is generally accompanied by a certain amount of hearing nerve impairment and tinnitus. If you are younger, exposure to loud noise is probably the leading cause of tinnitus, and often damages hearing as well.
Can other people hear the noise in my ears?
Not usually, but sometimes they are able to hear a certain type of tinnitus. This is called “objective tinnitus? and it is caused either by abnormalities in blood vessels around the outside of the ear or by muscle spasms, which may sound like clicks or crackling inside the middle ear.
Since tinnitus might be a symptom of another health problem, see your doctor for any condition which may require his/her services. Your doctor may refer you to an, an ear, nose, and throat doctor. Another hearing professional, an audiologist, can measure your hearing. Caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, aspirin, antihistamines, and prescription or over-the-counter medications can aggravate existing tinnitus. Although there remains no cure, tinnitus symptoms can be overcome. RingStop is specifically designed to safely relieve and prevent tinnitus/ear noise symptoms.
What To Do if You Have Tinnitus
If you think you have tinnitus, make an appointment for an examination with an ear specialist or audiologist. These are the people who can determine whether or not you've got a problem. But there are things you can do as well to make sure your condition doesn't get any worse. First of all, start on a program with Dr. Bob Martin’s RingStop for relief of the ringing noise. It also helps prevent recurrence of the ringing. Then, make sure you avoid exposure to loud noises and wear ear protection whenever you think you may be exposed to sounds that could aggravate your problem. These sounds could include: heavy machinery, motorcycles, loud music, chain saws, even hair dryers, and the like. Just be smart and use good judgment.
We also know that tinnitus can be aggravated by alcohol, recreational drugs, caffeine, and tobacco. Avoiding these substances will also help prevent further problems. Aspirin and some antibiotics can worsen tinnitus. Also, plain old ordinary stress and fatigue can aggravate tinnitus. It's often easier said than done, but take whatever steps you can to reduce the stress in your daily life.
Tinnitus may also be accompanied by ear pain. Chiropractic or dental treatment for jaw problems may prove effective for some people. Other various therapies that have proven helpful in coping with tinnitus include counseling, behavioral modification, cognitive therapy, patient education and support groups.
Is Surgery Recommended for Tinnitus?
Surgery is not recommended unless it is directed toward the excision of tumors or breaking scar tissue in otosclerosis disease of the middle ear.