Tinnitus Tips And Advice
Tinnitus affects millions of people every year however in most cases it appears to be different depending on the individual. In some cases people complain of a ringing others complain of a whooshing sound. In the following article we hope to help sufferers of tinnitus with some tips and advice on how to cope with the dreaded ringing and buzzing.
The first step is to briefly explain tinnitus in its scientific content. “Tinnitus” or “Tinnire” the Latin word for ringing is explained as the perception of sound in the ear when no actual sound is present. The main cause of tinnitus is Noise Induced Hearing Loss. However other factors can contribute to tinnitus such as damage to the neurological system, ear infections or even stress. The issue with Tinnitus is that it is an objective problem meaning the only way it can be really examined and tested is through the implementation of audio grams that can measure the drop in hearing.
The main ways in which most common cases of tinnitus are caused are through excessive noise damage to the individual at some point in their life. For example if you have ever been to a concert or music performance people often complain afterwards about the ringing in the ear they have. The ringing is what happens to certain cells inside your ear which in turn sends messages to your brain that they are injured or over stimulated. Essentially that certain pitch you are hearing in the ringing form is the cells responding to the excessive noise. Unlike this situation permanent tinnitus is when the individual is exposed to the type of noise levels on a continuous basis. An example could be a construction worker who without the proper hearing protection is surrounded by heavy machinery which produces noise levels of up to 90db. In most cases it isn’t until later life that tinnitus symptoms arise and by that point many people suffer in silence blaming it on old age.
Tips and Treatments for Tinnitus
- Visit your GP If you haven’t already done so, who after a quick evaluation will send you for a hearing test with an audiologist. They will be able to rule out any type of external exacerbation such as medication that could be causing your tinnitus. Medication even in its simplest form such as aspirin can cause tinnitus in some people.
- If you are still surrounding yourself in a noisy environment then it is highly advisable to take yourself out of the environment OR get hearing protection such as ear defenders
- The best and main tip is to surround yourself with a “Sound environment”. As many sufferers of tinnitus know it is more common to be aware of your tinnitus late at night when all background noise ceases. After speaking to many sufferers they all explain different methods of coping with this from having the radio on overnight, fans or other electrical equipment that creates a continuous noise. By creating a sound environment the “ringing” symptom of tinnitus is blanked out.
- Continuing from the previous point if you have an iPod or any other in ear sound device there is numerous apps available (some even free) that offer background noise. For example the sound of rain. These can even be set with an alarm or a time to switch off allowing you to tailor it to suit your needs. This can also be used through a laptop device/speakers as some people are not comfortable sleeping with headphones in. *Make sure you notify your doctor if you are thinking of using this as you wouldn’t want to make your tinnitus worse.
- Visit an allergist, tinnitus can be a bodily reaction to food or drink that you have consumed. In recent years caffeine has been widely research as a contributor towards tinnitus due to the increase in anxiety levels when the initial caffeine high has worn off.
- Exercise, we know that in recent years any health issue that doesn’t have any direct medication is usually combated with exercise. If your tinnitus is stress related then exercise is a fantastic way to alleviate that stress. Simple exercise such as walking or stretching can help symptoms by clearing your nasal and ear canals.
If you have worked in a noisy environment in the past and now suffer from tinnitus this may be an indication that you have Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). You may be eligible for compensation if this is the case and the compensation you receive could be used to purchase sound amplifying hearing aids or the other means noted above.
At Roberts Jackson Solicitors we understand that tinnitus is a serious issue for some individuals and we will fight for the compensation you deserve. Fill in the contact form on the page or alternatively call 0808 252 0737 and we will offer you free legal advice on how to proceed.
Tinnitus awareness week is running 3rd-9th of February 2014. Please follow the link for more information from the British Tinnitus Association. http://www.tinnitus.org.uk