Tinnitus or more commonly known as ringing in the ears can be caused by several reasons. Though it is not a disease, this annoying sound can signify the existence of other health issues.
The ringing sound mostly appears without reason but is certain cases it may be caused by damaged inner ear hairs. When damaged these tiny hairs change the signals which are sent to the part of your brain that is in control of how we perceive sound. Tinnitus is also known to come along with the aging process, and it may be temporary or last for the rest of your life.
As with any other health issue, the best way to stop it is prevention. However it may be a matter of genetics, which is out of your hands, but if not there are steps you can take to prevent it or treat it if the damage is already done.
How to treat momentary ringing in the ears
- Waiting it out
Most often after we attend a party or any gathering which includes loud music, we are most prone to experience the ringing sound in our ears. Luckily it goes away after a couple of hours. All which needs to be done is to relax and avoid loud noises in the following 24 hours. If it does not disappear after 24 hours it is best to consult with a medical professional.
- The skull-thumping trick
Excessive exposure to loud noises can easily cause damage to the hairs of the inner ear and result in inflammation and nerve stimulation. The brain interprets such inflammations as constant buzzing or ringing, fortunately, this trick is proven to be successful in getting rid of these annoying sounds.
– Place your fingers to rest on the back of your skull and cover your ears with your palms. Then point your middle fingers towards each other and rest your index fingers on top of them.
– With the help of the snapping motion, flip the index fingers of your middle fingers and let them hit the skull. The noise of your fingers hitting your skull may be loud and feel like the sound of drums, but worry not because this is normal.
– Repeat this action for 40 to 50 times to witness effect.
- Protect your ears by avoiding loud noise
Being repeatedly exposed to loud music for longer than usual can contribute to recurring episodes of tinnitus. Therefore, if you must face such noises in your environment, it is best for you to make it a habit to wear ear protection.
– You can either buy a pair of over-the-ear ear protectors or protect your ears with some foam earplugs.
How to treat chronic ringing in the ears
- Noise- suppression tactics
When it comes to noise-suppression, doctors recommend several tactics that are used in an effort to mask the ringing sound in our ears. Furthermore, these suppression tactics include the use of some techniques and devices.
– Cover your ears with masking devices that work by producing what seems an everlasting white noise used to cover the ringing.
– Wear hearing aids which are a great way to treat both tinnitus and hearing problems.
– Use white noise machines to produce a background sound that will eventually silent the ringing in your ears. Dehumidifiers, fans, and humidifiers can be commonly found in households and make good white noise machines.
- Use medication to relieve some of the tinnitus symptoms
Though won’t make the ringing noise go away, they will make the ringing sound appear less noticeable and more tolerable.
– Consult with your doctor about taking Alprazolam, a medication proven as successful at reducing tinnitus buzzing. However, keep in mind that it comes with some side effects because Alprazolam is known to be a habit-forming drug.
- Check for any underlying conditions
Tinnitus is often caused by some treatable underlying condition and if such a condition is found it’s treatment will surely make the ringing sound go away.
– Your first step should be having the earwax from your ears removed.
– Next, check for any fluid builds up which is usually caused by allergies or a perforated membrane.
– Taking several medications at the same time can also be the cause of ringing, so be sure to consult with your doctor about the possible side-effects of some interactions.
– Another common cause for tinnitus is a spasm of the stapedius muscle of your inner ear, so make sure to get your ears checked.
Common reason for tinnitus is stress. Try to avoid stress, also try to sleep well min 7h max 8h per night and keep the same bedtime and wake up time for every night.