Tinnitus is the perception of sound that is not coming from an external source. Tinnitus can be intermittent or constant and is often characterized as ringing in the ears. However, many people report sound perceptions that include a low level buzzing or humming, static, pulsing, whooshing, clicking or high pitched squeal.
According to the American Tinnitus Association:
50 Million Americans experience some form of tinnitus
20 Million people struggle with chronic tinnitus they consider bothersome
There are several proven methods for treating patients struggling with chronic and bothersome tinnitus. The goal of all current treatment approaches is to reduce the perception of tinnitus and address the impact tinnitus has on focus and attention as well as emotional well being.
No two patients experience tinnitus in the same way and it is essential that each patient has a treatment plan that is customized for their specific needs.
Therapies Available Include:
Experts agree that there are many things you can do to make symptoms less bothersome. These tips can help you find the relief you are looking for.
Including loud noises, high sodium foods, caffeine and nicotine.
By providing a low level sound enriched environment you can calm the noises and promote habituation
It is well known that stress can make tinnitus worse. The use of relaxation strategies, exercise, and meditation can provide significant improvement in stress reduction.