Is Your Quality Of Life
Being Impacted By Tinnitus?
Living with tinnitus can be extremely distracting and even debilitating. Many people with tinnitus feel certain aspects of their lives are negatively impacted. Some of these issues include difficulty falling asleep, trouble accomplishing tasks, trouble relaxing, concentration problems, increased anxiety, communication issues, irritability, and more.
If your tinnitus has gotten to the point of experiencing the issues listed above, you may be looking for tinnitus management strategies or tinnitus treatments. On this resource page, we will discuss common causes of tinnitus so you can get to the root of your problem. This page also discusses treatments and the importance of therapy and counselling.
If tinnitus is something you or a loved one are currently suffering from, NexGen Hearing offers tinnitus diagnosis and support. We offer everything you may need if you’re experiencing tinnitus. From consultations to hearing aids, to earwax removal, and support groups, we can help direct you to anything you may need.
Treating The Cause
Of Your Tinnitus
It’s very common that tinnitus is the result of an underlying medical condition. Typically, the first step is to resolve the issue that’s causing tinnitus. To know whether or not an underlying medical condition is at the root of your problem, consulting a doctor is the best course of action. Below are three common medical issues that can cause tinnitus:
Head, Neck, Or Jaw Injuries
The head, neck, jaw, and ears are actually all quite interconnected. If you’ve recently experienced trauma to any of those areas, it could be the cause of your tinnitus.
Ear Infection Or Ear Blockages
If there is a build up of fluid, wax, or foreign objects, this can cause unwanted pressure in your ear and result in your tinnitus related symptoms.
Often, medications that have been prescribed to you can impact your hearing and be the cause of tinnitus.
Common Tinnitus Treatments
Earwax Removal or Removing Ear Blockages
This is a common treatment for tinnitus. Many people find that ear blockages can make their tinnitus symptoms worse, so booking an appointment to get it removed can prove to be very effective.
Treating a Blood Vessel Condition
In addition to the three common causes listed above, blood vessel conditions can also be the root cause of your tinnitus. Addressing the underlying medical issue, in this case, a blood vessel condition can significantly improve your tinnitus.
Hearing aids are commonly used if you have some hearing loss in addition to tinnitus. This way, the sounds you need to hear are strengthened, and the ringing or buzzing is less noticeable.
Changing Medication or Trying Tinnitus Specific Medications
Switching medications could help your situation if the medication you are currently prescribed appears to be the cause of your tinnitus. Before you stop taking medications, your doctor should be consulting to ensure that this truly is the issue at hand.
There are also medications specific to tinnitus that you can start taking if prescribed by your doctor. Low doses of anti-anxiety drugs or steroids have shown to be effective.
White Noise Machines
White noise machines or similar noise machines can often be effective to make noises associated with tinnitus sound less intense.
Therapy & Counselling
As Tinnitus Remedies
There is officially no complete cure for tinnitus. The list above offers a wide range of treatments that can help, but if that doesn’t work, it may be beneficial to seek out counselling. Therapy or counselling options can help improve your quality of life by changing your perspective on tinnitus symptoms. Using the following therapies, you may find your symptoms bother you less over time:
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
TRT is a form of rehabilitation that can include counselling and sound therapy. This process can take time and patience, but the idea is that over time, you learn to deal with your symptoms or ignore them to the point that you can get on with your day-to-day life. A certified therapist should perform this type of therapy, and it usually takes one to two years.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Participating in tinnitus support groups is a great part of an overall tinnitus management strategy. Studies have shown that being a part of a tinnitus support group can help individuals live better lives, feel more informed, and feel like a part of a community. This sort of social interaction can build resilience among those who experience tinnitus.