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Tinnitus Treatment and Management

When you have buzzing, white noise, or ringing in your ears, doctors call that tinnitus, a Latin word that directly translates to mean “ringing.” The sound can be inside the ear or the head.

Treating Tinnitus

There could be many things that cause tinnitus. Usually, tinnitus is a symptom resulting from another condition, and treatment depends on how it impacts regular activities, the severity of the condition, what’s causing it, and any other issues that accompany the ringing sensation, like hearing loss.

Common Causes of Tinnitus

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Benign tumor of the cranial nerve
  • Stress
  • Unusual bone growth within the ear
  • Being exposed to loud sound
  • Cerumen buildup or clogs
  • Neck or head injuries
  • Hearing loss

To determine what’s causing tinnitus, you audiologist or doctor will run a full medical history and perform a thorough exam.

Available Treatments For Tinnitus

Your best course of treatment is wholly dependent on what’s causing your tinnitus and other related factors. There are many medical options and alternative therapies available for treatment.

Sound or acoustic therapy is a popular choice for alternative therapy. Sound therapy uses noise or sounds re-focus the brain and reduce the impact on emotions.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

A popular treatment option that uses sound therapy is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). This has also been called habituation therapy. It tries to retrain the brain so that it perceives tinnitus differently.

Approximately 75 percent of those with tinnitus don’t notice it because of the way their brains file and process sound. With the help of TRT, the brain can learn the proper way to process noise to reduce the annoyance.

Medications

Aside from therapy, there’s always the option of medications for treatment. This is most commonly used to treat underlying conditions and relieve the resulting symptoms. There are currently no approved medications for treating tinnitus specifically, so treating the underlying cause is usually best.

Tinnitus can be very difficult to deal with, and it can even change your life, especially if it turns into a chronic condition. You can ask your doctor or audiologist for a referral to a support group or psychological treatment facility.

Upon completion of treatment, caring for the tinnitus and the underlying cause is essential. Further maintenance may include managing related health issues, continuing therapies, and going to support groups to manage the condition.