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Ask the Audiologist: Will Ear Ringing Go Away?

Most people have heard phantom ringing in their ears or other irritating sounds like buzzing, static, hissing, and other monotone sounds that only they can hear. These phantom sounds often go away on their own. However, they can become a serious issue when the constant ear ringing doesn’t go away.

If you have been struggling with ear ringing that won’t go away on its own, it’s time to talk to one of our audiologists as it is a pretty clear sign that you have tinnitus.

Tinnitus—Phantom Hearing Issue

You may have heard of tinnitus. Often sitcoms like to make tinnitus the punchline of jokes, and this kind of casual dismissal can make it difficult for tinnitus sufferers to find real help. In many cases, general health care professionals are not trained to help with tinnitus, as there is no diagnosable issue that can be detected. However, that doesn’t mean that your tinnitus isn’t a real issue.

By working with hearing health care professionals like Hearing & Balance Doctors, you can find solutions for your tinnitus. As our doctors of audiology are both highly educated and experienced, they can provide in-depth testing to ascertain if there are other underlying hearing issues that can be triggering your tinnitus and help you find the most effective ways to manage your tinnitus.

Ways Ear Ringing Can Be Managed

We can’t promise you a cure for the ringing in your ears. At this time, there is no known cure for tinnitus, so you should be wary of anyone claiming that they have the magic pill or some other cure for it. Instead, there are practical ways you can treat and manage your tinnitus.

Utilize Hearing Protection

A significant trigger for tinnitus is loud noise exposure. This exposure can come in many forms, from listening to music too loudly, ranging to attending a concert without hearing protection. After loud noise exposure, tinnitus flare-ups can last anywhere from a few minutes to days. Continual exposure can lead to permanent tinnitus.

To help avoid tinnitus symptoms, bring the right hearing protection to your activity. Whether that means you need a pair of disposable foam earplugs or electronic earmuffs, be sure that you protect your delicate hearing.

Avoid Being In Silence

Tinnitus is most noticeable when you are in total silence. Often, there are little sounds and noises throughout the day, so when your tinnitus is most noticeable is at night as you try to fall asleep.

An easy fix if your tinnitus is worse at night is to simply have a white noise generator. It doesn’t have to be a dedicated sound generator—plenty of people use a fan to break up the silence. There are also machines you can purchase that play soothing sounds such as ocean noises or other non-intrusive sounds.

Use Hearing Aids

For those with moderate to severe tinnitus, hearing aids may be needed. Some tinnitus sufferers have hearing loss as well as tinnitus. With hearing aids, the sounds they want to hear are amplified and the tinnitus fades away as hearing is restored.

Even if you don’t have hearing loss, hearing aids can still help. Many modern hearing aids come with tinnitus support, which allows you to keep soothing sounds playing while you are on the move. There are even some that allow you to control what tinnitus management sounds you want to be played via your smartphone. Our doctors of audiology can help you determine which type of tinnitus management hearing aids are best for your needs and lifestyle.

Take Control of Medical Factors

Tinnitus can also be triggered by medical factors. Issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and other medical problems can trigger tinnitus episodes.

That’s why when you work with our audiologists during your tinnitus evaluation, they will ask for your medical history. With all your relevant medical history, we can better assist you in managing your tinnitus.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Another successful method of tinnitus treatment is tinnitus retraining therapy. With this type of therapy, one of our audiologists will help you to retrain how your brain perceives and processes your tinnitus. That way, instead of being hyper-aware of your tinnitus, your brain can learn to recognize and file away the sound of your tinnitus without you needing to recognize it.

Work With Hearing & Balance Doctor For Chronic Tinnitus

In many cases, tinnitus will go away on its own. But, if you are someone who is struggling with chronic tinnitus that does not go away, you can count on Hearing & Balance Doctors to help you manage your tinnitus.

By working with our doctors of audiology, you can get your chronic tinnitus under control and start hearing the things you want to listen to instead of the phantom sounds of tinnitus. To start your tinnitus management plan, contact us to set up a consultation with our hearing doctors.

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