WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT MY TINNITUS?

You can go to a doctor in case your tinnitus is due to something that can be fixed or treated easily.

You can try one or more remedies recommended by tinnitus patients – vitamin B12, magnesium, caffeine, ginkgo biloba withdrawal and paracetamol – for each of these, you will find people who swear it reduces their tinnitus. And you can certainly avoid wasting your money on the countless “tinnitus cure” scams ran by unscrupulous assholes all over the Web.

Other than that, there is currently no proven method of rewiring your brain to make “unexplained” tinnitus disappear completely and permanently. There are therapies that can lessen tinnitus or even make it disappear (Xanax, notched music therapy), but their effect is temporary.However, you can do two very important things:

1.You can learn not to notice the noise.
2.You can stop the noise from bothering you.

If you achieve these two goals, tinnitus will be no more of a problem for you than the color of the walls in your apartment. It will still be noticeable, if you choose to notice it, but it will not be an issue.

Dr Stephen M. Nagler describes this beautifully in his introduction to Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

TRT is not a cure for tinnitus.  It is a treatment approach designed with the goal of tinnitus ceasing to be an issue in the patient’s life.  It is designed with the goal of making tinnitus into a pair of pants.  Ninety percent of the time, people are unaware of their pants.  The 10{754741679431ceb09efae6e94320565469f785b1bbff1b66db1121ae80245ef8} of the time they are aware, they do not “cope” with their pants, they do not “deal” with their pants, they do not “learn to live” with their pants, and they most certainly do not spend any time worrying whether the following day will be a “good pants day” or a “bad pants day.”  They simply wear their pants; and when the goal of TRT has been met, tinnitus should be just like that!

 

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How Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) Works

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Let’s break TRT down into two parts, the first part addressing the actual sound tinnitus produces and the other part dealing with the emotional and behavioral repercussions.

 

Sound Therapy

Sound therapy is the use of external sound to “mask” the internal sound of tinnitus. This mitigates tinnitus on a number of levels.

First, the external sound can partially or completely cover the tinnitus sounds, and can also divert the patient’s attention, while the sound is being played. This can provide immediate relief.

Second, sound therapy can result in what is called “habituation,” where the brain is trained over time to reclassify the tinnitus as an unimportant sound that should be ignored.

Third, the use of specialized sound minimizes the hyperactivity in the brain thought to be the underlying mechanism of tinnitus. This is called “neuromodulation.”

Sound therapy therefore has both short-term and long-term benefits, and works on multiple levels to mitigate the severity of symptoms. Sound therapy can be delivered through special sound masking devices, headphones, and even hearing aids.

While any sound can theoretically provide the masking effect, specialized medical-grade devices deliver customized sounds or music programmed to match the characteristics of the patient’s tinnitus. Your hearing care professional can help you select the right device and sound.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

In addition to sound therapy, TRT also employs behavioral therapies that address the second, emotional component of tinnitus. In ways, this is the more critical component, as tinnitus can trigger strong emotional reactions like anxiety, depression, and anger. This can prove to be much more problematic than the ringing of tinnitus itself.

Research in this area has led to some surprising conclusions. For example, studies have found no correlation between the loudness/pitch of tinnitus and patient-reported distress. Whether or not tinnitus is viewed as no-big-deal, slightly bothersome, or devastating is largely dependent on the cognitive/behavioral response of the patient.

Behavioral therapy can be delivered one-on-one or in groups, from a clinic or over the phone or internet from the patient’s home. Therapy includes education, identifying tinnitus triggers, instituting healthy lifestyle choices to mitigate symptoms, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

 

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Tinnitus remedies

Hearing aids

Most people develop tinnitus as a symptom of hearing loss. When you lose hearing, your brain undergoes changes in the way it processes sound frequencies. A hearing aid is a small electronic device that uses a microphone, amplifier, and speaker to increase the volume of external noises. This can mollify neuroplastic changes in the brain’s ability to process sound.

If you have tinnitus, you may find that the better you hear, the less you notice your tinnitus. A 2007 survey of healthcare providers published in The Hearing Review, found that roughly 60 percent of people with tinnitus experienced at least some relief from a hearing aid. Roughly 22 percent found significant relief.

 Sound-masking devices

Sound-masking devices provide a pleasant or benign external noise that partially drowns out the internal sound of tinnitus. The traditional sound-masking device is a tabletop sound machine, but there are also small electronic devices that fit in the ear. These devices can play white noise, pink noise, nature noises, music, or other ambient sounds. Most people prefer a level of external sound that is just slightly louder than their tinnitus, but others prefer a masking sound that completely drowns out the ringing.

Some people use commercial sound machines designed to help people relax or fall asleep. You can also use headphones, television, music, or even a fan.

A 2017 study in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience found that masking was most effective when using broadband noise, such as white noise or pink noise. Nature sounds proved much less effective.

 Modified or customized sound machines

Standard masking devices help to mask the sound of tinnitus while you are using them, but they have no long-lasting effects. Modern medical-grade devices use customized sounds tailored specifically to your tinnitus. Unlike regular sound machines, these devices are only worn intermittently. You may experience benefits long after the device is turned off, and over time, you may experience long-term improvement in the perceived loudness of your tinnitus.

 Behavioral therapy

Tinnitus is associated with a high level of emotional stress. Depression, anxiety, and insomnia are not uncommon in people with tinnitus. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that helps people with tinnitus learn to live with their condition. Rather than reducing the sound itself, CBT teaches you how to accept it. The goal is to improve your quality of life and prevent tinnitus from driving you crazy.

CBT involves working with a therapist or counselor, typically once per week, to identify and change negative thought patterns. CBT was initially developed as a treatment for depression and other psychological problems, but it seems to work well for people with tinnitus. Several studies and meta-reviews, including one published in the Korean Journal of Audiology, have found that CBT significantly improves irritation and annoyance that often comes with tinnitus.

 Progressive tinnitus management

Progressive tinnitus management (PTM) is a therapeutic treatment program offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Tinnitus is one of the most common disabilities seen in veterans of the armed services. The loud noises of war (and training) often lead to noise-induced hearing loss.

If you’re a veteran, talk to your local VA hospital about their tinnitus treatment programs. You may want to consult the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) at the VA. They have a step-by-step tinnitus workbook and educational materials that may be helpful.

 Exercise

Exercise contributes significantly to your overall well-being. Tinnitus can be aggravated by stress, depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, and illness. Regular exercise will help you manage stress, sleep better, and stay healthier.

altered perceptions of their tinnitus. This included a reduction in depression and anxiety.

DIY mindfulness meditation

You don’t need to enroll in an eight-week program to get started with mindfulness training. Participants in the MBTSR program all received a copy of the groundbreaking book “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn’s book is the premier manual for practicing mindfulness in daily life. You will learn about, and be encouraged to practice, meditation and breathing techniques that can help draw your focus away from tinnitus.

 Alternative treatments

There are several alternative or complementary tinnitus treatment options, including:

  • nutritional supplements
  • homeopathic remedies
  • acupuncture
  • hypnosis

None of these treatment options are supported by science. Many people are convinced that the herb gingko biloba is helpful, however large-scale studies have been unable to prove this. There are many nutritional supplements claiming to be tinnitus remedies. These are usually a combination of herbs and vitamins, often including zinc, ginkgo, and vitamin B-12.

These dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not supported by scientific research. However, anecdotal reports suggest that they may help some people.

 

 

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PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF TINNITUS

Tinnitus is a good news/bad news condition. The good news is tinnitus is rarely serious, but the bad news is it can impact significantly your mood, concentration, or sleep patterns.

Suffering from tinnitus is like constantly listening to a radio station that isn’t tuned in, where everything you say, do or hear is set against the background of static noise.

Tinnitus Symptoms and Screening

Screening involves a review of your medical history and an examination of the outer and inner ear. Your doctor then may apply one or more of the following tests:

Hearing (audiological) exam 

You sit in a soundproof room wearing earphones. Specific sounds are then played into one ear at a time. You indicate when you can hear the sound, and your results are compared with what is considered normal for your age.

Movement

You are asked you to move your eyes, clench and unclench your jaw, and/or move your neck, arms, and legs in certain directions. If your tinnitus changes or worsens when you do these, it may help to identify an underlying problem.

Imaging tests

You also may need tests, such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

 

Treatment and Prevention for Tinnitus

If a specific cause has been identified, addressing it may eliminate the problem. If not, one or more of these strategies may offer relief.

Identify and avoid triggers 

Pinpoint anything that exacerbates the symptoms—for example, drinking caffeinated beverages, taking particular medications, or exposure to noise.

Use hearing aids

If you have hearing loss, wearing a hearing aid may reduce tinnitus by reintroducing ambient sounds that mask it.

Change your reaction

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help recognize negative behaviors and thought patterns related to your tinnitus. You then focus on altering them to reduce any distress from the noises. A similar approach is tinnitus-retraining therapy, which uses counseling and sound therapy to retrain your brain to stop paying attention to the tinnitus.

Seek out other sounds

Sound therapy fills that silence with a constant, neutral sound that distracts you from your tinnitus. Examples include tuning a radio into static sounds, or using a sound machine that plays “white noise,” or relaxing nature sounds.

 

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How is pulsatile tinnitus diagnosed?

Make an appointment with your doctor if you think you’re experiencing pulsatile tinnitus. Your exam will start with a review of your symptoms and your medical history.

The doctor will probably use a stethoscope to listen to your chest, neck, and skull. If your doctor can also hear a pulsatile noise, you have objective pulsatile tinnitus. If not, it’s labeled as subjective pulsatile tinnitus.

You’ll also have hearing tests to determine whether there has been any hearing loss in one or both ears. Your doctor may order some imaging tests as well. These include:

  • ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MR
  • angiography

You may also be tested for high blood pressure and given a blood test to check for thyroid disease or anemia.

If it appears as though you have pulsatile tinnitus, you may be referred to a cardiologist (heart specialist) for an exam and screenings for possible circulation problems or high blood pressure.

 

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HOW DO I LEARN NOT TO NOTICE THE NOISE?

At the core of tinnitus is The Loop. The Loop is my own term for the positive feedback loop created by the following two mechanisms:

1.The more attention you give to your tinnitus, the louder it gets.

2.The louder your tinnitus is, the more it attracts your attention, which in turn makes it even louder, and so on.

This is a vicious circle that can be extremely hard to break out of. In the first few days after my tinnitus appeared, I gave it so much of my attention that eventually I could hear it even while watching TV.

The loop starts when you focus your attention on the noise. Once you let yourself do that, the noise will get louder, making it much harder to get your mind off it. So Rule Number One is: don’t start The Loop. Whenever you find your attention wandering towards the noise, use your will to immediately focus on something else. Get busy. Slap yourself on the face. If you’re trying to fall asleep, try counting. Remember how miserable you felt the last time you let yourself focus on the noise. Do whatever it takes to take your mind off the tinnitus. If all else fails, mask it with music or some noise. But whatever you do, don’t start The Loop.

Learning to take your attention away from tinnitus takes training. One technique that helps with this is having a loud ticking clock in your room. The moment your attention wanders towards the tinnitus, focus on the tick-tockinstead. Counting tick-tocks is also a good way to fall asleep.

If you haven’t heard your tinnitus for some time, don’t listen for it. Don’t ask yourself: “Do I hear the noise now?” or “Has it really gone away or is it just temporarily masked by ambient noise?”. In the first weeks after I got tinnitus, whenever it stopped being noticeable, I would go to a quiet room and put on my isolating headphones to see if it really went away. I did this many times a day and all it did was make me notice my tinnitus again. In the end, I had to set a rule: I am allowed one “tinnitus test” per day, when I get up in the morning. For the rest of the day, no checking.

Remember: If you listen for tinnitus, you are just training your brain to hear it better. Don’t do it. Focus on other things in your surroundings and your life.

 

 

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A Deeper Look Into Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

Tinnitus can be discouraging for a large amount of reasons. First, it’s extremely subjective and varies on a case by case basis. You can’t show anyone what the ringing sounds like, you can’t show anyone how loud it is, and you can’t show anyone how bothersome it is.

Second, there’s no one true, objective way to measure tinnitus. You simply aren’t able to, for example, go into the doctor’s office, get blood drawn, and get diagnosed with the condition.

Third, we still don’t have a complete understanding of how exactly tinnitus works. As such, our understanding of the causes and treatment options remain less than perfect.

This is all frustrating, of course to anyone dealing with tinnitus. Anybody affected should not be hopeless, however. In fact, despite the many frustrations, people with tinnitus can demonstrate a great amount of improvement with their symptoms when following the right treatment plan.

Throughout this article, we’ll be discussing one treatment option in particular, known as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), that has proven to be particularly effective. To understand how TRT works, you first have to understand the two parts of the tinnitus condition.

The Two Parts to Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external sound source is present. We can break tinnitus down into two parts:

The actual sound – usually noted as a ringing sound, this can also be perceived as a buzzing sound, hissing sound, whistling sound, swooshing sound, or clicking sound.
The emotional reaction – the perception of the loudness and character of the sound and the disruption it causes to everyday life.

The most effective remedy of tinnitus therefore requires addressing both parts, which is the underlying rationale of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.

Take Action and Silence Your Tinnitus

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is effective because it leads to habituation on both fronts, both in terms of the actual sound and in terms of the emotional and behavioral responses.

While there is no known cure for tinnitus, you can mitigate the symptoms with the right plan and some perseverance. As your tinnitus is masked and the brain is trained to ignore it, you’ll be able to better cope with the sounds and improve your quality of life.

 

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TESTING FOR TINNITUS

What is Tinnus?

Tinnitus is the hearing of sound when no external sound is present. While often described as a ringing, it may also sound like a clicking, hiss or roaring. Rarely, unclear voices or music are heard. The sound may be soft or loud, low pitched or high pitched and appear to be coming from one ear or both.

What is Tinnus Testing?

Audiological evaluation is an inseparable and important part of tinnitus assessment. A hearing test is almost always needed to identify any condition that involves the auditory system. This should be the first step in an audiological evaluation oftinnitus, since about 90 percent of cases occur with hearing loss.

How do you get tested for tinnitus?

Your doctor will examine your ears, head and neck to look for possible causes oftinnitus. Tests include: Hearing (audiological) exam. As part of the test, you’ll sit in a soundproof room wearing earphones through which will be played specific sounds into one ear at a time.

How tinnitus cured ?

To treat your tinnitus, your doctor will first try to identify any underlying, treatablecondition that may be associated with your symptoms. If tinnitus is due to a health condition, your doctor may be able to take steps that could reduce the noise. Examples include: Earwax removal.

 

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Pulsatile Tinnitus

What is pulsatile tinnitus?

Pulsatile tinnitus is caused by blood circulating in or near your ears.
Unlike most types of tinnitus, pulsatile tinnitus has a physical source of sound that your ears pick up. It’s an amplified sound of blood circulating through your arteries
The ringing or buzzing you hear with other kinds of tinnitus is a result of nerves picking up on abnormal electrical signals moving from your ears to your brain.

What causes pulsatile tinnitus?

There are many possible causes of pulsatile tinnitus, but they all stem from circulation issues. Among the most common causes are:

Atherosclerosis

Blockage in your arteries caused by a buildup of cholesterol, fats, and waste materials can cause blood flow to be turbulent. If this is the cause, you may hear a rhythmic noise in one of your ears.

High blood pressure

When your blood pressure rises, the force of blood against the inner walls of your arteries increases. More forceful blood flow in arteries in or around the ears is easier for your ears to detect.

Turbulent blood flow

Narrowed neck arteries (carotid arteries) or veins (jugular veins) may also cause a change in blood flow to and from the head. Your ears may pick up on this turbulent or irregular circulation, causing pulsatile tinnitus.

Head or neck tumors

A tumor that presses against a vein can also cause pulsatile tinnitus.

Turbulent blood flow

Narrowed neck arteries (carotid arteries) or veins (jugular veins) may also cause a change in blood flow to and from the head. Your ears may pick up on this turbulent or irregular circulation, causing pulsatile tinnitus.

Abnormal capillaries

A problem with the tiny blood vessels that help connect your arteries to your veins, or capillaries, can cause pulsatile tinnitus.

 

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10 Tips for Getting Rid of Tinnitus-A Problem of Ears

10 Tips for Getting Rid of Tinnitus

1. Avoid Loud Noises

To get rid of tinnitus you have to avoid loud noises like-carpentering jobs, power motors and very loud music. These sounds injure your microscopic hair which mainly exists in the auditory cells present in the inner ear.

2. Sound Sleep

A healthier night’s sleep can give a comfort from the symptoms of tinnitus. Ensure a sound sleep every night. You can take some physical exercises for getting better sleep at night.

3. De-stress yourself

Daily life stress can be the potential source of tinnitus. Your stress may affect on your work and at home that make boring sounds in the ear. You should put away your stress that will help you to get rid of tinnitus.
To de-stress yourself meditation can be a great option for you. Apply some mediation process daily in the early morning.

4. Ear Plugs

To keep yourself free from the unnecessary sounds you can use ear plugs.  Ear plugs plays an important role to keep you away from annoying sounds.  To get rid of tinnitus ear plugs can be a great solution.

5. A Support Group

You might find it useful to find a tinnitus support group. This support group can help you to develop tools to cope with your condition.

6. Coffee Cruda

Cruda Coffee has also been used by many people as a successful home remedy for tinnitus. However drinking a large amount of coffee is not recommended for those who suffer from ringing ear but a small amount of caffeine can actually relax you and calm your nerves.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties which can also be used to prevent tinnitus. The alkaline level of the body is also controlled by the apple cider vinegar. This apple cider vinegar widely used for the treatment of tinnitus.

8. Holy Basil

Among all the natural remedies Holy basil is one of them. It plays an important role to get rid of tinnitus. It has antibacterial properties which help to prevent the bacteria of the ear and it also helps you to get relief from the ear pain.

9. Pineapple

Fresh pineapple juice is very effective to reduce ear inflammation and infection. Pineapple juice can be taken regularly to get rid of tinnitus naturally.

10. Rosemary

To get rid of tinnitus Rosemary is one of the natural treatments. This treatment widely used for tinnitus sufferers especially for those people who have high blood pressure. Rosemary has efficacy to strengthen and dilate the blood vessels, so it widely used by the tinnitus sufferers.

 

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