Tinnitus is amedical condition characterized by the constant noise in the ears. Patients sufferingfrom this problem may hear ringing, clicking or ticking sounds, but also steam,whooshing or whistling. It might be that only you are able to hear these sounds,and this type of the condition is known as subjective tinnitus, and most peopleexperiencing these ear problems have this type of the disease. When some otherpeople (including your doctor) can also hear what you hear inside your ears, thecondition is called objective tinnitus.
Possible tinnituscauses include many different things. If you have suffered from a head injury,shouted very loud or went to shoot without any ear protection you could easilyend up with ringing in the ears. You might have damaged your inner ear or theauditory nerve, responsible for the transduction of signals from the inner earto the brain, and as the result you hear these strange sounds in your ear(s).
Aging, arteriosclerosis,stress, various allergic reactions, dieting or head and neck traumas are knownto be associated with tinnitus. High blood pressure, anemia or anti-inflammatorymedications can also cause ringing inside the ears. Other medical problems withthe ears might be the issue which led to tinnitus, including: ear infections, impactedear wax, damage of the ears caused by noise, blockage of the eustachian tube, otosclerosisand hearing loss. Meniere’s disease, a type of inner ear disorder affecting a person’sbalance and hearing and tumor of the middle ear can also provoke tinnitus.
People experiencingtinnitus can be suffering from this problem from several days up to severalyears or even lifelong. In 93% of all reported and treated cases of tinnitus,doctors can’t do much. These patients are exposed to a greater risk of developingdepression, chronic tiredness, and sleeping problems. Their work andrelationships with partners and family are also very stressed because of theirmedical condition.
Conventionalmedicine will try to solve tinnitus using antibiotic drugs, anti-anxiety medicationsor anti-histamines. Hearing aids can also help patients suffering from tinnitusto decrease and mask irritating sounds.
When theconventional medicine fails, or if you decide you don’t want to use medicationsto treat your problem, you may choose various natural or holistic treatmentsfor tinnitus. Herbal preparations, acupuncture and proper diet may cure yourproblem, affecting the root cause, not just the symptoms you are experiencingin your ears. Exercises such as yoga classes or even meditation might be veryhelpful, as well. There is also the program and the book by Thomas Colman, addressingthe techniques and treatments for tinnitus. These natural therapies are said tocure the condition permanently, without unwanted side effects drugs might have.