Tinnitus refers to the noises that are heard by a person who doesn’t come from the outside of the individual. This isn’t normally an indication of an underlying problem and often becomes better as time goes by. However, it’s very discomforting, especially if you have no idea how to improve your condition or even know how to deal with it. To reduce the discomfort and deal with tinnitus, there are certain measures one can take. The solutions range from home remedies to medical treatment.
Here are some of the ways to improve your quality of life if you experience tinnitus:
Though we’ve mentioned earlier that medical treatment can be a solution, there’s no actual treatment for this condition. An underlying health condition, noise suppression and certain medications can help. The treatment of an underlying condition will be decided by your doctor, after examining they will suggest what they believe is the best route for you. If the condition is treatable, judging from underlying symptoms, your doctor may take steps such as removal of ear wax, treatment of blood vessel condition or even change a medication you’ve been taking, this could be the one causing your tinnitus.
White noise has been found to be able to suppress the sound, making it a little bit less bothersome to the individual. Electronic devices may be suggested by your doctor for this purpose. These devices include white noise machines, hearing aids, masking devices and tinnitus retraining device.
There are no drugs known to cure tinnitus. However, some of these medications can make complications and symptoms less severe. Medications that have been used before for this purpose include tricyclic antidepressants like nortriptyline and amitriptyline. These are used only in severe cases as they have unpleasant side-effects. Alprazolam such as Xanax has also been found to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. Like the tricyclic antidepressants, the alprazolam medications also have undesirable side-effects and can also be addictive.
Home and Lifestyle Remedies
Since it’s not treatable, several individuals have found a way of getting used to it so that they notice it less than they used to when it began. Others have also found out that making a few adjustments to certain aspects of their lifestyles help make the noise not as bothersome. These tips may include avoiding possible sources of irritation, covering up the ears, managing stress and by reducing the consumption of alcohol. Irritants include nicotine, caffeine and loud noises.
Use of Alternative Medicine
There’s no surety that alternative medical treatments can alleviate tinnitus. Alternative therapies which have been tested for this condition include hypnosis, zinc supplements, ginkgo biloba, B vitamins and Acupuncture. The use of neuromodulation using TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) has been successfully used to reduce tinnitus in some people. It’s a non-invasive therapy. There’s no knowing who it’ll work on and who it won’t.
Support and Coping with Tinnitus
This condition never becomes better or goes away completely through treatment. To help you have a better quality of life, some suggestions have been made. These are counselling, support groups and education. A licensed psychologist or therapist can be helpful for you in learning the techniques for coping. Support groups may either be meeting in person or through internet forums. In such groups, you get to learn from others with the same problem the ways to help alleviate tinnitus. In terms of education, it’s recommended that you learn everything you can about this condition and ways that are helpful in alleviating its symptoms.