A life with Tinnitus

By : Godoctr Team    Posted : 07-04-2016    3062    3    Like
A life with Tinnitus

"I've never heard silence quite this loud"

What's some lyrics from a Taylor Swift song sounds like more.
What would you do if you heard ringing or hissing noises when there weren't any? 
Tinnitus is a symptom which bears behind it an underlying condition. It is age-neutral, and 1 in 10 people experience mild persistent tinnitus, while 1 in 100 experience a rather aggravating one with perpetual persistence. An individual with tinnitus will normally experience any or a bunch of these sub-symptoms:
(Sub-symptoms may persist in one ear or both)
A ringing sound
A hissing sound
A clicking sound
A whistling sound
A high-pitched whining sound
A roaring sound
Human voices
Tunes, music
A buzzing or humming sound
A sound like that of crickets, tree frogs or locusts
While involuntarily hearing unwanted sounds may be annoying, it is also linked with hearing loss. An individual may find some trouble accomplishing simple daily tasks, specially those involving application of cognition. It may also drive a patient into confusion and fear.
So, what triggers tinnitus?
  • Exposure to loud music/sounds-It can damage delicate sensory cells of the inner ear.
  • Stress
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Salt consumption
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Consumption of a superfluous amount of aspirin or antibiotics
When recently exposed to loud noise, one may temporarily experience tinnitus. Other forms include:
  1. Mild tinnitus, which can often be masked by louder sounds. The patient may notice the sub-symptoms only in a quiet surrounding.
  2. High-pitched tinnitus- This involves high-pitched sub-symptoms which may be heard only when a certain posture is attained, like lying down.
  3. Low-frequency tinnitus- Sounds like low-pitched rumbling may be heard.
  4. Musical hallucinations- Rarely, music may be heard repeatedly in your head.
  5. Pulsatile Tinnitus- The patient may experience a noise synchronized with his/her heartbeat.
While it's common to have heard about the helplessness of a patient of tinnitus, it can actually be dealt with(although, not cured):
  1. Hearing aids have been found to be the most effective way of management for tinnitus. They provide maximum amplification for very quiet surroundings, and limit the overall loudness of the sound reaching the ear in a noisier surrounding.
  2. Tinnitus Sound Therapy- Amplified sound from hearing aids, environmental influences, music, or noise generators is used to minimize the contrast between tinnitus and the surrounding.
  3. Tinnitus Management Devices- They look like hearing aids, but work on fractal tones.
  4. Ear Protection- Prevention when in a loud surrounding will help.
  5. Tinnitus Counseling- While other methods do help reduce the effects of tinnitus, it is helpful for a patient to use counseling, it can help diagnose the cause.
Also, while many tinnitus-curing pills exist, they have never been shown to actually work.

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