Tinnitus, causes and treatments

alsmith By alsmith, 25th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Tinnitus, also know as ringing of the ears. What are the causes of tinnitus and how to treat it.

What is Tinnitus

Tinnitus is described as any and all unexplained noises heard within the ear. Noises range in sound and intensity depending on the individual and their situation. Tinnitus often presents itself as a ringing, hissing, hollow buzzing, or a whistling noise. Tinnitus appears to be a disorder of the acoustic nerve. The acoustic nerve transmits impulses to the brain produced by external sound waves. When tinnitus occurs the acoustic nerve transmits these impulses, not from external sound waves, but by some unknown stimulation inside the head or ear. Tinnitus is often left unexplained with no clear diagnosis.

The main causes of Tinnitus

The causes of tinnitus cover a wide range, anywhere from hearing loss to loud noise exposure. Tinnitus is also the main symptom of many disorders affecting the ear. Such disorders include, but are not limited to, Meniere's disease, labrinthitis, otosclerosis, or even ear infection. Sudden unset tinnitus can also be a symptom of more rare conditions like an aneurysm or tumor. Tinnitus sometimes follows head injury or prescription drug use. The list of perscription drugs that can cause tinnitus is extensive.

Managing and dealing with Tinnitus

When the underlying cause of tinnitus is discovered and treated the person must then learn to deal with this frustrating condition. Some people adjust well and only notice their tinnitus at intermittent times while others find it nearly intolerable. There are measures sufferers can take to lessen the disturbance to their everyday life. Back ground noise produced by a radio or television may help. Headphones that block out noise while providing soft sounds for the brain to focus or hearing aids are just some of the options sufferers use to reduce the effects of tinnitus.

When tinnitus is caused by a diagoned condition there may be other available options to reduce or minimize tinnitus. Changes in diet such as reducing sodium and caffeine intake help for some conditions. Although prescription drugs will not cure tinnitus there are a few available to help reduce the severity. Some sufferers have success with Antidepressants like Amitriptyline and Nortriptyline. Niravam may also help but it can be habit forming. The drug Campral, used to treat alcoholism has also showed some success.

Although tinnitus may seem unbearable at first unset, the mind and body will adjust over time. Tinnitus sufferers should keep up to date on the lastest treament options available and speak to their doctor before trying any new treatment because side effects can sometimes be more disturbing then the tinnitus.



The Canadian Medical Association Home Medical Encyclopedia


Condition Of Ears, Hearing, Hearing Loss, Ringing Of Ears, Tinnitus

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Jun 2010 (#)

Very annoying, I do not have this problem often.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Nov 2010 (#)

My husband has been annoyed by this, for years.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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