Tinnitus affects approximately one in five people. If you fall into this group, you understand how bothersome this ringing of the ears can be. What causes ringing of the ears? In most cases, exposure to loud noise, over a period of time or one single instance, is the culprit. The normal aging process may also lead to you hearing noise when no external sound is present and the same is true of a head or ear injury. If no underlying medical condition is detected, you may have to live with tinnitus. There are some coping skills you can learn to make this easier to do. Here are a few you may wish to try.
Support groups are of great benefit to many who suffer from tinnitus. When you share your experience with others, they may have suggestions to make the noise less annoying. Some groups meet in person while others gather in Internet forums. With either type of group, you know you aren’t alone and that others understand what you are dealing with. Whenever possible, choose a group that is run by a qualified health professional such as a audiologist or physician. This ensures you get accurate information that will help rather than harm.
Learn as much as you can about tinnitus, its causes, symptoms and treatments. The more you know, the more likely you are to find relief from the ringing in your ears. Many find that, by learning about this condition, the ringing noise becomes less bothersome. This may be due to the fact that fear is eliminated when one understands what is going on and why he or she is experiencing these symptoms.
Counseling provides relief to many suffering from tinnitus. Seek help from a qualified professional, such as a psychologist or licensed therapist. He or she teaches coping sills that make symptoms less bothersome. Other problems have been linked to this condition, including depression and anxiety. The therapist can assist with treating these also.
No matter which coping skills you choose to make use of, you must understand that ringing of the ears is normal to some extent. The noise will never completely go away no matter how many treatments are tried. The most you can expect is relief from the symptoms. If you find that tinnitus is interfering with your quality of life, seek help today. Relief can be obtained with the right care.