Tinnitus is described as a ringing in the ears. Sometimes it can also sound like clicking, roaring, hissing or buzzing. Even when there is no noise is present, the person suffering from it may perceive sound. It can be very soft or very loud, high-pitched or low pitched. Some people here it in one ear and others hear it in both.
People who develop tinnitus may have that as a symptom of hearing loss. If you lose hearing, your brain undergoes changes in the way it processes sound frequencies. In that case a hearing aid will help you to listen better and get rid of tinnitus problem. A hearing aid is a small electronic device that can increase the volume of external noises. By using the hearing aid, you can nullify neuropathic changes in the brain's ability to process sound. It is often seen that when you hear better, you'll notice less tinnitus. In scientific studies it was found that the percent of people with tinnitus experience some relief from tinnitus by using hearing aids and 22% found significant relief.
Tinnitus can result in a high level of emotional stress. Many people who suffer from this problem may suffer from depression, anxiety and insomnia. Cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT can help you if you are suffering from any such emotional problems. It said talk therapy that can help you to learn to live with your condition. You do not need to reduce the sound or use any other external device. CBT will teach you how to accept it. This therapy will try to help you by improving your quality of life and from preventing tinnitus from creating mental problems.
In this case, you will need to work with a certified CBT therapist or counsellor. They will help you to identify and change negative thought patterns. Scientific studies found that CBT can help you to get rid of your tinnitus problem.
Sound masking devices
There are devices available which can mask the sound. They provide a pleasant or benign external noise that partially reduces the internal sound of tinnitus. There are different types of sound masking devices available nowadays. You'll find table top sound machine and also small electronic devices which can fit in your ear. Such devices are capable of playing white noise, pink noise, nature noises, music and other ambient sounds. You'll be able to adjust the sound depending on your preference. Some people like a level of external sound that is slightly louder than the tinnitus but some others preferred is sound that can completely drown out the ringing in the ear.
Treating dysfunctions and fractions
Most of the cases of tinnitus is caused by hearing loss. Sometimes it can also be caused by an irritation to the auditory system. Sometimes it can be a result of a problem with the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. In case of tinnitus caused by TMJ, a dental procedure or realignment of your bite can remove the problem.
Sometimes it can be a result of excess earwax. Simply removing the earwax blockage can help you to get rid of mild cases of tinnitus. An ENT specialist can help you by examining the problem and removing the obstructions in the ear canal.
References 1. Sonus Complete
2. Tinnitus: Characteristics, Causes, Mechanisms, and Treatments