TINNITUS or ringing ,whistling,buzzing sound in ear is a queer thing.
It’s actually like you can hear the parts of your brain moving.
It’s one of the most mysterious complaints we face as doctor’s.
Have you ever had that feeling of buzzing in ear when you had a cold?
That’s what is Tinnitus.
An irritating background buzz.
For people who suffer from this.It’s more than irritation. It’s life consuming.
What causes Tinnitus?
- Excessive noise
- Head trauma
- Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
- Ear infections
- Certain drugs
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Meniere’s disease
- Paget disease
What tests should you do to start treatment early?
- Pure tone audiometry
- Short increment sensitivity index
- Tone decay test
- Thyroid hormone profile
- Blood sugar
- Lipid Profile
- CT Brain
Depending on the above reports
- MRI Cerebellopontine angle
Tips to live with Tinnitus
The best way to fight this problem is to rewire your brain.
You make your brain believe, you are not bothered by the sound.
Pretend it’s your personal background music.
Pretend its the neighbours.
Haven’t you ever put on music to drown out noisy neighbourhood fights?
In order to avoid being irritated ,medicines will help.To some extent .
Mindfulness can help decrease the stress of tackling this problem.
Lifestyle changes needed include:
1)Go to bed with TV or music on to block the noise.
Very easy to do and one of the best ways to live with tinnitus .
2)Exercise :Makes you tired enough to fall asleep quickly.
When you work hard you sleep like a log.
3)Neuro vitamins like Vitamin B6 B12 and combination of antioxidants.They help protect your nerves against age related nerve degeneration.
Tinnitus specific drugs have varied results.
4)Avoidance of smoking and alcohol helps prevent further damage to the nerves.
5)Tinnitus retraining therapy
A type of cognitive behavioural therapy .
6)Tinnitus maskers:These are like hearing aids. But act as buffers to block the ringing sound in your ear.
Disclaimer :This is information for educational purpose.For full evaluation always visit your doctor.
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