If you are one of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from tinnitus, you know that it can have a significant impact on your professional life as well as your social and domestic life. This continuous ringing in the ears can also cause stress and lead to depression.
Tinnitus is the perceived sound that doesn’t actually exist. In reality, tinnitus occurs in the brain. For many people, it is characterized by a ringing in the ears, but it can also manifest itself as different sounds such as whistling, hissing, tinnitus or purring.
Knowing the facts about tinnitus is a valuable way to find a way to relieve it.
The British Tinnitus Association considers that about 10% of people worldwide suffer from tinnitus to some extent. And with so many people affected by tinnitus, it is more important than ever to differentiate between reality and fiction. Knowing the truth about tinnitus can give you every opportunity to effectively control tinnitus and minimize its symptoms to improve your quality of life.
Myth # 1: I can simply change my diet and my tinnitus will go away.
While some believe that certain additives and foods such as alcohol, sodium and caffeine can aggravate tinnitus, tinnitus is usually not the root cause. It is still important for overall health to eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy way of life that includes exercise, but tinnitus must be treated independently. Tinnitus management solutions may include dietary and lifestyle adjustments, but these alone will not be enough to relieve tinnitus. In many cases, tinnitus management strategies will be accompanied by sound therapies.
Myth #2: Tinnitus is an incurable disease
This is not entirely true. Tinnitus is not a disease in itself, but sometimes the result of a number of underlying pathologies. Intense noises, neurological damage, vascular disease or brain trauma are just a few examples of the health problems that can contribute to the development of tinnitus. Tinnitus can also develop in response to certain medications. And while it is true that there is no “cure”, there are treatments that will reduce symptoms and make tinnitus easier to live with.
Myth #3: Everyone with tinnitus goes deaf
Tinnitus and hearing loss can coexist but are separate conditions. Just because you have tinnitus doesn’t mean you have a hearing loss, and even if you have a hearing loss, it doesn’t mean you are going deaf. Hearing aids can correct the hearing loss and can often manage the symptoms of tinnitus at the same time.
Myth #4: Only the hearing impaired suffer from tinnitus
Yes, people with hearing loss can also have tinnitus, and it is often related. But it is also possible to have tinnitus without having a hearing loss. If you are exposed to a very loud sound, such as at a rock concert or an explosion, you may experience temporary ringing in your ears. And certain other medical conditions or the use of certain medications can also cause tinnitus. Even if you don’t think you have a hearing loss, it’s still worthwhile to be examined by a hearing healthcare professional.
Myth #5: I can’t do anything about tinnitus
There is something you can do! Tinnitus research is still ongoing, and treatments are constantly evolving and improving. Whether your tinnitus is mild, moderate or severe, a hearing care professional can offer solutions and treatments to help you alleviate the symptoms and make your situation more comfortable. In addition, other healthcare professionals can diagnose and treat health problems that may cause tinnitus in the first place.
Myth #6: Tinnitus is always a ringing in the ears.
The truth is that the sounds produced by tinnitus are not the same for everyone. Humming is the most common, but it can also be a ringing, hissing, or buzzing sound. Tinnitus sounds vary individually from day to day and are very personal.
Myth #7: There are pills you can take to help tinnitus go away.
Unfortunately, there is no “magic pill” that you can take to treat tinnitus. But there are ways to manage tinnitus that can alleviate the symptoms and make them acceptable. Progress has been made in sound therapy with great success, for example. Other ways to manage symptoms include hearing aids, meditation, stress management techniques, and changes in diet and exercise. Consult a hearing health care professional who specializes in tinnitus to discuss these options.
Myth #8: Hearing aids will not help with tinnitus.
The truth is that new developments in hearing aid technology can manage both the hearing loss and the symptoms of tinnitus by increasing the external sounds, thereby masking the internal sounds of tinnitus.
If you are one of the millions of people in the world suffering from tinnitus, knowing the reality is a first step. Getting help may be possible.