Since Tinnitus has no proven cure, treatments are given to help in relieving patients from its annoying symptoms. Tinnitus relief is possible with the help of these treatments. Tinnitus is not the disease. The tinnitus is just a flag sign of a disease that has caused damage to the cells of the inner ear. Factors that contribute to tinnitus are: injury, illness, prolonged exposure to loud noise, loss of hearing due to age, and adverse reaction to pharmaceuticals, or some other factors.
A preliminary step a doctor would take in trying to achieve Tinnitus relief would be an earwax removal. Abundance or hardness of wax may be the reason for the symptom. If there isn’t a problem with the wax then the doctor would take another consideration. The patient with vascular disease may also experience tinnitus. In this case, drugs may be prescribed to take care of the symptoms. In cases where medication is not effective, surgery may be the next recommendation of the doctor. Some drugs could cause tinnitus. To address the problem, altering dosages, switching drugs or discontinuing the medication will be advised.
Another way of giving Tinnitus relief is Masking or covering of the internal noise. To be used periodically, white noise machine could facilitate the patient in sleeping. The soothing sound it produces can give the patients good sleep.
Some elderly people also are affected with tinnitus. Since most of these patients have already lost their sense of hearing, the doctor may recommend a hearing aid or cochlear implant to improve their hearing ability. When the patient can hear external noises, Tinnitus relief could be achieved by making the internal noise unnoticeable. It’s like making the external sound heavier than the sound created by tinnitus. And at times, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications are given, and its calming effect could help in Tinnitus relief.
Contrary to the belief that the cause of tinnitus is the damage to the parts of the ear, it usually affects the eardrums, cochlea, and nerve. This is due to the exposure of a loud sound and severe emotional or physical stress, a recent study showed that tinnitus , often called “ear noise” is a psychological matter and not of the structure of the ear. They have made the study that resulted to a conclusion that tinnitus will be noticed only during the time when the patient is left alone in a silent place for a period of time.
That study, sprouted a new method of Tinnitus relief. It is called as the Habituation Therapy in which the treatment had 80 percent success rate during its trial. Tinnitus retraining therapy in specific has strong neurophysical evidence showing that the patient can ignore internal noise as it could ignore external noises that could be heard of everyday such as railways, refrigerator and other things. This therapy makes the brain get used to the internal sound as just like those of which are heard of externally every day.