An estimated 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, or constant ear noise that is not the result of an outside source of sound. The sounds of tinnitus heard most often tend to explained as a high-pitched bell ringing, telephone dial tone, running water, hissing, cricket chirping, and many more. The ear noise is often constant and variable, meaning while it is always present, it becomes quiet or loud at different times; some people notice the sound will completely disappear, only to start again without provocation.
Perhaps the greatest saving grace about tinnitus is that people can become so accustomed to their particular tinnitus sound that after a while they will not notice it (although it is still present), if they are distracted or concentrating on an activity (watching television, playing a sport, cooking). Once they are no longer involved in that activity, or something calls their attention to their hearing, once again they become immediately aware of their tinnitus sound.
When there is no immediate medical cause of tinnitus (high blood pressure, ear pathology, chemical or drug toxicity) in most cases, it is felt that most cases are either due to the effects of old age or injury to the hearing mechanism by repeated and prolonged exposure to loud noises (factory and engine work, gun shots, music). In these cases, it is wise to attempt to control as many aspects of the local and internal environment as possible to not aggravate the tinnitus further.
For the estimated 10-18 % of life-long tinnitus sufferers whose problem is without apparent causation, the best that can be hoped for is to limit the tinnitus experience and live at peace with the internal noise. To accomplish this requires a strategy of coping and reducing stress.
For everyone who suffers from tinnitus, whether the cause is known or not, whether the ear sounds are constant or not, whether the problem is acute or chronic, it is necessary to take control of their personal tinnitus situation for greatest relief and sense of control.
To reduce or limit tinnitus sounds
Evaluate those activities and situations that might help you cope with the constant ear sounds. Perhaps the easiest and most readily available strategy is to listen to music that allows a person to become distracted and lost in the enjoyment of it. Some might find the same benefit of easy distraction by listening to the recorded sounds of nature, such as ocean waves, howling wind, rustling leaves, or even crickets clicking in the distance.
Anyone who has had tinnitus for a few years knows what aggravates the problem. Make a point to avoid anything known to increase the problem, such as being around tobacco smoke, drinking alcohol, and any loud noise. Those who work in construction or around loud noises or sudden explosive sounds, should wear ear plugs or specially insulated earmuffs to protect the hearing. Managing tinnitus sounds
Very often tinnitus will develop in those who have suffered hearing loss, especially when associated with aging. This reduced hearing ability, coupled with the ongoing presence of internal ear sounds, can make it most difficult to conduct a conversation with people. If this is a problem, simply explain your situation and ask that the person face you when you speak together. Being able to see facial expressions can help immensely to understand the spoken word. Ask people to speak louder and more slowly, but not to shout.
Final self-help measures
The Tinnitus Treatment Institute was developed to inform the worldwide public about the causes and limited medical treatment of tinnitus, along with the large assortment of helpful and safe Alternative Medicine therapies that have been used for years. The Tinnitus Treatment Institute expanded and refined the idea of using a large group of these therapies for maximum patient benefit that can be carried out safely under self-directed care. For greatest recovery from tinnitus simply go to the Tinnitus Treatment Institute website to learn how to direct an aggressive and tested nutrition and herb therapy program.