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How can I stop the ringing in my ears? Even though we don’t yet know how to cure tinnitus, it’s symptoms can be reduced by learning what initiates it and worsens it.

Experts calculate that 32 percent of people have a constant ringing, buzzing, or whooshing noise in their ears. This condition, which is called tinnitus, can be a serious problem. People who hear these sounds have trouble sleeping and concentrating, and they could also have associated hearing loss.

There are measures you can take to reduce the symptoms, but because it’s commonly related to other health conditions, there is no immediate cure.

What Should I Avoid to Minimize The Ringing in My Ears?

There are some things that have been shown to cause or worsen tinnitus symptoms and these are the things you should avoid. Loud noise is one of the most common things that worsen tinnitus. Refrain from using headphones, and if you are exposed to noise at work or at home, get some high-quality earplugs to minimize the damage.

Some medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and even high doses of aspirin can make the ringing worse so talk to your doctor. Be certain you speak with your doctor before you stop taking your medication.

Other typical causes of tinnitus include:

  • problems with the jaw
  • infections
  • allergies
  • other medical problems
  • stress
  • high blood pressure
  • too much earwax

Tinnitus And Issues With The Jaw

Your jaw and ears are closely related. That’s why problems with your jaw can cause tinnitus. The best example of this is an affliction called Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ for short), which comprises a breakdown of the shock-absorbing cartilage around the joints in your jaw. Tinnitus can be the result of the stress of simple activities such as chewing.

What can I do? The best thing you can do, if your tinnitus is the result of TMJ, is to seek medical or dental help.

How is The Ringing in my Ears Linked to Stress?

Stress can affect your body in very real, very tangible ways. Associated surges in blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing can all result in an intensification of tinnitus symptoms. Stress, consequently, can trigger, exacerbate, and extend bouts of tinnitus.

What can be done? If your tinnitus is triggered by stress, you should determine ways of reducing stress. Taking some time to minimize the stress in your life (whenever you can) will also help.

Excess Earwax

It’s completely healthy and normal for you to have earwax. But buzzing or ringing can be the result of excessive earwax pressing on your eardrum. If you can’t wash out the earwax in a normal way because it has accumulated too much, the ensuing tinnitus can become worse.

What can be done? The easiest way to reduce the ringing in your ears caused by excessive earwax is to make sure your ears are clean! (Do not use cotton swabs in your ears.) In certain cases, you may need to seek out a professional cleaning so that you can get the ringing or buzzing to go away (some people just naturally make a lot more earwax than others).

Tinnitus is Worsened by High Blood Pressure

A myriad of health issues, like tinnitus, can be caused by high blood pressure and hypertension. High blood pressure can intensify the ringing or buzzing you’re already hearing, making it difficult to disregard. There isn’t a cure for tinnitus, but there are treatment options for high blood pressure.

What can be done? High blood pressure is not something you want to ignore. Medical treatment is advisable. But you can also change your lifestyle a little: steer clear of foods that have high fat or salt content and get more exercise. Stress can also raise your blood pressure, so practicing relaxation techniques or changing your lifestyle can also improve hypertension (and, thus, tinnitus brought about by hypertension).

Will Using a Masking Device or White Noise Device Help my Tinnitus?

You can reduce the effects of the continual noise in your head by distracting your ears and your brain. Your TV, radio, or computer can be used as a masking device so you don’t even require any special equipment. If you prefer, there are hearing aids or specialized devices you can get to help.

You should take it seriously if you have constant ringing, buzzing, or whooshing in your ears. It could be a warning sign that you also have hearing loss, or that you are experiencing a medical problem that needs to be addressed before it gets worse. Before what began as an aggravating problem becomes a more severe concern, take measures to protect your ears and if the ringing persists, find professional hearing help.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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