Tinnitus--ringing in the ears--affects approximately 50 million Americans, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA). That’s almost one in every six Americans, they say. So, you probably know someone with this annoying condition.
It has also been determined that 40 percent of people with tinnitus experience it during 80 percent of their day, experts say. The experience of it differs from person to person. It can be infrequent and hardly noticeable. Or, it can be constant and consuming.
If you think you have tinnitus or some level of hearing loss, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Selective serotonin rebuke inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants.They increase serotonin to the brain to relieve symptoms of depression.
Recently, the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) found that the part of the brain where tinnitus occurs was impacted negatively by using SSRIs. Specifically, they noted, that hypersensitivity and hyperactivity to stimuli in relation to serotonin occured. Therefore, using SSRIs may worsen tinnitus. If you have tinnitus, make sure you talk to your physician before taking common antidepressants.
Talk to a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for more information on hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
Fifteen percent of all people are thought to suffer from tinnitus--humming, phantom ringing, or buzzing in the ears. The range of severity with tinnitus differs from person to person, being mild to disabling. Tinnitus has no real cure, despite its prevalence. But the effects can be reduced at home without inconvenience or cost.
Don’t linger in silence
Your mind will focus on the internal noise without competing sounds. What you can do is listen to white noise, music, or nature’s sounds to block out the ringing. You can also try listening to a podcast or audio book to lessen the discomfort.
Utilize meditation and breathing exercises
Feel peaceful by meditating carefully to fight the inner noise. In addition, breathe slowly and deeply to combat any tension and stress associated with tinnitus.
Stay in motion
Tinnitus effects will lessen with movement. Exercise eases stress, improves overall health, and creates positive feelings. Blood circulation also improves. Some tinnitus sufferers experience a low blood supply, so exercise will increase blood flow to the cells of the inner ear. Also, such a distraction as movement will help you from focusing on buzzing sounds.
Get a better night’s sleep
Tinnitus can be irritating and interrupt sleep, but there are ways to get a better night’s sleep. At night, avoid utilizing stimulants such as nicotine or caffeine. Reading a book, instead, can help your mind relax. However, don’t resort to too much time with the phone, television, or computer. Staring at screens can further aggravate sleeping difficulties. A soundscape of relaxing sounds is a pivotal way to accomplish healthy amounts of sleep at night.
Although there’s no cure for tinnitus, the four steps above can improve your comfort levels. However, such methods may not benefit everybody. If tinnitus is agonizing, discuss it with a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids. They have hearing aids tuned to the exact pitch of your tinnitus, pushing it to the background.
Besides amplifying the sounds around us, most of our hearing aids also include a tinnitus therapy feature. How does this work?
In very quiet hearing environments, regular hearing aids don’t have enough external sounds to amplify and distract a wearer from tinnitus. This is when the tinnitus therapy feature comes in. By emitting a customized therapy signal — a soothing sound like waves rolling into a beach — it distracts the wearer from focusing on the ringing in the ears. Many of our hearing instruments are equipped with different therapy signal types, and can be adjusted to provide relief from tinnitus with and without amplification.
Many of the manufacturers that we fit use technology that is clinically proven to reduce listening effort for wearers. In addition, some hearing instruments have programming options so we can customize the tinnitus therapy feature for each and every user.
Here are some examples:
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Sean Mark, BC-HIS
Director at Pure Sound Hearing Aids