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Tinnitus, more commonly known as “ringing in the ears,” is the sensation of hearing different sounds/noises when nothing is present. Some may describe it as ringing, buzzing, humming, roaring, or even cricket-like noises. These noises can be continuous or occur at irregular intervals that vary in loudness.
Although tinnitus is a common problem, there are still a few misconceptions. Here are some of the prevailing myths about ringing in the ears:
Myth #1: Tinnitus Is Incurable
Many people who suffer from tinnitus are under the misconception that there’s nothing much you can do about it. That’s not the case. It can be triggered by different causes such as hazardous noise exposure, hearing loss, wax buildup, and more. Tinnitus due to wax buildup may reside or completely disappear once the blockage is removed.
However, hearing loss can cause chronic ringing. There are several strategies that can reduce the severity of tinnitus and help make the symptoms less bothersome. Such strategies include amplification with hearing devices, a modified diet with reduced sodium and caffeine, and sound therapy using low-level noises and music. Some methods may be more effective for you, so be sure to discuss your condition with your audiologist.
Myth #2: People With Tinnitus Will Eventually Lose Their Hearing
Tinnitus may occur on its own or be associated with an existing hearing loss. New developments in hearing aid technology can address both hearing loss and tinnitus concerns. These devices are prescribed for hearing loss and offer tinnitus management options like masking noise which distracts the ears from the tinnitus sounds.
Myth #3: Tinnitus Is Just in Your Head
Although other people cannot hear your tinnitus, it doesn’t mean it’s not real. A lot of adults today suffer from this condition. Most of the time, it is manageable, but other times, it can significantly impact the quality of life. You don’t have to experience this alone. Talk to your audiologist to learn about the treatment for tinnitus that is right for you.
Contact us at The Hearing Doctor if you or your loved one suffers from ringing in the ears. Schedule an appointment, and our Audiologists will be there to help you.