Ringing In The Ears Tinnitus Diagnosis and Treatment by anamaulida


									If a ringing, hissing, or crackling sound in your ear is bothering you,
you are most probably suffering from a condition called tinnitus.
Tinnitus is not so much a disease but a symptom to a host of different
ailments. Around 36 million Americans have this condition. In general,
it is only the patient who actually hears the noise.        At a certain
level, some amounts of head noise can be considered normal. It can be
likened to going into a quiet room and suddenly noticing the low sounds
created by a ticking clock or shuffling feet or any such sounds that
usually get masked by other noises. If for some reason something blocks
outside noise from your ear, for instance a foreign body in the external
ear, or ear wax, you will become conscious of the sounds from your own

  Other causes of tinnitus may be an infection or fluids in the ear. It
could also be brought about by disease related to the eardrum, that is,
the tympanic membrane, or turbulence from high blood pressure near the
ears. A common cause among older people is nerve damage in the inner
ear. People exposed to very loud noises such as firearms or loud music,
have also been reported to develop tinnitus. There are rare cases when
tinnitus is actually a symptom of serious conditions such as brain
aneurysm or brain tumor.        A physician diagnoses tinnitus through
evaluation of the patient's symptoms. He or She will usually require a
hearing test if the tinnitus is persistent. To rule out serious
conditions such as brain tumors, your doctor may require a computer
tomography scan (CT scan) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Once the specific cause of your tinnitus has been identified, the
physician can make treatment recommendations. There is no singular
specific treatment for tinnitus. Treatment can range from clearing the
ear canal of earwax plugs, to surgical intervention, in the case of brain
tumors. For non-serious but really bothersome cases, a white-noise
producing device may be recommended to mask out the tinnitus. Some
researches have been conducted for certain medications, but as yet, none
have been found to be conclusively effective in curing tinnitus. In
cases of nerve damage to the actual hearing organ, the patient might just
have to live with the condition      Remedies that bring relief include
the avoidance of caffeine, salt and smoking. For patients who have a
zinc deficiency, taking zinc supplements sometimes helps. Some patients
suffering from sleep disturbances due to the tinnitus gain relief by
taking melatonin. Some treatment centers offer tinnitus retraining
therapy which uses a low-level broadband noise and counseling to help
patients create the habit of ignoring the annoying sounds, so that they
do not get bothered by them anymore.        Taking care of your hearing
organ is the best option for avoiding tinnitus. If your work environment
exposes you to very loud noises, follow your employer's guidelines for
protecting your ears. If you have been prescribed medications, such as
high blood pressure medications, take them, so as not to develop tinnitus
related to your other health conditions. Be careful when using cotton
swabs for cleaning the ears as they may cause impaction of wax near the
ear drum and cause tinnitus.        For more information on tinnitus,
visit Triumph Tinnitus Today. Another useful resource is Tinnitus
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