Hearing Loss and Tinnitus : Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
Hearing Loss: Causes and Cures
Hearing loss or loss of hearing can be a temporary or a permanent condition. It could be a chronic condition wherein the symptoms will get worse before there is permanent loss of hearing.
Loss of hearing could be in one ear or both, the condition can be degenerative or it may be transient. It is necessary to understand the causes of hearing loss. It could be anything from a physiological anomaly to damage caused by physical injury. Conditions such as tinnitus can also cause partial or complete hearing loss in one ear or both ears.
Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
Innumerable audiologists, doctors and chiropractors have tried to understand the exact cause of tinnitus and how it eventually impairs hearing but there is yet to be any clarity that is universally accepted. Also, there is no consensus in the medical fraternity as to whether or not there is any cure for tinnitus with medication.
Tinnitus is a condition characterized by constant ringing sensations in one ear or both ears. The ringing sensations can get replaced by different types of buzzing, whizzing and strange noises. These noises apparently have no source. There is no external noise, no stimulus and hence no natural response.
The ringing, whizzing and buzzing sensations seem to originate from nowhere and only the person experiencing the symptoms will be aware of them. The symptoms can seem completely nonexistent for anyone else.
Loss of hearing or hearing loss can be associated with tinnitus provided the symptoms of the latter exist. If a person is not diagnosed with tinnitus and yet experiences symptoms of hearing loss then there should be other underlying conditions or failing auditory senses.
If a person has tinnitus and hearing loss could be one of its side effects. It is possible that the person is not suffering from hearing loss at all but equating impaired hearing with loss of the ability to hear. Medical intervention is imperative in all such cases.
Understanding Hearing Loss through Causes of Tinnitus
There are many causes of tinnitus. CT or MRI scans are recommended for people experiencing symptoms of tinnitus, a doctor should carry out an extensive physical test and further tests by audiologists may be recommended based on the findings of the initial examinations.
Tinnitus can be facilitated by genetics, skeletal anomalies of the inner ear can be a cause or it can facilitate and there can be a number of external factors as well. Ears have three bones, namely the malleus, incus and stapes. There is a tympanic membrane. Any anomaly in any of these parts or condition known as otosclerosis can be the root cause of tinnitus.
Excessive buildup of wax can cause tinnitus. Ageing, medicines, menopause, trauma, exposure to extremely loud noise, blood vessel disorders, tumors in the head or neck, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, anatomical variations such as in the carotid artery that would seriously alter natural blood circulation and arteriovenous malformation or malformed capillaries can be the cause or facilitating factors of tinnitus.
Recommended Immediate Steps
Diagnosis is imperative. You should seek intervention of an audiologist or ENT specialist. Those who are on prescription medication that includes aspirin, diuretics, antibiotics, quinine, chemotherapeutics and anti-depressants should have them reviewed or at least the dosage changed. These can cause, facilitate or worsen tinnitus and its symptoms. Meniere’s disease, head and neck injuries, temporomandibular joint disorders, hypothyroidism and benign tumors can also cause or facilitate tinnitus. You should get diagnosed for these conditions. A thorough or complete health checkup is always a wise approach. Your consultation with an ENT surgeon or otolaryngologist will lead you to the necessary diagnoses and follow-ups.
Traditional Treatments for Tinnitus
Traditional treatments for tinnitus are earwax removal, curing blood vessel disorders and changes to your regular medication. Removing earwax will not cure tinnitus but reduce the symptoms. The symptoms will be more bearable for some time. Vascular conditions can be cured by surgery or medication. Again, this will not cure tinnitus unless it is the cause. That can be understood only if tinnitus gets cured with surgery or medication for blood vessel disorders. Changes in medication, lowering of dosage or easing the frequency can have a significant impact on the symptoms of tinnitus if they are being worsened by the drugs in the first place.
Noise suppression is an effective remedy to contain the severity of tinnitus. There are white noise machines that can provide simulated organic sounds including environmental noises, from ocean waves to the sound of rainfall. Some white noise machines have pillow speakers. Hearing aids would be recommended for most people who are suffering from partial or significant hearing loss owing to tinnitus. Masking devices are being recommended now to produce continuous white noise to suppress or negate the ringing and buzzing sensations.
Masking devices are not very different from hearing aids. Tinnitus retraining is also recommended for most people. Such programs may involve wearable devices or be only a cognitive training to ignore or mask certain frequencies of sound that the symptoms of tinnitus can be identified as.
There are no medications available right now that can cure tinnitus. However, some have proven to be effective to mitigate the symptoms. Tricyclic antidepressants have been recommended for tinnitus. However, there are side effects of such medications including blurred vision, dry mouth, heart problems and constipation. Alprazolam is also prescribed in many cases.
There are alternative treatments available as well such as acupuncture, zinc supplements, hypnosis, B Vitamins supplements and ginkgo biloba extract treatments. Neuromodulation has been used for some people with limited impacts on the symptoms of tinnitus. Transcranial magnetic stimulation which is at the crux of neuromodulation is a noninvasive and painless therapy used more commonly in Europe right now.
Natural Remedies for Tinnitus
Earwax removal, exercise to regulate high blood pressure, therapies for atherosclerosis, acoustic therapy, chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, herbal supplements like ginkgo biloba supplements, dietary changes to avoid salt, eating more whole foods, reduction in caffeine consumption, avoiding alcohol consumption completely or moderating it to nominal levels, averting all kinds of substance abuse and cognitive behavioral therapy are natural remedies for tinnitus.
You may try various homemade remedies involving apple cider vinegar, garlic, basil, saline water, onions, ginger, mustard oil and fish oil. You need to focus on foods that contain B vitamins, especially B12. The best sources are beef, cheese, clams, crabs, eggs, liver, lobster, mutton, mussels, fish and oysters.
You also need foods that contain zinc such as oysters, liver of lamb or goat, watermelon seeds, squash seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. Among herbal extracts you can use castor oil, passion flower, mistletoe tea, rhubarb, spinach, sunflower seeds, fenugreek seeds, valerian root, horsetail, burdock root, gum myrrh and hawthorn.
There are many exercises for tinnitus that your ENT surgeon or chiropractor can show you. Exercises of the head, tongue and haw, chin and chest involving controlled breathing can have substantial impacts on the symptoms of tinnitus.
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