If you experience constant, unexplained noise, it's important to seek out a hearing care practitioner for a comprehensive hearing test screening, which includes an audiogram, medical history, physical ear examination, and tests designed to pinpoint the origin of your tinnitus. Although it is annoying, tinnitus is ever rarely serious and often resolves on its own.
There is no cure for tinnitus, but can be relieved by considering a few simple steps. Try to avoid loud noise. Control your blood pressure, and decrease salt and nerve stimulants, including coffee, cola, tobacco and aspirin. Also, monitor your stress level, and make sure to get plenty of rest and exercise.
Tinnitus develops gradually and can appear out of nowhere. Plus, its causes are varied and difficult to pin down. Tinnitus is most common among senior citizens because as we age, our auditory nerves begin to deteriorate. This causes changes in the way sounds are heard, and can lead to a perception of “noise”. It's important to note that while tinnitus does not cause hearing loss or deafness, people who have hearing loss complain about the condition more often than people without hearing loss.
Other contributing factors that are thought to cause tinnitus include exposure to loud sound, including workplace noise, high volume music and firearms. Read more to learn of the additional factors that may be contributing to the ringing in your ears.
Tinnitus Calmer app for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and Android®, devices offers a combination of Sound Therapy and relaxing exercises that aim to distract your brain from focusing on your tinnitus. With Tinnitus Calmer you can choose from a library of sounds or create personalized Sound Scapes using the sound mixer. Fully customizable, the app lets you add your music to the mix, choose background colors, select a relaxation exercise and keep track of how you use the app, so you can discuss it later with your Hearing Care Practitioner.