What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can develop gradually or appear out of nowhere – and its causes are varied and difficult to pin down. Tinnitus is most common among senior citizens. That's 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”. While tinnitus does not cause hearing loss or deafness, people with hearing loss complain about the condition more often than people without hearing loss.
Other factors are thought to cause tinnitus:
- Physical blockages, such as ear wax, that make us more aware of the sounds occurring inside our heads
- Fluid, infection, or disease in the middle ear or ear drum that causes us to hear noise
- High blood pressure & hardening of the arteries
- Exposure to excessively loud sound, including workplace noise, high intensity music & firearms
- Medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter remedies, vitamin & mineral supplements
- Diseases of the inner ear, such as Meniere's syndrome
- Too much stress, as well as, over-use of artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, tobacco & caffeine
- In very rare cases, brain issues such as aneurysms or acoustic tumors
How to relieve the ringing in your ears
Although, there is no cure for tinnitus at the moment, there are many techniques you can use to try and calm that ringing in your ears.
Beltone has created a special Tinnitus Calmer app that you can download here.