Dealing with tinnitus can drive you mad. Whether you've got it because you listened to death metal one too many times or only listen to music with the volume completely turned up; it sucks. And when you have it, there's only one thing you want: lose it. Good news though: this might be the cure for tinnitus.
We can make jokes about it, but the constant ringing, buzzing or whistling in your ear sure is no fun. Though there isn't a one size fits all cure for tinnitus, there are definitely options worth trying. We've got them all covered for you.
A hearing care professional will first want to determine what kind of tinnitus you're dealing with. Depending on the results you will probably get one of these recommendations:
- If you don't only have tinnitus but also hearing loss, hearing aids can provide you some relief. These days there are even hearing aids that include tinnitus therapy features.
- Tinnitus masking or noise suppression devices are common treatment options for tinnitus sufferers. This type of device is worn in the ear like a hearing aid and produces either a constant signal or tonal beats to compete with the sound(s) you're hearing. The hearing care professional will use the pitch matching and loudness matching tests to set the signal at a level and pitch similar to the tinnitus you are perceiving.
- You could also opt for therapy. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) uses cognitive behavioral therapy in combination with a masking device to help you learn to ignore the background ringing noise in your ears.
- White noise could give you some relief too. Since tinnitus generally gets worse when you're in a quiet space, some background sound might help you to ignore the ringing in your ears.
If you want to, you could reach out to medication. Unfortunately, there isn't a medication that has proven to be a cure for tinnitus, like heal it or erase tinnitus completely. But there is medication that could offer you some relief. Tricyclic antidepressants, like amitriptyline and nortriptyline, are two of the most commonly prescribed medications. If you are experiencing severe tinnitus, one of these drugs may be used. As tempting as it might be, antidepressants and tranquilizers can have serious side-effects. Besides, the longer you use it, the less effective it will be.
Accupuncture and meditiation
If medication isn't your cup of tea, you could try something completely different. Taking the alternative route may sound vague and woolly, but it might be just the answer to your problems. Hypnosis, meditation, and acupuncture could serve you very well. Studies have shown acupuncture might work with tinnitus, but realize you'll need 10 to 15 sessions to notice the difference. Also, meditation is a good idea to find yourself some piece of mind.
The cure for tinnitus and quality of life
Whatever you do, make sure you talk about your condition with a professional. Be honest about your symptoms and what it is to live with this. Honesty is essential to find the right treatment, some relief and to regain your quality of life. Just because there isn't a cure for tinnitus, doesn't mean you'll have to live the rest of your life with buzzing, whistling or humming.
And for now: know that you're not the only one. These 6 famous artists also suffer from hearing damage.