We must prioritize our health and quality of life at all times. It is essential that we pay attention to every aspect that has to do with our well-being and especially in sensitive areas such as our hearing.
Tinnitus or tinnitus produce a sound that does not exist in the environment, and it is somewhat irritating because its intensity can be perceived much more strongly in the early morning hours, or when the environment is tranquil. It is commonly described as a ringing or whistling in the ears. It may also sound like a roar, click, hiss or buzz. It can be soft or strong, sharp or low. It can be heard in one or both ears. Last year, approximately 10 percent of the adult population in the United States experienced tinnitus lasting at least 5 minutes.
Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom that something is wrong in the auditory system. The auditory system includes the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain and the parts of the brain that process sound. Tinnitus can result from something as simple as a piece of wax (cerumen) that blocks the ear canal. But it can also be the result of a variety of health problems, such as:
- Hearing loss induced by noise,
- Infections of the ear and sinuses,
- Diseases of the heart and blood vessels,
- Ménière’s disease, and more.
What should I do if I have tinnitus?
The first thing is to see your family doctor. The doctor can check if something is blocking the ear canal, for example, if there is wax. The doctor will ask about your current health status, any medical problems you have and what treatments you are following, to find out if there is an underlying problem or medication that is causing the tinnitus.
If the doctor cannot find any medical reason that is causing the tinnitus, he or she can refer you to an otolaryngologist. This surgeon specializes in ear, nose and throat disorders. The otolaryngologist will perform a physical examination of the head, neck, and ears, and examine your hearing to determine if you have any deafness in addition to tinnitus. It is also possible that you refer it to an audiologist, who can measure your hearing and assess tinnitus.
Home Remedies for tinnitus
The following common and easy tinnitus home remedies really work, and the only thing to take into consideration is to be supervised by a doctor before beginning with any of these treatments.
Garlic: thanks to its bactericidal properties is very useful to treat tinnitus caused by an ear infection. It also helps reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation.
Preparation: In a chopped garlic, add half a teaspoon of mustard oil, heat over low heat until the garlic turns a light brown color. Let it cool and put two drops of this preparation in the affected ear, performed twice a day.
Ginkgo Biloba: it helps in many ways such as improving blood flow, reducing inflammation in blood vessels and tinnitus among other ailments. As it helps to improve circulation in the blood, this can in some cases help in cases where tinnitus is associated with lack of blood circulation in the inner ear.
The pineapple: thanks to its bromelin content, helps increase blood circulation and fight inflammation. Take a fresh pineapple, and the heart of the pineapple since these are is the richest part in bromelain.
Other things can also help you in treating tinnitus:
- Reducing or avoiding caffeine and salt intake, as well as quitting smoking can help relieve symptoms.
- Some patients with tinnitus have been found to have lower levels of zinc, which results that they could benefit from taking zinc supplements.
- A study showed that melatonin (known about melatonin) could help patients affected by this pathology, particularly those with sleep disorders due to tinnitus. However, this has not yet been proven in controlled studies.
- Being away from noise can help, especially if you suffer from hearing loss. When exposed to loud noises, it is recommended to use a hearing protector.
- Avoiding stress, anxiety and performing relaxation techniques can help control and improve this problem.