If you’re one of the 50 million Americans dealing with tinnitus, then you’re probably hoping for any source of relief. Although there’s currently no cure for the condition — which is associated with “phantom” sounds in the ears like ringing, buzzing or whirring — there are steps you can take to treat tinnitus and help keep your symptoms under control.
Talk about these options with a doctor:
Using a hearing aid. If you’re dealing with hearing issues along with your tinnitus, then this can be especially beneficial.
Turning on a white noise machine. These devices, which simulate soothing sounds such as waves, can help mask symptoms. Other machines (including air conditioners or fans) can help you ease into sleep at night, too.
Wearing a masking device. Similar to a white noise machine, these special devices (which can look like hearing aids) output a constant, low noise that can cover up the phantom noises of tinnitus.
White Noise Machine
Removing earwax. If you have impacted earwax, then tinnitus noises can seem more intense. Don’t attempt to remove earwax yourself, though — always handle it with your doc.
Reevaluating your current meds. Certain medicines can make tinnitus seem worse. Discuss any meds you’re taking with your doc to see if it might be beneficial to switch drugs or to change your dosage.
Taking new medicine. Certain types of antidepressants and stress relievers have been shown to help with severe tinnitus. However, be aware that these types of meds can be linked with other symptoms, including dry mouth and drowsiness, among others.
From our own Dr. Neil Sperling:
“We know how frustrated some people are with the symptoms of tinnitus. We feel strongly that in the initial steps we must consider the source of the tinnitus and treat any medical conditions that are causative. We can then deal with the “nuisance” factor to find solutions. Many options now exist to help.”
Tinnitus has a very different impact on each person, and our docs will work with you to develop a customized approach to deal with your symptoms and treat tinnitus. Give us a call anytime for a personalized consultation, and we’ll help you find the plan that’s right for you.
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