Ringing in the ears?
The word ‘tinnitus’ literally means ringing. But the annoying sounds that plague people with the hearing disturbance can range from high-pitched hissing to a low roar. A mild irritation for some people, it can be disabling for others, leading to insomnia, anxiety and even depression. Ringing in the ears is a symptom of several uncommon but serious conditions. And even if there is no underlying problem, tinnitus can have a negative effect on quality of life. People with chronic tinnitus suffer disproportionately from anxiety and depression, although it’s not known whether tinnitus is a cause or an effect.
Management strategies include: A hearing aid. Hearing amplification can reduce symptoms of tinnitus when it accompanies hearing loss.
Education and counselling. Assurance that tinnitus isn’t associated with a serious illness can put the symptom in perspective and make it seem less bothersome. Your doctor should discuss ways to protect your hearing and suggest lifestyle changes to improve your symptoms. He or she may suggest self-help techniques using workbooks or step-by-step guides.