Ring­ing in the ears?

Health & Nutrition - - SELF CARE -

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.

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