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Tinnitus – Symptoms, Causes and Relief

Updated on February 14, 2010

Tinnitus is classified as a constant sound in your ears.  It’s estimated that tinnitus affects roughly 40-50 million people in US alone.  There are varying forms of tinnitus of varying intensities.  It’s been reported as a buzzing, hissing, ringing, roaring, or whistling sound.  It’s almost always associated with some amount of hearing loss. 

While it’s unclear exactly what causes tinnitus, most doctors believe that it is brought about by an underlying condition.  Some of these conditions can range from TMJ, ear infections, cardiovascular disease, anemia, hyperthyroidism, noise-induced hearing loss or head trauma.  It’s found that in some cases that treating the underlying cause of the tinnitus will relieve if not alleviate the tinnitus completely.

If you suspect that you have tinnitus, you should connect with your doctor to formulate a game plan for treating your tinnitus.  Having a good understanding of the symptoms that you’re experiencing as well as any of the associated underlying causes can help your doctor to put together a comprehensive treatment.  There are a number of good resources throughout the internet that can help you treat tinnitus, but you should make sure to check with your doctor after you’ve researched them.  This way you’ll be educated and can effectively devise a treatment that works well for you.

For the cases that can’t be treated by solving an underlying condition, you’ll find that there are a number of alternative treatments.  There are several all natural cures for tinnitus.  Some people advocate eating a healthy diet, reducing the amount of pesticides and other chemicals that are put into your body.  While this sort of holistic approach doesn’t make direct sense, it does speak to the cases where things like cardiovascular disease are causing the problem.  Some people have found relief by taking daily vitamins and supplements.  Other treatments advocate using a specialized enzyme to reduce or eliminate ringing.  Many people simply turn on the TV or radio to drown out the ringing; often falling asleep to a TV or radio.  Another treatment works in much the same way, wearing a hearing aid type device that will play a more pleasant sound that will mask the tinnitus.

Any way you choose to treat tinnitus it’s important to understand that it will take time.  A lot of online ads will claim that they can eliminate tinnitus fast (and it may be true) but most solutions that are sustainable and natural take time to take effect (these fast cures may leave you just as fast as they cure you).  Doing your research is the best way to develop a treatment for tinnitus.  There are numerous resources online that can help you to determine which method is right for you.  With a little bit of persistence and due diligence you’ll be able to find relief from tinnitus for good.

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