Last week, we covered using white noise to treat tinnitus. This week we want to take some time to discuss tinnitus more at length as we realize it can be somewhat confusing to some people. There are a lot of myths about tinnitus treatment out there, and improper treatment can lead to a lot of frustration for a tinnitus sufferer. Make sure to avoid these myths about tinnitus treatment and get proper treatment for your ears!
It Can’t Be Treated
If you’ve got tinnitus, you may have had a doctor tell you there’s nothing that can be done about it. It might seem pretty disheartening to think that you can’t do anything about your tinnitus. While it can’t be cured or removed entirely, there are things you can do to help your tinnitus. There are forms of therapy–some include noise generators that generate white noise–to help distract you from your tinnitus. Hydration and keeping your stress levels low are also critical to helping your tinnitus. Lastly, it’s important to protect your hearing to prevent any further damage.
Tinnitus Goes Away
Sometimes tinnitus can go away, for example if you’re experiencing ringing in your ears after exposure to loud noises, it may stop after a day or two. But that doesn’t mean that you aren’t experiencing permanent hearing damage that could eventually lead to permanent tinnitus. At some point, if you don’t protect your hearing enough, you may develop chronic tinnitus. Even if some tinnitus goes away, you’ll want to monitor your hearing health closely and seek out tinnitus treatment.
Hearing Aids Don’t Help
Surprisingly, hearing aids are actually one of the best treatments for tinnitus. They can amplify the ambient sounds around you which will make your tinnitus far less noticeable. Decreasing the impact of tinnitus on your daily life is important, so meet with an audiologist and discuss what options there are for treating your tinnitus.
Bay Area Audiology can help your hearing recover!
If you are concerned about hearing loss or seeking hearing evaluations, tinnitus evaluations, or hearing aid assistance, our doctors are ready to help. We are passionate about helping all of our patients improve their quality of life through better hearing. We also believe that patient education is critical, so you won’t be lead through endless sales pitches at our office. If you are interested in hearing how we can help you hear even better, contact us at (410) 838-4327 or online. For more hearing tips and articles, follow Bay Area Audiology on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
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