Tinnitus is a condition where the sufferer hears noises in his head that no one else can hear. Unlike the movies, they don’t hear voices. What they do hear is ringing, clicking, wooshing, cracking, pounding, thudding, etc. noises. The sounds can be intermittent or continuous.
Depending on the severity of the condition, tinnitus can be ignored and it will go away in a while or it may be persistent and last a lifetime. Below are 14 facts about tinnitus to help you understand this problem that affects so many.
- Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom with underlying causes such as overexposure to loud noises, circulatory problems, etc.
- Tinnitus affects 50 million people in the U.S. alone and the number swells exponentially if you consider the global population.
- Almost 90% of tinnitus sufferers will experience some hearing loss.
- If the sounds a tinnitus sufferer hears can also be heard by people close to him/her, this is known as objective tinnitus. If the sufferer is the only one who can hear the ringing sound, this is subjective tinnitus.
- Avoiding foods that contain caffeine, food that have refined sugars, saturated fats, artificial sweeteners, etc. can reduce the severity of the symptoms.
- Daily exercise will reduce the severity of the symptoms too because regular exercise promotes good blood circulation and reduces cholesterol levels. Clogged arteries and circulatory problems can cause the onset of tinnitus symptoms.
- Tinnitus is becoming increasingly prevalent in younger people nowadays.
- Holistic remedies can be used to treat tinnitus symptoms. These remedies will take time and different remedies will have different levels of success. It all depends on the individual involved and their commitment and consistency.
- Objective tinnitus can be cured with surgery. You will need to see a doctor to diagnose if you have objective or subjective tinnitus.
- Alcohol should be totally avoided by people suffering from tinnitus. It increases blood flow all over the body and when this happens in the ear, the ringing will start.
- Men are more prone to tinnitus than women.
- Hearing loss doubles the risk of dementia as one ages.
- The most important step that one must take when he/she has tinnitus will be to avoid exposure to loud sounds.
- Tinnitus is said to be acute if it lasts less than 3 months. Sub-acute tinnitus lasts between 3 to 12 months and chronic tinnitus lasts longer than 12 months.
These are just some of the tinnitus facts that will help you to understand this condition. If you suffer from tinnitus, you should do your best to learn as much as you can about it. Knowledge is power when it comes to dealing with tinnitus.
You should also maintain a positive attitude despite the aggravating nature of the constant ringing sounds. Stress will just exacerbate the situation. So, you will not be helping yourself.
You should do whatever it takes to alleviate the symptoms. Change your diet, exercise more, avoid loud sounds, etc. All these small changes will have a very powerful impact over time and you will notice that your symptoms diminish. This can be a great relief if your tinnitus is bad. Keep trying and monitor your progress.