With over 11 million people affected, tinnitus is a relevant and very stressful phenomenon for many people. Because a continuous ear noise can be a psychological burden and often puts those affected to a hard test. Below, we introduce you to the basics, causes, and important aspects of treating tinnitus.
Tinnitus is not a disease in itself but a symptom, i. an indication of a hearing system disorder. It manifests itself as a noise (for example, a ringing, noise, whistling or beeping in the ear), but for which there is no external sound source. The sound is felt only by the person concerned and can be perceived by no one else.
Tinnitus is not an independent disease for which there is a special treatment. Rather, ear noises are an indication of very different disorders or diseases. Treatment for tinnitus therefore targets the underlying cause. But there are also therapeutic measures to alleviate the tinnitus itself.
No, ear noises that occasionally occur are not yet a sign of pathological tinnitus. After a disco visit or other prolonged exposure to noise (such as listening loudly to headphones), many people have heard ear noises before, but in most cases disappear on their own.
How exactly the ear noise in a tinnitus comes about, is not yet clear. However, there are several different explanatory approaches.
That tinnitus is not always perceived as loud depends on various causes. Because there are different factors that can affect the tinnitus. For example, stress, inner tension, excitement, or emotional stress can make the sound louder and more unpleasant.
The occurrence of ear noises can have many different causes and triggers. How exactly it comes to the annoying noise or beeping in the ear and what mechanisms behind it, is not yet clear.
Yes, that is basically possible, albeit rarely. Behind a tinnitus can be many diseases that can be dangerous if you do not do anything about it.
Yes. Ear noises are very often caused by noise. In addition to stress, noise is even considered one of the main causes of tinnitus. Both the volume and the duration of the load play a role.
Although stress can not directly trigger tinnitus. Frequently, however, the ear noise occurs in connection with stress. In addition, it often causes people to perceive the tinnitus louder and more unpleasant.
Yes, that can be. Pulse-synchronous throbbing in the ear (ie a throbbing rhythm at the same rate as the heart) may indicate high blood pressure or altered blood flow. One then speaks of an objective tinnitus.
Yes. Joint problems or muscle tension in the area of the cervical spine can promote the development of ear noises or intensify existing tinnitus. Because there is a connection between hearing and cervical spine (cervical spine).
Yes, that can be. An accumulation of too much earwax sometimes causes ear-noises, humming, crackling or ear-hissing. When the earwax hardens and settles in the ear canal, a kind of plug in the ear is created that irritates the entire hearing system.
Yes, that is possible. Acute otitis media or inflammation of the external ear (ear canal inflammation), in which pathogens such as bacteria, viruses or fungi enter the ear, can trigger a temporary tinnitus. Ears can also be caused by a common cold.
Yes. Wisdom teeth that are already causing problems can promote tinnitus. Because every one of our teeth (front teeth, incisors, canines, wisdom teeth) is in contact with certain body regions. To the nearby ears there is a very special relationship.
The diagnosis of ear noises is complex and resembles a detective track search. Because a noise or beeping in the ear can indicate a variety of causes. In order to narrow down the possible triggers of ear noises, the ear, nose and throat specialist will therefore undertake a series of examinations.
In most cases, ear noises are harmless. Still, you should always take them seriously and get to the bottom of them before they solidify. Basically, there are many different causes that can cause ear noises.
Drugs that have been proven to be effective against tinnitus are still lacking. However, some medicines are considered for the treatment of acute tinnitus, which can alleviate the symptoms or even contribute to the fact that the tinnitus disappears again.
There is no adequate scientific evidence of efficacy for any of the drugs used in tinnitus. Nevertheless, acute tinnitus is usually treated with medication. The individual complaints are often good. Most of the ear noise disappears without any medication on its own.
Yes. There are over-the-counter medicines available for the treatment of tinnitus. The over-the-counter preparations are mainly composed of the active ingredients Ginkgo Biloba and Etilefrin. In addition, natural remedies such as rose root and taiga root can help against tinnitus. But beware: being available free does not mean it is free from side effects.
Yes, Cortisone therapy can have a positive effect on acute tinnitus that has not been around for long. In the guidelines for the treatment of tinnitus, cortisone is even strongly recommended for acute therapy. This has the following reason:
Sometimes infusions in the treatment of tinnitus have a good and fast effect. Especially acute complaints can be significantly alleviated. Therefore, at least one assumes that infusions can help against tinnitus. However, there is no sound scientific evidence.
Yes, you should even! Psychotherapy is a very important and effective treatment for chronic tinnitus.Often the ear noise is triggered by mental or physical overload, stress and critical life events. Tinnitus is to a certain extent the physical reaction of humans to an onerous life situation.
A noise device, also called a masker or noiser, generates sounds that distract from annoying tinnitus and make it more bearable. They are of course much more pleasant than the annoying beeping or whistling in the ear. The unobtrusive device is worn similar to a hearing aid and can be used either behind the ear or in the ear.
From a purely optical point of view, the two noise devices (maskers and noisers) do not differ from each other. They have the same design and size and are both worn like a normal hearing aid, ie in the ear or behind the ear. In addition, both devices generate a quiet noise (or a natural sound), which should make the tinnitus bearable. But there is a subtle difference.
With the help of a so-called Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) people with tinnitus can learn to fade out the noise in the ear. It is a kind of "Lost Program" (hence the name "Re-Training"), which conveys to those affected, perceive the inner sounds as no longer disturbing.
No, tinnitus can not be operated because it is not an independent disease in itself. The ear noise always occurs as a symptom, i. as an indication of a particular condition. If this is a serious underlying condition such as chronic otitis media or otosclerosis, surgery may be required.
No, not usually. So far, there is no procedure for chronic tinnitus other than psychotherapy that has been proven to be effective. This also applies to therapy with electricity (electrotherapy) and with oxygen (also called pressure chamber therapy or hyperbaric oxygen therapy). In acute tinnitus, treatment with oxygen may be considered in certain cases.
No. Nevertheless, there are always specialists who offer tinnitus therapy with a soft laser. The energy in these devices is so low that it can not lead to tissue damage; however, the benefit of such treatment is highly questionable.
Tinnitus is not an independent disease that can be cured. The ear noise occurs rather as a symptom of a disease or injury in the ear. It can also be an expression of a completely different illness. In most cases, tinnitus is based on a harmless cause that can be treated well. Then usually the annoying ear noise disappears again.
No, tinnitus alone will not make you feel deaf or deaf, even though it may seem that way to some sufferers. This has the following reason:
Yes, that is possible. While some people can cope very well with the constant rapture of the ears, tinnitus can make life really hard for other sufferers. But there are good strategies that anyone can learn in order to better distance themselves from the troublemaker in the ear and not to despair at it.
Yes, that is possible. In many cases, after a certain time tinnitus can also pass to the second ear or be perceived in the other ear. However, whether he passes from one ear to the second ear, always depends on the cause that triggers the tinnitus.
Whether a stay in a clinic makes sense depends on how much the affected person suffers from tinnitus.The suffering pressure in tinnitus can be divided into four different degrees of severity (grade 1 to 4).
A healthy diet that contains all the essential nutrients in sufficient quantities is important for all bodily functions - and thus also hearing - to function smoothly. However, if the body lacks nutrients such as carbohydrates, fat, protein or vitamins, minerals and trace elements, complaints threaten.
That can not be answered flat rate. The enjoyment of wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages may have different effects on tinnitus. Alcohol has a stimulating effect, which can also increase the attention to the ear noise.
Yes. The rumor that coffee or other caffeinated drinks such as black tea, coke, or energy drinks can aggravate tinnitus persists, but is wrong. To date, there is no scientific evidence for this claim.
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Some people with tinnitus also suffer from increased sensitivity to noise. There are several ways to deal with a so-called hyperacusis better. In general, it is advisable to combine several treatment procedures. These include: