The buzzing in your ear keeps getting worse. It started off quietly enough, one of those “is it really there” kind of things. But after spending all day at the construction site (for work), you’ve noticed just how noisy (and how relentless) that buzzing has become. These noises can take many forms, like ringing, buzzing, or any number of noises. You don’t know if you should come in and see us or how ringing in your ears could even be managed.
The source of your tinnitus symptoms will significantly establish what approach will be right for you. But your own tinnitus therapy will share some common threads with others that can help you get ready.
What kind of tinnitus do you have?
Tinnitus is extremely common. There can be numerous causes for the ringing (or whatever tinnitus noises you’re hearing). So in terms of treatment, tinnitus is normally divided into one of two categories:
- Medical Tinnitus: Some tinnitus symptoms are caused by an underlying medical issue, like an ear infection, too much earwax, or a growth, among other conditions. Medical providers will usually attempt to treat the root issue as their main priority.
- Non-Medical Tinnitus: “Non-medical” nomenclature is generally saved for tinnitus caused by hearing damage or hearing impairment. Significant, constant, and chronic tinnitus can be the outcome of hearing damage related to long term exposure to loud noise (like at your construction site). Non-medical tinnitus is often more difficult to treat.
The best way to treat your symptoms will be determined by the underlying cause of your hearing problem and the type of tinnitus you have.
Treatments for medical tinnitus
Your medical tinnitus symptoms will typically improve when the root medical problem is addressed. Treatments for medical tinnitus could include:
- Surgery: Doctors might decide to perform surgery to remove any tumor or growth that could be causing your tinnitus symptoms.
- Hydrocortisone: Not all infections can be addressed with antibiotics. For instance, antibiotics never work on viral infections. In these situations, your doctor may prescribe hydrocortisone to help you manage other symptoms.
- Antibiotics: If your tinnitus is caused by an ear infection (that is, a bacterial ear infection), your doctor might prescribe antibiotics. Your tinnitus symptoms will most likely disappear when the infection clears.
You’ll want to schedule an appointment to come see us so we customize a tinnitus treatment plan, particularly if you’re dealing with medical tinnitus.
Non-medical tinnitus treatment options
The causes of non-medical tinnitus are often much harder to diagnose and treat than is typically the case with medical tinnitus. There’s usually no cure for non-medical tinnitus (particularly in situations where the tinnitus is caused by hearing damage). Instead, treatment to improve quality of life by relieving symptoms is the normal strategy.
- Medications: Tinnitus is in some cases managed with experimental medication. For instance, steroids and anti-anxiety medication combinations can sometimes help decrease tinnitus symptoms. But before you make any decisions, you’ll want to speak with us.
- Hearing aids: A hearing aid can help if your tinnitus is getting worse as your hearing worsens. The tinnitus symptoms probably seem louder because everything else becomes quieter (due to hearing impairment). When you utilize a hearing aid it raises the volume of the external world making your tinnitus noises seem quieter.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: You can get training that will help you learn to ignore your tinnitus sounds. This commonly utilized strategy has helped lots of individuals do just that.
- Noise-masking devices: Often referred to as “white noise machines,” these devices are made to supply enough sound to minimize your ability to hear the buzzing or ringing caused by your tinnitus. These devices can be attenuated to produce specific sounds created to offset your tinnitus symptoms.
Find what works
In order to effectively treat your hearing issues you will most likely need to explore several strategies as the exact cause of your tinnitus most likely won’t be obvious. In most cases, tinnitus can’t be cured. But there are many treatments available. The trick is discovering the one that works for you.