Tinnitus is the perceived sensation of ringing in the ears. It is often heard as a low roar, a clicking, musical notes, or a high-pitched whining. Tinnitus affects over 50 million people in the United States and millions world-wide. The causes of tinnitus range from heredity to ototoxic drugs to exposure to loud noise. Nearly everyone will, at some point in their lives, experience tinnitus and others will have it chronically. There is no cure for tinnitus and there are few methods for relieving it. So how do you accept your tinnitus into your daily life?
If you have been reading articles written about tinnitus on the internet, you may be feeling a bit dreary about the situation. Many articles explain in great detail about the causes of tinnitus, but few include any advice on what can be done about the sound. It should be noted most, if not all, of the online ads for medicines that “cure” or “stop” the ringing in the ear cannot support their claims.
Tinnitus is a complex disorder and has many causes, therefore no single ‘magic bullet’ can stop it. Most of the herbs and homeopathic remedies recommended for tinnitus may increase blood-flow to the brain. This may offer some relief to people dealing with tinnitus from an onset of circulatory difficulties. If your tinnitus is due to acoustic trauma (damaging exposure to loud sounds) then natural supplements may not improve the condition of your tinnitus.
It can be annoying to hear a sound that no one else is aware of. The people in your life may not understand what you are going through and this can add to the frustration. Perhaps your tinnitus is preventing you from sleeping well at night. Whatever the situation, you will need to learn to accept this condition, or else it will control you. If you believe that you are suffering from it, then you will suffer. If you think that the quality of your life is being impacted by tinnitus, then you are right. Don’t think this way, change your mind-set. Allow tinnitus to only be a reminder of how delicate the human body is, but do not allow it to control you.
I have had tinnitus in both ears for over 5 years now from exposure to loud noises during percussion ensemble practice. I am 21 years old and am attending a university with high hopes of becoming a high school biology teacher. I am excited about life and the last thing I need is for tinnitus to dominate my life. I have too much to be to be excited about, I have so much to be thankful for.
Instead of trying to ignore the sound, I listen to it on occasion. Many people will suggest using white noise (radio, water trickling, fan, etc.) to mask the sounds of tinnitus. This may help you. For me, when it is quiet, I consider the sound of my tinnitus to be my own form of silence. Whether or not you will be able to live a full and merry life with this condition will depend on the way you accept tinnitus. If you pity yourself for having this condition when everyone else seems to be fine, then you will become unhappy. If you think that tinnitus is the cause of your problems, then you will become bitter about the noise. Do not attach negative emotions with tinnitus because it’s something you cannot change.
Tinnitus is probably the most harmless condition a person can acquire. I have read about so many people who accuse tinnitus of being an “agonizing” disease that ruins your quality of life and peace-of-mind. First of all, tinnitus is not a disease at all. It is biofeedback from slightly damaged cilia inside the cochlear. Do your scars cause you to lose the quality of your life? No, and you see them everyday. Tinnitus is something that you will always be aware of, but it does not actually cause physical pain.
I truly believe that the best cure for tinnitus is one of acceptance. This cure can be achieved through a persistently strong determination to lead a healthy and positive life. I sincerely wish you best of luck!