Thursday, 23 October 2014

What is Tinnitus?

Do you perceive unwanted ringing, buzzing, whistling, hissing or humming sounds in one or both of your ears? Does this sound interfere with your everyday life, sometimes making you feel depressed, irritable or giving you problems with sleep and loss of concentration while you are awake? If any of these symptoms describe what you experience every day, then you probably have tinnitus and you need to take necessary action to ameliorate it and regain your quality of life.
There are no known medications that have been shown to out-rightly cure this condition but fortunately, tinnitus does improve slowly over time due to a process known as habituation.  The brain learns to gradually get used to these sounds and their impact on your everyday life reduces with time.

There are self-help measures you can try on your own to ameliorate the effects of these sounds. These include listening to recorded relaxation sounds such as bird songs, rain and the sea. You may also wish to engage in regular exercise and general relaxation. It is essential to avoid exposure to loud noise as this tends to worsen the condition and may even lead to hearing damage. Keeping a low level background noise such as those coming from a fan or radio have been found to have some beneficial effects on tinnitus.

Tinnitus impacts on the lives of people in different ways. While some people are able to manage their symptoms successfully, others simply find that they need some support to achieve any measure of success. Many programs are now available to help ameliorate tinnitus related symptoms without resorting to over the counters or other complicated stuff. Some of these programs give you the benefit of an exclusive, personal one-on-one email counselling and support that come with them.