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About Tinnitus

When you have ringing, buzzing clicking or other sounds in your ears, the cause may be tinnitus. The condition is hard to self-identify since only the sufferer can hear the sounds. Even with objective tinnitus, it takes an instrument for the professional to hear the sounds in the ears. Certain physical conditions can heighten the intensity of the sound. During the initial physical examination, a doctor will be able to find out a lot of the core side effects.

One of the things a patient may be asked at Ashland Audiology is to move their eyes around. It may seem silly at first, but simple tests like this can help figure out a more appropriate treatment. Depending on the environment, tinnitus can be more grating than chalk on a chalkboard. Common sounds get enhanced and isolated like they were inside your head. It is only natural that eye movement would be one of the sounds that becomes a problem with some tinnitus sufferers.  Noisy eyeballs in tinnitus sufferers is particularly interesting because of the low serotonin levels. Current studies are looking into the use of SSRI inhibitors as a way to tinnitus. If low serotonin levels are the cause of not being able to block out noise, tinnitus can finally become curable. 

What is the cause of tinnitus?

Tinnitus has many causes, whether temporary or permanent. Temporary tinnitus is caused by earwax blockage or certain medications conflicting with the patient. Both are curable and easy to identify with a doctor’s appointment. Permanent tinnitus is a little trickier and can be one of several causes.

  • Brain damage
  • Ear damage
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Obstructions in the ear
  • Trauma to the head or neck
  • Joint disorders
  • Sinus pressure
  • Medicine
  • Drugs
  • Tumors
  • Other diseases

The list continues to pile up for causes, with categories, subcategories and even mixed causes. When going in for a diagnosis, it is important to get as much information as possible so that the treatment is customized correctly. Incorrect tinnitus treatment can cause further complications with the condition. Patients should never try to resolve tinnitus issues on their own, even if it is temporary tinnitus. 

How tinnitus pills are changing the industry

It was mentioned earlier that SSRI inhibitors may be the secret weapon to curing tinnitus. Many drugs based off of the idea of improving serotonin levels are already being tested. But if you need relief now, there are pills that work solely to relieve the worst parts of tinnitus effects. The pills work to temporarily relieve the symptoms, and work in the same way that Ibuprofen would work for a headache. For many, getting an hour or two of relief for popping a pill is the next best thing to a cure. 

Imagine going to work and having a splitting headache for the entire day. It affects work performance and makes life an overall miserable process. Tinnitus pills give users a happy medium to manage their worst symptoms when they need it the most. All of this sounds good in theory, except these pills don’t exist, and are not recommended by Ashland Audiology. There are pills for tinnitus, but there are not FDA approved. Remember the list of causes of tinnitus with medicine being one of the problems on the list? Taking any of these tinnitus miracle pills is a sure way to worsen the effects of your core problems.

Serotonin research with tinnitus will yield positive results in time for medicinal purposes. For the time being, patients will have to settle for recommended treatment options from professionals. 

Is caffeine a hidden cure for tinnitus?

Caffeine is used by people to stay alert throughout the day. Its ties to tinnitus have been associated with many myths surrounding the condition. At one point, people believed that caffeine worsened tinnitus, bringing out the worst of its symptoms. After a few careful studies, the opposite is true. If you currently have a normal intake of caffeine per day, then cutting it out of your routine will worsen tinnitus in every possible way. 

A lot of this has to do with caffeine being a stimulant, which in some ways has addictive qualities. The withdrawal of caffeine from your day to day activities throws the entire body out of order. It aggravates tinnitus, forcing the body to use resources to make up for the lack of caffeine. Once the body gets used to not having caffeine in its system, this is no longer an issue. It takes a short amount of time for this to happen, sometimes less than a week. 

With easily over 80 percent of the world consuming caffeine daily, this is a fascinating look into how a patient’s diet can influence their tinnitus symptoms. Caffeine isn’t a cure for tinnitus, but it is not something you want to go cold turkey on. Stay the course unless your doctor recommends otherwise.