According to reports, tinnitus affects about one in every five people. This ear problem may be a manifestation of conditions like age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory-system disorder. Tinnitus, by far isn't a severe medical condition, and people usually recover completely after treatment. Apart from the aforementioned causes, other factors which may also cause this condition include exposure to loud noise, changes in ear bones, disorders such as stress, depression, head or neck injuries, meniere's disease, and acoustic neuroma.
Other rare causes are high-blood pressure, malformation of capillaries, turbulent blood flow, atherosclerosis, and tumors in the head and neck. Some people also get affected due to the administration of certain medications such as antibiotics, loop diuretics, antimalarial drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, and cancer medications, etc.
Following are some of the home remedies:
Salt, sugar, saturated fats, and processed foods tend to aggravate this condition. So, avoid the intake of such foods. Alcohol stimulates greater amount of blood flow in the body especially in the inner-ear area, and hence worsens the symptoms. So, reduce the consumption of alcohol to get relief. Apart from alcohol, it is also advisable to minimize the intake of tea and coffee. Adding vegetables and fruits to the diet is one effective remedy, and so is chewing of dried fruits.
Stress is one of the contributing factors that leads to this condition. So, practice meditation, yoga, relaxation therapy, etc., to address this problem.
Stay away from noise
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, making use of white-noise generators and other elements like fan, soft music, radio, etc., helps mask the internal sound of ringing in the ears. It is also important to avoid the exposure to loud noises. Ear plugs can be used at times when the exposure to noises becomes unavoidable.
Daily exercises help to regulate the blood pressure, and thus it also helps to lessen the discomfort of tinnitus.
There are a number of herbs which have been used since ages for managing this condition. These include sesame seeds, black cohosh, bayberry bark, burdock root, goldenseal, hawthorn leaf and flower, lesser periwinkle, spinach, fenugreek-seed tea, castor oil, and onion juice. Other herbal remedies include mistletoe tea, plantain, horsetail, ramson juice, and passion flower. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor before commencing with any of the herbal treatments.
Ringing in the ears can be prevented by following a few precautionary measures. Avoid long-term exposure to loud noise and use hearing protection. Listening to loud music using headphones can easily lead to this disorder and even hearing loss. So, avoid using earphone or headphones. If they are used at all, then the volume should be kept low. To prevent the occurrence of other medical conditions which may lead to tinnitus, keep a check on your diet and most importantly inculcate regular exercise.
Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.