|The Main Causes of Tinnitus Plus
Tinnitus Treatment Options
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Whether you are seeking a cure for tinnitus, looking for tinnitus relief or you are actively seeking to buy the best tinnitus treatment in 2012, you should watch these short videos above.
You will certainly be in a far better position to decide on which direction you should take regarding your choice of a tinnitus treatment.
You will find that the most likely cause of your tinnitus is cochlea damage, which could have happened due to various causes which the video above explains in easy to understand terms.
Whilst stress and sinus are responsible for about 20% of reported tinnitus cases, he vast majority of our clients have got relief from the cochlea damage remedy which you will learn about in the video.
We have also found that it is sometimes helpful to take the tinnitus noises one is hearing into account when trying to determine the cause of the tinnitus on your quest for a tinnitus cure or at least some tinnitus relief.
Please bear in mind that the noises and sounds associated with tinnitus are many and varied and everyone describes those sounds differently. One persons "high pitched ringing" could well be described by another as a "whistling" or even as a "continuous screaming in my ears."
So you cannot always rely on the noises that you hear and describe, to correctly determine the tinnitus type or cause with any degree of certainty.
However from our dealings and communications with many thousands of tinnitus sufferers over the years, the table below lists the most common tinnitus noises associated with the most common tinnitus.
|Tinnitus Noises||Tinnitus Causes|
Ringing bells, chirping sounds, sounds like cicadas or crickets, roaring, hissing and fluttering sounds
Tinnitus from noise damage - Exposure to noise, a blow to the head, cochlear damage, ear wax removal.
Ear ringing, whistling, high pitched whistling, whizzing sounds, rushing sounds like water in a waterfall.
Tinnitus from trauma or stress - Stress, depression, traumatic life events.
Clucking or cracking sounds, gurgling whirring sounds, a ringing tone in the affected ear which comes and goes periodically, lasting a few seconds at a time.
Tinnitus from Sinus - Sinus or Allergies.
The contents of the table above is based on success stories from tinnitus sufferers who have found relief using our treatments and have used the remedy recommended for the tinnitus type as described in the right hand column.
You can use these noises to identify the cause of your tinnitus (with a view to finding a treatment of tinnitus) with a fair degree of accuracy but you must also take into account the life events that could have have lead to your tinnitus problems to make an informed decision as to the cause of your tinnitus.
I am always intrigued by the amount of email and calls we get every day from traumatized tinnitus sufferers who have just learned about the condition by their doctors or ENT's.
Many of these communications have one central theme, they have been told that tinnitus is permanent, there is no tinnitus cure and they must "live with it!"
They are bluntly told that they will have to "live with these noises", "there is nothing one can do about tinnitus", "there are no tinnitus cures", etc. etc.
Very Little Is Explained
Very little is actually explained to them about tinnitis and they are most often simply fobbed off with some anti-depressants and told to get on with it.
Little wonder then that these shell shocked people end up getting anxiety and panic attacks, (which obviously aggravate the tinnitus) and end up far too stressed as a result of lack of sleep, worry and those horrible continual noises that just never seem to go away.
The problem of course is that as one becomes more stressed, the more the tinnitus increases in volume and intensity. To compound the problem, many doctors prescribe treatment for tinnitus that can often exacerbate the problem instead of easing it!
Doctors often prescribe anti-depressant drugs as a tinnitus treatment and many of these actually list tinnitus as a side effect. Imagine the depression that can result if the treatments for tinnitus that your doctor prescribed actually end up making it worse!
Where do you go from there?
Many people having been told there are no cure for tinnitus and tried some prescription medication that ends up making their symptoms far worse, end up in what we refer to as the classic tinnitus cycle.
Sometimes, in desperation they have tried a prescription medication in thehope of finding a tinnitus cure, and end up with far worse symptoms and as a result are not getting enough sleep, are tired, irritable and stressed which all leads to even higher levels of tinnitus noises.
They come to believe that there is no way out of the tinnitus spiral!
This is obviously not the case.
With some understanding of what tinnitus is, what causes it and how you can cope with tinnitus, comes a relieving of the stress, your sleep patterns revert to normal and life starts getting back to normal again.
That is not to say there is a cure for tinnitus, it is an established fact that there are no cures for tinnitus, but if you can identify the tinnitus cause, there is much you can do to relieve tinnitus.
This page is intended to help you get to grips with what this condition known as tinnitus really is, what you can do about it and even learn to live comfortably with tinnitus.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is best described as the perception of noise in the absence of any acoustic stimulus.
In plain English, you start hearing ringing or chirping type noises that seem to come from the middle of your head or deep inside your ears, but there are just no real noises around.
When you hear those noises, be they a ringing in your ears, whistling, hissing or roaring noises in the ears, you are experiencing tinnitus. These noises, which every one experiences somewhat differently, are subjective. i.e. only you can hear them.
The noises cannot be heard by anyone else and NO, you are not going crazy!
Tinnitus is experienced by most people at some time in their lives, but some 17% of the general population suffer quite severely from tinnitus. About 12 million Americans are so severely affected by tinnitus that they are unable to function normally i.e. they are unable to live normal lives, go to work, just can't sleep, and suffer severely from stress and anxiety.
It is estimated that up to 66 million Americans suffer from tinnitus of some sort.
Objective tinnitus can be heard by the physician or other people and is not very common. Subjective tinnitus is far more common than objective tinnitus and is the type of tinnitus that is more difficult to treat.
Major Tinnitus Causes
There are many factors that can trigger or aggravate tinnitus but cochlea damage tinnitus is the most common.
Tinnitus caused from exposure to noise (cochlea damage tinnitus)
By far the great majority of tinnitus sufferers have somehow damaged the delicate structures of the inner ear, resulting in damage to the cochlea, the cochlear nerve, the ascending auditory pathway, or the auditory cortex.
When the cochlear hair cells are injured by exposure to noise or head trauma, they discharge repetitively, thereby stimulating the nerve fibers to discharge synchronously in a way that the central auditory system cannot discriminate from actual sound.
This can be likened to a switch being left in the on position. i.e. Those hairs that are damaged are permanently in the "on" position, resulting in a continuous stream of perceived sounds being generated.
The images and video below visually illustrate cochlea damage tinnitus
The illustration shows a cross section of the Organ of Corti in the Cochlea.
These are some of the 15,000 microscopic sensory hair cells which are very fragile and are easily damaged when subjected to sudden loud noises or are exposed to noise over a long period.
When the movement of the tiny bones in the middle ear vibrate the oval window of the cochlea, waves are created in the fluid surrounding the cochlea.
These waves bend the basilar membrane in place corresponding to specific frequencies. Hair cells in those places then brush against the overlying tectorial membrane (shown in blue) generating an electrical impulse which gets sent to the brain. The brain interprets those electrical impulses as sound.
Other tinnitus causes
Tinnitus that is caused from sinus problems
Sinusitis and allergy sufferers also frequently suffer from tinnitus. This tinnitus "type" is caused from blocked Eustachian tubes, which results in a pressure buildup in the inner ear.
This condition is normally caused by prolonged taking of anti-histamines and antibiotics which can cause a thickening of the mucous in the inner ear.
Excess inner ear mucous would normally simply drain out through the Eustachian tubes but is prevented from doing so because it has become too thick to drain out of the very narrow Eustachian tubes.
Tinnitus from stress or traumatic life events
Another major cause of tinnitus is a long continued exposure to stress or traumatic events such as the death of a loved one.
Thyroid dysfunction is definitely associated with tinnitus. When the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone, this is a condition known as Hyperthyroidism. These additional hormones have a direct effect on most bodily organs, including the heart which beats faster and harder under the influence of thyroid hormones.
Hyperthyroidism, by increasing cardiac output, can cause a pulsatile or rushing noise.
Vitamin A and/or B12 deficiency has been described as causing tinnitus.
Other tinnitus causes
Another cause of tinnitus is presbycusis (hearing loss that occurs as people age).
Hearing loss is the single most consistent factor in people with tinnitus. As a rule the tinnitus will occur at the same frequencies as the hearing loss.
Tinnitus from prescription drugs and over the counter medications.
Many prescription medications list tinnitus as a side effect. These include anti-malarials, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and antidepressants.
Aspirin and aspirin-containing compounds were identified as the most common inciting medications. As little as 600 to 1000 mm/day of aspirin can create symptoms. Aspirin-containing medications, such as Percodan, Darvon, Bufferin, or Ecotrin, are often overlooked as possible causes of tinnitus.
A golden rule here is to read the literature supplied with your prescription carefully. If you notice the onset of tinnitus after starting a course of drugs, or after you have changed to a different brand of drug, then it is most likely that medication that is causing the tinnitus as a side effect.
Even more tinnitus causes
Many types of head surgery, included dental surgery such as root canal treatments also play a major role in causing tinnitus. This is normally associated with cochlear damage as a result of the noises you are exposed to during the procedure.
Heavy metal poisoning from fillings in the teeth are also a very common cause of tinnitus. This generally occurs when one is replacing old fillings.
Treatment of tinnitus
The most important thing to do is to narrow down the possible causes of your tinnitus. Once you have established fairly conclusively what the ROOT CAUSE of the tinnitus is, then it becomes far easier to deal with and there are various tinnitus remedies available to help you.
As detailed above your tinnitus is most likely to be caused by one of the following and if you give it a bit of thought you can normally pinpoint the exact cause of your tinnitus simply by perusing the summary below. Once a cause of tinnitus has been established picking a t-gone tinnitus remedy is logically the next step.
95% of all instances of tinnitus are as a result of only 3 causes
1] Over 90% of all tinnitus cases we have dealt with at tgone.com since 1999 was caused as a result of cochlear damage. This occurs from exposure to loud noises, a blow to the head, any type of surgery to head including dental work and inner ear infections.
2] Exposure to long periods of stress, as well as traumatic live events such as the death of loved one is also a major cause of tinnitus.
3] Sinus and allergies are also responsible for many cases of tinnitus.
The tinnitus causes listed in the summary above are responsible for over 95% of all cases of tinnitus that we have dealt with over the last 8 years and you are almost certain to find that one of these three will be the cause of your problems with tinnitus.
There is a 90% chance that your tinnitus is caused by cochlear damage, probably from exposure to noise, ear infections, dental surgery or the natural aging process. Many cochlear damage tinnitus sufferers also have been involved in motor accidents and have had a sharp blow to the head which is what has caused the damage to those delicate inner ear organs, resulting in high frequency hearing loss and tinnitus.
It is indeed possible to find natural treatments for tinnitus to eliminate or at worst to help lower the levels of tinnitus noises caused by the three causes as listed above.
Experience has shown us that natural homeopathic and vitamin based tinnitus treatment regimes are having the most success in lowering these tinnitus levels.
T-Gone Remedies, Inc. is a major supplier of natural treatments for tinnitus therapies in the form of homeopathic remedies and vitamin based tinnitus formulas. We have been active in this area since 1999.
Here Are Some Tinnitus Treatment Tips
As a person affected by tinnitus you should avoid exposure to excessively loud noise for any length of time.
Generally, if you are affected by tinnitis and the noise level in the room is loud enough that you need to raise your voice to be heard, you should either leave the room or use ear protection. This will protect you from further damage to the cochlea and stop your tinnitus from being aggravated.
Many people find using small earplugs in crowded or noisy places provides effective tinnitus relief - these steps are often seen as being effective tinnitus treatments in that they prevent aggravation of the problem.
Make sure you get enough sleep.
Your immune system plays a vital part in your health and if you are not sleeping well your stress and anxiety levels will soar, your general health will decline and those tinnitus levels are likely to increase. Ensuring that your immune system is strong and healthy is an effective treatment for tinnitus in that your body will be in a "fighting mode" that will give whatever tinnitus remedies you employ a far better chance of bringing about that much sought after tinnitus relief!
Stay away from caffeine and alcohol as much as possible as these are also known to lower the body's immune system which will obviously help with your tinnitus.
As a rule of thumb you should endeavor to stay healthy with a strong immune system by exercising regularly, eating healthily and getting enough sleep. This alone will probably help relieve those tinnitus symptoms.
Avoid stressful and noisy situations as much as you can.
If you have to go to concerts, pubs and clubs, make sure you have some protection for your ears. Be aware that your tinnitus can also be easily aggravated by sudden loud noises at places like airports, construction sites, sports matches etc. These places have been found to be major causes of tinnitus.
But, if you are going to be in places where your tinnitus could be worsened by situations out of your control, take the steps needed to protect yourself. By following this simple rule and planning ahead you will find that being a tinnitus sufferer does not mean that you must stop living life to the full. Whilst this is not cure for tinnitus or a treatment per se, it is a preventative measure that you will be well advised to follow if you are to avoid your tinnitus symptoms gradually worsening as time goes by.
Tinnitus and sensitivity to noise - Hyperacusis
Many tinnitus sufferers also suffer from a sensitivity to noise in addition to the tinnitus. This is known as Hyperacusis and is caused from cochlear damage, normally as a result of exposure to noise.
There is a tendency among Hyperacusis and tinnitus sufferers to avoid social gathering and public places. They can actually feel pain in the ears from the sensitivity to noise and also the tinnitus noises make it difficult to communicate with others.
This is not a good tactic and it would be better to invest in a pair of good earplugs to mask the noise. One will normally learn to cope with the tinnitus wearing the protection will prevent the painful feeling in the ears.
As mentioned previously you want to carry on with life, enjoy your life and not become a hermit simply because you have tinnitus or are sensitive to loud noise. Find a way to deal with it and soon you will find that you don't even notice the Hyperacusis and tinnitus at those social events and you will start enjoying them once again.
image above is used courtesy of Mayo Foundation