Tinnitus came from a Latin word which means “ringing”. It is a symptom which ranged from underlying causes such as ear infection, wax build-up, nose allergies, and even foreign objects that are clogged up in the ear. It can also be caused by hearing impairment through aging (natural hearing impairment), side-effects of certain medications, and congenital hearing loss. But the most common cause of tinnitus is due to the frequent exposure to loud sounds over a long period of time.
Tinnitus can occur in any area of the ear, namely: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the outer ear.
Usually described as ringing ears, tinnitus can be perceived in one or both ears or even in the head. It can be intermittent or continuous. Basically, most people who have tinnitus suffer from hearing loss.
How do we prevent tinnitus? Avoid loud music and avoid placing objects, such as cotton swabs inside the ear which could cause impaction.
People who work as musicians and DJ’s are recommended to use earplugs to reduce the level of noise they are hearing. The same goes for those who operate loud electrical appliances such as vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, and even hair dryers.
Also check medications for potential ototoxicity or ear damage caused by toxins. Some of these medications are furosemide, erythromycin, cisplatin, and carboplatin.
Some treatment options for tinnitus are neurostimulators, magnetic stimulators, and electrical stimulators, surgery, cleaning the ear canal, Teflon implant, auditive stimulation therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Getting a regular check-up with your physician could help diagnose Tinnitus earlier.