If you’ve ever experienced that strange ringing noise in your ear, then you’ve probably experienced tinnitus. The reason for this symptom varies and can be caused by a wide range of sources. In itself, tinnitus is not a sickness but is mostly a symptom of underlying causes. It can also be a side-effect of certain medications, substances, or treatment. However, as the problem itself is entirely subjective and difficult to measure objectively, severity of the condition is difficult to gauge as some cases may hardly be noticeable while the same thing can be debilitating to others. Fortunately, there are many tinnitus relief options that can be used to address this problem.
Among the possible treatments for tinnitus, they mostly fall under two categories: mainly medical based treatments and natural treatments. This does not mean that natural treatments are inferior to medication in any way or that medications are more harmful to the body than natural treatment options, is simply means that one may be more effective than the other and you will have to choose which one is effective for your problem.
In some cases, tinnitus is caused by a substance either as an unintended side-effect or as an obscure reaction to it. It has been found that reducing salt and caffeine intake as well as quitting smoking has had good results among those that complained of the problem. Studies have also shown that patients who complained of ringing in the ears were found to have low zinc levels in the blood and has greatly benefitted from zinc supplements.
Medications for Tinnitus Relief
Medications don’t really cure tinnitus but it does provide some relief as it reduces the symptoms felt by the patient. One of the most common drug used to treat tinnitus symptoms are tricyclic antidepressants such as nortriptyline and amitriptyline. These drugs are only used for severe cases since usage of these medications have severe side-effects as well such as blurred vision, constipation, and dry mouth. Alprazolam is also a commonly used medication but also has side-effects to be wary of such as drowsiness and nausea. Ultimately, usage of these medications are limited to doctor’s prescriptions so only use them if your doctor orders them for you.
There are also other tinnitus relief treatments that can help relieve the discomfort. Noise suppression is a popular treatment modality since too much noise can worsen the pain felt by the patient. Masking devices are worn in the ear and are similar to hearing aids and creates a continuous stream of low-level white noise as this has been noted to be effective in reducing the pain felt. Other treatment options include changing the medication you are using if it is the cause of your tinnitus or fixing the underlying vascular condition related to it. Sometimes, tinnitus stems from impacted earwax thus removing it may cause the ringing to disappear.
Ultimately, it depends on the cause and the severity of the case. A visit to your primary care physician can help shed some light on the subject matter and can help find the appropriate treatment option.