By Margaret Driscoll
Anybody who is afflicted with tinnitus depending on the seriousness of the symptoms are anxious to find some type of treatment. Before looking for a treatment for tinnitus it may be a good idea to uncover what is actually causing that ringing in your ears first. I used to think that Tinnitus was in fact a disease but when trying to find some information about tinnitus I discovered that it is actually a symptom of a disease known as Meniere’s Syndrome. This disease affects a person’s inner ear often causing hear loss and affecting a persons’ balance. While many people experience mild symptoms others suffer so severely that they can be actually disabled by tinnitus. When conducting a health related survey with the 55 to 65 year old age group about twenty percent of this group said that they were tinnitus sufferers.
Roughly ninety percent of individuals that suffer with tinnitus also experience hearing loss. In fact hearing loss is considered to be the lead cause of tinnitus. As we age we do suffer from some hearing loss but being exposed to loud noise is also a factor with regards to hearing loss. Either way damage is done to the inner ears causing hearing loss.
As mentioned earlier one of the main causes of tinnitus is being exposed to loud noises again and again. For years musicians playing in bands exposed themselves to loud music night after night. Hearing protection wasn’t worn by many band members as it is nowadays
Other people who work in factories are also at risk of tinnitus. The continuous noise and hum of the machinery is yet another leading cause of tinnitus. At one time hearing protection was there for all workers, now not only is it available but it is also a requirement to use it.
Another cause of tinnitus which I found intriguing is the use of Q-tips. Q-Tips can easily traumatize the ear canal plus trigger secondary ear infections. When using a Q-tip you might inadvertently push wax toward the eardrum and after that it will become more difficult to remove. So as one’s wise grandmother once mentioned do not put anything smaller than an elbow in your ear.
Another cause of tinnitus that lots of people usually do not associate tinnitus with is fatigue, stress, sleep problem, depression and even irritability. Another cause of tinnitus that we touched on lightly before is earwax blockage and also you’ll find little bones inside the ear which if they develop abnormally can become a cause of tinnitus.
Other more uncommon causes of tinnitus can be blood vessel disorders such as ones caused from head and neck tumors or caused from the increase of cholesterol in the blood vessels.
There are also some medications that can be a cause of tinnitus such as medications utilized in cancer treatments, diuretics, certain antibiotics, aspirin along with chloroquine used to treat malaria.
Most people typically associate the main cause of tinnitus with exposure to loud noises but as you can see the causes of tinnitus are numerous.