Tinnitus: Best Way To Deal With That Ringing Sound In Your Ear

A noisy sensation in the ears without the visible presence of an external source is called tinnitus. It makes people feel that the sound is emanating from within their head or imagination, which is not the case. About 15 percent of the population grapple with the condition that can be heard in either one or both ears.

Descriptions of the sound vary according to each individual’s perception: The sound is compared to buzzing, hissing, ringing and whooshing by different people. The condition need not always be addressed by a doctor until the person falls into depression or anxiety since the sounds can interfere with day-to-day functioning and isolate the individual. There are two types of tinnitus conditions depending on the severity and the noise heard. 

Non-Pulsatile Tinnitus vs. Pulsatile Tinnitus 

Pulsatile tinnitus is a rhythmic sound similar to a heartbeat or swooshing. The sound puts people on edge and sometimes the annoyance eventually escalates into a debilitating state that hurts the individual's productivity. It is caused by the irregular blood flow in the vessels near the ear. A physician needs to address the condition since it could be the result of other health complications, such as an abnormal growth in the middle ear, probably a tumor and increased brain pressure. 

Non-pulsatile tinnitus is associated with a hearing loss that originates from an auditory pathway within the central nervous system. It can also be associated with fluid in the ears. 

Most tinnitus cases are benign and harmless, unless there are a few issues such as  pulsatile tinnitus, tinnitus in one ear, tinnitus that becomes exceedingly annoying, tinnitus accompanied by fluctuations in hearing loss and tinnitus accompanied by head spinning or vertigo. If you find yourself suffering from any of these conditions, here are the best solutions you can apply:

Hearing Aids

If hearing loss is one of the symptoms, which it always is to some degree, the hearing test is recommended by clinicians to give them more information regarding the seriousness of the condition. If the noise disturbance in the ear is incurable, hearing aids could improve both hearing and tinnitus. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Sometimes the sound becomes so intrusive that it isolates people and causes depression in them. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may help with bringing down depression, however, it may not stop the sound heard. 

Neural Simulation Techniques

Breaking away from conventional medical approaches, a non-medication route has shown some promise. It is called the neural stimulation techniques. It is an invasive brain stimulation method that electrically stimulates areas within the deep brain with implanted electrodes.

It is aimed at reorganizing the central nervous system, which is believed to have neuronal plasticity, particularly because the nervous system is said to be the source of tinnitus in some cases, as per Medical News Today.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

White noise techniques are distraction methods employed to retrain the way the brain perceives tinnitus as natural and not as intrusive. The therapy is called the tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), where a professional conducts a session with a patient who wears a device emitting low-level white noise in their sleep. 

Tinnitus Tinnitus is a condition in which ringing, whooshing or buzzing sounds in one or both ears occur without the presence of a visible noise-producing source. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock