Hearing a ringing in your ears can be quite alarming. Unfortunately, getting accurate information about tinnitus can often be challenging, as there is a lot of misinformation and misconceptions floating around.
Below are the most common myths about this symptom.
Tinnitus will go away on its own.
Myth: Tinnitus is a disorder that will just go away on its own.
Tinnitus is actually a symptom of an underlying condition, rather than a stand-alone disorder. Because of that, tinnitus will not go away on its own.
Tinnitus occurs when the tiny hairs within the inner ear are damaged, usually the result of loud noises. Once damaged, the hairs can send out random electrical impulses to the brain, which are then interpreted as sound (even though there is no sound present).
While the buzzing, hissing or ringing may come and go, the tinnitus will not simply go away.
Tinnitus can’t be treated.
Myth: There is nothing you can do to help your tinnitus.
Even though most people in Cedar Park and around the country won’t be able to cure their tinnitus, this does not mean it cannot be treated. Below are just a few of the most common treatment options:
- Acoustic therapy. This type of therapy uses sounds to cover up, or mask, the tinnitus. This distracts your brain and helps you tune out the ringing in your ears. Electronic devices that produce white noise, air conditioners, fans, soft music, etc. can all be employed.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy. Similar in concept to acoustic therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy utilizes a portable sound generator that produces soft patterned tones to help desensitize the brain to the sounds of tinnitus.
- Hearing aids. Background sounds can mask tinnitus. Hearing aids can also help the patient better distinguish one sound from another, improving communication and helping with focus and concentration difficulties. Many devices also come packaged with noise generators to replace ambient sounds if amplification alone does not reduce tinnitus.
- Counseling. Counseling, sleep and cognitive behavioral or relaxation methods can be practical in helping you manage your tinnitus symptoms by reducing the stress, anxiety and sleeplessness that are often associated with tinnitus. Many hearing specialists and American Fork providers teach methods to help you manage your tinnitus symptoms.
Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Have Nothing to Do with Each Other
Myth: You can either have hearing loss or tinnitus, not both.
This is simply untrue. Almost 90 percent of those with tinnitus also have hearing loss.
Since most people with tinnitus already have a hearing aid to treat their hearing loss, a treatment commonly suggested by Cedar Park hearing specialists is to simply turn up the volume on your hearing aid. This helps mask the tinnitus.
An estimated 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus. No wonder there is so much inaccurate information being passed around. If you are looking for facts, go to the source. Contact your Cedar Park hearing specialists today.