Is Tinnitus Serious?

Is tinnitus serious? For some, it really is. The constant ringing or chirping in the ears can be a serious detriment to people’s lives and keep them from enjoying anything. But is it dangerous? No. Generally tinnitus is not a sign of something detrimental to a person’s health. Having said that though, the constant ringing can have an effect on someone’s psyche, causing depression, anxiety, and a loss of hope. In that case, yes, tinnitus is serious.  Many people have to find ways to live with a never-ending sound. Imagine trying to sleep or focus at work with that. Because of this, it’s easy to get caught up in hopelessness, especially when the cure hasn’t been found. With tinnitus causing stress and anxiety and hopelessness, which then leads to more aggressive tinnitus, it’s a wonder people are able to function at all. But the lie is that there’s no hope, because there most certainly is. Watch these short testimonials from people suffering with tinnitus who found relief:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCpIE6Aay2Uhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQY0dPgQ8C0&t=19s Although there’s no cure, there are ways to manage it to the degree that it becomes minimal, allowing people to get back to their daily lives. Need proof? Here’s an excerpt from the Mayo Clinic: “Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn’t a sign of something serious. Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps.” (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2019).  Knowing there’s way to manage it, check out our management list below: 

Tinnitus management tips 

  • Hearing aids – believe it or not, hearing aids benefit those with tinnitus greatly, especially with devices like Phonak’s Lyric. The device goes in the ear canal and doesn’t need to be removed for a few months, allowing the brain to receive constant soundwaves. 
  • Steady sound – especially at night as you fall asleep, it’s good to have a constant stream of sound such as waves crashing on a beach, wind blowing the trees, or even a babbling brook. Without that constant sound, tinnitus will be easier to focus on. 
  • Avoid causes – take note of what aggravates your tinnitus even more. For some people it might be caffeine and for others it might be alcohol. Just knowing your triggers will help you avoid them at all costs. 
  • Fight stress – one thing that exacerbates tinnitus symptoms is stress, which can be caused by the symptoms themselves. Stress management includes breathing exercises, calming activities, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. 
  • Meet with an audiologist – one of the best things you can do to relieve your symptoms is to visit an audiologist. At the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute’s Hearing Center, our staff are ready and willing to help those with tinnitus and hearing loss. We even have same-day appointments. 
Give these tips a try and see what works best for you. Remember, our staff at the Hearing Center want to make you feel better, faster. To schedule a same-day or Saturday appointment, call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top of the page.  To learn more about tinnitus management, fill out the form to the right. 

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Mayo Clinic Staff . (2019, March 05). Tinnitus – Symptoms and causes [Medical Website] Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156