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What’s the best way to relieve the ringing in my ears? Even though we don’t yet know how to cure tinnitus, it’s effects can be reduced by learning what triggers it and worsens it.

Researchers calculate that 32 percent of individuals have a nonstop buzzing, ringing, or whooshing sound in their ears. This disorder, which is known as tinnitus, can be a real problem. People who hear these noises have problems sleeping and concentrating, and they could also have associated hearing loss.

There are steps you can take to lessen the symptoms, but because it’s commonly related to other health conditions, there is no direct cure.

Avoid These Things to Reduce The Ringing

The first step in dealing with that constant ringing in your ears is to steer clear of the things that have been shown to cause it or make it worse. Loud noise is one of the most prevalent things that worsen tinnitus. Try to avoid using headphones, and if you are exposed to noise at work or at home, use some high-quality earplugs to minimize the damage.

Some medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and even high doses of aspirin can worsen the ringing so talk to your doctor. Be certain you speak with your doctor before you discontinue your medication.

Here are some other typical causes:

  • stress
  • allergies
  • too much earwax
  • jaw problems
  • infections
  • other medical problems
  • high blood pressure

Tinnitus And Problems With The Jaw

Your jaw and ears are closely related. This is why jaw issues can lead to tinnitus. The best example of this is a condition called Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ for short), which entails a breakdown of the shock-absorbing cartilage in the joints in your jaw. Tinnitus can be the result of the stress of basic activities such as chewing.

What can I do? If your tinnitus is the result of TMJ symptoms, then the best way to get relief is to find medical or dental treatment for the underlying cause.

Stress And That Ringing in my Ears

Stress can affect your body in very real, very tangible ways. Associated spikes in heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure can all lead to an increase of tinnitus symptoms. Stress, as a result, can trigger, exacerbate, and lengthen bouts of tinnitus.

What can be done? If stress is a significant cause of the ringing or buzzing in your ears, you can try remedies like yoga and meditation to try to relieve stress. It will also help if you can decrease the general causes of your stress.

Excessive Earwax

It’s absolutely normal and healthy for you to produce earwax. But excessive earwax can irritate your eardrum, and begin to cause buzzing or ringing in your ears. If you can’t wash out the earwax normally because it has built up too much, the resulting tinnitus can become worse.

What can be done? The easiest way to reduce the ringing in your ears caused by too much earwax is to make sure your ears are clean! (Do not use cotton swabs in your ears.) In some situations, you may need to get a professional cleaning so that you can get the ringing or buzzing to go away (some people just normally produce a lot more earwax than others).

Tinnitus is Worsened by High Blood Pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can create numerous health conditions, like tinnitus. High blood pressure has a way of intensifying the buzzing or ringing you’re already hearing, making it hard to disregard. High blood pressure has treatment which might reduce tinnitus symptoms in related situations.

What can I do? Neglecting high blood pressure is not something you should do. Medical treatment is recommended. But a lifestyle change, such as staying away from foods with high salt content and getting more exercise, can really help. Hypertension and stress can increase your blood pressure triggering tinnitus, so try to find lifestyle changes and relaxation techniques to decrease stress (and, thus, hypertension-related tinnitus).

Will Using a Masking Device or White Noise Device Help my Tinnitus?

If you distract your brain and ears, you can minimize the impact of the constant noise in your ears. Your TV, radio, or computer can be used as a masking device so you don’t even require any special equipment. If you prefer, there are hearing aids or special devices you can buy to help.

If you experience a constant ringing, buzzing, or whooshing sound in your ears, be serious about the problem. It may be a warning sign that you also have hearing loss, or that you are going through a medical problem that needs to be dealt with before it gets worse. Before what started as an aggravating problem becomes a more severe concern, take measures to protect your ears and if the ringing persists, get professional hearing help.

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