Tinnitus (from the Latin tinnitus or “ringing”) is a condition characterized by ringing, swishing, or other noises that appear to be originating in the ear or head. Not normally a dangerous or serious problem, tinnitus is usually a symptom of some other underlying condition and most often considered a nuisance. Age-related hearing loss, ear injury, foreign objects in the ear, and circulatory system problems, for example, may cause the condition.
Tinnitus may be subjective or objective. In subjective tinnitus, only the patient can hear the noises. In objective tinnitus, a physician may hear the noise while doing an examination.
Tinnitus tends to improve with direct treatment or treatment of an underlying cause. Though it rarely progresses into a serious problem, the condition is linked to fatigue, stress, sleep problems, concentration difficulty, memory problems, depression, anxiety and irritability.
Who gets tinnitus?
Although anyone can get tinnitus, some people are more likely to develop the condition. This includes men, white people, older adults (over the age of 65), and those with age-related hearing loss. In addition, people who have been exposed to loud noises for extended periods of time and those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are known to have higher rates of tinnitus.
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a symptom of a variety of health conditions, blood vessel disorders, and effects from medications. The most common causes of tinnitus are age-related hearing loss, exposure to loud noises, earwax blockage in the ear canal, and abnormal bone growth in the ear. Less common causes include an inner ear disorder called Meniere’s disease, stress and depression, head or neck injuries, and a benign tumor of the cranial nerve called acoustic neuroma.
Blood vessel disorders that cause tinnitus include head and neck tumors, atherosclerosis (buildup of cholesterol in the blood vessels), high blood pressure, turbulent blood flow, and a malformation of capillaries. Medications known to cause tinnitus include antibiotics, cancer treatments and aspirin.
Home Remedy for Tinnitus:
Â·Avoid saturated fat, processed food, sugar and salt in your daily diet. These foods tend to worsen tinnitus problem.
Â· If you work in high-noise area, use ear plug or ear muffs.
Â· Include garlic, fruits, vegetables and sea vegetables in your diet.
Â· Make your diet rich in protein, Vitamin A, B, E, zinc and iron.
Â· Taking hot and cold bath alternatively sometimes proved useful in curing tinnitus.
Â· Eating dry-fruits increase the blood circulation and therefore, valuable for patients suffering from tinnitus.
Â· Eating a fresh pineapple daily is extremely helpful in curing this problem.
Â· Avoid coffee tea and sugary foods as they tend to increase tinnitus problem.
Â· Few drops of onion juice in the ear sometimes help in preventing the ringing inside ears.