Exploring Your Options: Can Tinnitus Be Treated with Drugs?

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Exploring Your Options: Can Tinnitus Be Treated with Drugs?

Millions of individuals suffer from tinnitus each year due to aging, prolonged exposure to loud noises and some medical conditions. There is no cure for this inner ear ringing and drugs can only elevate part of the problem. As with almost all mediation, there are side effects to deal with on top of the problem.

There are several options when it comes to treating tinnitus. Miracle-Ear offers a solution for ringing in the ears in the form of a hearing aid. This special hearing aid offers a variety of sounds that help to train your brain to ignore the ringing sound and allow you to live a more comfortable life.

Causes of Tinnitus

The inner ear has tiny hairlike feelers that help process the sounds coming into the ear. When these are damaged, the ringing is heard and called tinnitus.

One of the most common causes of tinnitus is age related. The sound barriers or feelers crumble and don’t work as well as they once use to.

Untreated high blood pressure is another cause of ringing in the ears. Often times, blood pressure reducing medication will help to correct both the high blood pressure and the tinnitus, but this medication has a long list of side effects.

Another cause is continuous loud noises. Individuals that work in loud factories or listen to loud music through inner ear buds daily will often suffer from the ringing in the ears.

Common Treatment for Tinnitus

Your regular physician can examine your ear and determine if a visit to an Otolaryngologist, which is an ear, nose and throat doctor. This ear doctor will also have an audiologist on staff to give you a hearing test.

The most common treatment for ringing in the ears is a prescription for anti-anxiety medication. However; this treatment may not work for everyone.

Another medication is a combination of a different anti-anxiety medication and a steroid injection directly into the middle ear. Again, this treatment is not effective for everyone.

Noninvasive Treatments

More individuals are opting for the noninvasive treatment of hearing aids for their tinnitus pain. A special hearing aid is used to basically override the ringing in the ear with a pleasant sound, usually an ocean sound. The idea is to literally drown out the ringing sound. These are also known as masking devices.

Biofeedback or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – these are other options for noninvasive tinnitus treatments. These types of therapy help the individual to adjust their response to the ringing and live a better, less chaotic and upset existence with their tinnitus.

Dental Implants – Some physicians feel tinnitus is caused by the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). This is the part of the jawbone that attaches to the skull and can be worn thin over time.

It is important to have a certified doctor diagnose tinnitus before searching for the treatment that is right for you and your lifestyle. You should also know that it may take several weeks to many months before tinnitus can be under control.

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