Do you have constant ringing ears? Or maybe your ears aren't ringing but you hear humming, buzzing or beeping instead? Whatever you are hearing, it's likely that it is caused by a condition referred to as tinnitus. You are not alone. Almost 40 million people in the US alone suffer from this disturbance. while there is no known cure as of yet, there are some things you can do which may relieve your symptoms.
Tinnitus may be caused by many factors. The general consensus seems to be that the greatest cause is that of being exposed to too much loud noise. Construction workers, members of the military, and some musicians are all in the high-risk category for this condition but who it strikes is not limited to these professions. Tinnitus may also be caused by having too many ear infections, allergies, too much ear wax, aging, or certain medications. The actual noise that one who suffers from tinnitus hears can vary significantly. Some describe the sound as ringing. Some say it is more like a buzz. And others state that it is like a high-pitched whine. Those who hear the noise constantly agree that it is annoying, or even maddening. If it goes away, it's only for a short time.
Many feel that certain lifestyle changes can aid in reducing the disturbing effects of constant ringing ears or tinnitus. The use of a noise-maker or listening to soft music can help drowned out the ringing sometimes. Others swear by certain vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, bioflavonoids found in bright fruit and vegetables, and supplements that contain potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
Other foods that have been heralded in tinnitus relief are those that contain herbs such as feverfew and ginkgo bilboa. Vaporizers that mist oils such as lemon, rosemary, and cypress oil can help. Also, since too much ear wax can lead to the condition, it may help to simply get rid of the wax. This can be done with an ear wax candle that burns the wax out or with some sort of suction that your ear doctor may use to suck it out. Pathogenic acid supplements have been reported to help as well.
Everyone is different and will respond differently to the various options above. Undoubtedly the best cure for tinnitus is the prevention of the disorder. To reduce your risk, make sure you don't stick q-tips or any objects in your ear that could push the wax towards the eardrum. Try to avoid being over-exposed to loud noises. Use earplugs or headphones if necessary to block out the noise. Controlling your blood pressure and salt intake can also help prevent the disorder. Also, stress and too much caffeine may increase symptoms. Our hearing system is extremely delicate and any kind of nerve imbalance can throw it off.
The information in this "What's Behind Constant Ringing Ears" article is not intended to substitute the advice of a medical professional.