Tinnitus is a common symptom experienced by millions. But much is still unknown about the causes and treatment options for hearing a ringing in the ear. Learning what is true and what is myth can help ensure you are seeking the help you need for your tinnitus.
Below are five common tinnitus myths.
Myth: There Is a Disease Called Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a symptom rather than a disease. There are a number of medical conditions that contain tinnitus on their list of symptoms, including:
- High blood pressure
- Traumatic brain injury
- Exposure to loud noises
- Neurological damage
Certain medications can also cause a ringing in the ear.
Because of this, your audiologist will first try to identify the underlying cause of your tinnitus before they put together a treatment plan.
Myth: Tinnitus Is Caused by Poor Diet
There have been a number of studies looking into the effects of certain foods on tinnitus symptoms. While experts agree that alcohol, sodium and caffeine can intensify tinnitus symptoms, they are rarely the main cause.
Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly are often included in lists of tinnitus management strategies. But lifestyle changes alone will not cure your tinnitus.
Myth: Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Always Go Together
Experts estimate that nearly 90 percent of those with tinnitus also have hearing loss. This is because tinnitus occurs when the hair cells within the inner ear are damaged. Damage to these hair cells also causes hearing loss.
While there is a connection between the two, you can have one without the other.
Myth: Hearing Aids Can’t Help Tinnitus
Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. While they cannot cure tinnitus, they can help amplify other sounds, helping to mask the internal sound of tinnitus.
Myth: There Are No Tinnitus Treatments
Tinnitus treatment is more focused on managing the symptoms, rather than determining the underlying cause.
Medication, stress management, habituation and sound therapy are all common tinnitus treatment solutions.
Hearing a bothersome ringing in the ear is not something you just have to live with. The experts at Augusta ENT have the experience and resources to help you find relief. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.