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What Is Tinnitus

 

Tinnitus is a condition that affects the ear, producing an abnormally loud, internal buzzing and ringing noise.  The noise in the ear occurs even when there’s no external audible noise.  You can experience different types of sounds or ringing.  The noises can be an infrequent or consistent, lasting anywhere from minutes to hours.  It’s common that the ringing in the ear becomes worse when external noises are low.  Most people realize the Tinnitus when they’re in a quiet room at night trying to sleep.  Tinnitus is not a disease or disorder, it’s more of a symptom to an underlying health issue.  It’s a common issue for people to experience, as it occurs in 1 in every 5 people.  

Signs Of Tinnitus

The symptoms that Tinnitus presents are annoying loud noises in the ear that can vary.  Some people experience the loud noises in one or both ears.  The noises can come and go, lasting anywhere from minutes to hours, occurring consistently or sporadically.  The following are the types of noises people can endure and signs associated with Tinnitus.

 

  • High pitch ringing noise
  • Clicking or Ticking noise
  • Roaring sound sensation
  • Loud buzzing noise
  • Hissing noise
  • Humming like noise
  • Sensitivity in the ear
  • Concentration issues
  • Sleeping issues
What Causes Tinnitus

There are two types of Tinnitus, classified by their different causes.  Subjective Tinnitus is the most common type.  This type of Tinnitus can’t be measured in regards to how severe or mild the condition is or how it will affect the person, as it’s only audible to them.  Objective Tinnitus can be detected and heard in examinations as opposed to Subjective Tinnitus.  Objective Tinnitus is more rare and is caused by a more serious underlying issue.   

 

 

  • Frequent or infrequent exposure to loud noise
  • Hearing loss
  • Blockage in ear
  • Issue with the Auditory Nerves or Auditory Pathways (hearing nerves)
  • Ear muscle contraction
  • Ear infection
  • Wax Buildup
  • Benign Tumors that affect the nerves
  • Otosclerosis (stiffening of the bone in the inner ear)
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Certain Medications and Pharmaceutical Drugs (approximately 200 prescription and nonprescription drugs list Tinnitus as side effect)
  • Certain Medical conditions that affect circulation (High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Anemia, Hyperactive Thyroids etc)
  • Head or beck trauma
  • Severe migraines
  • Allergies
  • Old Age (people 60 years and older)

 

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Dherbs Approach...adjusting your diet is always key!

Natural Remedies
  • Taking control of the sounds you encounter is the best remedy for Tinnitus.  Avoiding exposure to loud noises, sounds, and environments can help alleviate the pain.  Although avoiding loud noises can help, it does not bring comfort to be in complete silence as it can also be an irritant.  It’s best to keep a balanced noise environment, one that’s not too loud or quiet.  To help balance the sound level at night when sleeping you can leave a fan or generator on to keep the room from being completely silent.  This remedy is called white noise.  It helps to lessen the noises of Tinnitus.
  • If you have wax build up, this can contribute to Tinnitus conditions.  There are various ways to naturally remove earwax built up over time.  Ear candling or ear irrigations using peroxide and natural oils can help decrease the amount of wax present.  You can also try using a saline solution, which consists of warm water and salt, to flush the wax from the ear.
  • Adjusting your diet and consuming foods that provide benefits to the body is always best.  Eliminating things like salt, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, and tobacco helps as all of these things impair blood circulation and affect fluid retention.  Eating foods that increase blood circulation and decrease inflammation is best.
  • Prevention is always key to helping with any condition.  You should avoid the use of Q-tips or cotton swabs and anything else entering the ear.
  • Decreasing the amount of stress in your life is a great natural remedy for any health issues you may be experiencing.  The body always responds to stress and it can pose a threat on your health both physically and mentally.  Reducing the amount of stress in your life can also help eliminate the anxiety one usually experiences with having Tinnitus.  People usually have anxiety because of the symptoms that are associated with the disorder.  When you reduce your stress levels, the symptoms Tinnitus presents aren’t as severe. 
  • Mustard Seed Oil, olive oil, garlic, and onion extracts all have antibacterial properties that can help with the Tinnitus.  You can warm the oils or extracts and put them in one ear for a few minutes and then let it drain.
  • Ensuring that you get the proper rest at night can help.  Sleeping helps to heal the body and makes repairs when the body is at rest.  The fluid in the body affects your blood vessels.  When a person gets the proper rest at night it helps improve their brain function and blood vessels, specifically helping to aid with the conditions of Tinnitus.
Things you should eat
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Pineapple
  • Dark Leafy Green Vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli, collard greens)
  • Dried Fruits (all natural and sulfur free)
  • Seaweed
  • Oranges
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Watermelon
  • Avocados
  • Turmeric
  • Oregano
  • Green tea
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