Tinnitus awareness week is usually observed in February and this campaign aims to educate the public about the causes, impact and management of tinnitus.
Tinnitus symptoms vary widely among individuals, with phantom sounds like ringing, buzzing, roaring, whistling, humming, clicking, hissing, or squealing. These sounds may occur in one or both ears and in the head, ranging from soft to loud and low to high pitched. Tinnitus can be constant or intermittent, and certain movements or touches may temporarily alter the perceived sound. In most cases, it's subjective, only audible to the affected individual. In rare cases, rhythmic pulsating sounds, often synchronized with the heartbeat, may be heard by both the person and a doctor using a stethoscope, indicating objective tinnitus, usually with an identifiable cause that may be treatable.
Tinnitus, the perception of sound without an external source, varies in nature and can disrupt sleep, cognition, and emotional well-being. While its links to depression, anxiety, and insomnia are recognized, the exact connection remains unclear. Most cases lack a cure, especially in chronic forms, and spontaneous resolution is rare. Although rarely a sign of a serious medical issue, tinnitus can impact mood, sleep, and concentration for some. Severe cases may lead to anxiety or depression.
Less common risk factors include conditions like Meniere's disease, jaw joint problems, tumor-related disorders like Vestibular Schwannoma, blood vessel problems, and chronic conditions such as diabetes, migraines, thyroid disorders, anemia, and autoimmune disorders like lupus and multiple sclerosis.
While many causes are known, some individuals may develop tinnitus without a known reason.
While there's no specific diet that can cure tinnitus, paying attention to certain foods and substances may help manage its symptoms. Here are considerations:
While diet may not cure tinnitus, being mindful of what you consume can play a role in managing symptoms and improving overall well-being.
Protecting ear health is crucial for preventing tinnitus and adopting certain practices can significantly reduce the risk of its development. Here are key measures:
By adopting these preventative measures and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, individuals can significantly reduce the risk of developing tinnitus and preserve overall ear health. Understanding tinnitus, seeking timely diagnosis and treatment, and incorporating these healthy habits contribute to effective management and a regained sense of well-being. Book for an appointment now for a one-to-one consultation with audiologist at 20dB Digisound.
Written by: Mohana, Audiologist at 20dB Digisound