• Dr. Beki Kellogg

What Kinds of Things Make Tinnitus Worse?

Tinnitus is an issue that affects ~50 million Americans and presents itself as ringing, buzzing, roaring and/or clicking sounds in the ear. Research has shown there are effective treatment and management options for tinnitus.

When dealing with tinnitus, it is very hard to pinpoint the exact causation of why it appeared – as causes range anywhere from hearing loss and exposure to loud sounds, all the way to problems in the jaw such as TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction).

What we can do is identify the kinds of things that seem to make it worse. As tinnitus is considered to be a “symptom” of something else, there are certain things that you can do in your everyday life to alleviate these symptoms. Here are a few tips:

Identify possible stressors in your life

Identifying possible stressors in your life is very important, as issues with stress or anxiety can heighten tinnitus perception.

Limit loud noises

Sudden or constant exposure to loud noises and/or rhythmic noises can trigger tinnitus symptoms in many people. Many that hold careers in fields such as agriculture and manufacturing have reported exposure to such sounds.

Earwax buildup and/or compaction

Having excess buildup of earwax and/or compaction deep into the ear or against the eardrum can trigger tinnitus symptoms in some patients. Having your ears inspected by a professional may be safer than trying to relieve wax compaction yourself.

Presence of certain substances in the system

Using tobacco, alcohol or even particular prescribed medications has been a common triggering component in tinnitus symptoms for certain individuals. Experimenting with the presence or absence of these substances may help you identify triggers.

Tinnitus is a struggle for millions of people, but don’t lose hope. At Hope Hearing & Tinnitus Center our trained staff can help you on the road to recovery through our evidence-based research Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Tinnitus is treatable - please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office for a complimentary consultation.

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