Therapies to Help with Tinnitus

February 13, 2015 by  
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A number of different types of therapies are available to help manage the symptoms of Tinnitus. Choosing the right one for you is important. Here are some key examples of the types of therapies available:

  • Tinnitus re-training therapy – Tinnitus-retraining therapy is a therapeutic approach which effectively retrains the way your brain responds to tinnitus. This works by redirecting the brains attention from the tinnitus signal, the sufferer becoming habituated to the sounds of Tinnitus and gradually begins able to tune them out. Tinnitus re-training combines periods of listening to low levels of specially created sounds with counselling sessions. The counselling aims to increase your awareness and understanding of tinnitus and to help you to deal with the negative feelings that are associated with it. Over time, through habituation and counselling, your awareness of different sounds is reduced and you will only notice your tinnitus when you specifically focus on it. Tinnitus retraining may take several months or even years.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – CBT is a combination of both cognitive therapy (which essentially examines unwanted thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs) and behavioural therapy which focuses on your behaviour in response to those thoughts. CBT is based on the idea that your thoughts affect the way you behave and it therefore works by teaching you coping techniques to deal with any negative feelings. Through relaxation and cognitive restructuring of thoughts, CBT can change the way you think and feel about your tinnitus which can in turn help to alleviate the symptoms.
  • Complementary therapy – Complementary therapies that promote relaxation and a sense of wellbeing may be useful in relieving the discomfort and stress that tinnitus may cause. Therapies include yoga, meditation, reflexology, acupuncture and massage. Ask your GP for advice on these therapies. He or she may be able to recommend a qualified practitioner.
  • Hypnosis – Hypnosis and hypnotherapy is considered by many to be a very effective treatment for alleviating the symptoms of tinnitus – particularly if stress is exacerbating the symptoms. This works be seeking to remove the emotional reaction to the Tinnitus sounds and make the person feel relaxed instead which reduces the stress effect which has the knock-on-effect of reducing the symptoms of tinnitus. This can be practised at home using pre-recorded material.
  • Relaxation techniques – breathing and muscle relaxation techniques such as those taught the Tinnitus Clinic are found to be very beneficial to tinnitus sufferers.
  • Counselling – Living with tinnitus can be frustrating and distressing for some people. Part of the issue is the perceived lack of control the person feels they have over the symptoms. Having a greater understanding of Tinnitus and being able to talk about it helps people manage to their symptoms. Places such as the Tinnitus Clinic provide information and advice on the causes and treatments for Tinnitus. They also include counselling on behavioural management strategies and dealing with your emotions as well as practical advice on diet and exercise.
  • Sleep counselling/ Sleep Therapy – As tinnitus becomes more noticeable in a quiet environment, it may affect your sleep patterns. This can be through either preventing you from falling asleep in the first place, or repeatedly waking you up. If you are anxious about your tinnitus, this can make the symptoms worse as the pattern of negative thoughts and elevated stress levels can make the tinnitus seem more noticeable and intrusive. Sleep therapy involves reflecting on your beliefs about sleep and evaluating those negative automatic thoughts about sleep and tinnitus. The counselling process aims to change attitudes to tinnitus, and ultimately improve your sleep quality.
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    Alternative Medicine for Tinnitus

    February 11, 2015 by  
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    A number of natural herbal and alternative medicines are thought to work well for relieving the symptoms of Tinnitus. People respond differently to these treatments but some people have found them extremely useful. Speak to your doctor before embarking on this as a course of action.

    A wide range of herbal remedies using extracts of potent herbs and homeopathic ingredients have been developed, a small sample of these are described below:

    Popular herbal and homeopathic remedies and alternative treatments include:

    • Ginko Bilboa – The herbal remedy Ginkgo Biloba has been strongly linked to relieving symptoms of Tinnitus, although some scientific studies suggest that it may not work any better that a placebo. Ginkgo Biloba is thought to improve circulation to the upper body, particularly the head and neck and so is often prescribed for circulatory problems. It works by increasing the flow of oxygenated blood to different organs including the brain. Where Tinnitus is caused by problems with poor blood flow to the ears, this remedy could be very helpful in providing relief through improved blood circulation.
    • Seasame – A herb thought to be used to relieve Tinnitus symptoms as well as blurred vision.
    • Salicylic Acid – This is a plant controversially has been thought both to cause and relieve the symptoms of Tinnitus. When ingested the plant is thought to manifest the symptoms of Tinnitus. However, when mixed into a homeopathic medicine it is believed to reduce the intensity of some of the loud noises associated with Tinnitus.
    • Lesser Periwinkle – used to reduce tinnitus and Meniere’s disease
    • Dietary supplements and vitamins – Also prescribed for increasing blood circulation and relieving symptoms of Tinnitus.
    • Aromatherapy – oils such as lemon and rose have been found to be useful in increasing blood circulation
    • Food and drink – foods containing zinc in such as spinach, garlic, apple cider vinegar are listed as key sources of food and drink which help to alleviate the symptoms of Tinnitus

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    Diagnosing the Causes of Tinnitus

    January 26, 2015 by  
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    How is Tinnitus diagnosed? If you suspect you may have Tinnitus it is important to get a proper diagnosis. At some point in their lives most people experience some brief symptoms of Tinnitus. However, it is recommended that you book and appointment with your doctor if:

    • The symptoms of Tinnitus last longer than a week
    • Tinnitus is negatively affecting your life
    • The sound is getting louder

    Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and will want to examine you. You may be referred to a specialist such as an ENT consultant or audiologist in which case you are likely to have a number of tests to confirm if you have tinnitus. These can include:

    1. Hearing tests – there are a number of different types available and they differ for adults and children. People normally have a series of hearing tests
    2. Ear x-rays to determine of there is any damage to the ear bones
    3. Blood tests to check for infections and blood disorders
    4. Brain scans to reveal any potential tumours or nerve damage to the ears

    There are a number of ways to determine if a person has Tinnitus. People usually undergo a series of hearing tests:

    Some of the types of questions involved in hearing tests include:

    • Which ear is involved – right, left or both?
    • Is the noise is constant or intermittent?
    • Is it more pronounced at certain times of day?
    • Description of the sound
    • Do the symptoms seem exacerbated by anything?
    • Does tinnitus affect your ability to sleep? Work? Concentrate?
    • How annoying is it?

    It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Therefore, hearing tests are essential before a proper diagnosis of tinnitus may be determined. It is crucial to get a diagnosis of tinnitus before embarking on any of the treatments.

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    Understanding the Causes of Tinnitus

    January 18, 2015 by  
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    There are numerous causes of Tinnitus, Tinnitus itself is not a disease, but rather an indicator that there is a problem with the auditory system. It is important to understand what might have caused the Tinnitus to be able to treat the symptoms in the best possible way. In many cases, treating the underlying cause of Tinnitus will have the effect of removing the symptoms.

    So what does cause Tinnitus? Listed below are the main factors on the onset of tinnitus:

    • Exposure to loud noise – for example working in a loud noise environment or regularly listening to loud music is found to be a primary cause of tinnitus
    • Blood flow – The build up of fatty deposits inside an artery can cause the artery walls to narrow which makes blood harder to flow and as a consequence becomes noisier.
    • Developing an ear infection
    • Damage to the ear such as perforated ear drum can make you more aware of internal sounds
    • Acoustic nerve damage often as a result of a vial infection
    • Build up of impacted ear wax which blocks the ear canal can lead to a temporary form of Tinnitus
    • Allergies
    • Experiencing a head or neck injury
    • Side effect of medication such as antibiotics, diuretics, anti-depressants and drugs to treat cancer
    • Ingestion of too much aspirin
    • Hearing Loss – Tinnitus is often the result of hearing loss, particularly age-related hearing loss as the auditory system is thought to start deteriorating at around age 60
    • Meniere’s disease – disease of the inner ear caused by imbalance of inner ear fluid pressure
    • Paget’s disease – the normal cycle of bone renewal and repair is disrupted
    • Migraine headaches
    • Tumours
    • Acoustic neuroma – a non cancerous growth that affects the hearing nerve in the middle ear
    • Otosclerosis – this is an abnormal bone growth in the middle ear
    • Sinusitis – the interconnection of the ear, nose and throat mean that sinusitis can lead to symptoms of Tinnitus due to build up of pressure
    • The common cold can causes temporary symptoms of tinnitus

    A number of underlying medical conditions can also cause Tinnitus such as;

    • Epilepsy
    • High blood pressure (hypertension) and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
    • Diabetes and thyroid problems
    • Anaemia – this is caused by a reduced number of blood cells in the body. The thinner blood can flow around the body at a faster rate than normal which can produce a sound
    • Vascular problems (circulatory disorders)
    • Heart disease

    There are also a number of risk factors which can encourage the onset of Tinnitus or exacerbate an existing condition, such as:

    • High intake of caffeine
    • Excessive smoking
    • Drug and alcohol misuse
    • Fatigue
    • Depression
    • Stress and anxiety
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      Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Tinnitus

      January 9, 2015 by  
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      So what does it mean if you or someone you know has Tinnitus? People who suffer from Tinnitus hear an internal sound in one or both of their ears or in their head. The sound is not attributable to anything in the external world.

      The common types of tinnitus are high pitched noises, or low frequency sounds. The sounds that people who have tinnitus experience are described as:

      • Ringing
      • Hissing
      • Buzzing
      • Whistling
      • Whoosing/rushing
      • Clicking
      • Roaring
      • Humming/murmuring
      • Rumbling
      • Droning

      Some people even have auditory hallucinations of hearing music playing. This tends to be more common in people who have had tinnitus for a long time and have hearing loss, or people who have increased sound sensitivity known as hyeracusis.

      There are 3 different types of Tinnitus:

      1. Subjective Tinnitus – this is the most common kind where sounds can only be heard by the person who has Tinnitus
      2. Objective Tinnitus – this is a physical problem of the ear such as narrowing of blood vessels. This type of Tinnitus is a lot less common and can be heard by a doctor with a stethoscope
      3. Pulsatile Tinnitus – this is defined by the rhythm of the noise which beats in time to the persons heart. It is usually related in some way to changes to the blood flow to the ears.

      The extent to which Tinnitus affects a person varies greatly. For some people it is a mildly irritating background noise that can usually be ignored. At the other end of the spectrum, the noise can be unbearable and make it very difficult for the person to think about anything else.

      The symptoms of tinnitus vary not only between people, but can also vary for a person at different times. For example, the symptoms of Tinnitus are usually more noticeable on a night time when background noise is lower and the person is trying to relax and fall asleep. Tinnitus can also vary in terms of the type of noise the persons hears, the volume and the pitch. This can be affected by whether you are standing, sitting or lying down.

      Tinnitus tends to make people more sensitive to sounds. People with hyperacusis often find the television seems to be excessively loud although to everyone else it seems normal.

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