What is Tinnitus and What Help is Available?

February 24, 2015 by  
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Tinnitus comes from the Latin word for ‘ringing’. It is an auditory condition whereby the sufferer hears noises such as ringing, buzzing, whistling or even music which does not come from an external source. The noise can be constant or intermittent, it can also change in pitch and volume. See Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Tinnitus

Mild Tinnitus affects about 1 in 10 people in the UK at some point in their lives (NHS Choices) but for some people, approximately 1 in 200, the Tinnitus is so severe that it has a huge impact on every day functioning (British Tinnitus Association). It can affect work, social life and even relationships with other people. See Living with the Effects of Tinnitus.

Tinnitus is not a disease in itself, but rather it is a symptom caused as a consequence of ear damage such as through exposure to loud noise, or an ear infection for example. There are numerous reasons cited for the onset of Tinnitus. It is important to examine the possible causes, as although not curable itself, the symptoms can be alleviated by removing the underlying cause of Tinnitus. See Understanding the Causes of Tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a fairly common problem affecting children, adults and particularly older people. Most people experience a brief period of ringing or some other sound in their ears at some point in their lives, but generally this is a temporary occurrence. In fact in an experiment carried out in the early 1950s on tinnitus found some interesting results. The experiment involved 80 people with normal hearing. After being placed in a soundproofed room for five minutes, the majority of respondents reported hearing tinnitus type sounds, although none had previously complained of any symptoms (Deafness Research).

To determine if you or someone close to you suffers from Tinnitus, it is important to see you GP to get a proper diagnosis. See Diagnosing the Causes of Tinnitus.

There are a number of different techniques to help people with tinnitus cope with the symptoms. Deciding which treatment to adopt is an individual preference as different solutions work better on different people. It is recommended if you suffer from Tinnitus, that you explore a range of options to see which suits you the best to make your symptoms more manageable. See Different Treatments for Tinnitus.

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Distraction and Sound Techniques for Coping with Tinnitus

February 18, 2015 by  
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One of the key ways that people who suffer from Tinnitus are able to cope with the symptoms is through distraction and sound techniques. At night time the symptoms of Tinnitus can be worse as the sounds seem much louder, making it difficult to mentally switch off and relax enough to sleep. A range of products and techniques are available that use other sounds which are much more bearable to distract from the Tinnitus, and to prevent you from focusing on the symptoms which intensifies the symptoms further. Although the tinnitus sounds doesn’t disappear, over time the brain becomes trained to ignore the tinnitus so it no longer bothersome.

Some of these products and techniques are discussed below:

Hearing aids
Hearing aids are designed primarily to help people with hearing loss regain some or all of their hearing. They can also however be very beneficial reducing the symptoms of Tinnitus, particularly if the Tinnitus is caused by hearing loss. When a person strains to hear sounds and conversations, this can exacerbate the symptoms of Tinnitus.

Hearing aids help to minimise the effects of Tinnitus by amplifying external noises to distract from tinnitus and can provide more soothing tones. Audiologist use the latest technology to work out the severity of hearing loss, in order to try correct it. A study published by Deafness Research UK suggests that almost 40% of tinnitus sufferers surveyed could benefit from properly prescribed and fitted hearing aids in both ears.

Tinnitus maskers
Tinnitus maskers are designed specifically to help sufferers cope with the symptoms of Tinnitus. They work by producing sounds which mask or cover up the tinnitus sounds and create a soothing sound which is much more bearable. This technique is particularly useful when there is very little background noise so the symptoms of Tinnitus appear intensified, such as late or night or early in the morning. Tinnitus maskers use therapeutic sounds to effectively drown out the symptoms of Tinnitus, these therapeutic sounds are found to be much more relaxing than the range of noises caused by Tinnitus, and people find much easier to fall asleep to.

Tinnitus maskers have been around sine the 1970S in a many forms. They are now many different types available from a small device fitted to the ear which resembles a hearing aid, right up to large sounds system. These are some examples of the type of sound therapies available:

  • Small device for the ear – this creates a gentle, steady rushing noise throughout the day which masks the tinnitus sounds. The brain begins to recognise this new noise as a peaceful sound which is not distracting.
  • Sources of sources – noises such as fish tanks, small indoor waterfalls or fountains, fans or low volume music can provide a steady background of comforting noise that can be useful at night or in a quiet environment.
  • Sound generators – produce a steady background noise such as white noise or sounds of nature such as gentle waves on the shore or a gentle breeze in a forest which are just below the sounds of your tinnitus. These devices can be worn like a personal stereo or stand alone and can turn themselves off so you can use them to fall asleep to.

Night time
As discussed, night time is when the symptoms of Tinnitus are worse. Additionally lack of sleep, and stress caused by lack of sleep, also exacerbate the symptoms of Tinnitus. Some tinnitus maskers have therefore specifically been designed for sleep as follows:

  • Tinnitus masking pillows – these essentially have speakers embedded into the pillow which emit relaxing, soothing sounds. These have the advantage of not disturbing partners.
  • Bedside sounds systems – this emits a variety of natural sounds such as the sounds of the ocean or rainfall.
  • Audio books and music – the right type of audio books and music can help some Tinnitus sufferers by focusing the brain

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Self Help and Techniques for Tinnitus

February 16, 2015 by  
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There are a number of things that you can do to help manage and reduce the symptoms of Tinnitus:

Exercise – take regular exercise. Exercise of very good for improving blood flow. Increasing blood flow to the ears can reduce the symptoms of tinnitus.

Relaxation – just as important as regular exercise is taking time to relax. Relaxation exercise such as yoga, tai chi and meditation work particularly well.

Adjust noise levels – keep a low level of background noise such as an open window or leaving the radio on. Avoid excessive noise which makes tinnitus worse, use ear plugs for example if you are in a noisy environment or doing something such as mowing the lawn.

Develop good sleeping patterns – Alter daily routine to ensure you get enough sleep. Make sure your bedroom is dark and peaceful and that you go to bed relaxed and tired.

Improve your diet – Reducing sugar and fat in your diet with help with the symptoms of tinnitus. It is recommended that you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and high protein foods such as fish and chicken.

Vitamins and minerals – a number of vitamins (A, B, C and E), zinc, garlic, kelp and sea vegetables are also found to be very beneficial in reducing the effects of Tinnitus.

Avoid caffeine and smoking – both caffeine and smoking have been found to aggravate the symptoms of tinnitus, reducing the intake of these could significantly reduce the symptoms.

Review medication – if you are taking medication for another condition, it is possible that this may be making the symptoms of Tinnitus worse. Speak to your GP about the link between your medication and tinnitus, it may be that you and your GP need to consider alternative medication.

Reduce levels of stress and anxiety – stress and anxiety are likely to make the symptoms of Tinnitus work. It is important to reduce levels of stress and anxiety, meditation techniques or counselling may help you with this.

Connecting with other Tinnitus sufferers – self-help groups are available in many communities and online support groups are a very useful way of sharing information and coping techniques. Self-help groups promote a feeling of hope and control and stop the feeling that some sufferers experience that they are alone in their condition.

Research – different techniques and ways of coping with Tinnitus work best for different people. Research the different products, therapies, techniques and remedies available to treat the symptoms of tinnitus and to discover what works best for you.

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Treating the Underlying Cause of Tinnitus

February 5, 2015 by  
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There are multiple recommended ways of managing the symptoms of Tinnitus. However, as Tinnitus is a condition caused by something else, rather than a disorder in itself, this section looks at treating the underlying cause of Tinnitus.

Tinnitus caused by a build-up of earwax can be alleviated through the use of eardrops or ear irrigation. Ear irrigation involves using a pressurised flow of water to remove the earwax.

Straining to hear makes the symptoms of tinnitus worse, therefore treating hearing loss through fitting a hearing aid for example will not only help you hear better, but should also reduce the symptoms of tinnitus.

Surgery – most people won’t need surgery to treat tinnitus. However, if the tinnitus is caused by a physical problem, for example, a tumour near your ear, your surgeon may recommend having the tumour removed.

GPs may be able to prescribe medicines to treat the underlying cause of tinnitus, for example antibiotics can be prescribed for an ear infection.

Treatment for factors such as anxiety and depression which aggravate the symptoms of Tinnitus may help ease your condition.

High blood pressure can be managed by changes to diet and medication.

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Different Treatments for Tinnitus

February 1, 2015 by  
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Depending on the cause of the Tinnitus, treatments can vary. What works for someone else may not work for you, so you my need to try a number of things until you find something that suits you as an individual.

Key types of treatments include:

  • Treating the underlying cause of Tinnitus
  • Alternative medicines – a range of herbal medicines are available to ease the symptoms
  • Therapies – there are a range of different types of therapies available which many people find extremely useful in managing the symptoms of tinnitus
  • Self help – tips and techniques for managing the symptoms of Tinnitus
  • Distraction and sound techniques – there are a whole range of techniques and products available to replace the Tinnitus sounds with an alternative, more manageable sound
  • Electric and magnetic stimulation – these are at the very early stages of development. The aim is to apply electric or magnetic stimulation to parts of the brain which cause the brain to rewire itself. Although used for treatment of depression, currently the application to tinnitus is only at the experimental stage. More research is being carried out to determine where to precisely to apply the stimulation and for how long.
  • Tinnitus Miracle – a holistic approach to managing tinnitus

To effectively manage the symptoms of tinnitus, taking a more holistic approach by using a combination of several of the above may be required. Various alternative medicines and sounds therapies can be extremely useful in alleviating the symptoms of tinnitus, but this could be even more effective through some of the self help suggestions. Tinnitus miracle cure adopts such a holistic approach designed to work for the individual.

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Tinnitus and the Workings of the Ear

January 20, 2015 by  
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To understand about more what happens to the ear when the symptoms of Tinnitus are present, it is useful to understand how the ear itself is structured and how it works.

The ear works by the sounds travelling from the outer ear passing through the middle ear and on to the inner ear. The inner ear contains the cochlea and the auditory nerve. The cochlea is a spiral tube that resembles the shell of a snail and contains a large number of sensitive hair cells that transmit sounds to the brain through the auditory nerve.

If the cochlea becomes damaged in any way, through injury for example, it can no longer do this job effectively. The parts of the cochlea that are still working will continue to send messages to the brain, and the brain will try to compensate for the faulty missing parts by over playing the working parts. This has the effect of creating the internal sound known as Tinnitus.

One of the key factors associated with developing Tinnitus symptoms is exposure to loud noise, particularly over long periods of time. Regularly going to nightclubs, working in noisy environments and even members of the armed forces experiencing loud gun fire have all been linked to causing Tinnitus. The ear can hear a large range of noises from 30 decibels (a low background noise or whisper), to over 100 decibels in a noisy club or bar. Exposure to loud noise can cause the symptoms of Tinnitus to come on very suddenly in some cases.

The modern day use of devices such as Ipods where the ear phone is place right inside of the ear is also leading to increased numbers of people experiencing hearing loss at a younger age which is also a factor in causing Tinnitus. Constant loud noise is thought to cause damage to hair cells in the ear can lead to tiny changes to electric signals that pass up the auditory nerves to the brain.

More recent research suggests that Tinnitus is an issue with the brain searching for external sound that can no longer be heard clearly as a result of age-related hearing loss or loud noise exposure. Instead the brain tries to compensate by filling the empty space with noise. Indeed research in America on animals has shown that severing the auditory nerve dos not stop the symptoms of Tinnitus.

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Living with the Effects of Tinnitus

January 13, 2015 by  
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Although Tinnitus is not a life threatening condition, the effects on a persons quality of life can range from mildly irritating to causing major problems with every day living. The cause of Tinnitus will largely determine the person’s ability to manage the symptoms. This will affect both the severity of the Tinnitus symptoms and the length of time the person experience the symptoms. Some of the main effects of the condition are examined here.

Work – severe tinnitus can cause major problems with concentration at work such as being able to hear in meetings and follow conversations

Safety – problems can arise in a work environment around hearing warning signals or faulty machines. It can also be an issue in everyday live such as crossing roads.

School -Tinnitus is not limited to adults – children can also experience symptoms which can make it hard from them to hear what is being said in the classroom and can lead to lack of concentration which in turn could potentially lead to disruptiveness.

Social Life – following a conversation at a party or on a night out, or even having a meal or going to the cinema could be more difficult for people.

Sleep – Tinnitus can have a detrimental affect on sleep as the noise intensifies in the quiet making it hard to fall asleep. Lack of sleep then causes problems with concentration and irritability.

Relationships – Tinnitus can lead to issues with communication with partner and a perceived lack of empathy by the person experiencing the symptoms. The sufferer can become annoyed at the lack of understanding others may show towards the condition and may begin to feel isolated.

Anxiety and depression – the more severe the symptoms of tinnitus are, the more likely you are to feel anxious and depressed, to become irritable and have problems with concentration and sleep. Stress and anxiety exacerbate the symptoms and therefore you can become trapped in a cycle of making the symptoms worse.

These are some aspects of life that Tinnitus can affect. The symptoms can be so severe for some people as to become debilitating and even cause the person to feel suicidal. It is has been suggested that the reason the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh cut off his own ear was because he was driven mad by Tinnitus.

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How Can Tinnitus Miracle Help Me?

January 4, 2015 by  
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Tinnitus Miracle was created by Thomas Coleman, a nutritional and health specialist and sufferer of tinnitus. He developed a tried and tested approach to managing tinnitus.

Thomas Coleman himself suffered from Tinnitus for over a decade and worked tirelessly to find ways to relieve the symptoms without medication or surgery. Tinnitus miracle is the product of this work and is designed to remove the symptoms of tinnitus permanently.

Before embarking on the product, Coleman researched hundreds of articles and books on Tinnitus, as well as interviewing people who suffered from tinnitus, doctors, herbalist and homeopaths to build up a vast wealth of knowledge and experience on the subject.

He also tried and tested numerous therapies, remedies and medicines, many of which provided minor or temporary relief, but when he became tired or stressed the symptoms returned worse than ever. Fourteen years of suffering and thousands of hours of research and experimentation later, led Coleman to find the combination of treatments that worked to cure his tinnitus permanently, a solution he called Tinnitus Miracle.

Tinnitus miracle is a holistic approach designed to work with your body. Tinnitus is a combination of emotional, physical and environmental factors, and therefore needs a holistic approach to address all of these. As everyone who is affected by Tinnitus is affected differently, and everyone responds to treatments in different ways, Tinnitus Miracle does not try to provide a one solution fits all approach. Instead it recommends a range of techniques and strategies to try and advices on different ways to detect if these are working for you.

So what is Tinnitus Miracle? Tinnitus Miracle is a 250 page e-book providing a holistic approach to relieving the symptoms of tinnitus. The e-book provides a valuable resource that brings together a library of information such as:

  • Understanding what causes Tinnitus
  • Ways of diagnosing tinnitus
  • A list of the best and worst foods to eat for tinnitus sufferers
  • Suggested homeopathic remedies
  • A list of Medication to avoid
  • Vitamins and supplements to try
  • Personality traits common across sufferers
  • Links to sleep, anxiety and stress
  • Strategies to teach your body to cope

The book provides step by step advice on how to proceed and adapt to suit your needs. Adopting this holistic approach will help you find ways to enable you to manage your condition effectively without side-effects.

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