Can You Help Prevent Tinnitus?
Many people across the world suffer from Tinnitus, and this can be heard in the ears or head as a continuous ringing, buzzing, hissing or similar sound that never seems to go away. Tinnitus can leave the sufferer feeling isolated and alone with their problem as other people cannot hear these sounds, or understand what it is like to live with day in and day out. This can often lead to the sufferer experiencing emotional stress such as frustration, fear and anger, as well as interference with their sleep and general well being. Often it can lead a person to become withdrawn from social situations, and can trigger depression. Stress is a major contributing factor towards making tinnitus symptoms worse, so sufferers can end up in a vicious circle.
People can go a long way towards helping to prevent Tinnitus, or lower the risk of developing it during their lifetime. The most obvious and simple way is to protect the ears from any type of damage. You ears have a natural self-cleaning process, so there is no need to insert things into the ear canal like cotton buds to remove wax from the ears. Pushing foreign objects into the ears can risk damaging the ear drum and can even make the build up of earwax greater by pushing it further down the ear channel and compacting it through pressure.
Treating ear infections swiftly and effectively with prescribed medication can quickly help to clear up the infection and reduce the risk of any long-term damage that could lead to Tinnitus. Ignoring any ear infections in the hope they will go away by themselves could lead to further problems down the line.
Some prescribed medication to treat medical problems can list Tinnitus as a possible side effect. This does not mean that everyone who takes the medication will get Tinnitus, and those who do develop Tinnitus as a result of taking the medication may find the symptoms vanish once they cease to take the medication. If you are at all concerned about the side effects of any prescribed medication, and the risks of developing Tinnitus through taking it, then consult your doctor about any alternative treatments you could take that do not have Tinnitus as a possible side effect.
Noise damage is considered to be one of the main causes of hearing loss amongst the general population, and quite often people who are exposed to loud noise can be left with Tinnitus whether or not they also suffer some hearing loss. Avoiding loud noises wherever possible would be a good step in the prevention of Tinnitus, so wearing ear plugs or ear defenders in noisy workplaces should be your main priority, especially if you are spending long hours daily in a noisy work environment. Health and Safety regulations may require the use of ear protection in noisy work environments, but it is up to the worker to ensure they use the equipment provided, and not doing so may lead to hearing loss and/or Tinnitus.
If you are a fan of live music, and love nothing better than attending concerts and music gigs, then positioning yourself well away from loudspeakers will reduce the chances of damage to your eardrums. Limiting your use of iPods and other personal music devices, as well as lowering the volume, will also help reduce the impact of loud prolonged music that could lead to the development of Tinnitus.