Help, My Tinnitus Is Killing Me!
We get asked the question all the time "can tinnitus kill you?” Actual tinnitus itself will not kill you, however, the pain that it causes can put a heavy strain on people’s life. People suffer different levels and severity of tinnitus, some cases being much worse than others. Typical tinnitus is usually a constant buzzing or ringing sound internally that you can't get rid of.
There is no suggestion that every case will get worse and in fact, there are some people who it's completely disappeared for, so it's not all doom and gloom for sufferers. There are of course the cases where it gets worse and progresses over the years, in which case the sufferer will have a much reduced quality of life.
It affects people in different ways as well. For example, you may be fine throughout the day but at night have great difficulty trying to sleep with the noise. You may also find there are certain triggers such as food, activities or noises that set it off through the day.
If you're reading this then we assume that you're having a tough time with your tinnitus, so we're going to try and help you out where possible to relief it!
Firstly, Why Does Tinnitus Occur?
Usually some sort of damage to the ear is the short answer. As mentioned earlier it can also come in the form of many different sounds and noises. Tinnitus is also pretty common in adults with around 1 in 10 suffering. It can come around for some people naturally as they age, but for others it may come as a result of some sort of damage to their hearing such as constant exposure to loud noises. For Some people tinnitus may be a result of an underlying medical problem and will need a medical professional to confirm any issues.
Some common medical problems that can cause it:
- Ear infections
- Certain medications
- Damage to the ear
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Neurological problems
- Autoimmune diseases
These are just some of the more common problems for tinnitus occurring, but there are other medical problems that can be associated with it.
Who Is More Likely To Get Tinnitus?
As we mentioned earlier it is quite a common occurrence in adults with 1 in 10 suffering from it in one way or another. However, there are certain people that could be even more at risk of developing the sound. Lifestyle obviously plays a massive role in this and like most things, consistently doing some exercise or sport may be able to help prevent any further development.
Some things that make you more at risk of developing:
- Being male
- Having hearing damage or loss
- People who have been constantly exposed to loud noises throughout their life
- Being older
For more information on how likely you are at risk of developing or worsening your tinnitus, speak with a healthcare professional.
But The Tinnitus Is Killing Me, Help!
The internal sound is a nuisance more than anything to sufferers, and can have you at your wits end as the best of times. Firstly you need to address any underlying conditions that may be causing the problem in the first place. There is no solution that's going to get rid of tinnitus completely, but there are plenty of things out there to improve your hearing and quality of life with it.
Surgery is an option for some people with the problem, and in some cases it can improve your hearing dramatically. Unfortunately though there is no guarantee and again it's not going to completely get rid of it, just help your hearing out. This is obviously a costly route and should only be considered if you're out of options.
Managing it through the use of some medications that relief any anxiety or depression it causes are also important. Because it can reduce your quality of life you want to try and reduce stress levels as best as you can, and ensure that you're working on ways of trying to ignore or shift your concentration from it. If you suffer from it badly then you're inevitably going to have a lot of anxiety over it, so make sure to address these problems by speaking with your doctor or a psychologist.
Some people have even noted that the use of different types of sound therapy has helped them manage and relief their tinnitus symptoms. Certain techniques and sounds can be used to give off a relaxing sound that can mask the sound of tinnitus for a short period. This will give you a temporary relief from it, but even better it helps in training your mind to try and not focus on the constant sound. These sounds may even has a use if your tinnitus is causing insomnia and you need a relaxing sound to help you drift off.
Lastly there are some awesome courses and training that we can specifically recommend for anyone looking for an alternative. We've checked out various courses over the years and found most of them to be junk and of no value. However, we can specifically recommend a course that we've checked out. The course is fairly cheap and has a lot of practical things for you to implement into your daily life immediately. It's created by people that are actual tinnitus sufferers themselves, and have spent years looking for better ways to manage the distressing sound.
Hopefully we've provided you with some extra help and tips that you can implement into easing up your tinnitus. And remember folks, next time you think to yourself "this tinnitus is killing me", try to work on the psychological side of things and find ways to try and shift your focus where possible!