Symptoms may differ but the discomfort is the same.
You may describe your tinnitus sounds as a ringing noise in your ears. Or you may hear more of a buzzing or whistling noise. However, the effect remains the same — a distracting and irritating sound is disrupting your life.
Keeping symptoms under control.
The way in which tinnitus affects a person’s life depends on various factors:
- Volume, frequency, and duration of the noise
- Your personal perception of it
Tinnitus is not regarded as an illness, but as a symptom similar to pain. In contrast to conditions where the goal is to cure the cause, you can often only treat tinnitus, as you would a symptom.
Even if tinnitus isn’t an illness itself, it can assume the proportions of one. When excessive, the strain it causes may result in sleeping problems, fear, and depression. Treatment is mainly a question of controlling the noise in your ears and your reactions to it.
How to control tinnitus.
The enemy in your ear is a great description of tinnitus because it is truly the beginning of a vicious cycle. Initially, you might try to avoid social contact in an attempt to rest. But this withdrawal also limits auditory experiences, social contact, and other forms of distraction, which allows tinnitus to occupy more of your attention. In turn, a growing feeling of despair at being unable to do anything about the noise, coupled with the fear that it might worsen, ensures your brain stays focused on the internal noise. This is the cycle that needs to be stopped. You have to push tinnitus out of the limelight and take control. Wearing hearing aids with tinnitus therapy features can help.