The sensation of ringing, buzzing or clicking in your ears is called tinnitus. It is estimated that over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Roughly 20 million experiencing it daily. And while it is an auditory issue, and hearing loss can be associated with tinnitus, the two conditions are not always found together.
With so many who people experiencing these symptoms, the causes and relief vary from person to person.
Many experience tinnitus on an occasional basis, with loud events being the most common trigger. Identifying triggers can be difficult. When they are recognized, avoidance and preparation are an necessary part of the relief process.
For example, if you are an avid music lover you may experience ringing or buzzing in your ears for several days after a concert. Proper hearing protection can help you avoid the after effects. Additionally, if your symptoms are more prominent after eating or drinking certain foods, limiting or removing them completely from your diet can help manage symptoms.
Certain foods can increase the severity of the ringing or buzzing, such as caffeine and sodium. Research has shown that for some patients, tinnitus symptoms increase when blood pressure is increased. Because caffeine and sodium can increase blood pressure, it is recommended to limit the amount consumed to alleviate symptoms.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
If you experience more than mild or occasional symptoms, tinnitus retraining therapy is a way to manage symptoms on a conscious and subconscious level. This therapy is not a quick fix. It is a process in which you work with an audiologist on a one-on-one basis. You work together to retrain your brain to ignore the tinnitus noises, relieving the perception of the sounds.
At Hearing Rehabilitation, we will work with you to manage your symptoms. We will help you identify potential triggers, and which retraining tools will be most beneficial.
Contact our office today at 248-360-4327 to start your journey to hearing wellness today.