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Tinnitus can be caused by damage to the inner ear, which sends faulty signals to the brain.

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The most common cause of tinnitus is noise exposure, such as loud music or machinery. Other possible causes include head injury, ear infection, and medications.

Contrary to the common belief tinnitus is not caused by stress, although stress can amplify the noise, severely impacting your quality of life, it is not one of the main causes of tinnitus.  

There is no reliable formulary for how long it will last.

Usually, you differentiate between long-term and short-term tinnitus.

Short-term tinnitus caused by temporary exposure to loud Sounds such as a Concert may last from a few hours to up to 2 weeks while slowly fading.

If you have long-term tinnitus you probably have a low ringing in your ear continuously, this could be loud and invasive, or quiet and unnoticeable unless you pay attention.

Long-term may never fade and will require treatment to alleviate discomfort. 

Is there any treatment? 

It is often associated with hearing loss, so it’s not surprising that some treatments focus on improving hearing.

However, there are also noninvasive options available focusing on masking tinnitus or changing your perception and reaction to the noise.

These include sound therapy (also known as masking), masking devices, relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and tinnitus retraining therapy.  

In some cases, it is just a symptom of an underlining condition, treating the condition may solve the issue altogether.

If your tinnitus is accompanied by some hearing loss, a hearing aid may help strengthen the sounds you need to hear, which, makes the ringing stand out less. 

Although stress may not be the main cause of this, it is important to focus on treating it as well as it will help in alleviating discomfort and severity of the disease and its impact on your daily life.

Things you can try to help cope with tinnitus:

  • try to relax – deep breathing or yoga may help
  • try to find ways to improve your sleep, such as sticking to a bedtime routine or cutting down on caffeine
  • try to avoid things that can make this worse, such as stress or loud background noises
  • try self-help books or self-help techniques to help you cope better from the British Tinnitus Association (BTA)
  • join a support group – talking to other people with this may help you cope 

(you can visit nhs.uk too.)

Don’ts:

  • do not have total silence – listening to soft music or sounds (called sound therapy) may distract you from the tinnit
  • do not focus on it, as this can make it worse – hobbies and activities may take your mind off it 
  • Limit alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. These substances, especially when used in excess, can affect blood flow and contribute to tinnitus. 

(Visit mayoclinic.org) too

Conclusion:

 It can be a symptom of an underlining condition, treating that condition may treat the tinnitus as well.

Short-term tinnitus fades over the course of up to 2 weeks while long-term one may never fade.

There are many ways to alleviate the impact of tinnitus in your daily life, by masking it or working on the way you perceive the noise.

Stress may not be the cause but it does amplify the effect so working on stress will help to cope with it. 

I myself have this disease since years, so I can say from experience that tinnitus can have a very big impact on your daily life.

From poor sleep to anxiety, being less focused, more irritable and even affecting relationships.

Sometimes when things get really bad, I feel like sticking a pencil in my ear (what I definitely never do and you shouldn’t either😀😀😀).

There are better days and really bad days, but most of the time you can ignore it and you can definitely learn to live with it.

What helps me is music and a few personal minutes to relax.

I would love to hear about your experiences and what helps you get through the day.

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