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Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, and more than 7 million are afflicted with tinnitus so severely that it effects there ability to lead a normal life. Undoubtedly the loud noises we are exposed to in modern society- loud music concerts, amplified music, job related noises, MP3/IPOD players, etc. contribute to this growing heath problem. The problem also increases in prevalence and severity with age.

Medically, tinnitus may be a symptom of a variety of diseases such as acoustic neuroma, TMJ, Meniere's disease, hypothyroidism, metabolic disorders/issues, autoimmune disease, B12 deficiency, sinus issues, allergy and Eustachian tube dysfunction. It may also be caused by various non-disease conditions such as hearing loss resulting from loud noise and various prescription and over the counter drugs. Tinnitus may be temporary or permanent. It may be subjective (heard only be the person experiencing it) or objective (can be heard by an outside observer). It may vary through out the day and over time may improve or grow worse.

Cases of tinnitus may be very minor- an occasional rushing, low pitched sound in a very quiet room- to severe and debilitating- where the sound drowns out everyday sounds and speech. The psychological effects of tinnitus can be devastating, leading to deprived sleep, anxiety and clinical depression.

Tinnitus should be treated seriously. Tinnitus should be medically evaluated by a family doctor as well as an ear, nose and throat specialist and/or other specialists. It is important the medical professional takes tinnitus seriously and is willing to take the time to answer questions, order the necessary tests and provide treatment options.

Tinnitus is treatable. First, it is important to treat the underlying disease condition. Second, life style changes may help such as changes in diet; elimination of caffeine and alcohol; more careful use of over the counter and prescription drugs such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs & antibiotics; stress reduction; avoiding loud noises (loud concerts/dance halls, job related, gun shots, etc. and use of ear plugs); and use of masking sounds. There are alternative therapies such as acupuncture and herbal/ homeopathic preparations that may be helpful. There are also treatment therapies such as TRT and Neuromonics that may help mask the noise and/or retrain the brain/mind to filter out the noise and/or not become as anxious.

There are many useful tinnitus resources on the web. However, each tinnitus case requires evaluation by a team of medical professionals. Yet ultimately we each must be empowered take control of the healing and treatment process.

bullet Aire Freshener
Windows music player that contains many
pleasing natural sounds that help mask the
sound of tinnitus.
bulletAmerican Tinnitus Foundation
bulletArches Tinnitus Formulas
Herbal and nutritional preparations to help address
the causes and/or relieve tinnitus.
bullet CoQ10 and Tinnitus
bullet Dizziness and balance.com
bullet Hearing Loss Web: Tinnitus
bulletJulian Cowan Hill-Craniosacral Therapist
bullet MedicineNet: Tinnitus
Homeopathic & herbal preparations to relieve
tinnitus and improve/protect hearing.
bullet Neuromonics
bullet OHSU Tinnitus Clinic
bullet Oregon Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Treatment Clinic
bullet Tinnitus FAQ
bullet Tinnitus: MayoClinic
bullet TinnitusTreatments.org
bullet Tinnitus-What's That?
bullet Wikipedia: Tinnitus



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