Do you have tinnitus also known as ringing in the ears? If so, did you know that there are several things that can make this condition worse. In this blog article, we discuss 6 things that you may want to avoid if you have tinnitus, and they are as follows:
- Loud Noise: Loud noise is probably the most obvious item on this list. Loud sounds can in fact cause short-term ringing in the ears and/or permanent hearing loss. That’s why it’s important to avoid exposure to loud noises whenever possible, wear proper hearing protection if necessary, and don’t listen to your headphones with the volume too high.
- Medicine: There are certain medicines that can affect your tinnitus, and they include: antibiotics, antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cancer treatment drugs, diuretics, and high doses of aspirin. It is always recommended that you check with your doctor if you think your tinnitus is worsening due to the medicine you are taking.
- Earwax Buildup: If there is too much earwax buildup in your ear, it can potentially cause hearing problems and/or worsen your tinnitus. Ask your doctor or hearing care professional about the proper and safest way(s) to remove earwax.
- Lack of Sleep: If you are not getting the right amount of sleep, it can actually trigger tinnitus or make it worse. So it’s important to always get a good night’s rest.
- Too Much Caffeine: Too much caffeine can cause high blood pressure which in turn can cause an increase in your tinnitus symptoms. If you are experiencing your tinnitus symptoms more often, you may need to cut back on the caffeine. See your doctor of hearing care professional for more information.
- Smoking: Smoking cigarettes can narrow the blood vessels that happen to deliver oxygen to cells in the ear, which can in fact trigger your tinnitus a.k.a. ringing in the ears.
Many different things can cause or worsen your tinnitus, although it is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. Treatment for tinnitus will almost always depend on the condition that is causing it, the severity, and any accompanying issues such as hearing loss.
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors
At Hearing Aid Counselors, we are here to help you with your hearing needs. If you would like to learn more about tinnitus or if you have any questions, contact us today and schedule an appointment at one of our convenient southern Idaho hearing center locations in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Hailey, or Burley. We have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your hearing and listening needs.