Worried man listening to a ringing in his ear. Tinnitus concept

It isn’t unusual for individuals to have ringing in their ears, also known as tinnitus. Some estimates suggest that 10 percent of people have tinnitus at one time or another, making it one of the most common health conditions in the world. The condition manifests as a sound in the ear that isn’t actually there, normally, it’s a buzzing or ringing, but tinnitus can take the form of other sounds as well.

While the prevalence of tinnitus might be obvious, the causes are frequently more cloudy. In part, that’s because tinnitus may result from a wide array of causes, some of which are temporary and others that can be more permanent.

This is why environmental factors can play a major role in tinnitus symptoms. After all, every environment has a soundscape, and when that soundscape is noisy, you might be causing damage to your ears. This environmental tinnitus might sometimes be long lasting or it may sometimes react to changes to make your environment quieter.

What is tinnitus (and why is it so common)?

When you hear sounds that aren’t actually present, that’s tinnitus. For most people, tinnitus manifests as a ringing or buzzing, but it may possibly also present as thumping, humming, screeching, or other noises as well. The sounds are usually rhythmic in nature. Tinnitus will normally clear itself up after a short time period. In less common cases, tinnitus could become effectively permanent, a condition referred to as chronic tinnitus.

There are a couple of reasons why tinnitus is so common. The first is that the environmental factors that play a role in tinnitus are also relatively common (more on that soon). Underlying conditions and injuries can bring about tinnitus symptoms and that accounts for the second reason. Put simply, there are many such injuries or conditions that can cause tinnitus. Tinnitus is rather prevalent for these reasons.

How is tinnitus impacted by environmental factors?

Other things can also trigger tinnitus, including ototoxic medicines and chemicals. But when it involves “environmental” triggers, noise is the biggest culprit. Some settings, such as noisy city streets, can get quite loud. Likewise, anyone who works around industrial equipment all day would be at risk of their environment worsening their tinnitus.

When evaluating the state of your health, these environmental factors are extremely significant.

As with hearing loss, noise-induced damage can eventually trigger tinnitus symptoms. When tinnitus is a result of noise damage, it’s usually chronic and frequently permanent. Some of the most common noise and environment-related causes of tinnitus include the following:

  • Noise in the workplace: Lots of workplaces, including offices, are frequently the source of loud noises. Tinnitus can eventually result from being in these places for eight hours a day, whether it’s industrial equipment or the din of lots of people talking in an office.
  • Music: Many people will frequently listen to their music at high volumes. Doing this on a regular basis can frequently trigger tinnitus symptoms.
  • Traffic: You might not even recognize how loud traffic can be in heavily populated locations. And you might not even realize that your ears can be damaged at lower volumes than you might expect. Tinnitus and hearing damage can be the outcome of long commutes in these loud locations.
  • Events: If noise is loud enough, even over short stretches, tinnitus can sometimes be the result. For instance, attending a concert or using firearms can both trigger tinnitus if the volumes reach a loud enough level.

People often wrongly believe hearing damage will only occur at extreme volume levels. For this reason, hearing protection should be utilized at lower volumes than you may expect. Noise associated tinnitus symptoms can frequently be avoided altogether by doing this.

If I have tinnitus, what should I do?

Will tinnitus go away by itself? Maybe, in some cases. In other cases, your symptoms may be irreversible. There’s no way to know which is which at the beginning. If you have tinnitus caused by noise damage, even if your tinnitus does go away, your chance of having your tinnitus come back and become chronic is much more probable.

One of the most main contributing factors to the advancement of tinnitus is that individuals tend to underestimate the volume at which damage occurs to their ears. Damage has probably already happened if you’re experiencing tinnitus. This means that there are a number of things that you should do to alter your environment so as to prevent more irreparable damage.

Here are a few tips you can try:

  • Decreasing the volume of your environment where possible. For example, you could shut the windows if you live in a noisy area or turn off industrial equipment that is not in use.
  • If you’re in a loud environment, limit the amount of exposure time and give your ears rests.
  • Prevent damage by using hearing protection like earplugs or earmuffs. Noise canceling headphones can also be an asset in this regard.

How to deal with your symptoms

Many individuals who experience chronic tinnitus find the symptoms to be extremely distracting and uncomfortable. This prompts them to try and find a way to ease the severity of their symptoms.

You should call us for an appointment if you’re hearing a persistent buzzing or ringing in your ears. We can help you determine the best way to address your particular situation. For most cases of persistent tinnitus, there’s no cure. Symptom management might include the following:

  • Masking device: This is a device that fits like a hearing aid and plays sounds that mask your symptoms. Your device will be specifically calibrated to mask your symptoms of tinnitus.
  • White noise devices: Using a white noise device around your house can help you tune out your tinnitus in some instances.
  • Retraining therapy: You can sometimes retrain your ears with the assistance of a specialist, which will progressively retrain the way you process sound.
  • Relaxation techniques: Tinnitus symptoms can sometimes be worsened by high blood pressure. So taking some time to relax (with meditation, for example) can sometimes help reduce your tinnitus symptoms.
  • Hearing aid: The ringing or buzzing created by tinnitus can be drowned out by raising the volume of external sounds with hearing aids.

There’s no cure for tinnitus. A great first step would be to safeguard your hearing by controlling your environment.

But tinnitus can be managed and managed. We’ll be able to formulate a specific treatment plan according to your hearing, your tinnitus, and your lifestyle. A white noise machine, for many individuals, might be all that’s necessary. For others, management may be more intense.

Learn how to best manage your tinnitus by making an appointment right away!

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