Although tinnitus often feels like it will literally drive you crazy, it does not have any direct impact on your physical health. The toll that it can take on your psychological health, however, is another story! Ringing in your ears, whether it is persistent or intermittent, can be maddening, and can cause serious turmoil in your life. And its occurrence can often feel like a mystery – what causes this frustrating condition?
Many people are unaware that the medications that they are taking may be to blame for their tinnitus – there are quite a few medications that list ear ringing as a possible side effect. If you take medications, do some research to find out if they may be the culprit behind your tinnitus. If you believe that this is the cause, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss possible options, such as switching to a different kind of medication.
Those who have temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly called TMJ, are at heightened risk for developing tinnitus. Clenching or locking your jaws can sometimes lead to tinnitus, along with another of other unpleasant effects, so it is important to treat your TMJ. Your doctor can let you know what some of your options are.
One consequence of consistent, repeated build up of ear wax in your ears can be ear ringing, whether it is in both or only one ear. If you suspect that this may be the reason behind your tinnitus, you can treat this condition at home with a commonly available ear wax removal kit. If there is heavy build-up, or wax that is especially difficult to remove, you’ll want to consult with your doctor about getting your ears professionally cleaned. The expense will be well worth it, for your sanity’s sake!
Regularly being exposed to loud noise, such as fireworks, concerts, or being involved in an occupation like construction, can lead to tinnitus. As much as possible, avoid being around loud noises when you can, and when this is simply not possible, bring your ear plugs and use them!
There are numerous things that can put you at heightened risk for developing tinnitus. Regular exposure to loud noise, consistent build up of ear wax, medications you are taking – if you suspect that some factor in your lifestyle may be to blame, discuss your concerns with your doctor to see what can be done. If things in your lifestyle are provoking your tinnitus, then it may be possible to modify those parts of your lifestyle, under a doctor’s management.
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