Tinnitus is frequently caused by an underlying health condition, although the exact cause may be difficult or impossible to diagnose. But even without a precise diagnosis, a large percentage of people can find relief from tinnitus. On its website (www.ata.org), the American Tinnitus Association offers several tinnitus management tips, including:
- See an audiologist or ear, nose and throat physician (ENT) who’s experienced in tinnitus treatment.
- Give your provider a list of your current medications, both prescription and over the counter, as well as vitamins and other supplements.
- Be a detective — keep track of what may trigger your tinnitus.
- Find ways to eliminate or reduce stress in your life. Stress often makes tinnitus worse.
- Don’t give up on a treatment if it doesn’t work right away. Some treatments may take a while to have a positive effect.
- Protect yourself from further auditory damage by avoiding excessive noise or by wearing ear protection.
How hearing aids may help
Tinnitus often goes hand in hand with a hearing loss. In these cases, individuals may experience tinnitus relief simply by wearing hearing aids. Here’s how: The hearing aids amplify environmental sounds, pushing tinnitus sounds into the background. Some hearing aids include a special tinnitus masker feature that provides additional relief, when used as part of a comprehensive tinnitus therapy program. If hearing aids are recommended for you, be sure to take advantage of the discounts available through Amplifon and find a provider today.