Tinnitus Treatments – Options To Get Rid Of The Ringing
Tinnitus is a common problem experienced by men and women (and sometimes children) that is characterized by a persistent ringing, buzzing, clicking or whooshing type noise in the ears. Although not usually painful, the condition can worsen to the point where it can become a little too uncomfortable, annoying or even stressful for the patient. Interestingly, the older you get, the greater likelihood there is of experiencing tinnitus. If you’re a man, you are probably more predisposed to it that women are.
While studies suggest that the majority of tinnitus sufferers experience or perceive a ringing sound in either one or both ears, there are few cases where an actual ringing or buzzing sound can be actually detected using scientific instruments. This can often be a sore point in discussion, with many people coming away from an examination by a doctor or specialist saying that they couldn’t detect anything physically wrong with the person. The sufferer may then think that they are going slowly but surely crazy as a result and then choose to suffer in silence.
There are varied reasons why this condition comes Silencil about and the treatment of your condition would depend upon those. The most common tinnitus treatment is the intake of prescribed medicines. Certain ear specialists continue to recommend niacin (otherwise known as vitamin B3) to treat this condition. Another drug recommended for treating tinnitus is Gabapentin. This drug can reduce the annoyances experienced by patients associated to tinnitus, although some would now suggest that it is no more than a placebo for relief of tinnitus and may in fact cause it to occur in the first place. And right now, a new drug is being studied and is touted to help reduce the symptoms of tinnitus to as much as 87%. This particular drug is called Acamprosate, the same one used for treating alcoholism. It is marketed under the brand name Campral and was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004.
Certain therapies are also used as tinnitus treatments and have been found to be successful by many who apply them. The same therapies used to correcting hearing loss can be effective for tinnitus too. Sound therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and tinnitus retaining therapy are the most common therapies used. Most of these have their strengths in the ability of the therapy to get the patient to tune tinnitus out of their hearing (or their mind) and instead focus on alternative sounds (often known as “white noise”) that can help to block out the ringing sensations. When performed properly and regularly, they can help the patient tremendously