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Tinnitus occurs at all ages, though it’s more common in the elderly. Same as pain, tinnitus is a symptom that must carefully be traced and evaluated well to classify its type, to screen for any disease related to it, and plan out a diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. Most of the times, tinnitus has no specific cause. How to stop tinnitus has already been studied way back in ancient Babylonian, Greek and Chinese times. But now in modern times, with many life expectancy, an aging population and so much noise exposure, people with this condition increases.
Here are some treatment approaches of how to stop tinnitus. First we need reassurance. Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying problem in the body like a brain tumor or the start of deafness. If there is none associated, then we might have to reevaluate for modifiable factors. This could be medication that triggers tinnitus such as aspirin, NSAIDS and quinine. If these drugs could be stopped, then it would be better. To some individuals who take alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, getting poor sleep and elevated stress, and advice of reduction or cessation should be provided.
An excessive noise can trigger tinnitus. On the other hand, too little environmental sound or silence can make tinnitus noticeable. To address this problem, a person could use white noise machines, and specialized tapes or compact discs that are designed to provide relief. Using wearable masking technologies is another way of how to stop tinnitus. Hearing aids may be among that could be used when clinical hearing loss is present. Masking technology can only be effective while worn. It is recommended that a trained audiologist would fit the masking device. Hindrance of using this technology would be unwillingness and cost of this technology.
Behavioral and combined therapies such as hypnosis, cognitive therapy and biofeedback have helped some individuals, but it still lacks definitive studies. Another way of how to stop tinnitus would be through a neurophysiologic approach called Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). It’s a combination of using low-level sound with cognitive therapy. Though definitive outcome studies for TRT are lacking, specialized centers reported 75 percent success in reducing severe tinnitus perception. Trials have been made to variety of pharmacologic and complementary strategies which includes: anti-depressants, neuromodulators, dietary supplements, herbal medications, homeopathy, naturopathy, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, chiropractic manipulator, low-doe laser, ultra quiet ultrasonic therapy and low- dose electrical stimulation.
Here’s some home treatment of how to stop tinnitus. Limit or avoid exposure to loud noises. Limitations of taking in aspirins, products which may contain it and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs must be made known. Alcohol and nicotine must also be ceased. Exercise improves blood flow to the ear’s structure which can stop tinnitus. Relaxation techniques are god. This includes biofeedback, meditation or yoga. Rest and good sleep are beneficial. During sleeping hours, play music or white noise. To some, they claim that herbal supplements such as gingko biloba give them relief. There have been studies that show a tinnitus relief but other study doesn’t show its benefit.