Tinnitus – Do’s and don’ts before getting to professional help

Tinnitus been keeping you up nights? The constant ringing, whispering, or buzzing is enough to drive anybody mad. While it is not a disease (medically speaking, tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition), and there is no actual “cure” for tinnitus, there are remedies and strategies which are available to help you cope or reduce your tinnitus symptoms.Image result for ENT doctor

Before you visit an audiologist, determine that the cause of your tinnitus is not a result of actual ear damage; the following checklist will help you decide if a trip to the doctor’s office is necessary:

  • Cut out caffeinated products.
  • Remove earwax with hydrogen peroxide or over-the-counter earwax removal systems.
  • Quit smoking, at least long enough to see if tinnitus symptoms disappear. (You might even decide to stay smoke-free!)
  • If noise exposure is a part of your work environment, remember to wear ear plugs.
  • Try relaxing; sometimes tinnitus is caused by excess stress.
  • Various homeopathic remedies are available to help reduce and alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus.
  • If tinnitus symptoms persist even after following these tips, you might need to visit an audiologist.

Here are some questions your audiologist will ask about your symptoms of tinnitus:

  • Which ear is troubling you most, or is it prominent in both ears?
  • Is the ringing constant, or are there moments of silence?
  • Do the sounds vary by day, noon or evening, or do you experience the symptoms of tinnitus regardless of the time of day?
  • Does the sound you hear have a high or low pitch?
  • Is the noise loud, soft, or does the volume vary?
  • Do certain medications or caffeinated beverages exacerbate your symptoms of tinnitus?
  • Is your tinnitus making it excessively difficult for you to work, sleep and concentrate?
  • On a scale of 1 to10, how bothered are you by your tinnitus?

Answering these questions accurately will bring you one step closer to naming the cause of your tinnitus and finding relief through proper tinnitus treatment. However, if still you are facing difficulties in treating Tinnitus then consult your ENT doctor for treatment. Nothing can be much useful than getting professionals help.