Can Tinnitus be cured?
If you consistently hear ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in your ears, you may suffer from tinnitus. Tinnitus is a hearing condition which is experienced by roughly 15% of the general public, according to the American Tinnitus Association, marked by persistent and often distracting sounds.
Tinnitus can take many forms, from being a mild inconvenience to a serious disruption that can make it difficult to function in day-to-day life. In some cases, tinnitus may be accompanied by hearing loss, adding to the challenges faced by those with tinnitus.
Can tinnitus be cured? Unfortunately, at this time, there is no cure. However, there is still hope for people with tinnitus, and multiple options for tinnitus treatment
What Causes Tinnitus?
Fundamentally, tinnitus is caused by damage to the cochlea, a sensitive organ in the inner ear. The cochlea is directly responsible for taking in exterior sounds and converting them into electrical impulses for the brain.
The most common cause of tinnitus is especially loud noises. People who work with or around heavy machinery tend to be most at risk, but tinnitus can potentially develop from a single extra-loud event - even a rock concert! Other things which can damage the cochlea include ear infections, a variety of medications, and TMJ disorders. On top of that, psychological factors such as stress and fatigue can aggravate tinnitus. It is a very complicated condition.
Basically, the reason that the answer to "can tinnitus be cured?" is "not yet" is that we do not currently have the science to repair damaged cochlea’s, and researchers do not entirely understand the factors which cause tinnitus to persist.
What Tinnitus Treatment Options are Available?
There are tinnitus treatment options, depending on your situation. Because psychology plays a role in tinnitus, counseling can often be effective. Additionally, if there is actual hearing loss accompanying the tinnitus, hearing aids can be of significant help.
One of the most promising new tinnitus treatments is sound therapy. On-ear devices can deliver sounds specifically "tuned" to counteract the sounds produced by tinnitus. Some believe that sound therapy can even be used to re-train the brain, so it ceases to hear tinnitus sounds. These devices can also be paired with hearing aids for two-in-one treatment.
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