Tinnitus – Causes and precaution

The term “tinnitus aurium” comes from Latin and means something like “ringing in the ear”.

The noises that the person concerned perceives can only be heard by himself. One therefore speaks of a subjective perception without external stimulation. From a medical point of view, tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom. The noise is a warning signal that we “have too much on our minds”: it is time to slow down physically and mentally.

One in four adults in the world has had at least one experience of noises in their ears. Every tenth person knows the annoying noises in the ears as a permanent condition, with about three percent the doctors speak of chronic tinnitus. The research group of audiologist estimates that up to ten million people are already affected. Tinnitus is on the way to becoming a widespread disease.

CAUSES

The causes of tinnitus have not yet been conclusively clarified by medicine. There are numerous possible triggers to consider. Usually it is noise damage, circulatory disorders in the inner ear, organic or mental illnesses that can lead to tinnitus. Experience shows that tinnitus patients often also suffer from problems in the cervical spine and in the tooth and jaw area, which lead to muscular tension.

Sudden hearing loss is the sudden loss of hearing, and some people may experience dizziness, ringing in their ears, or a dull feeling in their ears. Such a sudden hearing loss is not painful, but of course hearing loss causes fear without warning.

Causes:

  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Overpressure or fluid in the cochlea
  • Strong exposure to noise
  • Circulatory disorders in the inner ear
  • stress

Therapy options

If tinnitus or sudden hearing loss occurs, action should be taken as soon as possible. The diseases are basically not an emergency, but the faster you react to the noises in the ears or the hearing loss, the greater the chances of recovery! After a detailed examination and diagnosis, a very good audiologist can take you on with various, individually tailored therapies, e.g

  1. 1. Drug therapy / infusion therapy

If there is no spontaneous regression of your symptoms, we will initiate targeted therapy for you, which depends on the cause of the disease or supports the inner ear in its self-healing. Since in many cases the blood flow to the inner ear and thus its nutrient and oxygen supply is disturbed, blood flow-improving substances should be administered to the patient as oral medication or as an infusion. The blood circulation-enhancing drugs are administered to the body in high concentrations directly via the forearm vein. The infusion should only be carried out under medical supervision.

  1. Cortisone injections

The use of high-dose cortisone is very helpful when other therapies fail. The cortisone has a decongestant and anti-inflammatory effect and is administered by injection.

Take precaution!

To prevent hearing damage and tinnitus, you should avoid acoustic overstimulation and traumatic experiences for the ear.

  • Listen to soft music.
  • Do not impose too loud music on your ears through headphones (e.g. MP3 player).
  • Avoid being in close proximity to speakers and boxes at concerts and discos.
  • Comply with noise protection regulations at work and in your free time
  • In addition, you should pay attention to a healthy and low-stress lifestyle.
  • In addition, you should absolutely avoid risk factors such as smoking.

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