Why Is There No Cure for Tinnitus?

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Tinnitus is ringing or buzzing in the ears. Many people who experience tinnitus are not overly troubled by it because it is pretty low-level and can only really be heard in quiet environments, while other people who are experiencing hearing loss will hear loud ringing or buzzing sounds all of the time, which makes it much more difficult for them to manage the condition. 

If you believe you may be experiencing tinnitus, it is important that you seek an audiologist because tinnitus is often a symptom of a more serious hearing health issue. That being said, if your tinnitus is not particularly impacting upon your life, there is a good chance that you will not need to seek any further treatment.

Can Tinnitus Be Cured?

Sadly, for people who are experiencing tinnitus, there is no cure available right now. However, if the ringing in your ears is caused by something as simple as impacted earwax, it could be that removing said wax will remove your tinnitus issues too.

If your tinnitus is caused by damage to your inner ear, then the best you can expect is to be offered various therapies that will help you manage the condition, although some people experiencing tinnitus do find that wearing a hearing aid can help too.

Why is There No Cure for Tinnitus?

There is no cure for tinnitus because tinnitus is not actually an illness in and of itself. Rather, it is a symptom of other hearing health issues like noise damage or age-related hearing loss. It can also be caused by various health uses and certain medications.

In most cases, tinnitus occurs when the ear’s peripheral auditory system is damaged, causing phantom signals to be delivered to the brain, which are then interpreted as the annoying sounds that are so familiar to people with tinnitus.

Unless it is caused by a build-up of wax, it is likely that the damage done to your peripheral auditory system, if you are experiencing hearing loss, is permanent, but if you see an audiologist as soon as you experience symptoms, you can hopefully prevent further hearing loss from occurring.

Will I Always Have Tinnitus?

If you have tinnitus, you may be hoping that it will simply go away on its own one day. Unless, as mentioned above, it is caused by impacted earwax, an ear infection or another health issue, this is unlikely to happen and you will need to look at managing your life with tinnitus instead of hoping to cure it.

How Can Tinnitus Be Managed?

One of the best ways to improve your quality of life when you are experiencing tinnitus is to have cognitive-behavioral therapy. This is a therapeutic technique that helps you to come to terms with your tinnitus symptoms and learn how to live a happy life with them. It won’t get rid of your tinnitus, but it will make life better.

Sound therapies are often also recommended for people experiencing tinnitus. During this, you are exposed to a wide range of sounds with a view to training your brain to stop fixating on the ringing you hear, so that you can find a bit more peace in your life.

Will Tinnitus Ever Be Curable?

No one can say for sure if tinnitus will ever be cured, but there are some promising signs coming out of the Oregon Health & Science University. Researchers there have been using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which is a form of treatment using magnets to treat tinnitus with good results.

TMS, which was originally developed to treat mood disorders is perfectly safe for most people, but it has not yet been approved for use in treating tinnitus due to there not yet being enough research. Hopefully, this will change in the near future and more people will be able to get relief from their tinnitus.

If you are having a hard time coping with ringing or buzzing in the ears, your first step is to see a qualified audiologist who will be able to diagnose the underlying condition causing the tinnitus to present and recommend a way forward for you.

Here at Desert Hearing Care, we understand how tough it can be for people living with tinnitus, and we are here to help. Give us a call today at 480-985-2544 to speak to an audiologist about your concerns right now. The sooner you get a hearing health check, the sooner you can start finding relief from your symptoms.