New Treatments for Tinnitus
Tinnitus refers to a condition wherein the afflicted person hears a sound such as a ringing, buzzing, and hissing which he or she only can hear. Because the sound is annoying, it serves as a nuisance to the affected person and disrupts his or her peace of mind. The disease ranges in severity from mild and moderate, causing minor disturbance to severe in which the person is unable to proceed with activities of daily living.
Because tinnitus can herald more serious diseases, seeking treatment from an ear, nose, and/or throat specialist should be done immediately. It can be too late if the person waits until the following scenarios ensue: tinnitus accompanied by hearing loss; sound that is synchronous with one’s heartbeat, which also called pulsatile tinnitus and may be a symptom of aneurysm; and tinnitus which comes with a change of personality, which might be a symptom of stroke. In general, the causes of tinnitus can be varied and may range from problems in the ear to nerve dysfunction to disorders of the brain to problems of other symptoms.
The multiple causes of the disorder has produced countless tinnitus cures from the traditional drugs and surgery to alternative medicine such as acupuncture and herbal medication. Lifestyle change also plays an important role in the improvement of the condition. However, there are also other treatment methods and they are as follows:
- Low level laser therapy. Despite it being practiced for more than twenty years, this treatment for tinnitus is quite recent in America. This treatment stimulates the power house of the cell, the mitochondrion, to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Because all cell processes are powered by the ATP, increasing the cells’ energy production revitalizes and repairs them.
- Masking. The unpleasant, shrill, and high-pitched sound of tinnitus is replaced by a sound of pleasant quality which masks the nuisance. Not all individuals are suited for such treatment. Suitability is determined by subjecting the afflicted person to running water; when the running water can efficiently mask the annoying sound, then this treatment can be prescribed. Mostly, this treatment affords the person the ability to concentrate when needed such as when doing homework.
- Coping and support. Because tinnitus considerably disrupts the quality of life of afflicted persons and, in many instances, never seem to go away, coping and support are especially important during such crisis. The family is the main support system of afflicted individuals and pushes them to continue to live a normal life despite the disruption that tinnitus causes. There are also support groups of afflicted individuals as well as their families who teach affected people how to cope with the disorder and provide insights on the disorder. These are groups facilitated by a professional, most often a medical personnel who can provide education about tinnitus.
The type of treatment prescribed can involve numerous tinnitus cures that complement each other. It is important to determine first the cause because the treatment has to be based on this in order to be effective.