Hope for an Effective Tinnitus Cure
Before seeking a tinnitus cure it is important to first gain some insight into the nature and the possible causes of this often highly debilitating condition. In general it may be described as a condition in which some form of sound is perceived within the ear despite the total absence of any causative external source. Classified into two main groups, the subjective form shows no internal sound detectable by an examiner whereas in the objective form, the examiner may also hear the sound. The condition is not, in itself, a disease process and it may arise from quite a variety of different root causes. While most of these are likely to be quite benign, a few may prove to be rather more serious.
The most common causes of this phenomenon are to be found in various forms of neurological damage, in ear infections, nasal allergies that affect the normal fluid drainage, a build-up of wax and foreign objects that may get lodged in the ear. One other, normally avoidable yet quite common cause of this condition is exposure to loud noises while, in contrast it may also accompany certain types of hearing loss.
Clearly, then, when referring to the condition known as tinnitus, no single common cause can be cited and thus all attempts at a cure, where this may be possible, must be largely focussed on the underlying causes and their precise nature will thus vary accordingly.
The condition is a surprisingly common condition that appears to affect as many as a fifth of all people between the ages of 55 and 65 although it is not confined to middle aged and older patients. It can also vary quite considerably in terms of its severity. For some sufferers it presents as little more than a mild inconvenience and one that they are able to completely overlook during those times when the ambient noise levels are relatively high while for some of the more unfortunate victims it is a stressful and debilitating condition that conspires to disturb their every conscious hour.
The actual experience also seems to vary between sufferers with many patients reporting the most typical yet usually unaccountable “ringing in the ears”. Other patients have, variously, described humming, buzzing, whistling, clicking and roaring sensations while still others claim to hear music and even sounds that appear to resemble human voices.
For many tinnitus sufferers there is hope of a cure although treatments vary both in their effectiveness and according to the root cause of the condition. In objective variants, radio surgery, a Teflon cochlear shield, an injection of botulinum toxin, neurostimulation and simply clearing the ear canal of wax have all proved to be effective, at least to some extent.
In treatment of the subjective forms, the array of possibilities is far greater and includes the use of various drugs and nutrients such as melatonin, lidocaine, amitriptyline and lipoflavinoids. Interestingly the avoidance of certain chemicals such as caffeine, nicotine and salt can also be effective. Surgery has just one application – to repair a fistula connecting the inner and middle ear.
Low frequency external sounds, electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve and cognitive behavioural therapy have all proved to provide varying degrees of relief for tinnitus sufferers in search of a cure.