Speak louder, even louder... Is it important to pay attention to frequent buzzing in the ears? Chosgo Hearing helps you understand these four truths!
Have you ever experienced this: in a quiet environment, suddenly there is a buzzing, ticking, hissing, or other strange sound in your ears? You might think it's due to internal heat or fatigue, and a little rest will make it better.
However, did you know that this phenomenon could be a symptom called tinnitus? It might be a warning sign of some serious health issues. In this article, we will share with you several truths you must know about tinnitus.
1.Overview of Basic Knowledge of Tinnitus
Tinnitus refers to various abnormal sounds, such as buzzing, flowing water, roaring, or electrical sounds, occurring inside the ears in the absence of external noise.
It is a common auditory disorder, with approximately 15% to 20% of the global population suffering from tinnitus, according to statistics. The incidence of tinnitus increases with age, with individuals over 60 years old being more prone to it.
Additionally, males, smokers, alcohol consumers, overweight individuals, those with hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc., are also high-risk groups for tinnitus.
2.Why is it important to take tinnitus seriously?
Tinnitus may be a manifestation of underlying health problems, such as hearing loss, ear infections, changes in ear bones, inner ear spasms, temporomandibular joint disorders, acoustic neuromas, vascular diseases, medication side effects, etc.
Tinnitus could also be a precursor to cerebral thrombosis (stroke), as it, like eye strokes, leg strokes, and mini-strokes, is an early manifestation of thrombosis.
If not treated promptly, tinnitus may lead to complications such as hearing loss, sleep disturbances, attention deficit, memory decline, depression, anxiety, irritability, etc.
Therefore, preventing the occurrence and development of tinnitus is crucial. It can not only protect our hearing but also prevent some serious diseases. So, how should we prevent tinnitus?
3.When should tinnitus be promptly treated?
- Tinnitus suddenly occurs or worsens, accompanied by hearing loss or dizziness.
- Tinnitus persists continuously, significantly affecting your quality of life.
- Tinnitus has a rhythmic pulsating or hissing sound synchronized with the heartbeat.
- Tinnitus does not improve within one week after the onset of upper respiratory tract infections (such as a cold).
4.How to prevent tinnitus?
Protect your hearing by avoiding prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as in factories, construction sites, concerts, gunshots, etc. If unavoidable, use hearing protection devices, such as otc hearing aids or earplugs or earmuffs. Also, avoid playing portable music devices loudly, such as MP3 players or smartphones, keeping the volume below 60% and limiting usage to less than 60 minutes per day.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle by controlling weight, reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc., avoiding the occurrence of diseases like obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. Additionally, quit smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and reduce coffee intake, as these substances can affect blood circulation and worsen tinnitus.
Maintain a good mental state, avoiding excessive stress, anxiety, depression, etc., as these emotions can affect the balance of the nervous system, leading to tinnitus. Regulate your mood through appropriate exercise, relaxation, entertainment, and sleep to alleviate tinnitus.
Maintain good ear hygiene by regularly cleaning earwax, preventing ear canal blockage, but avoid excessive cleaning to prevent damage to the eardrum or ear canal. If there is an ear infection or inflammation, seek medical attention promptly to prevent complications.
Maintain good medication habits, avoiding the overuse or excessive use of certain drugs that may cause tinnitus, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, diuretics, anti-malarial drugs, anti-depressants, etc. If these medications must be used, follow the doctor's guidance on the prescribed dosage and duration, monitor changes in tinnitus, and discontinue use and seek medical attention if abnormalities occur.
Chosgo Hearing reminds you: Tinnitus is a common auditory disorder, and it may be a warning sign of some serious diseases that require our attention. If you experience symptoms of tinnitus, do not ignore or self-treat. Seek timely professional medical attention to find appropriate treatment methods and protect your hearing and health.