Tinnitus is a frustrating symptom of many inner ear problems and it can drastically affect your quality of life. If you’re suffering from tinnitus, learn the facts about this condition so you can understand your treatment options. In this article, Health and Hearing is exploring whether or not tinnitus gets louder over time and how you can manage your condition.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a constant sound in the ears that doesn’t come from an external, physical source. Most people experience a ringing in their ears; however, it can also present as whistling, buzzing, chirping, hissing, humming, or roaring. Tinnitus can be constant, intermittent or pulsating, and chronic cases cause a lot of distress to the sufferer.
Chronic tinnitus can be unpredictable, and many people fear that their symptoms are worsening and causing hearing loss. Tinnitus is actually a symptom of other conditions and it can typically be treated by treating its cause.
Does Tinnitus Get Progressively Louder?
It is uncommon for tinnitus to get progressively worse, although many people assume it does because it changes in severity from day to day. In most cases, tinnitus actually improves or simply becomes more manageable over time. If your tinnitus is caused by age-related or noise-induced hearing loss, it may get worse if your condition is left untreated.
If tinnitus is becoming a problem for you, check to see if your current medication may be playing a part in its severity. Some medications can cause tinnitus to worsen, including:
- Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Certain antibiotics
- Antimalarial drugs
- Certain anticonvulsants
- Certain cancer drugs
- Loop diuretics
- Tricyclic Antidepressants
Managing and Treating Your Tinnitus
A key factor to managing and treating tinnitus is discovering the underlying cause of the problem. Once that problem is treated, most people experience a complete recovery from their tinnitus. Tinnitus presents differently in every person, so treatment needs to be tailored to their specific needs and the severity of their condition.
Some tinnitus remedies include cognitive behavioural therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy, masking and stress management. These therapies focus on changing the way patients think about and respond to their tinnitus.
If your tinnitus is caused by hearing loss or inner ear damage, you may benefit from properly fitted hearing aids. Hearing aids work to reduce your perception of the ringing in your ears while taking the strain out of listening, preventing the problem from getting worse.
Book a Hearing Test to Treat Your Tinnitus
The first step to curing the root of your tinnitus is to book a hearing test and diagnose what is causing the problem. The team at Health and Hearing will assess your condition and work out the best treatment plan for your individual needs. You can book a free consultation by calling (07) 3366 9355 or contacting us online.