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Understanding tinnitus

Tinnitus can be quite an irritating condition for many sufferers and can even lead to insomnia. This condition is characterized by a constant buzzing in the years that is usually heard when one is in a quiet environment, especially so at night. There are also times when the buzzing is barely audible. Though it is hard to pinpoint the exact cause of tinnitus in most people, the condition can be caused by one or a combination of a number of factors. Below are some of the more common causes of tinnitus.

1. Exposure To High Noise Levels This is probably the major cause of most tinnitus cases especially in people who love to listen to loud music through the use of headphones and year. The human ear undergoes irreparable damage when exposed to noise levels higher that 90 decibels for over 2 hour straight. This is equal to three quarters of the volume levels of medium to high end head phone and ear phones. Nerve damage occurs when the ears are exposed to 112 decibels for more than one minute which is equivalent to the noise produced by a chain saw 10 feet away. Instant ear damage occurs with exposure to 140 decibels and above which is equivalent to a gun shot at 6 feet from the ears.

2. Ear Bone Changes The joints between the middle ear bones that convey sound waves to the cochlea can get stiff due to a number of causes. The most common causes are middle ear infections whose treatment is delayed. Prior to complete hearing loss, a constant buzzing sound is usually the first sign of the stiffening of the ear bones.

3. Aging Aging usually leads to the wearing out of the eardrums that is normally preceded by stiffening of the middle ear bones. Hearing loss usually starts from the age of 50 years but can start far earlier in some people.

4. Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder This is a condition that commonly associated with many cases of tinnitus. The joint between the lower jaw and the skull is located just below ear. Misalignment of the bones causes the constriction of the blood vessels and stiffening of muscles near the ear. This in most cases causes undesirable changes in the inner ear that usually results in the tinnitus.

Treatments for Tinnitus Most treatments for tinnitus are aimed at managing the condition since a cure is not yet available. The most common forms of treatment are natural remedies for tinnitus that aim to alleviate the constant buzzing sound associated with tinnitus. Examples include the use of food supplements such as ginkgo biloba and CoEnzymeQ10 which aim to nutrient supply to the ears thus promoting natural hearing of damaged tissue. Another popular method involves the use of low levels of white noise that are aimed at masking the constant buzzing associated with the condition. This treatment requires the purchase of a white noise generator. Finally a method does exist that is used to offer temporary relief from tinnitus. It involves covering the ears with the palms and tapping the region behind the ears with the fingers.


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