Tinnitus, also known as a buzzing or ringing in the ears, affects about 15 to 20 percent of the people worldwide. Depending on its loudness, or softness, those who have tinnitus usually complain that their head is full, or that they have simple ringing in the ears.
What causes tinnitus?
- Age: Many people over the age of 60 are more affected by tinnitus, because this is the period when our hearing is getting worse.
- Unhealthy habits: We all know how unhealthy habits, such as smoking, alcohol drinking, reduced physical activity, eating unhealthy, influence the quality of our life. The experts are not 100% sure why those habits can cause tinnitus, but they advise us to avoid them.
- Earwax blockage: Earwax protects our ear from bacteria, but if it’s not well maintained, and earwax accumulates a lot, it could cause hearing loss, and finally lead to tinnitus.
- Loud noise exposure: We all should avoid exposure to loud, both long, and short-term exposure, because it may cause permanent damage.
- Common ailments: Having diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anemia, high blood pressure are all the conditions that could also lead to tinnitus.
Can tinnitus make you feel dizzy? In some rare cases, yes. Many people confuse tinnitus and Meniere’s disease, because the symptoms are very common. The people affected by the Meniere’s disease could feel dizziness or vertigo, and it usually affects only one ear. It could also cause hearing loss. Tinnitus can be an early indicator of Meniere’s disease, so the experts have the same advice as for the tinnitus patients: reduce the stress, and avoid alcohol and cigarettes. As in some rare cases tinnitus can make you feel dizzy, it’s better to leave our brain enough oxygen for better functionality of our organism by avoiding the cigars, and alcohol, as well.
The symptoms are different for every person: some of them hear buzzing, some of them clicking, the others humming, or ringing. The important thing is to find a way to deal with it. As there is no proven cure for tinnitus, here are some of the treatments, or alternative therapies that can help you ignore the noise in your head:
- Controlling your blood pressure: As a high blood pressure may cause tinnitus, it’s better to keep it under control.
- Reducing stress by practicing meditation, long walks, or relaxation exercices.
- No alcohol and smoking: Smokers and the people who drink a lot of alcohol are more affected by tinnitus, so it’s better to reduce it, or to stop consuming alcohol and cigarettes forever.
- Decreasing caffeine: The same thing as with cigars.
- Practicing tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT): This therapy could teach you how to ignore the ringing noise in your ears.
If tinnitus makes you feel dizzy, if you have hearing loss, or if you have tinnitus without an apparent cause, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. In all the other cases, you could try to practice some of the above natural treatments, that will surely help you to fight against tinnitus.