8 Things That Can Worsen Your Tinnitus


Tinnitus is a stressful condition; ringing noise in one or both ears that may be constant or come and go. Tinnitus is associated with hearing loss. While there is no cure for tinnitus, understanding the symptoms can help manage the ringing-in-the-ears sensation.  Here are some of the things that can worsen your tinnitus;

1.    Loud Noises

Loud sounds from things such as machinery, headphones, and concerts can cause short-term ringing or permanent hearing loss. You can stay away from machines, wear earplugs, turn down the volume or even avoid concerts.  You should remember to take care of your kid’s ears too. If you must work in a loud environment, then you should wear hearing aids.

2.    Medicine

Did you know particular drugs can worsen tinnitus? These drugs include antidepressants, antibiotics and NSAIDs such as aspirin and Ibuprofen. Certain cancer drugs, as well as diuretics, have also been associated with tinnitus. The higher the number of drugs you are consuming, then the greater the ringing sound. If you feel that drugs are the cause of your tinnitus, then you should consult your doctor.

3.    Stress

Stress can worsen your tinnitus. You should avoid stress-related jobs if you already have short-term tinnitus. Find ways to relax and keep your mind under control. Exercises such as deep breathing can benefit you. Massage could be the therapy you have been missing. You can seek advice from a therapist on more effective relaxation tips.

4.    Jaw Problems

The nerves that supply the ligaments of the middle ear also supply the jaw and the temporomandibular joint. This means that problems experienced in your jaw can result in ear pain and increased ringing in the ears. Therefore, if you have a jaw problem, then you should seek the services of a dentist or otolaryngologist to manage tinnitus.

5.    Insomnia

Are you experiencing sleep problems? Then this must be the reason for the worsened tinnitus. It is recommended that you sleep for at least 8 hours. Lack of enough sleep can trigger ringing of ears. If you need help to doze off, then you should seek advice from a doctor.

6.    Alcohol intake

Drinking alcohol increases blood flow to the inner ear which can worsen tinnitus. This condition can resolve in a matter of hours if you are not a regular drinker. If you have alcohol use disorder, then tinnitus can worsen and become permanent.

Excessive alcohol consumption can shrink the auditory cortex limiting your ability to process sounds.  It is reported that even moderate drinkers can develop this condition of hearing loss in 10 to 20 years as a result of their drinking.

7.   Ear Syringing

Occasionally, ear syringing has been the cause of a worsened tinnitus. Earwax can block the ear and reduce the sound getting in. Increased loudness of sound after the removal of wax can be temporary. You should use safe earbuds to remove ear wax from your ear. If this problem persists then you should inform the doctor about this problem.

8.    Infections

You may notice tinnitus when you have had a cold. This can be due to infection of your paranasal sinuses or your ear by bacteria or viruses. Infections increase pressure to your ear and sinuses. This problem should not last long. If it persists more than a week, then you should visit a doctor.

Wrap Up

 Tinnitus is a condition that can be managed if you check your lifestyle as well as your work environment. Alcohol use, as well as cigarette smoking, can worsen tinnitus.

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