5 Myths About Tinnitus

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Tinnitus is something that can be disturbing and can impact all aspects of your life, from work to your mood, and even your sleep. With it being a 'phantom' sound that you hear in your ears, it can be hard to pin-down, and as of yet, there is no cure known for it. That said, there are certain myths that surround tinnitus.

Some common misconceptions about tinnitus exist, such as the idea that if you buy a certain oil or take a certain pill, the sound will go away. These myths can actually be quite damaging to those who experience tinnitus and can raise a lot of false hope. Other myths around tinnitus can also be quite negative, as while there isn't a known cure, there are known treatments. It is believed by some that there aren't even any ways to treat it, which isn't the case. So, with that in mind, here are five of the common myths around tinnitus. If something you have heard about this issue keeps you from seeing an audiologist, then you need to have the facts and sort out the truth from the fiction.

Tinnitus always sounds like 'ringing'

It can be easy to think that tinnitus is the same for everyone, and it is always a ringing-in-the-ear sound. In all actuality, there are a number of different ways that tinnitus can show itself to you, with a variety of perceived sounds. It could be a buzzing sound, dial tone noises, pulsing, hissing, static, whooshing, and even a screeching or roaring noise. 

No matter what kind of noise you hear, one of the first things to do to deal with it, is to speak to an audiologist who will be experienced in this and know how to help.

The right pill or oil will cure tinnitus

There are some people that will spend a lot of money on different oils, pills, or supplements because they have heard that it can help tinnitus. If only it were that easy! None of these things have been proven to work. Some people may find some relief from a certain complementary therapy, but it isn't something that is going to be guaranteed. Something like yoga or mindfulness can be found to help, but only because it helps to relieve some stress and gives you a focus on something else like breathing, rather than the noises in your ears. So they can act more as a distraction, rather than a cure. Try something to see for yourself, but there is no point expecting things like this to perform a miracle. 

There's no treatment for tinnitus

There is no known cure for tinnitus at the moment, but it doesn't mean that there are no treatments that can help. Things like Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) can be helpful because it looks at the noise that you hear, as well as how you respond to it. TRT can also involve some cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This looks to help people reframe their thoughts and their emotions, to help them to become happier. Something like CBT can't stop the sounds of tinnitus, but it can be something that can help you to withstand them.

Hearing aids can't help with tinnitus

There are some people that think that hearing aids won't help with tinnitus. Hearing aids are often associated with hearing loss, but they can help tinnitus, which can also be considered a sign of some hearing loss. Having sounds from your surroundings that are amplified can help to drown out the noises of the tinnitus. Over time it can mean that you hear the tinnitus less and less, though results may vary. They are definitely worth looking into, though.

Tinnitus is all in your head

There are many ailments and conditions that are hard to prove to others and that are classed as hidden. So, some people can think it is all in their heads. There can be others that have never experienced tinnitus and think that anyone experiencing it must be exaggerating. However, it is something that is real and can have plenty of knock-on side effects, like stress, anger, mood swings, sleep problems, and other factors that interrupt everyday life. 

At Active Life Hearing, we are proud to count managing tinnitus among the services that we offer. Contact us today on 954-994-4143 to see how we can help you.