Tinnitus: What Is It and What Aggravates It?

December 15, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Uptown HC

Tinnitus is a sensation of sound that happens even though there is no external source for it. It can be a constant sound or a pulsating one. Tinnitus usually indicates hearing loss. Our nerves cause this sensation. The brain normally filters out the sound of our nerve activity. However, changes can happen, and those filters stop working, opening us up to hearing that “internal noise” more readily. As with any condition, there are things that can worsen it. Below are some things that can make tinnitus worse.

• Quiet surroundings. There is less noise to distract the hearing system.

• Inflammation in the neck, jaw joints, sinuses, or teeth.

• Stress.

• Fatigue.

• Certain medications such as aspirin.

• Certain foods, especially foods that stimulate the nervous system such as caffeine.

• Ear infections.

• Earwax impaction.

Worsening hearing also aggravates tinnitus. Sometimes, this hearing loss is fixable depending on what caused it. Tinnitus is common. Up to 1 in 4 people report regularly experiencing it. If symptoms become distressing, talk to your doctor.

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