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Can tinnitus be cured?

Many ask how they can stop the constant ringing in their ears or whether there is a cure for tinnitus. Unfortunately, there is so far no scientifically proven cure or treatment for tinnitus. But here you can read more about how to live and cope with your tinnitus.

Can tinnitus be cured?

Ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring - tinnitus can take many forms. The bothersome and uncomfortable noise in your ear varies from one tinnitus sufferer to another. So does the impact of tinnitus on people's lives. Some get used to the never-ending noise in the ear with relative ease, while others are driven to despair. Many ask can tinnitus be cured? How to stop ringing ears? Is there a tinnitus remedy?

Is there a cure for tinnitus?

On the internet, on TV and radio commercials and in papers and magazines you can easily find many who offers a method that can cure, or at least reduce, tinnitus. This could for example be in the form of “medication” (pills and injections), herbal treatments, different types of therapy and hypnosis. But other “cures” also exist. The list of “cures” is long, and is getting longer.

Luckily, many can live with their tinnitus as it may only occur occasionally and/or is relatively quiet, but for some the tinnitus is so bothersome, severe and intense that it negatively influences their daily life to a very large extend. For those people, it is very natural to look for a cure that can make the tinnitus go away - or at least reduce it.

Unfortunately, there is as yet no scientifically proven cure or treatment against tinnitus.

Therapies and counseling may be helpful

Some who suffer from tinnitus may find help in different forms of therapies and counseling with different types of tinnitus coping strategies.  Psychology plays a large role in tinnitus and some tinnitus sufferers may benefit from these types of tinnitus related offers. These may help you learn how to live with tinnitus.

A good idea could also be to contact the national tinnitus organization or organization for the hard of hearing and in this way, get in contact with others who also struggle with their tinnitus. Experiences from others who live with tinnitus may often be very helpful.

Tinnitus and hearing loss

Medical research in the past few years has shown that those who have tinnitus also have some form of hearing loss.

For some, this hearing loss can be so small or only affect a narrow band of frequencies so it does not result in hearing loss apart from the tinnitus experienced.

But for others, the hearing loss may be larger and affect more frequencies. If the hearing loss is so large that the hearing loss can and may be treated with hearing aids, hearing aids may then help reduce tinnitus.

Scientific, medical and audiological studies have shown that treatment for hearing loss with hearing aids and with this the increase in audiological input can reduce tinnitus or at least the tinnitus experienced.

Therefore, if you experience tinnitus, it may be a good idea to have a hearing test to see if the tinnitus is accompanied by a hearing loss that could be treated with modern hearing aids. But it is also important to stress that others who experience tinnitus may not have a hearing loss to an extend that it needs to be treated.

How to cope with tinnitus

How do I live with my tinnitus? The answer to this question is individual. Each person with tinnitus must find his or her way to cope with the tinnitus. In general, it is a good idea to avoid stress and get rest. It may also be a good idea to avoid noisy situations. Some may benefit from relaxation exercises.
Many experience that their tinnitus increases by drinking coffee or alcohol or by smoking.

Therapies and coping strategies may ease the tinnitus for some. Sound therapy may also help.  For others, alternative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic and hypnosis may ease the effects of tinnitus. But it is important to stress that the effects of these alternative therapies are not scientifically documented.

Will there ever be a cure for tinnitus?

It is difficult to predict what will happen in the future. The answer to this question is therefore “maybe”. Scientific knowledge of tinnitus has increased a lot in the recent years. So maybe one day someone will find a treatment that can reduce or completely cure (remove) tinnitus.

 

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