Preventing Tinnitus-Steps You Can Take

What causes ringing in the ears? This is a common question as approximately 10 to 15% of adults in the United States suffer from this condition known as tinnitus. If you notice a ringing in your ears, or what some describe as a hissing or whistling sound, you may be suffering from tinnitus. There are certain treatments available to help control or eliminate symptoms, but there is no cure. The best thing to do is to protect your ears so you prevent symptoms from appearing in the first place. Here are some things you should do to keep your ears healthy at all times.

Turn down the volume. This is true of televisions, stereos and any device that makes noise. When you expose your ears to amplified sounds from a television or music player of any type over a long period of time, you damage cells in the inner ear. This makes you more susceptible to developing symptoms of tinnitus, especially as you age. Don’t turn the volume up when you are wearing headphones as this contributes to both hearing loss and tinnitus.

Avoid exposure to loud noises. Loud noises often damage nerves in the ears. Use hearing protection if you are using any device that makes loud noise, especially if you will be using it for an extended period of time. Things that are loud enough to damage the ears include chain saws, musical instruments and firearms. Exposure to any noise that is loud though, even if you are only exposed to this noise once, can lead to the cells being damaged so be sure to take care of your ears at all times.

In some cases, tinnitus is linked to disorders which affect the blood vessels. Make sure you watch your overall heath. Exercise regularly to improve blood flow to the ears and eat a healthy diet. The more you do to protect your body, the less likely you are to develop symptoms of tinnitus over time.

If you do notice this type of noise in your ears, make an appointment with your doctor. He or she will do a physical exam to see if you have a medical condition that is contributing to the problem. Your ears will be checked for a blockage or wax buildup. The symptoms may be the result of something very simple or they may be a sign of a more serious problem. It is always best to get checked out so you know exactly what is going on.