Partial Hearing Loss and Ringing in Your Ear: What You Need to Know

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A common condition that many people experience, tinnitus can cause partial hearing loss and ringing in your ear. Cases of tinnitus vary from slight to severe. Slight cases can involve a temporary light ringing or buzzing sound accompanied by a decrease in outside noise, while severe cases can interfere with the sufferer's ability to sleep of function as they experience constant loud ringing, whining, or even perceived human voice sounds.

The small amount of research on this subject yields minimal results, and the causes of tinnitus are many and varied. Some commonly believed causes include: neurological damage, ear wax build-up, emotional stress, ear infections, foreign objects in the ear, allergies that influence fluid drain in the nasal passages, certain medications, and exposure to loud noise are a few of the causes known. This condition affects 10%-15% of people on average. There are no effective medications to treat it, and the few treatments that exist will often dull the symptoms temporarily, but will not provide a full recovery.

Some of the causes of mild tinnitus can be treated at home. If there is a build-up of wax, there are homeopathic ways to clear wax, most commonly pouring hydrogen peroxide in the ear then draining, and once the wax has been cleared out the tinnitus should subside. Allergy-induced tinnitus may be eliminated by taking preventative measures such as allergy medication or clearing up the sinuses to prevent problems with fluid drain or build-up.

The most commonly blamed cause for tinnitus is exposure to loud noises, which can cause a damaged cochlea. Any sudden burst of noise, such as a gunshot or foghorn, can cause this kind of damage to the ear and create conditions for tinnitus. However, prolonged or consisted loudness, such as being too close to live music, or listening to headphones at a high volume, can also cause the lasting damage that is a cause for tinnitus.

If you are suffering from partial hearing loss and ringing in your ear, then it is likely that you are a victim of tinnitus. For most people this starts as a dulling of hearing senses in one ear, followed by a whine, buzz or whistle that lasts for a prolonged period of time. This often happens to newly afflicted tinnitus sufferers during the night, often causing them to wake up and search for a cause for the noise. In more severe cases, or as the tinnitus progresses and gets worse, these noises can last at all hours of the day and night, causing sleep deprivation, irritability, and an inability to function properly during the day. The sounds can also vary from a whine or buzz, a sound like crickets, whooshing or roaring sound of wind, ticking, clicking, or many other variations including that of human voices. This tends to be extremely disconcerting and uncomfortable for the tinnitus sufferer.

Only one holistic method exists that is proven to cure this condition. Nutritionist, health consultant, researcher and author of the book "Tinnitus Miracle", Thomas Coleman spent many years developing a cure for this condition, which he suffered from for twelve years. His treatment involves no medication, but offers a strategy for treating the causative factors of tinnitus in order to eliminate the triggering elements from the root of the problem. This holistic treatment has been proven to significantly reduce tinnitus symptoms in seven days, and permanently cure the condition in thirty days.
Tinnitus itself isn't a disease or a condition - but rather can be a symptom of many different illnesses or problems. This ringing, buzzing or ticking in the ears can sound like a constant hiss, like crickets chirping or like a high-pitched ringing. All are forms of tinnitus and, while not serious, are annoying and irritating nonetheless!

Ringing in the ears can happen in any part of the ear including the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. It's also somewhat uncommon to experience a ringing that goes along with your heartbeat called pulsatile tinnitus. Ringing in the ears might also be caused by an ear infection or by certain medications such as antihistamines, blood pressure medicines or aspirin/ibuprofen.

Can You Hear That?

The most common form of tinnitus is called subjective tinnitus. You can hear it, but other people can't. Surprisingly, there's another form called objective tinnitus, where your doctor actually hears a sound when examining your ears carefully. Only a hearing test and a doctor's examination can determine the type of tinnitus you're suffering from. And, although the physician can tell you about what type of tinnitus you have, we still don't know exactly what causes it (apart from the obvious causes like loud music, trauma to the ear or infection).

Some scientists believe that as we age, the cochlea, which sends sound waves to the brain for it to interpret what we hear, sends mixed up signals and starts making its own buzzing or ringing sound to compensate. Most people experience tinnitus in both ears but it can happen in only one or the other.

Other forms of tinnitus include pulsatile tinnitus which relates to the flow of blood and circulatory system, and tinnitus caused by TMJ, a disorder of the jaw that can lead to popping, teeth-clenching and grinding.

Finding Natural Relief from Tinnitus

The good news is that there are several ways to find relief from tinnitus. What works for one person may not work for someone else, which is why it helps (and is completely safe) to experiment and see what helps you. Some people benefit from "white noise machines" that block out or mask the ringing and buzzing. Other people find that if they get enough sleep, reduce their salt intake and start exercising, the ringing goes away naturally. Still others have discovered peace and quiet through homeopathic remedies.

Understanding what type of tinnitus you have is the first step toward learning about the kind of treatment that works for you. Talk with your doctor and browse the articles here on our site for more information about easy ways to cure nearly every kind of tinnitus without surgery, expensive prescription drugs or hearing aids.

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