The loud ringing in ears is a common symptom of tinnitus. Other sounds include humming, hissing, roaring, whistling, buzzing, chirping, swishing, clicking, etc. These sounds seem to originate in your head but don’t seem to have an obvious source. Many people experience this ringing every now and then especially after a sudden loud noise, taking certain medications such as aspirin, etc. This intermittent tinnitus is not usually bothersome since it goes away after a while.
Persistent ringing in ears on the other hand can be debilitating at worst if very severe. Treating tinnitus using conventional methods is still not where it ought to be because so much of this affliction is still a mystery but here are some common ways on how to stop ears ringing through conventional methods.
How to Stop Ears Ringing
1. Hearing aids and masking devices
Those in the medical field believe that the way to treat tinnitus is through “management”. This usually means the use of hearing aids and maskers to add some background noise in order to mask the noises made by tinnitus.
A hearing aid is usually recommended for tinnitus sufferers because hearing loss is one of the top causes of tinnitus. When you stop having the ability to hear external sounds, it may increase your sensitivity to the noises within.
A hearing aid helps to increase the ability to hear external sounds that can make internal tinnitus sounds less noticeable.
If you do not have hearing loss related tinnitus, a masking device may work better for you. It is similar to a hearing aid and is placed inside or behind the ear and produces “white noise” to mask the ringing, roaring, humming, etc, sounds related to tinnitus.
This “white noise” seems to work for some sufferers especially when they are trying to get to sleep at night. For others, these devices seem to make tinnitus noises worse. This is how tinnitus “treatment” works. What will work for one individual may not work for another and vice versa.
Some high-tech devices are a combination of a hearing aids and masking devices. With many of these devices, tinnitus relief may last from as little as 30 seconds to a few hours after removing or turning off the device.
Before spending a great deal of money on these devices, it is important that you ensure that they will work for you especially with high-tech hearing aids that improve your ability to hear external sounds while also masking tinnitus sounds.
2. Anti-Anxiety/Anti-Depressant Medications
These drugs are not used to treat tinnitus but rather to treat the side effects of tinnitus such as depression, anxiety, etc. While they do not directly treat this condition, they may put you in such a state that you are not as bothered by the loud ringing in ears.
Common medications prescribed for tinnitus sufferers include Xanax (anti-anxiety) and the anti-depressant nortriptyline (e.g. Arentyl) to help alleviate the psychological effects of tinnitus.
When the drug is stopped however, the symptoms of tinnitus will return and prescription drug therapy has the potential to be addictive. Do you really want to add this to the problems you already have?
3. Misoprostol (Cytotec)
This is a drug that was created and is used for something else (stomach ulcers) that has been shown to be an effective treatment for tinnitus in some patients.
This is an expensive drug and should not be used by pregnant women or those thinking of becoming pregnant as it has the potential to cause premature labor.
This is an inexpensive and natural sleep aid that has been beneficial for some tinnitus sufferers in helping them sleep better. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain to respond to darkness and induce sleep. There are also various supplements that are relatively inexpensive containing this ingredient.
These are some of the conventional methods used as a response to how to stop ears ringing or other sounds produced by tinnitus. Other methods include cognitive therapy, biofeedback, etc, but most if not all of them do not cure this affliction and the results are not permanent. For a more permanent solution that seeks to get to the root of this affliction in order to cure and prevent tinnitus, holistic methods may be better for you. Find out more here.