When thinking about the best home remedies for tinnitus, it goes without saying that prevention is always better than cure. While there are many known and unknown causes of tinnitus which is actually a symptom and not a disease, hearing loss is one of the most common reasons and once hearing loss is involved, it can be very difficult or impossible to reverse. Taking care of your hearing while you still can will help you out in the long run in addition to preventing annoyances like tinnitus.
Preventing hearing loss
Our modern world has become increasingly noisy and many of us continually expose ourselves to loud noises not knowing the price we may pay for this exposure in the long run. If we knew the suffering that this would cause down the road, many of us would be more careful about that music that we listen to at such high levels, or the way we expose ourselves unprotected to loud power tools, blenders, vacuums, etc.
One of the best home remedies for tinnitus is to reduce your risk of hearing loss by being mindful of the loud noises you are exposed to or expose yourself to. It’s no wonder that many musicians not only deal with hearing loss but also tinnitus.
Noise related hearing loss is usually gradual although a sudden deafening noise can cause irreversible damage to the ears immediately. The way you will be affected by loud noise can also vary from one person to another but it is important to take precautions because most noise related hearing loss is irreversible. Using cotton balls is not protection from the noise. Before you expose yourself to loud noise, you need to use earmuffs and earplugs that are designed to reduce your exposure to loud noise and in many cases you get what you pay for so think about what you are buying.
Certain medications such as aspirin (taken at high dosages) are ototoxic meaning that they not only cause hearing loss but can also affect balance and cause ringing in ears. If you notice hearing loss and have a discussion with your doctor, he or she may be able to recommend a different medication which does not have this side effect.
Once the offending medication is out of your system, your hearing will usually return to normal and the tinnitus noises may go away. Or you may just need to keep a watchful eye on how much aspirin, quinine, ibuprofen, etc, and similar ototoxic medications you are taking
However, there may be times especially with certain chemotherapy drugs which have a side effect of hearing loss which makes the decision between cancer treatment or hearing loss more difficult and many people will choose cancer treatment despite the risk of hearing loss.
But whatever medication you are taking, you just need to keep abreast of any changes that you notice such as hearing loss and talk to your doctor immediately.
3. Lifestyle choices
Maintaining good health is important for ear health which is not surprising since a poor diet such as a high fat diet can lead to cardiovascular problems and hearing loss. Poor blood circulation can increase the risk of developing pulsatile tinnitus which causes you to hear the sounds of your heartbeat in your ears which can be disconcerting.
In addition, some studies have found that a poor diet can affect your susceptibility to hearing loss from loud noises compared to those who make good lifestyle choices (diet and exercise) whose hearing may not be as affected when they are exposed to loud noise.
Following a proper diet and exercise program will not only be good for your health and well-being but also for your hearing making it one of the best home remedies for tinnitus prevention that could result from hearing loss.
4. Environmental toxins
If you are exposed to various chemicals in the air or water, these can lead to hearing loss to so it is important to be mindful especially if your job exposes you to various toxic chemicals on a daily basis.
You will need to make sure that you have your hearing tested on an annual basis if you are exposed to chemicals daily because while many companies try to protect their workers from the harm that can be caused by these chemicals, they tend to forget that your hearing needs to be protected as well so you need to take the initiative to do whatever it takes to protect your hearing including annual hearing tests.
What about aging?
It seems to be a given than most people believe that the older you get, the more things will break down including your hearing but don’t believe this for a second. The way you treat yourself in your younger years will usually affect what you have to deal with in old age.
So you need to think again before you say that it is inevitable that you will lose your hearing in old age because various studies of people in other cultures who were not exposed to the level of noise in the Western world or the Western diet have shown that they don’t seem to lose their hearing to the extent that older people in the West do.
So don’t wait until you have a problem before you do something about it which is why the above home remedies for tinnitus prevention that results from hearing loss are important.
But if you are already dealing with hearing loss related tinnitus, there may be strategies that you can take to improve your hearing and possibly reduce or eliminate tinnitus. Find out more by getting a copy of the holistic guide Tinnitus Miracle.