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What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus (pronounced \tin-night'-us or tin'-it-us\) is ringing in the ears that often follows loud noise exposure. You may notice this after a concert or dance. The show is over, but there's a ringing in your ears. For some people, tinnitus is only temporary. It's frustrating but doesn'tlast. However. It can become permanent.

What To Do if You Have Tinnitus.

If you hear buzzing or ringing, see an ear specialist (ENT) or an audiologist. They can determine whether or not you've got a problem, and may have some helpful suggestions. But there's NO CURE for tinnitus. But you can do some things to make sure your condition doesn't get any worse.

  •   Get an examination by a ear specialist.
  •   Get a hearing test by an audiologist.
  •   Avoid alcohol, recreational drugs, caffeine,and nicotine. They can ╩aggravate tinnitus. Though aspirin and certain   antibiotics can worsen tinnitus, your doctor can help you regulate the dose to minimize side effects.
  •   Avoid exposure to high sound levels. Sound levels at in dance clubs can be as high as 115 decibels, which can cause damage   in a few seconds.
  •   Wear earplugs! We can't stress this enough. If you play music, dance a lot or work in a club, consider getting custom   earplugs for music attenuation to protect your hearing without distorting sound (contact www.hearnet.com for hearing   help).
  •   Give your ears a 10-30 minute break in a quiet area away from the dance floor or arena.
  •   Get adequate rest and try sleeping with your head elevated to reduce head congestion.
  •   Many masking devices are available that produce soothing sounds, which can help you sleep.
  •   Exercise and eat healthy foods.
  •   Drink plenty of water. Overheating and dehydration can aggravate tinnitus.
  •   Reduce stress and fatigue in your daily life. It can aggravate tinnitus,too. Smile! A possitive attitude helps. Don't be afraid   to talk to family and friends so they can appreciate the scope of your problem.

If you are depressed or suffer from anxiety over tinnitus, seek help.

Tinnitus isn't normally accompanied by ear pain. If your ears hurt, see ╩╩an ear specialist immediately. Other causes of tinnitus besides noise exposure include ototoxic drugs, wax buildup in the ear, allergies, ear or sinus infection, congestion, jaw or bite misalignment (TMJ disorder),cardiovascular disease, Meniere's disease, a tumor on the auditory nerve, otosclerosis, underactive thyroid, and head or neck trauma.

Treatment Therapies Various therapies that have proven helpful in coping with tinnitus include counseling, behavioral modeling,Cognitive therapy, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), drug therapy, biofeedback, hypnosis, acupuncture therapy, dental treatment for jaw problems may prove effective for some people, patient education and support groups.

Also don't forget to check out:

H.E.A.R. www.hearnet.com
American Tinnitus Association www.ata.org
The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery www.entnet.org
The American Academy of Audiology www.audiology.com

H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) and Ravers is a nonprofit hearing health organization dedicated to the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians, Djs and music fans (especially teens.) H.E.A.R. PO Box 460847 San Francisco, CA 94115 415-773-9590 www.hearnet.com . You can help support H.E.A.R. by volunteering, donating or linking to our web site www.hearnet.com

Please feel free to download this information for your use. © H.E.A.R. 2002

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