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Is It Normal to Have Occasional Tinnitus?

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There are things that go on in our bodies where we’re always a little curious or concerned about it. For the most part, they’re nothing to be worried about, but with anything that concerns you, you should always get checked out. Tinnitus is a type of ringing in the ears, and some of us might experience occasional bouts of it. But is this something to be worried about or not?

Types of tinnitus

There are two types of tinnitus that are worth knowing about. The first is a pulsatile, and this is like a heartbeat. It’s caused by sound created by the muscle movements around your ear, changes in the ear canal or blood flow problems. These problems are usually located in the face or neck and is why you’ll likely hear sounds like your own pulse. 

The second is called no pulsatile tinnitus and is often caused by problems in the nerves. This results in sounds in one or both ears and can often be described as a sound that comes from inside your head.

Is it normal to have occasional tinnitus?

Most people experience the occasional ringing in their ear, and it usually will last just a few minutes. It’s actually fairly normal to have this ringing in your ears so long as it doesn’t last for long. As we age, the most common form of hearing loss is due to old age, and that’s something none of us can avoid. 

So, although you might have the occasional ringing sound, it’s nothing that’s serious as long as you’re taking good care of your hearing and doing everything possible to protect it.

For those times where you experience, you don’t need to go looking for any medical treatment unless it doesn’t stop. If it doesn’t stop, then that’s when you need to be looked at by a professional.

Treating Tinnitus

As much as the occasional tinnitus is harmless, there are ways to treat tinnitus and to prevent it from occurring again. In order to prevent it from happening too often, you can try to relax and find something that brings you that calm feeling. 

You should also look at ways to improve your sleeping pattern so that you’re getting a good night’s sleep. You can also join a support group if that helps to talk to people about your experience in tinnitus and to be with people who are going through the same thing.

Some common causes of tinnitus can be from the build-up of earwax and so if you find you get a lot of earwax, try to get this removed professionally every once in a while. Certain medicines can cause tinnitus, which can be hard to avoid if the medication is very much necessary. Drinking too much alcohol or caffeine can contribute to it so it’s worth trying to limit this where possible. 

You can get tinnitus from dental problems or other areas of the mouth as well as from other injuries you’ve had previously. Any injury to the ear and also blood flow problems can contribute to it too. There’s obviously plenty of factors you can control, but then there are others you can’t. If you can work on the things you can change, then this will hopefully make a difference overall.

Hearing aids for Tinnitus

Hearing aids are something that people with tinnitus will tend to consider because it can be a great way of helping minimize the ringing whilst helping with any hearing loss. It’s worth looking into hearing aids if it’s something that’s already been suggested to you or that you’re still exploring when it comes to treating tinnitus. 

There are lots of helpful advice and tips out there as well as many companies that can help treat your tinnitus through hearing aids. It’s worth exploring it, and you can do so by speaking to your local audiologist.

An audiologist can be helpful in conducting a hearing test and then discussing with you all the options you have available. By picking out a hearing aid, you could see a huge improvement to the tinnitus and how it impacts your life generally, overall. 

If you want to learn more about tinnitus and how hearing aids can help treat it, then it’s worth getting in touch with The Hearing and Tinnitus Center. We can give you the best guidance when it comes to hearing aids and their benefits for tinnitus. You can give our team a call at 303-534-016. Who knows, it might benefit you to discuss your options.