Many people have never had tinnitus symptoms (ringing in the ears) or have ever had an annoying degree of tinnitus because they tend to take care of themselves both physically and nutritionally. Health is actually a big part of not getting this condition! The way tinnitus forms is your inner ear becomes damaged or chemically imbalanced and can’t interpret sounds effectively. The result is a powerful ringing in the ears.
If you take in too much salt or sugar, for example, you could easily throw this delicate balance in the inner ear off. Sugar and salt raise the blood pressure. Sugar does so in waves and it’s the lower current that causes the blood pressure increase. Salt or MSG are horrible for the body in high doses (what most people take in daily!) but it’s even worse for the chemical balance in the inner ear.
When you hear a sound in your ears that nobody else can hear but is so loud they’d have to, this is tinnitus. It can be a temporary situation but when it happens too often the chances of your contracting a permanent form of tinnitus (permanent damage to the inner ear’s fine nerve fibers) is very high.
Some tinnitus symptoms are the result of a disbalance caused by an infection anywhere in the head and neck area. The infection will often task the body to repair it and the overwhelming change in chemical structures can cause the inner ear to go completely out of sync. This causes feedback sounds in the form of ringing in the ears. A lot of people hear this ringing when they catch a cold or get cut on the face (bad cut), or even if they contract the flu or other ailments that disrupt the chemical balance in the body.
If you start developing ringing in the ears, especially if it’s consistent, comes and goes, and is quiet ringing in the ears, you should immediately contact your doctor for an appointment as this will surely affect your life. They can figure out if you have tinnitus or are suffering from an imbalance (that causes tinnitus i.e. too much salt).
Tinnitus is also a condition that can drastically affect your health, stress, and inner peace if left unchecked. This is not an ailment that will just go away if you ignore it- in fact ignoring it will almost surely make it worse. Some forms of tinnitus can be cured if caught in time and provisions taken with your diet, lifestyle, and especially loud noises. Left unchecked many find themselves in a permanent situation that they can’t escape from- for the rest of their lives! Many could have been cured or avoided but people just didn’t see a doctor! The doctor can do tests such as audiometry, x-rays, residual inhibition and audiograms. You can’t just figure this out without tests.
For some, tinnitus is the result of another condition and this can often be treated with medication your doctor will prescribe if necessary.
There are now many technologies being developed to help permanent sufferers manage the pain or help them find some relief temporarily. One is called a masker. This instrument or sound file/software uses special sounds to counter the sounds or to blend them into a mix of sounds to counter balance them making them virtually silent while the masks are playing.
The maskers are often used to assure someone suffering this ailment permanently can sleep at night. Some are played and sound like white noise, others are listened to in headphones at a reasonable volume. Many sufferers have found this works incredibly well but some have such an advanced case of tinnitus/ringing in the ears that nothing seems to help.
A technology has come out that takes this a step further and is a permanent fixture in the ear (like a hearing aid) that works to digitally help mask the noise. For many this has become a miracle cure, although the tinnitus is still there and the ears are still ringing, with the device tinnitus sufferers can relax more, hear better, and get on with their lives.
This alone won’t do it, however. You need to first and foremost make sure your diet is void of (as much as possible) salt, sugars, MSG, caffeine, alcohol, and preservatives found in most store bought food. This will lighten the ringing in the ears to a tolerable level usually and the masking hearing aid will take care of the rest. This is not a complete solution nor does it work with everyone, but the diet changes will.