Ear ringing myths and facts

hearingTinnitus: Myths vs. Facts

Ears ringing? Learn about myths and facts of tinnitus.

Have you experience ringing in the ears? This sensation is known as tinnitus. This is a common symptom and there are many ways to manage it.
Knowing the facts will help you and your loved ones manage these symptoms.

Myths and facts overview

Is this a disease?

Myth: Tinnitus is a disease.

Fact: Tinnitus is not considered a disease.  It a symptom of another underlying condition

What does it sound like?

Myth: Tinnitus is a constant ringing in the ears. 

Fact: Tinnitus presents in a variety of different ways and sounds. 

Is it going to last forever?

Myth: Tinnitus is permanent.

Fact: Tinnitus can be long lasting or temporary.  Whether your tinnitus is long lasting or temporary depends on the reason the tinnitus is present in the first place. 

Can you cure tinnitus?

Myth: Tinnitus is permanent and there is no way to reduce the symptoms.

Fact: Tinnitus is treatable.  Hearing aids can offer therapeutic relief of tinnitus symptoms with the use of technologies such as static noise and notch therapy.

Tinnitus is best treated under the supervision of a hearing health professional.

Can diet cure tinnitus?

Myth: Certain diets will cure tinnitus

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that a diet is a cure for tinnitus.  There are several foods that lead to better hearing health such as leafy vegetables and foods rich in folic acid.  Diets that are high in fat and carbohydrates have been linked to worse hearing health but are not considered the sole cause of tinnitus. 

Relief for Tinnitus?

While there is no cure for tinnitus, treatment can help you feel better and improve your quality of life.
To get rid of your tinnitus, you’ll need to work with an audiologist who specializes in tinnitus to figure out what’s causing it.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), gadgets, psychotherapy, and relaxation are all common treatments for tinnitus.

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