Tinnitus: Myths vs. Facts
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.
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 tinnitus sound like?
Myth: Tinnitus is a constant ringing in the ears.
Fact: Tinnitus presents in a variety of different ways and sounds.
Tinnitus is most often a ringing sound but it can also present as a whirling or buzzing sound. It may be constant or intermittent.
Is this tinnitus 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.