Is Tinnitus Preventable?
Some cases of tinnitus can possibly be prevented by reducing noise exposure, properly treating ear infections, and other treatment measures.
Tinnitus impacts about 1 in 10 adults in the United States, but the condition often tends to go untreated since many may be unaware they have it. Those with tinnitus report a constant ringing or buzzing in the ears and often suffer emotional stress, depression, and loneliness. Tinnitus isn't always preventable, but there are some common ways to help prevent it.
Limit Loud Noise Exposure
The most notable cause of tinnitus is noise damage. Long-term exposure to loud concerts, music blasted in headphones, noisy construction and other work environments, and any consistent noise over 70 decibels can eventually damage the eardrum, causing tinnitus. Wearing earplugs or other custom hearing protection in loud environments and keeping music at a reasonable level when listening to headphones (others shouldn't be able to hear it) can help prevent damage that could lead to tinnitus.
Treat Ear Infections
Untreated ear infections can also harm the ear canal and eardrum. Whenever a patient has ongoing pain in their ear or thinks they may have an ear infection, they shouldn't try to let it heal on their own. It is important to visit a health provider to properly treat the ear infection with prescribed medication. This can help reduce the risk of long-term damage from an untreated ear infection.
Other Ways to Help Prevent Tinnitus
The ears naturally clean themselves of wax buildup over time, so there's no need to try and clean them with cotton balls; this may actually damage ears. Those with hearing aids should routinely clean their devices to help prevent infections and further damage.
Hearing impairment impacts people of all ages. Since 1989, Hearing Associates has been at the forefront of hearing technology and treatment. Our dedicated audiologists help treat tinnitus with a custom treatment plan for each patient. If you or a loved one is suffering from tinnitus or other hearing issues, contact us online to schedule a consultation today at our Aurora or Parker, CO office.