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    Tinnitus is
    perceived sound heard in either the head or ears. The word ‘Tinnitus’
    originates from the Latin root word tinnire,
    which translates to ‘ring’. Usually, a victim experiences this sound in the
    truancy of external sounds and this perception is disconnected to any outside
    source. An estimated 10-15% of the global population i.e. 30-40 million people
    suffer from tinnitus or similar experiences across the world.

    It is important to
    note that all age groups have reported experiencing symptoms similar to tinnitus.
    However, Tinnitus’incidence shoots up as we age and it is arguably more common
    among the elderly population. Despite this, Tinnitus in the below-12 age group
    has recently shot up to 13%.

    There exist the following 3 types of Tinnitus:-

    • Subjective Tinnitus: This is the most common kind of tinnitus; you may
      hear ringing, clicking or swishing in the absence of an acoustic stimulus i.e.
      only the patients are subjected to this hearing.

    • Clicking or Pulsatile Tinnitus: The sounds produced can range from buzzing, ringing,
      clicking or rushing; they get synchronisedwiththe patient’s pulse or heartbeat.

    • Objective Tinnitus: A rather rare type of tinnitus; objective tinnitus
      is induced from an actual noise generated in a vascular structure very close to
      the ear itself. Some of the most common causes for this include the likes of
      ageing, drugs, loud noise and Meniere disease.

    Tinnitus is a
    precursor of some other disorder of the hearing system or the brain. Causes of
    Tinnitus are listed below:-

    • Hearing loss: The most common cause for tinnitus; this is because
      of trauma to the ears as we age. This type is worsened by any condition that
      negatively impacts our hearing like ear infections or excess wax accumulation.

    • Trauma: Trauma is also a common cause when it comes to Tinnitus, depending on
      the gravity and the nature of the incident.

    • Exposure to loud noise: A very prevalent cause of tinnitus at present, it
      often damages hearing too. Unfortunately, most of us are ignorant of the
      harmful effects of extremely loud noise emanating from firearms, loud music etc.

    • Medications: Common use drugs like Aspirin (if overused and
      self-prescribed), aminoglycoside antibiotics (an effective infection-fighting
      medication) and quinine. An upwards of 200 drugs have Tinnitus as a side
      effect.

    • Meniere's disease: Its symptoms include wooziness, Tinnitus and hearing
      loss that lasts for hours, then subsides. This disease is actually caused by a problem
      in the ear itself. It is important to note that Tinnitus here is simply a
      symptom.

    • Acoustic Neuroma: A not so common cause of tinnitus, this includes a
      particular type of brain tumour- Acoustic Neuroma. Thesetumours develop on the
      nerve which supplies hearing and can cause tinnitus.

    • Pulsatile tinnitus: This relates to blood flownear the ears through both
      the normal and abnormal blood vessels. Causes include pregnancy, anaemia, overactive
      thyroid, or tumours.

    If you are
    repeatedly experiencing ringing in your ears, you should opt for a medical
    evaluation by an ear specialist. Treatment of Tinnitus will depend upon the
    cause. You can treat symptoms of Tinnitus with the following:

    • Medications (Antidepressants, Antianxiety prescriptions)
    • Eliminating emotional stress (Stress reduction techniques)
    • Medical and psychological counselling
    • Wearable sound generator
    • Lifestyle change
    • New sound hearing aids (Digital hearing aids are now available in markets which help in alleviating most of the uncomfortable experiences that accompany Tinnitus)

    Researchers have
    successfully demonstrated the hereditary nature of certain kinds of Tinnitus.
    Bilateral Tinnitus - Tinnitus in both ears was observed to have had genetic
    link, especially in men.

    Certain foods are
    known to relieve symptoms of Tinnitus while others make it worse.

    Foods to Eat

    • Potassium rich fruits: Pineapples, Bananas, Mangoes and Pears

    The high potassium level in these fruits lowers blood pressure, allowing
    the human body to enhance blood circulation and supply that is needed to stay
    healthy, thus relieving you of Tinnitus.

    • Garlic: It prevents Tinnitus and hearing loss, also alleviating symptoms
      surrounding Tinnitus. It increases blood circulation in the body and brings
      inflammation under control. This lets blood supply get everywhere it’s required
      without obstructions.

    • Zinc: Seafood (oysters), beef, lamb (lean is preferable) and spinach (also
      having a high level of iron which can relieve Tinnitus)

    Foods to avoid

    • Salt:  Salt, or sodium is the main cause for high blood
      pressure which can negatively affect blood flow and can activate Tinnitus.

    • Alcohol and Smoking: Also associated with higher blood pressure and
      aggravation of Tinnitus.

    Tinnitus is far too common in today’s world; which is why most of the top medical brands have rolled out inexpensive hearing aids, much to the convenience of the general folk.

    While Tinnitus is not a major disorder, it can disrupt your wellbeing. Stay informed, healthy and Tinnitus free!

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