The 5 most common causes of tinnitus and things that can help

2. Illness

When there’s something wrong with your body, you can sometimes also notice this through your ears because they start ringing. For example, if you have a headache, your ears might also start ringing. To prevent this from happening it is important to get enough sleep. An insufficient amount of sleep can cause migraine with tinnitus. Besides this, you should also relax regularly. You’ll prevent stress this way, which will also prevent potential headaches. Apart from headaches, a cold can also bring tinnitus with it. All the snot and sniffling can cause the Eustachian tube to become clogged, and this causes pressure and temporary hearing loss. One way to reduce the amount of mucus is by steaming. Add peppermint or eucalyptus to the steaming water for an even better effect.

3. High blood pressure

When you have high blood pressure, you run a higher risk of getting tinnitus. The ringing can be both a low or a high note. To get rid of this, you have to lower your blood pressure. You can bring this about by eating less sugar and salt; these two ingredients can really cause your blood pressure to rise. Drinking less caffeine can also help to lower your blood pressure.

4. Ear wax

Ear wax might sound pretty gross, but it’s an essential substance that everybody has in their ears. However, when you have too much ear wax, it can cause a blockage. A serious blockage can cause your ears to start ringing. You might think that this problem is easily fixed with a cotton swab, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, the cotton swab can even make the problem worse! To combat the excessive amount of ear wax, you can go to your doctor and have your ears cleaned. This can be the quickest way to get rid of tinnitus sometimes. It can have an effect immediately or you’ll notice it after a few days. If you’d rather do it yourself, you can buy ear sprays to clean your ears. This will dissolve the ear wax, causing it to run out of your ears when you’re showering. Don’t use this spray when you have a hole in your eardrum, though, and also don’t use it too often. Ear wax has a protective function, so you don’t want to mess with it too much.

5. Chronic

Can you not seem to get rid of your tinnitus? Then your brain might have had a bit of an error at some point and caused a ringing in your ears that cannot be explained. Sadly, chronic tinnitus is incurable, but research has shown that acupuncture can help to reduce the symptoms. The study in question showed that 93 per cent of the people tested noticed an improvement. So, that’s definitely worth a try!

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