Is Your Environment The Source of Your Tinnitus?

Worried man listening to a ringing in his ear. Tinnitus concept

Tinnitus is an exceptionally common condition of the ear. Some estimates suggest that 10 percent of people have tinnitus at one point or another, making it one of the most prevalent health conditions in the world. Even though the most common manifestation of tinnitus is a phantom ringing or buzzing in your ear, it can also present as other sounds as well.

Unfortunately, the causes of tinnitus aren’t as evident as the symptoms. In part, that’s because tinnitus may result from a wide range of causes, some of which are temporary and others that can be more permanent.

This is why environmental factors can Have a major impact on tinnitus symptoms. After all, every environment has a soundscape, and when that soundscape is loud, you could be doing damage to your ears. If your tinnitus is caused by damage, it could end up being permanent.

What is tinnitus (and why is it so prevalent)?

Tinnitus is a condition in which you hear a noise that isn’t actually there. Tinnitus usually manifests as a ringing or buzzing, but can also manifest as other noises, like screeching, thumping, or humming. The sounds are normally rhythmic in nature. Tinnitus will normally clear itself up after a short time period. In less common cases, tinnitus could become effectively permanent, a condition known as chronic tinnitus.

There are a couple of reasons why tinnitus is so prevalent. Firstly, environmental factors that can play a role in tinnitus are rather common. The second reason is that tinnitus is often a symptom of a root condition or injury. And there are a wide variety of conditions and injuries that can result in tinnitus. Tinnitus is quite prevalent for these reasons.

How is tinnitus affected by environmental factors?

There are a large number of factors that can contribute to tinnitus symptoms, including ototoxic chemicals and medicines. However, when most people discuss “environment” when it comes to tinnitus, they really mean the noise. Some settings, such as noisy city streets, can get quite loud. Likewise, anyone who works around industrial equipment all day would be at risk of their environment exacerbating their tinnitus.

When assessing the state of your health, these environmental factors are extremely important.

As with hearing loss, noise-induced damage can eventually trigger tinnitus symptoms. In these situations, the resulting tinnitus is often chronic in nature. Some of the most prevalent noise and environment-related causes of tinnitus include the following:

  • Traffic: You might not even realize how loud traffic can be in heavily populated places. And noise damage can happen at a lower volume than you may expect. Tinnitus and hearing damage can be the outcome of long commutes in these loud locations.
  • Noise in the workplace: Many workplaces, including offices, are frequently the source of loud noises. Whether it’s industrial equipment or gabby office neighbors, spending eight hours a day around constant workplace noise can eventually result in tinnitus.
  • Music: Listening to music at loud volumes is a pretty common practice. Tinnitus will often be the outcome if you do this regularly.
  • Events: Tinnitus can sometimes result from loud noises, even if they aren’t experienced over a long duration. Firing a gun or going to a rock concert are instances of this type of noise.

Damage to the ears can happen at a much lower volume than people usually expect. Because of this, hearing protection should be utilized at lower volumes than you may expect. Noise induced tinnitus symptoms can often be avoided altogether by doing this.

What should I do if I’m experiencing tinnitus?

So, does tinnitus resolve? Perhaps, in some instances. In other situations, your symptoms may be permanent. There’s no way to tell which is which at the beginning. If you have tinnitus caused by noise damage, even if your tinnitus does go away, your risk of having your tinnitus come back and become chronic is a lot more likely.

One of the most significant contributing factors to the development of tinnitus is that individuals tend to underestimate the volume at which damage happens to their ears. If you experience tinnitus, your body is telling you that damage has already probably occurred. If this is the case, finding and changing the source of the noise damage is crucial to prevent additional damage.

Here are a few tips you can try:

  • Reducing the amount of time you spend in noisy environments without giving your ears a chance to recover.
  • Stop damage by utilizing hearing protection like earplugs or earmuffs. Noise canceling headphones can also be a benefit in this regard.
  • If possible, try to lower environmental volume. For instance, you could close the windows if you live in a noisy area or turn off industrial equipment that isn’t in use.

Managing symptoms

The symptoms of tinnitus are frequently a huge distraction and are really unpleasant for most individuals who deal with them. This prompts them to attempt to find a way to ease the intensity of their symptoms.

You should contact us for an appointment if you are hearing a persistent buzzing or ringing in your ears. We will be able to assess your symptoms and determine how best to address them. There’s no cure for most forms of chronic tinnitus. Symptom management may include the following:

  • Relaxation techniques: Tinnitus symptoms can sometimes be aggravated by high blood pressure. So taking a little time to relax (with meditation, for example) can sometimes help diminish your tinnitus symptoms.
  • Masking device: This is a device that fits like a hearing aid and plays sounds to mask your symptoms. The exact calibration of your device will depend on your specific symptoms.
  • Hearing aid: This can help amplify other sounds and, as a result, drown out the ringing or buzzing produced by tinnitus.
  • White noise devices: In some instances, you can tune out some of your tinnitus symptoms by utilizing a white noise generator around your home.
  • Retraining therapy: You can sometimes retrain your ears with the assistance of a specialist, which will slowly retrain the way you process sound.

Tinnitus has no cure. A good first step would be to safeguard your hearing by controlling your environment.

But tinnitus can be managed and managed. Depending on your lifestyle, your hearing, and your tinnitus, we’ll be able to develop a specific treatment plan for you. For some, managing your tinnitus might simply mean utilizing a white noise machine. For other people, management may be more intense.

Make an appointment to find out how to regulate your tinnitus symptoms.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.