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Audiology

Viewmont Audiology

Dr. Gordon L. Fletcher, Au.D.

336 10th Avenue ne • hickory nc

828-322-4327
Dr. Gordon L. Fletcher, Au.D.

Question:

I have a constant ringing sound in both ears which I understand is called
tinnitus. My doctor and an ENT doctor have tested and examined me
thoroughly and can find no problem or reason for my tinnitus other than some
mild high frequency hearing loss. I understand there is no cure. What can I
do to make this ringing easier to live with?

Answer:

First of all, it sounds like you have already done the right thing by ruling out any
underlying medical problem. Although there is no cure, there are several treatment
therapies that could possibly help. If your problem is severe enough, you may want to
investigate these. However, your question really asks about general measures that make
it easier to cope with tinnitus. Here are few that may help.
1. Avoid all forms of loud sound. If you must be exposed, use ear protectors such
as earplugs or earmuffs.
2. Make every effort to avoid nervous anxiety, for this only stimulates an already
tense auditory system.
3. Make every attempt to obtain adequate rest and avoid over fatigue.
4. The use of nerve stimulants should be avoided. Therefore, excessive amounts of
coffee (caffeine) and smoking (nicotine) are a “no-no”.
5. Tinnitus is usually more marked after one goes to bed and surroundings become
quiet. A soft radio or television left on (or on a timer) often serves to mask tinnitus and
makes it easier to get to sleep. There are even sound generators available that produce
nature sounds like the surf, gentle rainfall, waterfalls, wind, etc. These often work very
well as maskers.

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