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It might not—or it could last only a few days. It could be constant or intermittent. The answers to your tinnitus riddles come with an understanding of what causes the condition for you as an individual.
The frustration of not knowing if or when a case of tinnitus will end is further compounded with the knowledge that not only may your condition never go away, but it could also get worse. If that were not enough, as of today, tinnitus has no known cure.
Treatments for Tinnitus
When you hear about treatments for tinnitus, know that they treat the symptoms, not the cause. Remember, there is no known cure for tinnitus. While you cannot make tinnitus go away, you can develop a plan to cope with hearing loss. Some treatments might help you cope better with your condition in terms of how it most negatively impacts your life.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) presents a variety of treatments that have been successful in helping people cope with some of the more debilitating aspects of the condition:
- Wearable Sound Generators – Put them in your ear to mask your tinnitus with gentle, pleasant sounds.
- Hearing aids – If you have a hearing loss, as well as tinnitus, a hearing aid can improve your hearing, which can decrease the symptoms of tinnitus.
- Acoustic neural stimulation – If your tinnitus is constant and/or extremely loud and debilitating, you can try wearing these headphones that receive a music-embedded signal from a small device. The signal works to desensitize you to the tinnitus by altering your neural circuits.
- Antidepressants/Anti-anxiety Drugs – Various mood medications might help you emotionally and help with your difficulty getting to sleep.
- Tabletop Sound Generation – Just like it sounds, this machine can sit next to your bed and play pleasant sounds that help you fall asleep.
- Counseling – The constant ringing, sleeplessness, and fatigue can take a toll on you emotionally. A counseling program might help you manage how you react to your tinnitus for a happier life.
- Medications – No medications have proven themselves to work as of today.
- Cochlear Implants – If you have severe hearing loss, along with tinnitus, this implant might mask the tinnitus by introducing outside sounds.
The scientific community continues to work to find treatments to alleviate the suffering of those with tinnitus—perhaps even cure the impairment someday. First and foremost, researchers are attempting to better grasp how the condition takes root so they can develop effective therapies for both treatment and curing.
The NIDCD assembled a group of specialists to brainstorm such innovations. To date, the most promising of the ideas they have discussed include the following:
- Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation
- Resetting the tonotopic map
- Hyperactivity and deep brain stimulation
Natural and Lifestyle Remedies
If you cannot afford the available tinnitus treatments or want to further alleviate your symptoms, you can try the following at-home and lifestyle remedies, as suggested by the Mayo Clinic.
- Avoid possible irritants, like nicotine, caffeine, and loud noises.
- If your environment is too quiet, mask the noise from your tinnitus with soft music, a fan, or even radio static set at a low volume.
- Manage stress, which worsens tinnitus, with exercise, biofeedback, or relaxation therapy.
- Cut down on your alcohol consumption, which increases blood flow in the inner ear area, exacerbating tinnitus.
Get the Compensation You Deserve for Your Tinnitus
Tinnitus may be a mild annoyance for some and debilitating for others. With no cure in sight and only a handful of treatments to help tinnitus go away—most of which can be cost-prohibitive—your right to receive compensation from whomever caused your condition is undeniable.
Tinnitus is one of the impairments many are claiming resulted from the use of 3M Combat Arms earplugs. If you used these earplugs and now suffer from tinnitus, you may be able to hold 3M liable for your damages.
Zanes Law will do everything from A to Z to see that you receive the compensation you deserve in a 3M defective earplugs lawsuit. Call us today at 866-499-8989 for a free case review, so we can help you get justice for your hearing loss due to defective 3M earplugs.