Tinnitus causes an individual to constantly perceive sounds, even when there is no external sound present. The phantom sounds that are heard by most sufferers include a ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, humming, or roaring sound. The sounds may be perceived in one or both ears, and can differ in volume – in some cases, the sound is severe enough to hamper everyday activities.
The exact cause of tinnitus is difficult to determine and unfortunately there is no cure. There are certain health conditions, however, that are believed to cause or worsen tinnitus.
Some precautions that may prevent you from acquiring tinnitus, include:
- Protecting your hearing – continued exposure to loud noises can damage the hair cells in your ears, which could lead to tinnitus or hearing loss over time. Therefore, wear hearing protection when you know you are going to be exposed to loud noises. There are now a number of apps available to measure the loudness levels of sound in your environment, including apps for your fitness watches. Use these apps to obtain more information about the noise in your environment. Your audiologist can recommend particular one to you.
- Taking care of your cardiovascular health – living a healthy lifestyle, eating right and exercising regularly will ensure blood vessel health and therefore eliminate the risk of tinnitus caused by blood vessel disorders.
- Turn down the volume – listening to loud music or watching television on high-volume for extended periods can be damaging to your ears. Turning the volume down can prevent tinnitus or hearing loss. A rule of thumb: if a person at arm’s length away from you can hear sound emanating from your headphones or earphones, the sound is too loud and can cause damage.