Tinnitus and Brain Injury

Question: 

A neighbor friend of mine recently returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He says he has ringing in his ears all the time. Will this go away?

Answer: 

Ringing in the ears is called "tinnitus." Hearing loss from loud noises (noise-induced hearing loss) is a common cause of tinnitus, so it's important to have a complete hearing evaluation by an audiologist. Most people learn to tune it out over time, but here are some ideas that can be helpful:

  • Gentle background noise (sound machines, fans, soft music, running water, etc.) helps make tinnitus less annoying. Try out a few and find the type of sound that works best for you.
  • If you have a hearing loss, hearing aids can help mask the tinnitus while also improving hearing.
  • Loud sounds, nicotine, caffeine, and stress can make tinnitus worse.
  • If you cannot adjust to tinnitus on your own, seek help from a medical professional.

 

Posted on BrainLine June 10, 2009.

Comments (1)

I got hit by an atv and was in a terrible car accident this is so help full