Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can exist on its own or it can be a symptom to another condition. For those living with tinnitus, the constant humming, buzzing, and ringing can negatively impact the quality of their life. Unfortunately, when it comes to tinnitus, there are plenty of myths floating around. If you believe these myths, you could be putting your hearing at risk or suffering with an undiagnosed condition.
Below we will uncover five common myths about tinnitus and the truth behind them.
5 common myths about tinnitus
Tinnitus is incurable: Many people with tinnitus have accepted the fact that there is nothing that can be done, and they must live with it. This is a myth. As mentioned, tinnitus can be a symptom of another condition, which can be treated. By uncovering the underlying medical condition causing tinnitus, you can obtain relief from the ringing in the ears. Even if tinnitus is a standalone condition in your case, although there is no cure, there are viable solutions that can lessen the ringing.
Diet will improve tinnitus: Although it’s been said that making certain dietary adjustments can help improve tinnitus – avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and sodium – these foods are not part of the root problem, so your tinnitus won’t disappear once you’ve eliminated them from your diet. It is always recommended that you eat a healthy and balanced diet in order to maintain good health, but there isn’t a specific diet for treating tinnitus.
Tinnitus leads to deafness: Although tinnitus and hearing loss can coexist, tinnitus does not necessarily mean you will go deaf.
Hearing aids won’t help tinnitus: With improvements in hearing aid technology, there’s greater benefit for tinnitus. Hearing aids can help improve hearing loss, too. They work by helping mask the internal sounds of tinnitus, so it may be a viable treatment option.
Tinnitus is caused by loud music and sound exposure: There are many different causes of tinnitus, and although overexposure to loud sounds is one of them, it isn’t the only one. Even if you don’t listen to your music on loud, that doesn’t automatically make you immune to developing tinnitus due to a different cause.
If you’ve been believing any of these myths, you could be putting your ears and hearing at risk. Now that you know some truth behind tinnitus, you can take a better care of your condition.