Not everyone with hearing loss has tinnitus, for reasons that are unclear. Although there is much additional work to be done before hearing can be restored to patients with hearing loss, we are seeing promising results (see A New Treatment Restores Hearing in Mice, in the Spring 2013 issue). (see A New Treatment Restores Hearing in Mice, in the Spring 2013 issue). If a medication you’re taking appears to be the cause of tinnitus, your doctor may recommend stopping or reducing the drug, or switching to a different medication. Over time, this technique may accustom you to the tinnitus, thereby helping you not to focus on it. There’s little evidence that alternative medicine treatments work for tinnitus. A tinnitus sufferer whose problem was so bad that he was contemplating suicide has found his own cure – by emailing an expert 3,000 miles away in America. Mr Turner, of Llandudno, North Wales, said he had been told his local hospital was unable to treat him, as it did not offer such care. Although there is no cure, therapies which use a generator to mask the ringing by creating a competing sound on a similar frequency such as the sea can relieve distress.
The problem has no cure and no very effective treatment. We’re able to say what is specific to the tinnitus itself, as opposed to the distress or lapses of attention they might have because of their tinnitus. While tinnitus is a fairly common problem, there are many effective methods to treat (or at least reduce the impact of) the sensation. Unfortunately, in many cases, the cause of tinnitus cannot be identified, or medical or surgical treatment is not an option. Unfortunately there is, as yet, no cure for tinnitus. There are several treatments available but they are generally aimed at masking the tinnitus or reducing the anxiety and stress associated with it.
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