Millions of people suffer from tinnitus.  Tinnitus is often described as ringing, humming or buzzing that a person hears in their ear when there is no external sound.  Daily common activities can be challenging for those that have tinnitus, and finding the right help can be frustrating.  With so much false information associated with the condition, it can be difficult for those suffering from tinnitus to find the proper help.  Below are some of the most common myths associated with tinnitus.  Understanding fact from fiction can lead a person with the condition to a path to recovery.

Symptoms only affect those that have been exposed to loud noises and music

Although exposure to loud noises such as music can harm a person’s inner ear, many people develop tinnitus for no apparent reason.  Tinnitus can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or race.

A certain food causes tinnitus

Many have believed that a certain food or food additive has been the culprit behind tinnitus.  This simply isn’t the case based on research.  A balanced diet coupled with getting the proper amount of exercise can manage a person’s tinnitus, but they cannot cure tinnitus alone.

Tinnitus in incurable
Tinnitus is a condition and not a disease.  It can be triggered by a variety of causes including exposure to loud music, certain medications and even neurological damage.  The condition can be treated to help prevent symptoms such as fatigue, depression, anxiety and even concentration.

Tinnitus will go away on its own

Many that suffer from tinnitus believe the ringing in their ear will eventually go away on its own.  The reality of the situation however is the condition could be triggered by something that can be identified and removed.  If tinnitus has been identified because of certain medications, then the condition can go away if the medication is removed.  The best decision a person can make if they suffer from tinnitus is to not ignore the symptoms.  Talk to an audiologist about what you are experiencing if you believe you suffer from tinnitus.

Would you like to learn more about other ear, nose and throat conditions that may be affecting you?  Contact the professionals at Northeast Georgia Otolaryngology for more information about the services we provide.  We want to help educate those looking for expert insight on all matters relating to the ear, nose and throat.

The physicians at Northeast Georgia ENT have completed accredited five-year Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residencies following completion of medical school. Additionally our physicians have extended their training with fellowships and additional educational forums to ensure the delivery of state of the art healthcare.

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