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Constant ringing in the ears is common but only for a limited time. Very low levels of constant ringing in ears are not a cause for concern but if it is a persistent problem then you may be suffering from tinnitus.

It is simply a certain sound perceived by the ears when there is no such sound being created nor are the ears actually sensing the sound from any external source.

The simplest example of constant ringing in the ears would be the sensation in the ears when a loud explosion or noise happens very close to our ears and we get this constant ringing when there’s actually no further sound to supposedly cause it.

Constant ringing in ears may be the sound of:

  • Ringing
  • Whooshing
  • A certain static
  • Clicking
  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Hissing
  • Whistling

In medical jargon, there are more than 30 types of sounds that have been accorded to the constant ringing in the ears.

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Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the medical condition of having a ringing sensation in one or both the ears or in the head without any external sound being present. It may be caused by a number of different factors.

  1. Exposure to very loud sounds or noise. Loud music is also a common cause. Ear infections can cause tinnitus.
  2. Having objects in the ear such as flies or some materials can also lead to tinnitus.
  3. Other causes of tinnitus are neurological disorder or neurological damage, nasal allergies, wax build-up, or some side effects of a few types of addictions or withdrawal symptoms from a few medications or addictions.
  4. Ear headphones or earplugs are now one of the most common causes of tinnitus since upon playing loud music through these headphones the sound is directly routed into the ears without the lobes getting any opportunity to absorb some decibels of it.

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Remedies for Tinnitus

There are various perceptions about tinnitus and one of the major ones is that there is no surefire tinnitus treatment.

1. You should consult an ENT specialist or visit your nearest hearing center.

An ENT specialist may combine natural remedies for tinnitus with medical intervention. From homemade remedies to surgery, there are many options at your disposal depending on the exact cause and the condition of your tinnitus.

2. Audiologists are particularly trained and qualified to conduct tinnitus diagnosis.

The tests would typically be a thorough study of your case history, a complete hearing assessment including high-frequency audiometry test, pitch matching of the tinnitus, measurement of your sensitivity to various sounds, and then a report would be created to understand the entire situation in your case.

Such a full tinnitus assessment can take about two hours at a hearing center.

3. You may want to opt for some homemade remedies for tinnitus.

These are relatively affordable or even inexpensive. But you should know that not all homemade remedies work for everyone.

  • Consider using Ginkgo Biloba. The herb has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It can improve blood flow to the ears and reduce the ringing sensation. You would get extracts of the herb at drug stores. This is a topical remedy.
  • You can use Apple Cider Vinegar. It would cure underlying infections if any which may be worsening tinnitus. You should mix apple cider vinegar with water or honey. Use one glass of water for two teaspoons of vinegar. In case you use honey, just take a little bit of it and blend well. You should drink this at least two times every day.
  • Basil can offer relief from pain and irritation due to tinnitus. Take some basil leaves and make a paste using a blender. Extract the juice from the paste using a strainer. Warm the extract a little and use a dropper to apply two to three drops in the ear that is affected. You can do this twice for a few days and see how you feel.
  • You can use Onions. Chop a small onion into fine pieces. Heat the onions in a microwave for up to two minutes, let it cool down, and extract the juice with the help of a strainer. Apply two to three drops in the ear that is affected. Let it be there for up to five minutes and then turn your ear downward to let it drain. You can repeat this four to five times a week.

Other remedies for tinnitus include:

  • Garlic combined with sesame oil.
  • The saline solution should be injected into the nostrils using a spray bottle.
  • Ginger mixed in hot water and mustard oil.

In addition to trying these remedies, you should use a heating pad or go for a warm compress, you must reduce or quit smoking and alcohol consumption, avoid using aspirin, be regular with exercise and be completely away from loud noises.

“Yoga and meditation can also help tinnitus.”

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