Tinnitus is a serious ear-related condition in which you can constantly hear a wide range of sounds in your ears, including ringing, buzzing and squealing. The presence of these noises can be deeply disturbing, ranging from difficulty sleeping to an inability to maintain focus to depression. While you can visit a hearing specialist and get hearing aids that can help to manage these unpleasant noises, the best approach is to always take steps to reduce your risk of developing tinnitus. Here are some preventative steps that you should keep in mind.
Avoid Exposure To Loud Noises
Exposure to loud noises can lead to a variety of hearing-related complications, including an increased risk of tinnitus. It's important to protect your hearing whenever you'll be in an environment in which the noise is loud. This means wearing earplugs or over-ear protection when you're in a loud environment at work, working in your yard with power tools to attending a loud concert. You should also make sure that your audio devices aren't played excessively loud. When you're in a loud environment listening to your MP3 player, for example, you shouldn't turn up the device to compensate for the loud noise around you.
Act Quickly If You Experience Ear Infection Symptoms
Some people ignore the symptoms of an ear infection because they dismiss the issue as minor and don't want to spend time sitting in a hospital waiting room. However, untreated ear infections can potentially cause many problems with your ears, including a risk of tinnitus. Although ear infections are especially common among children, adults can experience them too. If you notice symptoms such as a prevalent pressure in one or both ears, pain in the area, difficulty hearing or even a discharge around the opening of the ear, it's vitally important to visit an emergency room right away.
Lessen The Risk of Head Injuries
While it's impossible to predict when a head injury might occur — during a sudden car accident, for example — you should always take care to lessen the risk of head injuries during activities in which there's an obvious risk. Head injuries, especially around the ear, can increase your risk of tinnitus. This means that it's a good idea to wear proper hear protection when you're biking or taking part in other sports. If you practice martial arts or kickboxing, you want to always wear adequate headgear so that your head and ears are protected from an opponent's strikes.