If you know a teen who smokes, or a person who smokes around children, you should encourage them to quit smoking. It could lead to hearing issues such as ringing in the ears, or hearing loss. A study carried out by the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center which observed over a thousand teen smokers recently concluded that the risk of hearing loss among those exposed to secondhand smoke was 1.5 times higher than teens not exposed to secondhand smoke. The teens in the study were ages 12 to 19 and were asked a series of questions to evaluate their medical history and health. They were examined and underwent a specific heating test that tests for cotinine, a product of nicotinewhich degrades hearing. Higher levels of cotinine in the blood correlated with the higher rates of detecting hearing loss. Also, over 80% of teens suffering from hearing loss did not realize it. The hearing loss occurs when pathological changes in the auditory nerve and inner ear cause acoustic signals to be incorrectly transmitted. Researchers hope this study will lead to more education about the risk factors of hearing loss and tinnitus.
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As of today, there is no medicine or supplement on the market that aids in curing tinnitus. There is a lot of information out there about curing tinnitus, but most suggestions or supplements only help lessen the effects of tinnitus and do not completely get rid of it. In fact, you may actually be causing your own tinnitus!
Tinnitus patients often feel anxious and depressed. They find it hard to get a break from their tinnitus symptoms, even when they’re sleeping. There are plenty of coping mechanisms and treatments to alleviate symptoms, but keep in mind there are things you can do to help your tinnitus. Below is a list of things that may be making your tinnitus worse!
- Your Addiction to Caffeine: Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, and chocolate. It may cause high blood pressure, which is a chronic tinnitus symptom. It is suggested that you limit your caffeine to 2-4 cups of brewed coffee per day.
- High Sodium Intake: Sodium disrupts the balance of fluids in your body, including fluids in your inner hear. Eating too much salty foods or adding an excessive amount of salt to your meals may trigger psoriasis symptoms.
- High Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Levels: MSG is a sodium additive that is found in many food items. It is known for its unhealthiness and may cause high blood pressure. MSG is found in things such as soy sauce, which is used regularly to make Chinese food. Tinnitus suffers are advised to stay away from MSG because it may worsen symptoms.
- Frequent Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol dilates your blood vessels, which may cause high blood pressure. Those who have been diagnosed with tinnitus should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or limit their intake to the equivalent of one cup of wine per day.
- High Impact Aerobics: An intense workout is a great way to raise your endurance level, bur calories, increase muscle mass, and provide energy. For some individuals, bouncing and jolting movements disrupt crystals in the inner ear. This leads to ear damage such as hearing loss or tinnitus. Some exercises that should be avoided if you have tinnitus are: football, soccer, running, and volleyball. Choose low-impact exercises, which may be less shocking to the eats. Some low-impact exercises and activities include walking, aerobics, and weight lifting.
Remember, there is nothing out there for curing tinnitus, but there are plenty of medications and supplements that can help control tinnitus symptoms. Check out over-the-counter tinnitus treatments or speak with your doctor about tinnitus medications.
Did you know that there are a ton of celebrities and historical figures that have suffered from tinnitus? Many are people we still know today: actors, actresses, musicians, artists, comedians… all battling ringing in the ears! We were surprised at how many familiar names we found as we compiled this list. Take a look and see who you recognize:
- Neil Young – Singer
- Barbra Streisand – Actress, Singer
- William Shatner – Actor
- David Letterman – Talk Show Host
- Bill Clinton – American President
- Tony Randall – Actor
- Engelbert Humperdink — Musician
- Steve Martin – Musician, Actor, Comedian
- Leslie Nielsen – Comedian, Actor
- Ronald Reagan – American President
- Neve Campbell – Actress
- Burt Reynolds – Actor
- Sting – Musician
- Liberty Divito — Billy Joel’s Drummer
- Eric Clapton — Musician
- James Hetfield — Metallica Rhythm Guitar Player
- Lars Ulrich — Drummer for Metallica
- Thom Yorke — Radiohead Lead Singer
- Colin Greenwood — Radiohead Bassist
- Thomas Edison – American Inventor
- Graham Cole — UK actor and singer, suffers tinnitus and hearing loss
- Sylvester Stallone — Actor
- Bono — U2 Lead Singer
- The Edge — U2 Guitar Player
- Peter Jennings – News Anchor
- Moby — Contemporary Rock Musician
- Myles Kennedy — Contemporary Musician
- Anthony Kiedis — Red Hot Chili Pepper vocalist
- Al Jardine — Beach Boys Guitarist/Vocalist
- Jerry Stiller – Actor, played Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld”
- Florence Henderson – Actress, “The Brady Bunch”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower – American President
- Martin Luther — Philosopher
- Joan of Arc — Revolutionary
- Phil Collins — Musician
- Cher – Musician/Actress
- Morgan Fairchild — Actress
- Cheryl Tiegs — Supermodel
- Ozzy Ozborne — Musician
- Huey Lewis — Musician
- Don Imus – Radio personality
- Vincent Van Gogh — Artist
- Ludwig Van Beethoven — Composer
- Charles Darwin – Scientist, Founder of the Darwin Theory
- Mick Fleetwood – Musician, Fleetwood Mac
- Keanu Reeves — Actor
- Larry King – On-air Host
- Trent Reznor – Musician, Nine Inch Nails
- Kat Von D — American Tattoo Artist from TLC’s “LA Ink”
- Will.i.am – Musician, Black Eyed Peas
While ringing in the ears is extremely bothersome and can hinder lives, these people are still pursuing their goals while dealing with tinnitus. We’re glad to see celebrities speaking out about their own tinnitus diagnosis and raising awareness for a tinnitus cure. Do you know a celebrity with tinnitus that isn’t on our list? Leave a comment below!
Are you a tinnitus sufferer with painful and annoying symptoms like ear ringing and ear buzzing? Are you tired of the constant noise in your ears? Check out three books that tinnitus sufferers have found helpful in relieving tinnitus:
Tinnitus: Turning the Volume Down by Kevin Hogan and Jennifer Battaglino
Over 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus and there are those who don’t realize that the ringing in their ears has a name. Of those 50 million, 12 million are estimated to have severe tinnitus where they seek medical treatment. Approximately two million people are suffering so severely that they cannot make it through their daily activities. Kevin Hogan has a positive approach to health as a definite goal worthy of determination.
Tinnitus: Questions and Answers by Jack A. Vernon and Barbara Tabachnick Sanders
A short book focusing on the most frequently asked questions about tinnitus. The questions in this book are from patients. The answers are written for patients and for interested health care providers too. The book covers causes, treatments, and other topics with a format similar to the column written by the author in “Tinnitus Today” magazine. Other topics will include such things as drug treatments, dental issues relating to tinnitus, hearing loss and tinnitus, and other related ear disorders.
Written by a clinical audiologist with over 20 years experience, Tinnitus Treatment Toolbox is a great resource for people with tinnitus (ear noise). The author also has tinnitus, and has used treatment tools to go from severe tinnitus distress to coping well. Many people with tinnitus also have hearing loss or sound sensitivity (hyperacusis). Tinnitus Treatment Toolbox describes a wide range of traditional and alternative treatment approaches and coping strategies. Information is based on scientific research review as well as the author’s personal and clinical experience.
Have you ever wondered what the cause of ringing in the ears is? Maybe you are experiencing ringing in the ears or tinnitus because you were just at a concert or had your headphones too loud. There are multiple factors that can be the cause of tinnitus. Old age can be a factor for tinnitus; however, it is now becoming more prevalent in young adults.
Between 1998 and 2006 there has been a 30% increase in hearing loss among young adults. Today, 1 out of 5 young adults suffers from some form of hearing loss and 1 out of 20 suffers from mild hearing loss. High frequency hearing loss is more prominent in young adults because of the correlation between high frequency volumes and frequent exposure to dangerous noise levels.
Many parents aren’t aware that tinnitus is common among children and young adults. One big problem is that children and young adults do not pay enough attention to their ears. They blast their music in the car or on their MP3 players because it’s the “cool” thing to do. Yet, they don’t realize the impact it may have on their health later in life. Make sure your child is aware of the risk of loss of hearing from loud music and especially headphones. Cell phones may also be a cause of ringing in the ears for young adults. Although they spend a lot of time texting, they are still frequently on the phone.
Another culprit may be health issues. Tinnitus in children and young adults may also develop because of frequent ear infections or impact to the head. If your child is experiences symptoms of tinnitus, you should take them to your physician to have their hearing checked. Tinnitus can affect your life forever. If you are a young adult or a parent of a child or young adult, make sure they know what factors may be the cause of ringing in the ears.
Generation Z, also know as the Internet Generation may be putting themselves at greater risk for ringing of the ear or tinnitus. The days of Walkmans and Discmans are long gone. Now, at least one person is walking down the street with their headphones in their ears. iPods and MP3 players are changing the way people perceive music and the way in which they hear it. Unfortunately, headphones can lead to ringing of the ear later in life if they are not used properly.
People spend hours listening to music, whether on their way to work, on the computer, or at the gym. The problem is that people, mostly kids or young adults, spend hours listening to LOUD music for long periods of time. Everyone at some point has come across a person who is listening to their iPod so loud that you wonder how it isn’t hurting their ears. Perhaps it really is, and they don’t realize it.
One recent study found that 30% of those who listen to loud music experience ringing of the ear. This study was based on a survey of 290 young adults who were asked to describe the typical volume of their iPod and whether or not they had ringing in their ears afterward. Many people believe that iPods and MP3 players put people at a greater risk of developing tinnitus because the devices are more powerful and can hold large quantities of music.
Make sure you or your children listen to music safely. Here are some tips to help prevent ringing of the ear and the possibility of permanent tinnitus.
- If you are using headphones frequently, take them out of your ears every so often and give your ears a break.
- If your ears hurt after using headphones, you are listening to the music too loudly.
- Do not fall asleep with head phones on.
- Don’t turn the volume up on your iPod to mask external noise.
- Invest in a pair of in-ear-canal headphones. These seal out external noise so you tend to listen to your music at a lower volume.
If you do hear constant ringing in your ears after listening to music, give it a little bit of time to calm down. For young people, tinnitus is usually temporary. However, if the ringing is bothering you, it is best to consult a doctor to find out. Remember the lower the music, the less ringing of the ear after.
Have you ever wondered how your smoking habit is affecting your Tinnitus?
Smoking causes a narrowing of blood vessels from the chemicals in the cigarettes, and it also speeds up the process of atherosclerosis (the narrowing of blood vessels). So people who smoke are at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke.
It doesn’t necessarily cause Hypertension or High blood pressure but it can lead to it, and the chemicals and nicotine in cigarettes do temporarily give you high blood pressure while you are smoking and while until the chemicals leave the body.
High blood pressure or Hypertension as well as factors that increase blood pressure, such as stress, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine, can make tinnitus more noticeable.
It is recommended that anyone who smokes and is at risk of high blood pressure or has high blood pressure should stop. If you have Tinnitus this is a very bad combination that can make the ringing in your ears or whizzing and buzzing worse.
There are plenty of smoking cessation devices out there these days, ranging from the Nicoderm patch and Nicorette gum to prescription medications like Chantix. However, since the nicotine can also have a harmful affect on your blood pressure and Tinnitus, maybe a cold turkey method or switching to a smoking alternative like a nicotine free electronic cigarette could be the answer.