Why Is There No Cure for Tinnitus?

woman with tinnitus

Tinnitus is when you hear a ringing, buzzing or sounds in your ears. Sometimes, it can also feel like it is coming from somewhere else inside your head. A lot of people experience tinnitus as a low-level sound that they are able to ignore, but a lot of people who are experiencing tinnitus experience it much more forcefully, are unable to ignore it and often have a much poorer quality of life as a result.

Many people who are experiencing tinnitus will be unable to get a good night’s sleep or concentrate on an important task because they are distracted by the noise.

If you are experiencing symptoms of tinnitus, it is always a good idea to have your hearing checked by an audiologist. Most of the time, low-level tinnitus that is not causing significant problems for the patient will not need to be treated. However, if your tinnitus symptoms are really causing you problems, then you may need to be fitted for hearing aids or undergo various therapies to help you manage your symptoms.

Is There a Cure for Tinnitus? 

Unfortunately, tinnitus cannot currently be cured, although there are various therapies, including sound therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, which can help you manage it more effectively and reduce the impact it has on your life. Sometimes, hearing aids can help too.

Why is There No Cure for Tinnitus?

Simply because tinnitus is a symptom that something is wrong rather than a hearing health condition in its own right. Tinnitus that is long-lasting is usually a symptom of damage to the peripheral auditory system.

There are a number of things that can cause damage to the peripheral auditory system including:

  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Heart issues
  • Ototoxic medications

When damage occurs, it can cause the sensorineural auditory pathway to send out ghost signals, which are then interpreted as actually sounds by the brain, resulting in the ringing or buzzing sounds you may hear.

Often, damage to the peripheral auditory system but this is not always the case. For example, if earwax impaction is causing your problems, then an appointment with an audiologist to have it removed could see the problem going away. That’s why it is always a good idea to consult an audiologist when you have tinnitus symptoms.

Will Tinnitus Go Away?

As mentioned above, if it is caused by earwax impaction, there is a very good chance that removing the wax will remove the ringing sounds from your ears too.

If you have an ear infection that is causing your tinnitus, then again, there is a very good chance it will go away once the infection has been dealt with.

However, tinnitus caused by exposure to loud noises is much less likely to simply vanish one day, and you will most likely need to manage your condition if that is the case. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is often recommended as they help you to change your relationship with your tinnitus so it bothers you less.

Sound therapies can also be used to train your brain so that it does not hyperfocus on the noises caused by tinnitus, which can also help you to find some relief.

Will There Ever Be a Cure for Tinnitus?

There are some studies that suggest using transcranial magnetic stimulation might be able to help people experiencing tinnitus in the future. Trials are currently being carried out by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Portland and the Oregon Health & Science University, and so far, the results are promising. However, more tests will need to be carried out to determine if it is truly a safe and effective treatment.

If you are experiencing tinnitus now, you should focus on doing whatever you can to make yourself as comfortable as you can, whether that means sound therapy, hearing aids or distraction techniques. 

It can be tough when you’re experiencing severe tinnitus symptoms that mean you’re always hearing noises, but you are not on your own and one of our audiologists would be more than happy to help you come up with some effective management techniques that really work for you until a more permanent cure is found.

If you are experiencing a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears, then you can always talk to a qualified audiologist, here at Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology, about your symptoms. We can test your hearing, work out what kind of tinnitus you are likely to be experiencing and help you to mitigate its influence on your life. Call us today at (661) 250-6781.