Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) August 09, 2012
In Part I of a health alert on hearing, HealthyAnswers.com reports that buzzing, ringing, whooshing noises are symptoms of tinnitus – a condition that arises from the nerve cells around the ear canal. Tiny delicate hairs within the ear move in relation to pressure from sound waves. These hairs trigger the nerve cells to trigger electrical signals to the brain through the auditory nerve. If these hairs are bent or damaged somehow, they can send impaired signals to the brain. The brain then misinterprets these signals as different types of annoying noises in the ear. There can be a number of things that cause damage to these tiny hairs and nerve cells that lead to tinnitus. These include getting older, loud noise exposure, wax buildup in the ear, hardening of the inner ear bones, diseases like Meniere’s or acoustic neuroma, and conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder, high blood pressure and stress. Even a number of medications can cause tinnitus.
Mark Rosenberg, M.D., one of HealthyAnswers.com’s medical experts, says, “Tinnitus is diagnosed with a series of questions, hearing and jaw movement tests, perhaps even CT scan or MRI to determine if tumors are present. I also recommend checking B12 levels as research out of Israel’s Institute of Noise Hazards (Vitamin B12 deficiency in patients with chronic-tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss, Am J Otolaryngol. 1993 Mar-Apr;14(2):94-9) had shown that vitamin B12 deficiencies were found in 47% of study participants with tinnitus. Also, that improvement was seen in 12 of these participants following B12 replacement therapy. B12 deficiencies are common in people over age 50 as the ability to absorb it lessen with age and tinnitus often occurs more frequently in older adults. Supplements like Omega-3 oils, quercetin, and Vitamin D3 may also help tinnitus symptoms as they have anti-inflammatory properties and support nerve function. In addition, laser therapy may also offer promising treatment.”
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