Tinnitus is an unfamiliar term for many of us–but it can be an uncomfortable, annoying, or even disruptive experience for those who have it. “Tinnitus” refers to the noise that some people hear in their ears, or seemingly inside their heads. It has no external source. That noise can sound like ringing, buzzing, hissing, clicking or even roaring. It can be high- or low-pitched.

In a recent episode of ManilaMed Health Line, Dr. Theodore Carvajal, an otorhinolaryngologist at ManilaMed, discussed tinnitus and said is not an illness itself; but it may be a symptom caused by an underlying disease.

Ang ugong (tagalog term for tinnitus) na ito ay sintomas lamang sa isang sakit, na kung baga sanga lang siya, may puno talaga na sakit yon, para magamot natin ito gagamutin natin yung puno, he elaborated.

People  who suffer from panic attacks, anxiety disorder, depression, or high stress levels are prone to tinnitus. In addition, Dr. Carvajal said that more working men get tinnitus because they are exposed more often to environments that have high-level, even traumatic, noises.  

Signs and Symptoms

  • Prolonged case of  colds
  • Ears clogged with wax
  • Ear infections
  • Hearing loss
  • Hearing imbalance
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Instability problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Vascular complications

Factors that Trigger Tinnitus

Tinnitus can get severe depending on the noise exposure and pressure problem that your ears may have undergone. Listed below are some factors that worsen tinnitus:

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • High level of sodium intake
  • Loud sneezing
  • Forcing to sneeze or phlegm to come out
  • Coughing louder
  • Covering nostrils while swallowing
  • 15 minute usage of earphones
  • 3-4 hour exposure to loud noises

Preventive Measures and Remedies

There is no accurate solution to get rid of tinnitus, but existing medications can ease the pain of the person suffering from it. Treatments span for about 12-20 weeks. Below are some ways to eradicate the symptoms:

  • Keep ears clean and healthy
  • Minimize exposure to noisy places
  • Maintain only a 5-6 minutes of earphone usage
  • Listening to relaxing white noises
  • For quick remedy, open mouth widely then slowly swallow to lessen the pressure
  • Consistent intake of Vitamin B complex
  • Ginkgo Biloba supplement
  • Consult your doctor to find the underlying cause of tinnitus

Tinnitus can sometimes be unpredictable, but it can develop from moderate to severe hearing loss if left untreated. It’s better to see a doctor immediately. Dr. Carvajal assured that:

“Don’t be alarmed if ever  you are hearing tinnitus, it might be one or accumulative symptoms ng isang sakit. But just to be sure, see your specialist kaagad and tell them what really happened, dun namin malalaman kung paano namin kayo magagamot kaagad. Tandaan, it would be a journey for the both of us, aalamin natin para alam natin kung ano ang tamang gamot para mawala yan.

The only thing you should be hearing is the sound of comfort. Have your consultation at one of the premier hospitals in the heart of Manila, ManilaMed. Experience the best health care service that will help you hear and feel better. Visit ManilaMed’s website for more details or call 5238131-6 for booking consultations.