Tinnitus, a condition known as “ringing in the ears,” is a common and distressing ailment that can often interfere with someone’s ability to complete everyday tasks. The persistent ringing makes it difficult to hear things in your surroundings which can make holding a conversation incredibly difficult and can keep you up for hours as you try to fall asleep. This condition, until TMS, had no successful and sustained neurological treatments.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Ringing in the ears can develop in response to many different causes. Chronic acoustic trauma via continual exposure to loud noises such as machinery, music, or busy workplaces, can slowly degrade a nerve’s ability to pick up sound and relay it accurately to the brain, inducing tinnitus. Instantaneous acoustic trauma can result from explosions or loud music. Tinnitus can also result from hearing loss associated with aging. Lastly, blood poisoning from certain medications can also induce tinnitus.
Some At-Home Treatments for Tinnitus
Depending on the cause of your tinnitus, you may be able to stop mild ringing with various home remedies. There are several lifestyle changes that can help, such as decreasing your blood pressure, exercising more, or decreasing your aspirin intake. To find the best lifestyle change for you, ask your healthcare provider.
Treatments Can Mask The Ringing
A current and popular treatment option for tinnitus is the use of a masking device. This device is essentially a hearing aid worn at all times, producing a noise able to cancel out or mask the ringing. The problem with this treatment is that not only is the noise used to mask the tinnitus sometimes more bothersome than the tinnitus itself, but it also does not solve the root cause of the tinnitus. When the hearing aid is removed, the tinnitus returns.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is Effective in Treating Tinnitus
Fortunately, there is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment for tinnitus. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) continues to show exceptional promise in reducing severe and disabling tinnitus within patients who are unable to function. TMS works by activating specific areas of the brain to change patterns of neuronal activity over time. After a complete treatment cycle, the region responsible for the ringing in the ears can be altered to reduce the constant firing causing the loud ringing sound.