How Can Upper Respiratory Infections Affect Tinnitus?
Allergy season, congestion, excessive ear wax, and respiratory infections can lead to pressure build-up in the inner ears. This pressure can ultimately lead to a condition called tinnitus. Tinnitus is when a person perceives uncomfortable sounds described as roaring, hissing, clicking, buzzing, or ringing when there is no external noise.
I Think I Have Tinnitus. What Should I Do?
A hearing specialist can provide an evaluation that will include a history and audiometric test and pinpoint the cause of tinnitus. After a consultation, the specialist will provide a treatment plan or a referral to an ear, nose, and throat doctor for a more extensive examination and diagnosis.
What is the Typical Treatment for Tinnitus?
Unfortunately, tinnitus does not have a cure. Medical professionals can, however, treat the underlying cause. In a respiratory infection or allergies, relief from tinnitus is seen when the pressure is dissipated. This treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Your doctor will prescribe what is best in your particular case.
Can Upper Respiratory Infections Affect Tinnitus?
A trained specialist should be consulted to treat the cause of tinnitus and consequently relieving the symptoms. The long-term blockage may lead to permanent damage. Whether it is a lingering cold or one that has hit with full-force congestion practically overnight, remember that tinnitus affects everyone differently, especially those with pre-existing conditions such as ear injury or early-onset hearing loss. Tinnitus can sometimes be painful.
Only in rare circumstances with a stethoscope can a specialist hear these noises. In this case, the irregularities are caused in the vascular system and are often rhythmic or pulsatile and frequently imitate the patient's heartbeat.
How to Prevent Tinnitus?
Bundle up, cover your ears, and head during the winter and windy weather. Stay current on your flu vaccine. Guard yourself against others who may be sick or known allergens that can trigger respiratory infections.
We also highly encourage you to properly clean your ears daily by gently removing ear wax build-up. This practice will minimize pressure build-ups in addition to respiratory infections. A hearing specialist can demonstrate the proper way to clean your ears.
Want More Information?
For more information on how respiratory infections and seasonal allergies contribute to the increased chances of experiencing tinnitus, contact Clear Choice Hearing Center. Our caring staff will set up an evaluation to help you prevent and recover from tinnitus and maintain audio wellbeing.