You will be surprised just how many people have tinnitus in the United States. One fun fact that people don’t know is that this is one of the most common ear problems in the U.S. It is statistically stated, that about 50 million adults in the United States have this ear condition. Many people that have this condition find it very annoying. And that’s because it has to do with hearing noises and sounds even when there is no external noise or sound. For some, the symptoms can be mild, while for some, it could be very severe. It could go as far as problems concentrating and sleeping. But what exactly is the cause of this condition? Well, there are many, but for today our focus would be tinnitus and menopause. How menopause affects causing this condition.
Menopause, as we all know, is that point in a woman’s life where the hormones go a bit wild. There are hormonal changes and this tends to affect virtually everything in a woman’s body. The effect of hormones has also been linked to the cause of tinnitus. Here we will find out if this is true or not. And if it’s true how do hormones even affect and cause this condition. You sure don’t want to miss out on all these so you have to keep reading.
What is Tinnitus?
As mentioned before, tinnitus is a condition whereby you hear sounds that are not there. So we all know that the conductive nature of our ear causes us to hear sounds that are present externally. But when no sounds are being made and you still hear them then it’s called tinnitus. It could come as a ringing and hissing sound.
This could be as a result of a damaged inner ear. At the same time, it could also be because of the changes in hormones such as menopause.
Interestingly, there are two kinds of tinnitus. It could either be subjective or objective. The most common happens to be subjective. In this case, the person hears sounds that are not present. The objective kind is very rare. In this case, movements that happen in the person’s body such as the flow of blood can be heard by others.
There are many causes of tinnitus. Before we look at how menopause causes tinnitus to let’s take a look at some other causes.
- Heavy noise: When someone is exposed to heavy noise for a long period it could cause tinnitus. This could be short-term. This happens when you go to a concert or when you put on loud headsets for a long period. And if this happens consistently over some time it could cause tinnitus permanently.
- Things in the ear: It could also because of the buildup of earwax in the ear. Also, dirt, hair, and other foreign bodies can cause tinnitus. The best way out is getting whatever is in the ear out. If the irritant stays there for a very long period it could lead to permanent tinnitus.
- Trauma to the head and neck: When an injury affects the flow of blood to areas where nerves are located in the ear it could lead to tinnitus.
- Other medical issues: Some other medical issues would cause tinnitus. Some of the medical conditions are fibromyalgia, Meniere’s disease, and Lyme disease. If you have any of these conditions, make sure you do see a doctor so that the symptoms can be managed well.
Tinnitus and Menopause
You already know that different studies and research are being carried out on different topics. Most especially in the medical field. Many of these topics have not been fully established as to how they happen or why they happen. This is the case with the relationship between tinnitus and menopause.
The exact cause and effect between these two have not been fully established. And that’s because these two tend to happen around the same age range. That’s why it’s not that easy to tell if one causes the other, or if both just happen because of the aging factor.
One thing though that has been noticed is that it is linked to changes in the hormone. Because of this, even women that are pregnant and menstruating would tend to complain of this. So with this, it is believed that tinnitus and menopause relationship could simply be because of age.
Also, some studies show that taking hormone replacement therapy worsens the symptoms of tinnitus. So with that, you can tell that it’s more about hormonal changes in a woman at any age. And for menopausal women, it is more about age.
How To Deal With Tinnitus
There are different options that you can try out when it comes to dealing with tinnitus. One thing though that you must first do is seek medical attention. Make sure that it is not caused by any serious medical condition. Once you are sure of that, then you can try out the tips below.
- Find out the cause/triggers: Different things can trigger this condition. Once you have an idea of the triggers it would be a lot easier to deal with it. All you have to do is simply avoid the triggers as much as you can. To make things a bit easier for you, you can get a journal and keep a record of the triggers.
- White noise: Since the noise heard in tinnitus is usually roaring and hissing, using white noise to block it would be a good idea. Sounds of the rain and waves of the ocean are good options. This would help with covering up the sound being heard.
- Exercise: Make sure you exercise regularly. You can do it early in the morning or in the evening. Just make sure that you don’t do it 2-3 hours before you sleep.
- Medications: This is needed if the noise is interfering with your life and work. Your doctor would be in the best position to prescribe medications for you.
So as of now, there is no clear relationship between tinnitus and menopause. But the important thing is to avoid it as much as you can. Stay away from triggers. And if you already have, you can opt for some of the management options listed above.