Tinnitus is known as the ringing or buzzing in the ear that is typically caused by loud or prolonged noise exposure. However, with that being said many people hear something different than a ringing or buzzing in the ear and as such many people have developed tinnitus from something other than loud noise exposure. The sound that people hear varies from loud to quiet and from high pitched to low bass and everything in between. So how do most people develop tinnitus and how do you prevent tinnitus?

Noise exposure and tinnitus

As stated above most people develop tinnitus through exposure to loud noise that also, unfortunately, causes hearing loss; the loud noise exposure that is. Tinnitus can be developed a number of different ways such as medication, ear infection, brain injury, head or neck trauma, disease, genetics, problems or trauma to the ear, aging and smoking. So with that being said there are of course a number of ways in which to prevent tinnitus, such as quitting smoking, however, there are also a number of ways in which you may not be able to prevent it, such as genetics.

Preventing tinnitus

First and foremost the best and easiest way to prevent tinnitus along with preventing hearing loss is to protect your ears and hearing when exposed to loud noise especially when exposed to it for a long period of time. That means when at work, if you work in a loud work environment, you should always be wearing hearing protection. When going to concerts, watching live sporting events or watching fireworks you should wear hearing protection. For that matter any place or environments that you are in and may be exposed to excessive loud noise wear a form of hearing protection. When listening to music through headphones or earbuds do not have the volume at max.

Speak with your hearing care provider

Check with your hearing care provider about your medications and their side effects as they could be causing your tinnitus. Also talk with your specialist about your medical background and history to see if anything past or present could be cause you problems now or in the future with your hearing and tinnitus. Also research your family’s medical history because genetics can sometimes play a role in tinnitus, but if known early can help to prevent tinnitus from developing.