How To Masterfully Care For Your Loved One With Tinnitus

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Managing Tinnitus in the elderly

It is a common condition among the elderly population. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, it affects twenty percent of Americans in the United States. And hearing loss occurs in ninety percent of those cases. From 2000 to 2017, the number of Americans with hearing loss doubled. Globally the number is up by forty-four percent. It is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing the elderly population.

Understanding Tinnitus

It is ringing in the ear in conditions when no other external sound is present. Many of our senior loved ones with it may also hear other noises besides the “ringing sound.” They may complain of hearing sounds that are described as.
Escaping steam
Crickets
Grinding steel
Cicadas.

It is not very serious. But, it may become a potential for:

Depression
Insomnia
Anxiety
And even Disability
There are two types: Subjective and objective. Subjective is when only your loved one can hear the ringing sound. While the objective is uncommon. And results from noise generated by structures near the ear. Sometimes it is loud enough for the examiner to hear.

Tips for managing Tinnitus in the elderly

Unfortunately, there is no cure. However, it can be well managed with several treatment options. If you are a caregiver to someone suffering from Tinnitus, there are specific tips that might be of some help:
Relax
Ask your elderly loved one to calm down and not get anxious. Worrying about the condition will cause their brain to focus on the ringing sound. Which, in turn, will cause your elderly to hear the sound more. Therefore, it is essential to stop this vicious circle. Practicing some breathing exercises can help them stay relaxed in the process. This can, in some way, help to reduce the Tinnitus induced ringing sounds.
Refocus
You must help your elderly loved one to focus on aspects other than Tinnitus. You can also ask other family members not to discuss the condition with the affected elderly.
Reschedule
Many elderlies have the habit of watching too much television before bed. This can, in some way, be overstimulating and make their nighttime pretty restless. Therefore, to reduce their stress and associated anxiety. You can suggest they read some books or take a bath before going to bed.
Encourage
You need to encourage your loved one to practice activities that give them pleasure. This is necessary to eliminate the stress that occurs due to it. Worrying more about the condition can only make it worse. In turn, it can become a potential cause of stress for your elderly loved one.
Rest
This is extremely necessary for anyone suffering from it. Suppose your loved one cannot sleep at night due to it. It would be best if you made the necessary arrangements. The bedroom is usually quiet at night, which may cause the ringing sound to be more noticeable. In such cases, you must try sound therapy. To help your elderly sleep peacefully throughout the night. You are maybe sleeping with a fan for additional noise.
Loud noise
Avoid exposure to any loud noises. Do not let your loved one listen to loud music.
Diet
Caffeine and nicotine can aggravate it. Therefore, do not allow your loved one to drink excessive coffee or smoke cigarettes.

Home Remedies

Gingko Biloba

It is an herbal medicine usually used to help improve memory and sharpen thinking because it enhances blood flow to the head and the brain. If your Tinnitus is due to a circulatory problem, its effects can also help your symptoms.

Zinc

Studies show that a good remedy would be to take 90-150 mg of zinc daily for 3-6 months, especially if your zinc levels are low.

Vitamin A

Studies have shown that a lack of Vitamin A in the body is one of the leading causes of hearing-related problems like Tinnitus because the inner ear needs to function correctly.

Garlic

Garlic is the best of all remedies because it can help inflammation, blood circulation, and bacteria simultaneously. You can take capsules, or make the oil by frying some garlic in sesame oil, then letting it cool. Put the oil in daily before bedtime for about a week.

Onions

It is another antibacterial that can help. Strain the onion juice out by chopping, microwaving, and straining an onion and allowing it to cool. Then, once you have your juice, put three drops in your ear, leaving it in for five minutes, then turn your head to let it drain out. Please do it for a couple of weeks to see the effects.

Apple Cider Vinegar

A natural anti-inflammatory agent that can help as well. Mix two teaspoons of vinegar with some honey in water and drink twice daily until the ringing disappears.

Mustard Oil

It can help increase circulation, which can cause Tinnitus, and it is an antifungal and antibacterial, which can lead to symptoms. Most importantly, it can help remove the buildup of earwax, which is also shown to be a significant cause of Tinnitus.

Holy Basil Oil

Being an antibacterial, it can help fight bacteria that cause Tinnitus or general ear pain. Put two or three drops of it in the affected area using a dropper. Repeat this twice daily for four days.

Ginger

It has been known for its healing properties and is excellent for Tinnitus. It has the same properties as aspirin, so it can help with pain and can also improve circulation. Chew it raw or add it to tea. Chewing is preferable because it can relieve pressure in the ear.

Take home messages for caregivers.

As a caregiver, there are certain things you need to be careful about while caring for older people with it. Here are a few points that you need to watch for:
If it gets worse, like the ringing sound your elderly can hear suddenly turns worse. It is best to seek medical attention immediately.
If you notice new symptoms. Such as fluctuating hearing loss or a sudden change in hearing with dizziness. Then this is a signal of an underlying medical condition such as high blood pressure. See a doctor immediately.

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Conclusion

The above tips, remedies, and suggestions should help But do not ignore these symptoms. You need to take your elderly to the doctor for a further examination, significantly if the symptoms worsen. A doctor may conduct ENT, dental, orthodontic, and orthopedic investigations to establish whether a case can be medically treated. A unique diagnostic test can determine the pitch and volume of Tinnitusest, and a hearing test can reveal whether hearing loss is also involved. For more information on hearing problems, check out this post on hearing loss.

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