Tinnitus is an internal, occasional or continuous ringing, in one or both ears, with different pitches. But the noise is unique for each of us, so for yours might be an engine sound, whirring, or high-pitched whine. Whatever you hear, is It any wonder that it can make life feel unbearable. Especially as guess what? It’s often most noticeable when the shattered peri or menopausal woman tries to get some sleep.
“You Can Ring My Bell” Nope, Anita Ward wasn’t singing about tinnitus, but she could have been!
Who’d have thought that falling oestrogen levels could cause Tinnitus? When it happened to us, it didn’t occur to either of us that it could be linked to our hormones. As we found out GPs don’t always make the connection either. Oestrogen it seems underpins signalling from the ears to the brain, and falling levels may be responsible for a mix-up in sounds being communicated between the two, leading to unwanted, inner ear noise.
And the good news is….
For some women it may be a temporary problem caused by fluctuating hormones. According to Take On Tinnitus an online resource linked to the British Tinnitus Association, studies have indicated that, over time, noises can disappear completely or at least reduce to a tolerable level in most cases.
The best help for menopause tinnitus
Tinnitus may be helped by a triple-pronged approach of modifying your diet and lifestyle, and exercising more so that you are in better shape to cope with this frustrating menopausal side effect. Unfortunately, there are currently no medical procedures or products that can help with the tinnitus itself. It’s a question of learning to live with your particular noise, although some women take medication to deal with the anxiety and sleep deprivation that can go hand in hand with tinnitus. And counselling by an NHS audiologist may also help you find coping strategies.