Tinnitus in Pregnancy

Treatment for relieving tinnitus in pregnancy should always be on the advice of your doctor. Vitamin and herbal treatments should be avoided unless prescribed by your doctor because some could have an adverse effect on the developing foetus.

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Tinnitus in pregnancy is quite common. The tinnitus noise is not just restricted to ringing in your ears, since the sound experienced varies in individuals and can also be heard as buzzing, whooshing, clicking or hissing. The intensity varies from person to person.
Pulsatile tinnitus, where the sound is in synchronisation with the heart beat, is also common among expectant mothers.

Tinnitus In PregnancyIf you have a pre-existing tinnitus condition you will probably find that its intensity will increase while you are pregnant.

During pregnancy your body will go through some massive changes both physically and hormonally and it is these changes that can bring about the onset of tinnitus. In most cases the tinnitus will stop a short time after the arrival of your baby.

Due to the stress that can be caused by tinnitus during pregnancy, it is important to let your medical practitioner know about the condition so that he or she can provide the correct treatment. Many common drugs used during pregnancy, e.g. for treatment of high blood pressure, can increase the severity of your tinnitus.

Treatment for relieving tinnitus in pregnancy should always be on the advice of your doctor. Vitamin and herbal treatments should be avoided unless prescribed by your doctor because some could have an adverse effect on the developing foetus.

If your stress levels are increasing and the tinnitus is a contributing factor then a safe option is to use a tinnitus masker. Devices like MP3 and CD players playing in the background can successfully mask the noise you are hearing in your ears.

Using these devices can also assist in reducing insomnia which is very common during pregnancy.

In severe cases of tinnitus your doctor may refer you to a specialist who will most likely recommend a “White Noise” machine specifically calibrated to your tinnitus. This is a safe option for your unborn baby.

One of the best ways to ease your tinnitus symptoms is to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Things to avoid to reduce the severity of tinnitus sounds:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Foods containing MSG
  • Diet soda drinks
  • Coffee
  • Avoidance of any loud external noises is important…the use of ear muffs or ear plugs may be required.

The safety of your unborn baby is always paramount, so it is extremely important to discuss your tinnitus with your doctor before proceeding with any remedies or treatment related to tinnitus in pregnancy.

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Useful Resources:

NCBI Ringing in my ears: tinnitus in pregnancy   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23082396

NCBI Tinnitus in pregnancy :  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8877189

4 Responses to “Tinnitus in Pregnancy”

  1. Jess says:

    Hi Anne
    I am now 9 weeks into my pregnancy and the ringing in my ears is driving me crazy.
    Any suggestions?
    Jess

    • Anne says:

      Hello Jess,
      It’s quite common for tinnitus to be present during pregnancy and could partly be due to your higher blood pressure. I would suggest spending as little time as possible in quiet places. Having background noise will tend to mask the tinnitus noise you are experiencing. Try playing some of your favorite music softly in the house, at work and when you go to bed. If the tinnitus begins to cause you stress I suggest that you consult with your Doctor.

  2. Jillian says:

    Hi Anne,

    I’ve had this ringing noise in my ears for some time now and it’s driving me crazy. Is there any proven product or treatment you can recommend? At this point I’m willing to try anything to solve this…

    Thanks!

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