Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the trendy medicine found in cannabis leaves. Known as CBD, the extractions from the plant are ingested as a treatment for a wide variety of illnesses and health problems.
Hearing loss is a permanent condition that affects millions of people around the world. Most of those people also suffer a side effect known as tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Many people turn to hearing aids to say goodbye to tinnitus.
However, interest in CBD for treating tinnitus is growing. What do tinnitus sufferers need to know?
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical found in the cannabis plant. The chemical is extracted from different parts of the plant and marketed as medicinal.
There are different strains of cannabis plants. Some contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives users a psychoactive high. Most CBD products on the market, though, do not contain THC, since marijuana is still illegal in some areas of the country.
The most common method of using CBD is an oil that is dropped onto the tongue using a dropper. It can also be made into sprays, gels and chewable capsules.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the sensation of ringing in the ears without an external source for the sound. Researchers are still mystified by many aspects of tinnitus, including the cause and treatment.
It is a common side effect of hearing loss of any degree. The tinnitus can vary in severity to low-pitched ringing to high-pitched warbling. It generally isn’t physically painful, but it is very annoying and disruptive.
CBD and Tinnitus
The effectiveness of CBD in treating medical conditions is still being researched. Even though many people turn to CBD for easing pain, the medical community doesn’t know much about the potential side effects of the cannabis extract.
While the jury is still out on how tinnitus responds to CBD oil, there is a widespread belief that CBD oil reduces stress. Tinnitus can be very stressful because it drowns out any sounds a person suffering from hearing loss could have heard.
In addition, tinnitus is often at its worst at night when everything is quiet. This disrupts sleep, which is one of the main causes of stress.
Another uncertainty is how the person using CBD will react to it. Everyone’s brain chemistry is wired differently, meaning there isn’t a uniform reaction across the board.
Relatedly, the correct dosage of CBD varies from person-to-person.
Schedule Your Appointment with a Hearing Specialist
One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to hearing loss is ignoring it. The symptoms of hearing loss are often brushed off as temporary.
However, there are some common signs to look for when it comes to accepting the hearing loss. Difficulty hearing on the phone and following more than one person speaking at a time are two signs.
It’s important to make an appointment with a hearing specialist as soon as the symptoms present themselves. Hearing loss is permanent, but residual hearing can be prolonged with the help of a professional.
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