The menopausal period changes women. Women notice many things are not the same as they used to be. As a woman approaches menopause her hearing may change and she may develop Tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
What is Tinnitus and what can you do about it? Find out more about this menopausal symptom in this blog.
What Is Tinnitus?
If there’s a whooshing, buzzing or any other sound that only you can hear, you’re probably experiencing Tinnitus. It’s a sensation of hearing sounds that are not actually present. It’s an internal, occasional or continuous ringing which could be in one or both ears with varying pitches. Ringing in the ear could be a menopausal symptom or caused by damage in your inner ear. It could also be one of those age-related things that occur at the same time as menopause.
Ringing in the ear has two kinds: subjective and objective. The subjective type is a common one where only the person hears the noise. The objective one is rare where some internal functions of the person experiencing Tinnitus are audible to others.
Tinnitus is an annoying condition. It becomes more noticeable when a menopausal woman is trying to get some sleep. For one woman it could be a noticed as a whirring sound, while for others a buzzing one or even crackling, popping type sound.
Does Menopause Cause Ringing in the Ears?
Although the direct cause-and effect has yet to be established ringing in the ear is assumed to be menopause-related. Given that menopause and tinnitus usually occur at around the same age, it’s hard to tell if one causes or worsens the other, or whether they are both just one of the many things that happen as you get older.
However, one study found out that low levels of estrogen can impair hearing both in human and animal studies. It’s believed that this is possible through alterations in blood flow to the Cochlea which is the hollow tube in the inner ear. Therefore, menopause can possibly cause ringing in the ears because it’s a period when the estrogen levels of women are decreasing.
There are also estrogen receptors in ear cells and auditory pathways. As estrogen underpins the signalling from the ears to the brain its dropping level may cause the mixed-up sounds that are being communicated, resulting in unwanted, inner ear noise.
Ringing in the ears may be temporary for some women. Over time, it can disappear completely or be reduced to a tolerable level as the body adjusts to the hormonal changes. Each month can be different.
What Can Women Do to Protect Their Hearing?
Maintain a healthy diet. As you get older, what you eat influences the way you hear. Women who eat healthier diets have lower rates of hearing loss than those with a less-healthy diet. Make sure your daily serving includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes, fish and lean meats.
In addition to having a healthy diet, Menopause tea is another healthy and natural alternative you can try. Examples of these tea blends are Black Cohosh, Red Clover and Ginkgo Biloba. They can lessen menopausal symptoms like ringing in the ears and improve a woman’s quality of life. For the best menopause relief, try The T Lady’s Menopause Tea. It’s a certified organic caffeine-free natural tea for women in Australia and worldwide.
Exercise regularly. Regular physical exercise not only aids in hormone balance, it also increases the blood flow to the ear which is important to the health of the tiny hair cells in the inner ear. These cells translate the sound your ears collect into electrical impulses that the brain translates. Such hair cells don’t regenerate so when they get damaged or die, your hearing is impacted.
Determine your triggers. Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol are just some of the factors that can trigger or worsen Tinnitus. It’s important that you know what triggers it so you can avoid it.
Avoid loud background noises. They can move the fluid in the inner ear and damage the hair cells. Instead, consider soothing white noises to help you cope with the ringing in your ears.
Tinnitus is common among women who are nearing or who are in their menopausal stages. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s only a menopausal symptom. If you’re dealing with ringing in your ears, it’s still best to consult a doctor and get your hearing checked.
Let’s uncover and showcase manopause, the male menopause, with Elissa Scott, founder of The T Lady – Menopause Tea.
As we know, perimenopause, menopause and post menopause affect women all over the world during their lifetime, but guess what, men need special care in mid-life too! I’m not just referring to having to live and deal with us menopausal women. Men’s bodies undergo the change stage too in mid to later life! Some people call it “mid-life crisis” but it’s more commonly these days documented and known as manopause!
SO WHAT IS MANOPAUSE?
Manopause affects men; it can be best described as the progressive reduction of the male hormone testosterone resulting in symptoms that can affect their quality of life in many ways, including lower sex drive, during the ages 40 to 70 years old.
I can hear some women cheering at this as they feel it’s only fair that their partners go through the change too whilst they face a reduction in their own sex drive and are having to deal with vaginal dryness amongst many other symptoms; all part of the wonderful menopause journey.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MANOPAUSE OR MALE MENOPAUSE?
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP MEN?
Making an appointment with your doctor is a good way to start. A quick blood test will reveal testosterone levels, and depending on the outcome of your levels you can be prescribed the best testosterone replacement, often as a gel, patch or injections.
There are natural ways to alleviate symptoms
Implement natural improvements into your daily life with the following:
WHAT CAN HELP ALLEVIATE SYMPTOMS SUCH AS HOT FLUSHES?
Elissa Scott created The T Lady – Menopause Tea, or the Hot Flush Tea (which consists of 5 top recommended herbs for Menopause) back in 2016 with her Innovation Patent. Elissa wanted to offer a natural alternative for women in a chemically driven world, and to support Ovarian Cancer research at the same time.
The T Lady’s – Menopause Relief Tea is a true community affair, starting with her local tea makers to the independent tea packers. The tea packers have been given chances of employment; having suffered with long term mental health issues, homelessness or domestic violence and now the disabled in wheelchairs are joining the family and packing the tea!
So while Elissa has been busy selling her Menopause Tea – (a certified organic caffeine free herbal tea to women worldwide), she also came across concerned MEN from all age groups. These men would tell her Elissa that they knew nothing about Menopause and what it was!
When asked about manopause they replied they didn’t know that the male menopause even existed? Isn’t it a mid life crisis I’m going through?
Elissa realised then men didn’t have the emotional tools or education on how to deal, cope and assist their partners with their mood swings and 40 other menopause symptoms! They were confused, felt hopeless and wanted to support but didn’t know how!
So there is light at the end of the tunnel couples….Elissa is thrilled to hear and see a turnaround not only with women drinking the tea but wives are serving their cranky husbands a cuppa of Menopause Tea, opening up the discussions of menopause, telling them about manopause and working together to get a good night’s sleep!
“Be prepared to be amazed! Most people experience fantastic results with my tea” – Elissa
Here is Gary’s testimonial, his friend Peter bought him some tea to alleviate the hot flushes and sleepless nights whilst going through Prostrate Cancer. (click on link at top of page to be taken to the testimonial).
Is Manopause, The Male Menopause, A Myth?
Firstly a little about Elissa:
Hi my name is Elissa and I will turn 54 in April.