According to the Mayo Clinic, tinnitus affects one in five people. Tinnitus causes you to hear cricket, ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing or roaring sounds. Tinnitus—referred to as a phantom sound—can only be heard by the sufferer; tinnitus can also change intensity and pitch at any given time. There is no cure for cricket sounds in your ears. However, tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying issue; treating the cause of your tinnitus can relieve the cricket noise and help restore your feeling of well being.
Stop the Crickets
Make an appointment to see your doctor. According to the Mayo Clinic, to treat tinnitus, your doctor must first identify an underlying condition associated with your tinnitus. Tinnitus noise associated with health conditions can be greatly reduced by treating the existing health condition. Some serious medical conditions associated with tinnitus include, brain tumors, blood vessel disorders, high blood pressure, narrowing arteries and heart disease.
Have a complete hearing evaluation. The most common causes of cricket noise in the ears are, hearing loss, earwax build-up and changes in ear bones. A comprehensive hearing test—preformed by a qualified hearing specialist—checks for all three conditions. Having excessive earwax removed can relive tinnitus noise. If you have a hearing loss, wearing hearing aids helps to mask tinnitus noise so you don't hear the crickets while wearing your hearing aids.
Discuss changing prescription medications with your doctor. According to the Mayo Clinic, a number of medications cause or worsen tinnitus. Antibiotics, cancer medications, diuretics, aspirin and antidepressants are associated with tinnitus. According to Daniel K. Hall-Flavin M.D., switching to another medication may alleviate tinnitus.
Reduce your exposure to possible irritants. Stress, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and loud noise can all irritate your tinnitus. Mayo Clinic recommends relaxation therapy, exercise, and wearing hearing protection to help cope with tinnitus and keep the cricket noises to a minimum.
Sleeping with music or television on helps to mask tinnitus noise so you can sleep better.
Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent tinnitus; wear ear protection any time you're going to be exposed to loud sound.