You'd think with how long tinnitus has been around, people would have a better understanding of it.

According to Discover, it's a condition that has existed for centuries, with archaeologists finding evidence of its existence in ancient Egypt. In spite of this, we still don't have an actual cure for the condition. In spite of this, many people outside the medical community still don't fully understand how tinnitus even works.

That means there's a lot of misinformation floating around online about the condition — myths that, today, we're going to dispel.
Myth #1: Tinnitus is Untreatable
While it's true that there's currently no cure for tinnitus, that doesn't mean it can't be managed and mitigated. There are plenty of treatment options available such as white noise therapy, tinnitus sound therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and specialized tinnitus hearing aids. Your best bet is to visit an audiologist to discuss treatment options and figure out how, specifically, tinnitus has manifested for you.
Myth #2: Tinnitus Feels the Same
Like most chronic conditions, tinnitus doesn't always feel the same. Just as someone suffering from chronic pain will have good days and bad days, so too will people afflicted with tinnitus. Sometimes the ringing will get uncomfortably loud, sometimes it will be worse at night, and sometimes it will be relatively quiet and manageable. While you can't really control how your tinnitus feels on a day-to-day basis, avoiding high stress levels, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding excessive drinking can help mitigate your symptoms. 
Myth #3: Tinnitus is Linked to Brain Death
Tinnitus tends to be an extremely common side effect of damage to the brain and skull. One 2018 study by the American Tinnitus Association, for instance, found that roughly 76 percent of veterans who'd suffered from a traumatic brain injury developed tinnitus. This has, in many cases, led to the mistaken perception that tinnitus means your brain is dying.

It's important to understand that while tinnitus may be an indicator of severe head trauma, this isn't always what causes it to develop, and it's very rarely linked to actual brain death.

Myth #4: Aromatherapy Treats Tinnitus
One pseudoscientific claim about tinnitus that seems to have gained undue popularity is the notion that aromatherapy helps reduce tinnitus. Proponents of this claim may even suggest that VapoRub, used to treat the flu, can alleviate symptoms. There is no scientific evidence to back this falsehood, nor does the drug's manufacturer make that claim.
Myth #5: Tinnitus Is Always a Sign of Hearing Loss
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, approximately 90 percent of people dealing with hearing impairment or hearing loss also experience some level of tinnitus. This does not, however, mean that tinnitus and hearing loss are inextricably linked. As we've already mentioned previously, tinnitus can also develop as a result of a traumatic brain injury. 

Whiplash is also another common cause.

Myth #6: Tinnitus Is Only a Physical Condition
This is, in our opinion, one of the most problematic myths about tinnitus. The common belief seems to be that because tinnitus is a physical condition, it only impacts your body. If you believe this as well, there's something we'd like you to try.

Find some sort of noisemaker that can emit a constant, high-pitched ringing sound. Turn it on, and carry it with you everywhere, day in and day out. See how long it takes for you to break down.
Tinnitus, like many conditions affecting the ears, can lead to both anxiety and depression.
Myth #7: A Healthy Diet Will Cure Tinnitus
Eating healthy will improve your quality of life. It will help you stave off certain conditions like heart disease. It will not, however, cure tinnitus.

And while a poor diet may worsen your tinnitus symptoms, no scientific evidence exists to suggest that a healthy diet will have the opposite effect.
Myth #8: Tinnitus is Permanent
Believe it or not, tinnitus actually goes away most of the time. According to a study by the Northern Brain Injury Association, only around 25 percent of tinnitus cases are permanent. Otherwise, it tends to go away on its own, even without treatment.
There is Hope for Tinnitus Sufferers
Although there isn't a cure for tinnitus, it doesn't have to be life-changing or debilitating. Even in cases where your illness is permanent, treatments exist. Your best bet is to reach out to a doctor or a professional audiologist to learn the next steps.