Many people are occasionally plagued by tinnitus— a condition in which one hears a ringing type of sound in their ears. The constant noise of tinnitus can lead to irritability, insomnia and frustration. There are several techniques you can utilize to help minimize the symptoms you experience regarding nuisance tinnitus symptoms.
Turn on That Background Noise
Not surprisingly, when the only noise you are aware of is occurring in your head, chances are you will become overly conscious of it. Try using the white noise of a television, radio, fan, or anything else that can distract you from the noise in your head. The background sounds will help drown out your tinnitus so that you don’t notice it as much or don’t even notice it at all. This will also help you concentrate, relax, or sleep.
Unwind with Relaxation Techniques
For many (if not most) people, stress makes the tinnitus worse, while the tinnitus itself further exacerbates the stress. Consider researching and utilizing relaxation techniques— such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation. This can help calm you down and ease the effects of tinnitus on your mental health.
Stay Aware of Your Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Did you know that food allergies and sensitivities can cause symptoms that mimic tinnitus? So it’s definitely important that you stay cognizant of what you’re eating or drinking when your symptoms feel like they’re worse than usual. For example, caffeine is known to cause vertigo, ringing in the ears, and other tinnitus-like symptoms in some people.
Maintain Your Physical Health
Regular exercise can help reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. The better your overall physical health is, the lower your blood pressure will be, and the quieter the rushing sounds in your ears will be. Sweating also helps you rid the body of toxins, which can even further clog your ear canal.
When your tinnitus starts acting up, it’s time to distract yourself by getting up and finding something to do. Engage in an activity that lets your mind escape the sound, like washing the dishes or vacuuming the floors. Not only will these activities minimize the nuisance of tinnitus, but they’ll also leave your home sparkling clean!
Visit your medical care practitioner
When you initially are hit with a slew of tinnitus symptoms, it’s important that you consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. They may also run other tests to see if other health issues are present that could be causing tinnitus-like or -related symptoms.
It is important to be as involved as possible with your own treatment when you have tinnitus. Nobody knows your body like you do, so you need to be an active part of your healthcare team. Communicate your feelings, symptoms, and ideas openly and clearly to your doctor to give them all the information they need to help you the best they can.
Acupuncture is becoming a widely accepted source of treatment for many symptoms such as pain, nausea, and tinnitus. Although it’s a form of Eastern medicine that isn’t represented in modern Western medicine, it’s proven very effective for many tinnitus sufferers globally— so it’s definitely worth a try.
Find a Support Group
Look for a local or online support group with others who have tinnitus. No matter how much your friends and family try to be supportive, there is nothing to compare with someone who really understands what living with tinnitus is like because they have it, too. When you join a support group, you will find you can share tips and ideas with others who are living through the same experiences you are.