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What is the Best way to Manage Tinnitus?

a woman experiencing ear discomfort

Tinnitus can be a condition that may cause discomfort. It is a condition that many people experience and is one which leaves a constant ringing, buzzing or even a whirring noise in the ear. For some people, tinnitus can cause a considerable amount of irritability. You may lose sleep, and in some cases, it can cause depression. It is important to note that tinnitus is a condition that can be managed. This will help reduce the effects, making the condition much more bearable. 

If you experience tinnitus, then you should seek the assistance of a hearing instrument specialist who will be able to assess your condition and provide you with the right solutions for managing your tinnitus. The earlier you can do this, the better, as it will reduce the risk of further problems. 

It is important to know what may cause your tinnitus, and this will help to identify the ways that it can be reduced or managed. Some causes may be treatable, meaning you would see an improvement. 

What causes tinnitus?

There are several causes of tinnitus. These range from ear infections to high blood pressure. An ear infection could be treated with antibiotics, while high blood pressure may require more effort. This can be improved through a lifestyle change, including more exercise a better diet which avoids salt and fat. 

An allergy may also cause tinnitus. Common allergies to dust, animals and pollen can cause problems in your ear, nose and throat. Over time, this could also cause problems with your hearing. 

More permanent causes for tinnitus include injuries to the head or the neck, sensorineural hearing loss or jaw problems, Meniere’s disease as well as some oxytocic medications. 

How can you manage your tinnitus?

There are several ways that you can manage your tinnitus. Many of these things will be related to your lifestyle:

  • Learn to relax: If you’re thinking about your tinnitus too much, it can make it even more noticeable. Learn to relax, and you will find that you will think about it less and it will become easier to live with. Practice breathing exercises and meditation to help to calm yourself down. Find ways to unwind. 
  • Avoid silence: When there are no other sounds to be heard, you’ll notice the ringing in your ears a lot more. The quieter it is, the more prominent these will become. One way to help reduce the impact of the tinnitus is always to play ambient noise or background music. This will help you to stop focusing on your tinnitus. 
  • Protect your hearing: If you’re in a noisy place such as a concert or on a construction site, you should do everything that you can to protect your hearing. Try and make sure that you wear ear protectors rather than earplugs in these situations. 
  • Exercise and stay active: Physical activity can help you to keep your tinnitus at bay. Try and keep as fit as possible and take some time to engage in hobbies and interests that you love to do. This will help distract you from your tinnitus. 
  • Look after yourself: Looking after your general health is essential in managing your tinnitus. This means eating a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep every night. 

Get your hearing tested

If you are experiencing tinnitus, make an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist and have your hearing tested. This will help identify the cause of your tinnitus. You may be able to have your tinnitus treated in many cases. 

Your hearing instrument specialist may recommend that you wear a hearing aid. 

How do hearing aids help with tinnitus? 

By wearing a hearing aid, you’ll be able to manage the symptoms of tinnitus in an effective way. The hearing aid will amplify the sounds of the world around you. Often, these sounds will appear like background noise behind the regular buzzing sound that you usually experience. A hearing aid will help refocus the sounds that you hear. 

Make an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist today

If you’re plagued by a constant ringing in your ears, you need to get this addressed. While there are lifestyle changes that you can make to reduce the tinnitus, the most effective methods will come with the support of a hearing instrument specialist. 

Make an appointment at the earliest opportunity and do everything that you can to silence the ringing in your ears now. 

To learn more about the AA Hearing Aid Center Inc, or to book an appointment, get in touch today at 203-348-2271.