Tinnitus, a constant ringing or buzzing in the ears, has no known cure. It very rarely goes away on its own. However, there are quite a few things that can be done to settle tinnitus. If you don’t find relief with the first one, keep trying. You can usually find one that works for you, but it might take a few attempts. Use the tips you are about to learn to minimize the effect that tinnitus has on your life.
Any doctor who says he or she can’t assist you by treating your tinnitus should no longer be your doctor! Some physicians are not familiar with tinnitus so they cannot treat it properly, so it is important you go see someone who is well-trained with the condition.
Meditation, yoga and other relaxation techniques can help reduce tinnitus symptoms. Many times tinnitus is made worse because people are stressed out or on edge. When you are doing meditation or yoga, you are relaxing your whole body, thus reducing the chances that your tinnitus will flare up.
It probably won’t help, but it can’t hurt to have your ears cleaned by a doctor if you are experiencing tinnitus symptoms. Wax can increase the severity of tinnitus symptoms, and in some cases, cotton swabs can hit the eardrum and cause temporary tinnitus symptoms.
Try to stay busy to avoid tinnitus. It will be easier to fall asleep when you are tired after a day of accomplishing things. Exercise can be an effective remedy to lessen the symptoms, and help make your day easier.
Some evidence shows that tinnitus is an inflammatory condition. So, sufferers may find some relief from adopting a diet based on foods that reduce internal body inflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet would be based around foods such as fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 rich foods like flax seed oil and salmon.
If you have had tinnitus before, you should let any new doctor know this. There are hundreds of prescription and OTC medications that are known to make tinnitus symptoms worse. By informing your doctor of your condition, you are alerting them to the necessity to consider your tinnitus when prescribing any medications.
Don’t listen to music or other sounds at high volume. While this might seem fun, listening to things at high volumes may cause you to suffer hearing losses, and may also cause tinnitus to get worse. Make sure you bring some earplugs along when you assume there is going to be loud noises, and be sure you have all listening devices set at an acceptable level.
Find activities you enjoy to keep yourself busy. Not thinking about your condition is good for you. It’s up to you to take control of your life back! Do what you enjoy, have fun, and stay busy enough not to worry about your tinnitus and its effects.
Find other tinnitus sufferers either locally or online. If you have a network of supportive family and friends, it can reduce your stress and the anxiety that you have about your condition. Tinnitus sufferers are all in this together, so it’s important that you trade advice for improving quality of life with other sufferers.
Try to stay away from loud sounds when you have tinnitus. Make sure to carry earplugs with you so you can shield your ears from loud noises that are beyond your control. If you do not have your earplugs with you, you can always use your fingers in an emergency. Your fingers work well in a pinch to shield your ears if you encounter a loud noise.
Consuming stimulants or even performing vigorous activities can cause tinnitus symptoms to appear, so it may be in your best interest to cut back some on stimulants in order to relieve the symptoms of the condition. Coffee and tea are big culprits for many people, due to the amount of caffeine they contain. Tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, etc) is also another trigger. Even heavy exercise can stimulate your body and cause ringing. You should cut back on any stimulants.
As we have said before, tinnitus has been thought of as something that one has to deal with. However, by keeping an open mind and learning new things, tinnitus can be managed. Use the advice above to live a more peaceful life, your tinnitus can be managed.