The actual problem with chronic tinnitus is not only that you have a ringing in your ears. It’s the continuous non-stop ringing, that’s the real problem.
The continuous noise, possibly somewhat modest in volume, may begin as little more than an annoyance. But after a day or a week or a month, that ringing or buzzing can become aggravating, frustrating, even debilitating.
That’s why it’s essential to have some tips you can rely on, tips that make living with tinnitus simpler. When you’re lying in bed, having trouble falling asleep because you keep hearing buzzing from your right ear, having a plan is going to help you a lot.
Your Tinnitus Can be Made Worse
Chronic tinnitus, after all, is often not a static problem. Symptoms present themselves in spikes and valleys. At times, your tinnitus may be an afterthought, lost in the background of everyday life. In other moments, that ringing could be as difficult to dismiss as a full-blown, personalized symphony.
This can be a really uncertain and scary situation. Maybe you even experience panic attacks while driving to work because you’re worried about your tinnitus flaring up during a meeting. That panic attack, in and of itself, can lead to the very episode you’re concerned about.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
The more you understand about tinnitus, the better you can prepare for and control the effects. And, because there’s no known cure for tinnitus, management of symptoms is vital. With the appropriate management, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus has to negatively affect your quality of life.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is One Option
Many treatments for tinnitus include some form of tinnitus retraining therapy (or TRT). The analogy that gets used frequently is the sound of rain on your roof: it’s very loud and noticeable when it first starts but by the time the storm is ending you stop paying attention to it and recedes into the background. TRT uses the same concept to train your brain to push the tinnitus symptoms into the background of your thoughts so you will have an easier time tuning it out.
It can take training to master this method.
Get Your Brain Distracted
One reason tinnitus can be so frustrating is because your brain is constantly searching for the source of that noise, attempting to alert you to its presence. So giving your brain a variety of different sounds to concentrate on can be very helpful. Try these:
- Read a book while soaking in a bubble bath.
- Have music playing while painting a picture.
- Enjoy some time outside listening to the sounds of nature.
You get the idea: Your tinnitus may be able to be decreased by engaging your brain.
Alternately, many individuals have found that meditation helps because it concentrates your attention on something else, your breath, a mantra, and etc. Another advantage of meditation, at least for some people, is that it can lower blood pressure which is a common cause of tinnitus symptoms.
Think about a Hearing Aid For Tinnitus Management
Hearing aids that help minimize tinnitus symptoms are already being manufactured by a number of hearing aid companies. Hearing aids are a great solution because you put them in and can forget about them the entire day, you won’t need to carry around a white noise generator or constantly listen to an app. You can relax and let a discreet hearing aid manage the ringing for you.
Have a Plan (And Follow-Through)
Making a plan for unforeseen surges can help you handle your stress-out reaction, and that can help you reduce certain tinnitus episodes (or at least keep from exacerbating them). Pack a bag of practical items to bring with you. Anything that can help you be ready for a tinnitus surge, even making a list of helpful exercises will be good because it will keep you from panicking!
The Key is Management
There’s no cure for tinnitus which is usually chronic. But control and treatment of tinnitus is a very real possibility. These daily tips (and more similar to them) can help make sure you are living with tinnitus, and not suffering from tinnitus.