With chronic tinnitus, it isn’t the ringing in your ears that’s the real problem. It’s the constant never ending ringing, that’s the real issue.
Initially, this might be a mild noise that’s not much more than a bit irritating. 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 that if you are living with tinnitus you follow some tips to make life easier. It can make a huge difference if you have a plan when you’re lying in bed struggling to fall asleep because of the buzzing or ringing in your ear.
Your Tinnitus Can be Made Worse
Chronic tinnitus, after all, is frequently not a static problem. There are increases and decreases in the presentation of symptoms. Sometimes, your tinnitus may be an afterthought, hidden in the background of everyday life. At other times the noises will be screeching in your ears so loudly it’s impossible to ignore.
That can leave you in a rather frightening place of uncertainty. Maybe you even get panic attacks while driving to work because you’re worried about your tinnitus flaring up while you’re in a meeting. That panic attack, in and of itself, can cause the very episode you’re concerned about.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
You will be in a greater position to plan for and manage tinnitus the more you know about it. And, because there’s no known cure for tinnitus, control of symptoms is essential. There’s no reason that your quality of life has to suffer if you establish the proper treatment.
Consider Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Many treatments for tinnitus involve some form of tinnitus retraining therapy (or TRT). The sound of rain on a roof is a common analogy: very noticeable at the start of a storm, but you stop focusing on it after a while and that rain-on-rooftops sound goes into the background. It’s the same basic concept with TRT, training your brain to move that ringing into the background of your attention where it’s easier to disregard.
Mastering this strategy can take some practice.
Distract Your Brain
One reason tinnitus can be so frustrating is because your brain is constantly searching for the source of that sound, attempting to signal you to its presence. So supplying your brain with a variety of different sounds to concentrate on can be very helpful. You could:
- Enjoy some time outside listening to the sounds of nature.
- Do some drawing or painting while playing music.
- Read a book while taking a bubble bath.
You get the gist: Your tinnitus might be able to be decreased by engaging your brain.
Alternately, many people have discovered that meditation helps because it concentrates your attention on something else, your breath, a mantra, and etc. Some individuals have discovered that meditation lowers their blood pressure, which can also help with tinnitus.
Consider a Hearing Aid For Tinnitus Management
Numerous hearing aid companies have developed hearing aids that help reduce the ringing in your ear. This solution is really convenient because they are small and out of your way compared to other strategies. You can relax and let a discreet hearing aid deal with the ringing for you.
Make a Plan (And Follow-Through)
Having a plan for unexpected surges can help you handle your stress-out reaction, and that can help you minimize certain tinnitus episodes (or at least keep from exacerbating them). Plan on having a “go bag” containing things you may need. Anything that can help you be equipped for a tinnitus spike, even creating a list of useful exercises will be good because it will keep you from panicking!
The Key is Management
There’s no cure for tinnitus which is often chronic. But that doesn’t mean that people cannot manage and treat their tinnitus. These daily tips (and more similar to them) can help make sure you are living with tinnitus, and not suffering from tinnitus.