The actual issue with chronic tinnitus isn’t just that you have a ringing in your ears. The real issue is that the ringing won’t stop.
At first, this might be a moderate noise that’s not much more than a little 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 coping with tinnitus you adhere to some tips to make life easier. When you’re lying in bed, having difficulty falling asleep because you keep hearing ringing from your right ear, having a plan is going to do you a world of good.
How You Can Exacerbate Your Tinnitus
It’s important to keep in mind that tinnitus is often not static. There are spikes and valleys in the manifestation of symptoms. There are times when your tinnitus is minor and practically lost in the background. At other times, that ringing could be as difficult to dismiss as a full-blown, personalized symphony.
That can leave you in a pretty frightening place of anxiety. You may be so worried about your tinnitus flaring up during a meeting that you get a panic attack while driving to work. And the very panic attack caused by this worry can itself trigger the tinnitus.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
You will be in a greater position to prepare for and manage tinnitus the more you know about it. And, because there’s no known cure for tinnitus, control of symptoms is essential. With the right management, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus needs to negatively affect your quality of life.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is One Approach
Several treatment options for tinnitus involve some form of tinnitus retraining therapy (or TRT). The analogy that gets floated around most often is the sound of rain on your rooftops: very apparent at the beginning of a storm, but you stop paying attention to 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 thoughts where it’s easier to disregard.
It can take practice to master this method.
Get Your Brain Distracted
One reason tinnitus can be so frustrating is because your brain is continuously looking for the source of that noise, attempting to alert you to its presence. So supplying your brain with more (and varied) stimulation to concentrate on can help. Try these:
- Bring a book to the park and listen to the birds while you read.
- Do some drawing or painting while listening to music.
- Enjoy a book while soaking in a bubble bath.
You get the gist: Your tinnitus may be able to be decreased by engaging your brain.
Alternately, many people have found that meditation helps because it focuses your attention on something else, your breathing, a mantra, and etc. Some people have discovered that meditation decreases their blood pressure, which can also help with tinnitus.
Consider a Hearing Aid For Tinnitus Management
Hearing aids that help reduce tinnitus symptoms are already being developed by a number of hearing aid companies. This solution is very convenient because they are small and out of your way compared to other approaches. The ringing will be managed by the hearing aid and you can relax and enjoy your life.
Make a Plan (And Stick to it)
The effect of some tinnitus episodes can be decreased, and your stress response can be controlled if you have a practical plan for any spikes in your symptoms. Pack a bag of practical items to bring with you. Anything that will help you be more ready and keep you from having a panic attack, like making a list of helpful exercises, will go a long way toward management.
The Key is Management
There’s no cure for tinnitus which is usually chronic. But that doesn’t mean that people can’t regulate and treat their tinnitus. These everyday tips (and more similar to them) can help make certain you are living with tinnitus, and not suffering from tinnitus.
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