The real 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 buzzing or ringing can become aggravating, frustrating, even incapacitating.
That’s why it’s vital to have some tips to fall back on, tips that make living with tinnitus less difficult. 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 Exacerbated
It’s important to remember that tinnitus is often not static. Symptoms present themselves in spikes and valleys. At times, your tinnitus may be an afterthought, hidden in the background of daily life. At other times the noises will be screeching in your ears so loudly it’s impossible to dismiss.
This can be a really uncertain and scary situation. Perhaps you even get panic attacks while driving to work because you’re concerned about your tinnitus flaring up while you’re in a meeting. That panic attack, in and of itself, can trigger the very situation you’re worried about.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
You will be in a better position to prepare for and control 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 needs to suffer if you put in place the proper treatment.
Consider Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a standard strategy for tinnitus management. The sound of rain on a roof is a common analogy: very obvious 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. TRT uses the same principle to teach your brain to push the tinnitus symptoms into the background of your thoughts so you will have an easier time tuning it out.
Mastering this technique can take a bit of practice.
Get Your Brain Distracted
Your brain is continuously looking for the source of the noise and that’s one of the reasons why tinnitus can be so aggravating. So supplying your brain with more (and varied) stimulation to focus on can help. Try these:
- Take a book to the park and listen to the birds while reading.
- Enjoy a book while taking a bubble bath.
- Do some drawing or painting while listening to music.
You get the point: engaging your brain can help you manage your tinnitus.
Alternately, many individuals have discovered that meditation helps because it concentrates your attention on something else, your breath, a mantra, and etc. Some people have found that meditation decreases their blood pressure, which can also be helpful with tinnitus.
Think about a Hearing Aid For Tinnitus Management
Hearing aids that help decrease tinnitus symptoms are already being manufactured by numerous hearing aid companies. Hearing aids are an ideal option 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. The ringing will be handled 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 minimized, and your stress reaction can be managed if you have a practical plan for any spikes in your symptoms. Pack a bag of practical items to take with you. Anything that will help you be more ready and keep you from having a panic attack, like making a list of practical exercises, will go a long way toward management.
The Key is Management
There is no cure for tinnitus which is usually chronic. But that doesn’t mean that individuals can’t manage and treat their tinnitus. Make sure you are dealing with your tinnitus not suffering from it by utilizing these tips and any others that you find helpful.