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Martin Smith

13th November 2015

Five ways To Help You Manage Tinnitus

 

5 Ways to to help manage the sound of Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be a particularly nasty condition for some people, it can be more than frustrating. It can actually be debilitating for many people. Tinnitus is a condition whereby people has been hear sounds in their head that are not produced by any external source. Normally these sounds are inaudible to others. However, there are very rare incidents of Tinnitus that are caused by sounds generated by the body that can actually be heard by others.

Not a Disease

Tinnitus is not a disease, it is in fact a symptom of some other underlying cause, the condition can be caused by many things, including hearing loss, ear infections, noise exposure, ear wax, stress, extreme weight change, and a variety of drugs. More often than not, hearing loss is most often the cause. Tinnitus presents as ringing, hissing, or buzzing in the ears or head.

No Cure

At this stage there is no known cure for the condition in most cases, however, it can be treated and there are many ways to manage it. Tinnitus management devices like maskers or dual hearing aids/maskers, sound therapy, and counselling can help someone to better manage the condition.

All types of Tinnitus management treatment is designed to train people to use different methods of coping strategies to help their brain ignore the sound. The brain has the ability to ignore sounds, it does so every day, the problem with tinnitus is that people tend to focus on it.

Here are five tips that may help you to manage your tinnitus:

Tuning out Tinnitus

Sound is a fantastic help for managing tinnitus. In the case of hearing loss, the normal levels of sound from hearing aids, environmental sounds, music, or noise generators can help to minimise the the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus.

Avoid The Triggers

Noise exposure is thought to be a leading trigger for tinnitus. Make sure that you use ear protection when around loud sounds. It is thought that some foods and drinks can make tinnitus worse, If there is a food or drink that you think makes your Tinnitus worse, such as coffee or wine, avoid it. 

Get a Tinnitus Assessment

Getting an assessment and counselling with an experienced Audiologist tinnitus can help determine the underlying cause of the tinnitus . They may also be able to minimise the negative impact it is having on your quality of life. The effects of tinnitus can often be reduced by using a combination of counselling and sound stimulation.

TTinnitus Management Device

There are a host of tinnitus management devices available, everything from wearable devices to devices that go on your bedside locker. If you have tinnitus and a hearing loss, many hearing aid manufacturers now produce combination devices that help you to hear better and manage your tinnitus. If Tinnitus is not accompanied by hearing loss, there are many ear worn sound generator devices available.

Relax

Tinnitus and stress form a vicious circle, Tinnitus can be stressful, however, the more stressed you become, the worse the  tinnitus gets. There are many things that you can do to help you relax, breathing techniques, mindfulness, read a book, go for a walk, anything that helps you relax. 

Tinnitus can have a huge impact on someone’s life, quite often, the worst effects are caused by uncertainty, not knowing what is the cause. Finding out that there is no malignant cause may be enough to change your view on your tinnitus. If this is not enough, counselling and sound therapy is the way forward.

While there is no cure for tinnitus, don't forget that there is effective treatment. If you have any queries or you would like your Tinnitus assessed, don't hesitate to call us

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