Tips for Living with Tinnitus
It seems that in life, it is almost impossible to avoid contact with loud noises. We’ve all experienced noisy work environments, loud lawn care and maintenance, as well as noisy public events like concerts. Without the proper hearing protection, some individuals begin to feel as though they are hearing constant, ringing noises, even when in a silent room.
This condition is known as tinnitus, where one perceives a sound being present when there is no noise. This condition is also referred to as “ringing in the ears” and includes high pitched ringing, clicking, buzzing, hissing, whistling and even swooshing sounds. This condition is not uncommon, and nearly 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus according the American Tinnitus Association.
While is there no cure for tinnitus, it does not mean a person experiencing tinnitus is powerless. There are many tinnitus therapies and treatments that help reduce the discomfort experienced by this unwanted noisy intruder. Treatments address the cognitive, attentional and emotional impacts tinnitus causes. The following are four treatments and therapies that potentially may offer relief.
- General wellness
A healthy diet of whole foods, like lean protein sources, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats can have extremely beneficial effects on the body. If you’re feeling stressed due to your tinnitus symptoms, try physical activity, which has been known to reduce stress levels.
- Check medications
According to the AARP, more than 590 drugs can trigger tinnitus. These include over the counter painkillers and basic antibiotics. Often, drug combinations can mix and cause a ringing in the ear. Before taking any new medications, consult a hearing healthcare professional.
- Sound therapies
Sound therapy is the use of external noise to alter a person’s perception or reaction to tinnitus. There are many forms of tinnitus management that include masking the ringing caused by tinnitus, distraction from the sounds of tinnitus with the use of an external sounds.
- Behavioral therapies
Some patients who experience tinnitus, also experience anxiety and depression caused by the burdensome ringing in their ears. Behavioral therapies can help and are delivered in a one-on-one or group setting to teach patients the skill sets needed to reduce their internal attention to tinnitus.
If you suffer from tinnitus, a hearing healthcare professional can help determine whether you’re experiencing hearing loss. Visit our website today to schedule an appoint near you. We want our readers to know that there is relief for your tinnitus, and our products will help ensure everyone lives a long life of healthy, tinnitus free hearing.