With chronic tinnitus, it isn’t the ringing in your ears that’s the real issue. The real problem is that the ringing doesn’t stop.
The continuous noise, perhaps somewhat modest in volume, might begin as little more than a nuisance. But after a day or a week or a month, that buzzing or ringing can become aggravating, frustrating, even debilitating.
That’s why it’s essential to have some tips to fall back on, tips that make living with tinnitus easier. When you’re lying in bed, having difficulty falling asleep because you keep hearing ringing from your left ear, having a plan is going to help you a lot.
Your Tinnitus Can be Made Worse
Chronic tinnitus, after all, is often not a static problem. There are increases and decreases in the presentation of symptoms. Sometimes, your tinnitus may be an afterthought, lost in the background of daily life. At other times the noises will be screaming in your ears so loudly it’s impossible to disregard.
That can leave you in a pretty frightening place of anxiety. 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. And the very panic attack brought on by this worry can itself trigger the tinnitus.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
You will be in a greater position to plan for and control tinnitus the more you know about it. And management is critical since tinnitus has no known cure. There’s no reason that your quality of life needs to suffer if you put in place the proper treatment.
Consider Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
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 noticeable 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. TRT uses the same principle to teach your brain to move the tinnitus symptoms into the background of your thoughts so you will have an easier time ignoring them.
Mastering this technique can take some practice.
Get Your Brain Distracted
Your brain is constantly looking for the source of the noise and that’s one of the reasons why tinnitus can be so aggravating. So giving your brain a range of different sounds to concentrate on can be very helpful. You could:
- Enjoy a book while soaking in a bubble bath.
- Do some drawing or painting while playing music.
- Enjoy some time outside listening to the sounds of nature.
You get the point: Your tinnitus might be able to be decreased by engaging your brain.
Meditation, as an alternate approach, helps you focus your attention on a mantra, or your breathing which helps take your attention away from your tinnitus. Some individuals have discovered that meditation reduces their blood pressure, which can also help with tinnitus.
Manage Tinnitus With a Hearing Aid
Hearing aids that help minimize tinnitus symptoms are already being manufactured by a number of hearing aid companies. Hearing aids are a great option because you put them in and can forget about them the whole day, you don’t need to carry around a white noise generator or constantly use an app. You can relax and let a discreet hearing aid manage the ringing for you.
Have a Plan (And Stick to it)
Having a plan for unforeseen surges can help you handle your stress-out reaction, and that can help you decrease certain tinnitus episodes (or at least keep from exacerbating them). Pack a bag of practical items to take with you. Anything that will help you be more prepared 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. These daily tips (and more similar to them) can help make certain you are living with tinnitus, and not suffering from tinnitus.