The real issue with chronic tinnitus is not just that you have a ringing in your ears. It’s the continual never ending ringing, that’s the real problem.
The continuous noise, possibly somewhat modest in volume, may start as little more than a nuisance. But the ringing can become frustrating and even debilitating if it goes on for days or months or more.
That’s why it’s critical that if you are coping with tinnitus you follow some tips to make life easier. When you’re lying in bed, having trouble falling asleep because you keep hearing buzzing from your left ear, having a plan is going to do you a world of good.
Your Tinnitus Can be Made Worse
Chronic tinnitus, in fact, is often not a static condition. There are increases and decreases in the manifestation of symptoms. At times, your tinnitus may be an afterthought, lost in the background of daily life. At other times the noises will be screeching in your ears so loudly it’s impossible to disregard.
That can leave you in a pretty frightening place of anxiety. Perhaps you even get panic attacks while driving to work because you’re worried about your tinnitus flaring up during a meeting. And the very panic attack caused by this worry can itself cause the tinnitus.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
The more you understand about tinnitus, the better you can plan for and control the effects. And management is crucial since tinnitus doesn’t have a known cure. With the proper treatment, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus has to negatively affect your quality of life.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is One Option
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a common approach to 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. It’s the same basic idea with TRT, teaching your brain to move that ringing into the background of your thoughts where it’s easier to ignore.
It can take training to master this method.
Distract Your Brain
Your brain is constantly searching for the source of the sound and that’s one of the reasons why tinnitus can be so frustrating. So giving your brain more (and varied) stimulation to concentrate on can help. You could:
- Enjoy some time outdoors listening to the sounds of nature.
- Play music while you paint a picture.
- Enjoy a book while soaking in a bubble bath.
You get the gist: engaging your brain can help you control your tinnitus.
Alternately, many people have found that meditation helps because it concentrates your attention on something else, your breath, a mantra, and so on. Another benefit of meditation, at least for some, is that it can lower blood pressure which is a known cause of tinnitus symptoms.
Manage Tinnitus With a Hearing Aid
Hearing aids that help reduce tinnitus symptoms are already being manufactured by a number of hearing aid companies. This solution is really convenient because they are small and out of your way compared to other strategies. The ringing will be handled by the hearing aid and you can relax and enjoy your life.
Make a Plan (And Stick to it)
Making a plan for unexpected surges can help you control your stress-out response, and that can help you minimize certain tinnitus episodes (or at least keep from exacerbating them). Pack a bag of useful items to take with you. Anything that will help you be more prepared and keep you from panicking, like making a list of practical exercises, will go a long way toward management.
Management is Key
Chronic tinnitus is a condition that has no known cure. But that doesn’t mean that people cannot 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.