By The Tinnitus Clinic
Constant ringing in the ears is debilitating, but there are
some things you can to manage the symptons. This self-help guide has been
prepared by the expert audiologists at The
Tinnitus Clinic, London.
the symptoms of tinnitus
Does the ringing in your ears keep you awake at night? Does
the constant noise frustrate you throughout the day? If you are looking to
manage the symptoms of tinnitus yourself, either before or during your tinnitus
treatment programme, you may find that these suggestions bring you some degree
Learning to relax can
help relieve ringing in the ears
Living with tinnitus can be very stressful, and this constant
tension can, in fact, worsen the condition.
Therefore, learning to relax is an important first step in obtaining
relief from tinnitus symptoms. There are a
number of simple relaxation exercises that you can learn from books, CDs or classes
that will help you relax your body and your mind. Some people find that
aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, yoga, and tai chi have similar relaxing
benefits, as can simply resting in a relaxing environment, perhaps with special
aromas, dim lights, and soft music.
Avoiding silence can help to muffle tinnitus
In a quiet environment your
brain will try to hear any sound more clearly - including the sound of your
tinnitus. Increasing the amount of background noise in your home or workplace
can help distract you from listening out for this sound. The noise could
include pleasant, low-level sounds from a television, radio, fan or ticking
clock. You could also open a window and let in noise from outside.
Alternatively, you could use sound generators that play natural sounds or white
noise at a volume that is just below that of your tinnitus.
Wearing earplugs can make ringing in the ears sound worse
If you have tinnitus, you
should not wear earplugs that make it more difficult to hear, except when
exposed to very loud noises. They will not help your tinnitus: indeed, they
will probably make it seem louder when you are wearing them as they create the
sort of quiet environment we have recommended avoiding above.
Keeping active can reduce your focus on tinnitus
Keeping active and involved in
your interests and hobbies can enhance your quality of life, taking your focus
away from tinnitus. It may be that you want to try something new, rekindle an
old interest or help out with the running of a tinnitus support group.
Avoiding certain foods may reduce the symptoms of tinnitus
It is also important to
monitor your overall health and wellbeing. If you find that certain foods or
drinks, activities or situations aggravate your tinnitus, you could consider
cutting down on these or finding alternatives. This may mean making a few
adjustments, but will mean that tinnitus doesn’t stop you carrying on with life
in the way you want to.
For more information, download
the full Tinnitus Self-Help Guide from The Tinnitus Clinic website.
About The Tinnitus Clinic
Tinnitus Clinic is a new adult audiology rehabilitation clinic and provider
of evidence-based treatments
for chronic tonal tinnitus, including a new treatment called Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation.
This treatment is uniquely provided in the UK by The
Tinnitus Clinic. Clinical evidence shows 7 out of 10 patients have a
progressive and sustainable reduction of their tinnitus when treated with
Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation.
The clinic also provides other treatments for tinnitus,
hyperacusis and specialist hearing aid fittings.