With chronic tinnitus, it isn’t the ringing in your ears that’s the actual issue. The real issue is that the ringing doesn’t stop.
The continuous noise, perhaps somewhat modest in volume, might start as little more than an annoyance. But the ringing can become aggravating and even debilitating if it persists for days or months or more.
That’s why it’s crucial that if you are living with tinnitus you follow some tips to make life easier. It can make a big difference if you have a plan when you’re lying in bed struggling to fall asleep because of the ringing or buzzing in your ear.
Your Tinnitus Can be Made Worse
Chronic tinnitus, in fact, is commonly not a static problem. There are increases and decreases in the manifestation of symptoms. At times, your tinnitus may be an afterthought, hidden 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 very scary place of uncertainty. You might be so concerned about your tinnitus flaring up while you’re in a meeting that you have a panic attack while driving to work. And the very panic attack caused by this worry can itself trigger the tinnitus.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
The more you understand about tinnitus, the better you can prepare for and control the effects. And management is the key since tinnitus has no known cure. With the correct management, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus needs to negatively affect your quality of life.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is One Option
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a standard approach to tinnitus management. The analogy that gets floated around frequently is the sound of rain on your rooftops: it’s very loud and noticeable when it first begins but by the end of the storm you stop focusing on it and recedes into the background. It’s the same basic idea with TRT, training your brain to move that ringing into the background of your attention where it’s easier to dismiss.
It can take practice to get this technique down.
Distract Your Brain
Your brain is continuously looking for the source of the noise and that’s one of the reasons why tinnitus can be so frustrating. So supplying your brain with a range of different sounds to concentrate on can be quite helpful. Try these:
- Take a book to the park and listen to the birds while reading.
- Play music while you paint a picture.
- Take a bubble bath while reading a book.
You get the gist: engaging your brain can help you control your tinnitus.
Meditation, as an alternate path, helps you concentrate your attention on a mantra, or your breathing which helps take your focus away from your tinnitus. Another benefit of meditation, at least for some, is that it can decrease blood pressure which is a common cause of tinnitus symptoms.
Consider a Hearing Aid For Tinnitus Management
Hearing aids that help decrease tinnitus symptoms are already being developed by a number of hearing aid companies. This option is really convenient because they are small and out of your way compared to other approaches. The ringing will be handled by the hearing aid and you can relax and enjoy your life.
Make a Plan (And Follow-Through)
The effect of some tinnitus episodes can be minimized, and your stress response can be managed if you have a good plan for any surges in your symptoms. Pack a bag of useful items to bring with you. Anything that can help you be prepared for a tinnitus surge, even making a list of helpful exercises will be beneficial because it will keep you from having a panic attack!
Management is Key
Chronic tinnitus is a condition that has no known cure. But that doesn’t mean that individuals cannot manage and treat their tinnitus. Make sure you are managing your tinnitus not suffering from it by utilizing these tips and any others that you find helpful.