Did you know that more than 50 million Americans are affected by tinnitus? Sometimes called “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus is the perception of sound when there is none actually present. Sufferers may experience ringing, buzzing, hissing or whooshing sounds in their ear.
If you experience tinnitus, you might find it difficult to deal with. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help minimize the symptoms. We’ve put together 5 tips for people with tinnitus to help do just that.
Helpful Strategies for People with Tinnitus
- Protect Your Hearing In Noisy Environments - We all know the importance of protecting our ears in noise environments to help prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). However, if you suffer from tinnitus, protecting your hearing in loud environments is even more important. Studies have shown the links between tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss, as well as the severity of the tinnitus symptoms in relation to the level of hearing loss. Using earplugs will not only help protect your hearing, it can help reduce the likelihood of your tinnitus symptoms worsening.
- Relaxation & Meditation - Stress can affect our body in many ways. What you may not realize, however, is that stress can actually trigger or worsen tinnitus symptoms. Taking some time to yourself to help clear your mind and relax will not only help to lower your stress levels, it can actually help to provide relief from your tinnitus symptoms too.
- Use A Tinnitus Masker - Sound masking can be an effective way to deal with symptoms of tinnitus. Background noise provides temporary relief by drowning out the tinnitus sounds. Some common tinnitus maskers include: white noise machines, sound machines, in-ear masking devices, fans, and certain types of hearing aids that include a masking feature.
- Distract Yourself - This is often easier said than done, particularly if you experience severe symptoms of tinnitus. However distraction is a good method for coping with tinnitus. Things you may want to try include a walk in nature outside. The sensory stimulation can help to distract you from the symptoms. Other things that you can try include: listening to music or playing a game on your phone. Get creative! The more senses you involve, the more likely you are to succeed in distracting yourself from your tinnitus.
- Book A Hearing Assessment - Many cases of tinnitus are caused by hearing loss. If you’ve persistently been experiencing symptoms of tinnitus, ask yourself when your last hearing assessment was? Your hearing care professional will be able to determine if you are experiencing a hearing loss, and provide treatment options to help. Approximately 80% of patients report relief and lessening of their tinnitus symptoms simply using prescription based digital hearing instruments.
Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are treatment options available. At Family Audiology, our hearing care professionals can diagnose and treat tinnitus offering you lasting relief from your tinnitus symptoms using various treatment options. Get started by booking a hearing assessment appointment today. Call us today on 607-323-4061 or book a consultation here.