With chronic tinnitus, it’s not the ringing in your ears that’s the actual problem. It’s the constant non-stop ringing, that’s the real issue.
The continuous noise, perhaps rather moderate in volume, might begin as little more than an annoyance. But after a day or a week or a month, that buzzing or ringing can become irritating, frustrating, even incapacitating.
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 difficulty 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 Exacerbated
Chronic tinnitus, in fact, is frequently not a static problem. Symptoms manifest themselves in spikes and valleys. There are times when your tinnitus is minor and practically lost in the background. At other times the noises will be screeching in your ears so loudly it’s impossible to dismiss.
That can leave you in a very scary place of anxiety. Maybe you even experience panic attacks while driving to work because you’re worried about your tinnitus flaring up during a meeting. That panic attack, in and of itself, can cause the very situation you’re worried about.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
You will be in a better position to plan for and control tinnitus the more you understand about it. And, because there’s no known cure for tinnitus, management of symptoms is vital. With the right management, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus has to negatively affect your quality of life.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is One Option
Many treatments for tinnitus include some kind of tinnitus retraining therapy (or TRT). The analogy that gets used most often is the sound of rain on your roof: it’s very loud and obvious when it first starts but by the end of the storm you stop paying attention to it and recedes into the background. It’s the same basic strategy with TRT, training your brain to move that ringing into the background of your attention where it’s easier to disregard.
Mastering this method can take some practice.
Distract Your Brain
One reason tinnitus can be so infuriating is because your brain is continuously searching for the source of that noise, trying to alert you to its presence. So giving your brain a variety of different sounds to focus on can be very helpful. You could:
- Take a book to the park and listen to the birds while you read.
- Read a book while taking a bubble bath.
- Play music while you paint a picture.
You get the gist: Your tinnitus may be able to be decreased by engaging your brain.
Alternately, many people have discovered that meditation helps because it focuses your attention on something else, your breathing, a mantra, and so on. Some individuals have discovered that meditation lowers their blood pressure, which can also help with tinnitus.
Consider a Hearing Aid For Tinnitus Management
Hearing aids that help decrease tinnitus symptoms are already being developed by several hearing aid companies. This option is really convenient because they are small and out of your way compared to other approaches. You can relax and let a discreet hearing aid take care of the ringing for you.
Make a Plan (And Follow-Through)
The effect of some tinnitus episodes can be lessened, and your stress response can be controlled if you have a good plan for any spikes in your symptoms. Plan on having a “go bag” full of stuff you may need. Anything that can help you be equipped for a tinnitus spike, even generating a list of helpful exercises will be good because it will keep you from panicking!
Management is Key
Chronic tinnitus is a condition that has no known cure. But control and treatment of tinnitus is a very real potential. Make sure you are dealing with your tinnitus not suffering from it by utilizing these tips and any others that you find helpful.