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The real issue with chronic tinnitus isn’t just that you have a ringing in your ears. It’s the constant non-stop ringing, that’s the real problem.

Initially, this may be a mild noise that’s not much more than a bit annoying. But the ringing can become aggravating and even incapacitating if it persists for days or months or more.

That’s why it’s crucial to have some tips to fall back on, tips that make living with tinnitus less difficult. It can make a huge difference if you have a plan when you’re lying in bed unable to fall asleep because of the ringing or buzzing in your ear.

How You Can Worsen Your Tinnitus

It’s important to remember that tinnitus is frequently not static. There are spikes and valleys in the manifestation of symptoms. At times, your tinnitus might be an afterthought, hidden in the background of daily life. At other times the noises will be screaming in your ears so loudly it’s impossible to disregard.

This can be a really uncertain and scary situation. You may be so worried about your tinnitus flaring up during a meeting that you get a panic attack while you’re driving to work. That panic attack, in and of itself, can cause the very episode you’re worried about.

Tips For Coping With Tinnitus

The more you understand about tinnitus, the better you can prepare for and manage the effects. And management is the real key since tinnitus doesn’t have a known cure. With the proper treatment, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus needs to negatively impact your quality of life.

Consider Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a standard strategy for tinnitus management. The analogy that gets floated around frequently is the sound of rain on your rooftops: very apparent at the beginning of a storm, but you stop paying attention to it after a while and that rain-on-rooftops sound fades 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 ignore.

Perfecting this technique can take some practice.

Distract Your Brain

One of the reasons that tinnitus can be so infuriating is because your brain is constantly searching for the source of that sound, trying to signal you to its presence. So supplying your brain with a variety of different sounds to focus on can be quite helpful. Try these:

  • Take a bubble bath and read a book.
  • Bring a book to the park and listen to the birds while you read.
  • Play music while you paint a picture.

You get the idea: engaging your brain can help you control your tinnitus.

Alternately, many people have discovered that meditation helps because it focuses your attention on something else, your breathing, a mantra, and etc. Another advantage of meditation, at least for some people, is that it can lower blood pressure which is a common cause of tinnitus symptoms.

Consider a Hearing Aid For Tinnitus Management

Many hearing aid companies have manufactured hearing aids that help reduce the ringing in your ear. This solution is very convenient because they are small and out of your way compared to other approaches. The ringing will be managed by the hearing aid and you can relax and enjoy your life.

Have a Plan (And Follow-Through)

Making a plan for unforeseen spikes can help you handle your stress-out response, and that can help you reduce certain tinnitus episodes (or at least keep from exacerbating them). Think about having a “go bag” containing stuff you may need. Anything that will help you be more prepared and keep you from panicking, like making a list of helpful exercises, will go a long way toward management.

Management is Key

Chronic tinnitus is a condition that has no known cure. But management and treatment of tinnitus is a very real potential. These everyday tips (and more similar to them) can help make sure you are living with tinnitus, and not suffering from tinnitus.

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References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3303565/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5050200/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17956798/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4447068/
https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1008664

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