How to Cope with Tinnitus
Tinnitus can be a difficult condition to manage, especially if you happen to have a severe case. While some people may experience tinnitus every once in a while, some deal with this condition day in and day out. When a person is experiencing tinnitus, they are the only ones who are able to hear the sounds of buzzing, whistling, hissing, swooshing, clicking, and ringing in their ears. Unfortunately, despite the prevalence of tinnitus, there is currently no cure. However, there are ways to cope with tinnitus.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it can be enough to drive anyone insane, especially if you have a persistent case of tinnitus. However, there are ways to cope with tinnitus so you can get on with your life.
• While you might enjoy that morning cup of coffee, or morning cigarette, stimulates could be making your symptoms worse. On top of tobacco and coffee, soda, tea, and alcohol could also be the culprits. Watching your intake of stimulants is important since stimulates often have a negative effect on your nervous system. So if you want to manage your tinnitus symptoms better, reduce or avoid stimulants completely.
• Having noise on in the background can help drown out the noise in your head, so when you can, utilize background noise to help divert your attention away from your tinnitus symptoms. Sound machines, music, a television, or even a fan are ways to help create background noise. Just make sure your background noise is something you want to hear. Finding something that relaxes you and puts you into a better mindset can also have a positive effect and can help you cope with tinnitus.
• Not getting enough sleep every night can negatively affect anyone, but a lack of sleep could make your symptoms worse if you have tinnitus. There’s nothing worse than being exhausted all day due to a lack of sleep and then having to cope with your tinnitus symptoms on top of it. Using a sound machine to drown out the noise in your head can help you sleep, as well as sleeping with your head in an elevated position.
• Trying to stay relaxed and remaining stress-free can seem like an impossible task when you have sounds constantly ringing in your ears, or maybe it’s the stress that leads you to experience the sounds of tinnitus. It doesn’t matter the level of the severity of your condition. Lowering your stress levels can have a positive effect on the body and mind. Especially since stress can make your tinnitus symptoms worse. Relaxation techniques such as meditation or going for a walk through nature can help relieve the stress you are experiencing, and in turn, might help you cope with tinnitus.
• Avoiding situations that could damage your hearing is crucial when you are experiencing tinnitus. Of course, if a situation cannot be avoided, then it is imperative that you wear the proper ear protection to help preserve your hearing. Otherwise, further damaging your ears could make your tinnitus symptoms worse. Be sure to wear ear protection anytime you are exposed to loud noises and ensure that your technological devices’ volume levels are turned up to a reasonable volume.