Tips for Managing Tinnitus

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Tinnitus can be a frustrating problem to deal with. There are many different symptoms that can be experienced when you have tinnitus, but there are also ways of managing the problem and living it as well as you possibly can, even if that’s something that’s not always easy to do.

We’re going to talk today about some of the most important tips that you can make use of when it comes to managing your tinnitus symptoms. A little effort to manage your symptoms better will go a long way and hopefully improve your quality of life, so read on now to find out more.

Get to know what improves your tinnitus and what makes it worse

First, you should try to understand your triggers. People find that certain things and situations tend to make their tinnitus and the subsequent symptoms worse. When you know those triggers, you can work to avoid them. It’s also a good idea to explore the things that make your tinnitus better because these things will certainly vary from person to person and it’s important to keep that in mind. We’re going to talk about some of the things that might help most further down in this guide.

Use a hearing aid

Tinnitus is a condition that’s closely linked to hearing loss. So, if you have hearing loss, it’s important to get it tested so that you can fully understand what you’re experiencing. From there, you can get the treatment that you need, and for many people, that will come in the form of a hearing aid. Many people find that the symptoms of tinnitus are reduced with the help of a hearing aid, especially in cases of moderate or severe tinnitus.

Try using masking sounds

Some people find that masking the sounds that occur in the inner ear and that you hear as a symptom of your tinnitus helps to distract from those sounds. Masking sounds can be used in various ways. For example, many people use white noise machines to help them relax and get to sleep at night. The ringing in the ear that characterizes tinnitus is often most distracting at quiet moments such as when trying to sleep, so white noises can be very helpful at those times.

Use hearing protection

Hearing protection is important because as we’ve already mentioned, tinnitus is closely tied to hearing loss. If you allow your hearing to be damaged further by not protecting your hearing properly, you’ll find that those tinnitus symptoms only gradually get worse over time and that’s obviously not what you want to be dealing with. So, when you’re in a situation where there are loud noises, you should take relevant steps to protect your hearing.

Get more exercise

It’s believed that getting more exercise can also help to reduce your tinnitus symptoms and it makes managing those symptoms a little easier. This might not work for everyone’s tinnitus, but it’s certainly worth trying because exercising a little more is never a bad thing and it’s something, we should all do more of. Research has shown that the intensity of tinnitus symptoms is reduced when people exercise more often though.

Work on ways to relax

There are many ways to relax, so it’s up to you to find the way that works best for you. If you’re dealing with the symptoms of tinnitus and you’re struggling with it, getting stressed out will only make things worse. Stress is one of the biggest triggers for people with tinnitus, so if you allow yourself to get too stressed out over the situation, you’ll find that the symptoms are likely to get worse, making your life tougher than it already is.

Quit smoking if you’re a smoker

Finally, you should think about how smoking can impact your hearing and your tinnitus. It’s certainly true that your health will benefit in just about every way if you quit smoking, but the impact it has on your hearing is one area of health that’s overlooked. Smoking restricts blood flow, and this negatively impacts the quality and health of your hearing.

If you’re looking for support with your hearing and your tinnitus problems, you should get in touch with our team today. Here at Desert Hearing Care, we have a team of experienced professionals who are more than happy to assist you. Simply give us a call at 480-985-2544 to speak to a member of our team.