The actual problem with chronic tinnitus isn’t just that you have a ringing in your ears. The real problem is that the ringing won’t stop.
The continuous noise, perhaps somewhat modest in volume, might begin as little more than an annoyance. But the ringing can become frustrating and even debilitating if it continues for days or months or more.
That’s why it’s vital to have some tips you can rely on, tips that make living with tinnitus less difficult. When you’re lying in bed, having trouble falling asleep because you keep hearing ringing from your left ear, having a plan is going to help you a lot.
Your Tinnitus Can be Exacerbated
It’s beneficial to keep in mind that tinnitus is commonly not static. Symptoms present themselves in spikes and valleys. Sometimes, your tinnitus may be an afterthought, hidden in the background of daily life. At other times the sounds will be screaming in your ears so loudly it’s impossible to ignore.
That can leave you in a rather frightening place of uncertainty. Maybe you even experience panic attacks while driving to work because you’re concerned about your tinnitus flaring up during a meeting. And the very panic attack caused by this worry can itself cause the tinnitus.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
You will be in a better position to plan for and manage tinnitus the more you know about it. And, because there’s no known cure for tinnitus, control of symptoms is essential. With the appropriate treatment, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus needs to negatively affect your quality of life.
Think About Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a common approach to tinnitus management. The sound of rain on a rooftop is a common analogy: it’s very loud and obvious when it first starts but by the time the storm is ending 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 dismiss.
Mastering this strategy can take a bit of practice.
Get Your Brain Distracted
Your brain is continuously looking for the source of the sound and that’s one of the reasons why tinnitus can be so aggravating. So giving your brain a variety of different sounds to focus on can be really helpful. You could:
- Do some drawing or painting while playing music.
- Enjoy a book while taking a bubble bath.
- Enjoy some time outside listening to the sounds of nature.
You get the idea: Your tinnitus might be able to be reduced by engaging your brain.
Meditation, as an alternate approach, helps you focus your attention on a mantra, or your breathing which helps take your focus away from your tinnitus. Another benefit of meditation, at least for some, is that it can decrease blood pressure which is a common cause of tinnitus symptoms.
Manage Tinnitus With a Hearing Aid
Several hearing aid companies have manufactured hearing aids that help minimize the ringing in your ear. This option is really convenient because they are small and out of your way compared to other approaches. The ringing will be handled by the hearing aid and you can relax and enjoy your life.
Have a Plan (And Follow-Through)
Having a plan for unforeseen surges can help you handle your stress-out reaction, and that can help you reduce certain tinnitus episodes (or at least keep from exacerbating them). Think about having a “go bag” containing things you might need. Anything that will help you be more prepared and keep you from having a panic attack, like making a list of helpful exercises, will go a long way toward management.
The Key is Management
Chronic tinnitus is a condition that has no known cure. But management and treatment of tinnitus is a very real potential. Make certain you are dealing with your tinnitus not suffering from it by utilizing these tips and any others that you find helpful.