According to the American Tinnitus Association, around 15 percent of people in the U.S. live with some form of tinnitus. The constant ringing in the ears can have emotional effects, cause poor sleep, and can make it difficult to concentrate. It’s more than just annoying and frustrating. So how do people with severe, or even mild tinnitus manage and live a quality life?
As you’re probably aware, tinnitus can result in a lot of stress. And because there is no cure for tinnitus, it can be difficult to avoid the stress that comes from the ringing. Stress from the tinnitus can actually make the ringing worse, so try to relax as much as possible. Try activities like yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises. Simple exercises like a walk may also help relieve some stress.
It might not sound like a good idea, but turning on some music or other sorts of noise can help you focus on something other than the ringing. If you’re trying to sleep at night, consider using a white noise machine or turning on some instrumental music. Sounds or music can help distract you from the tinnitus.
Get into a habit of eating healthy and exercising often. Stimulants, such as alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, and soda can make the tinnitus worse. Try to also reduce the amount of salt in your diet. Exercise can have multiple benefits, including reduced stress and an increase in blood circulation. Increased blood circulation can help as some cases of tinnitus are associated with low blood supply to the ear.
Protect Your Hearing
Many people with hearing loss also experience tinnitus, so it’s important to protect your hearing in the first place. The best ways to protect your hearing are to wear earplugs in noisy or loud environments and wear noise-canceling headphones.
These devices are similar to hearing aids and produce a white noise in order to mask the ringing. The device is worn around or in the ear like a hearing aid and can be personalized to fit the users needs.
Prop Your Head
At night, try using an extra pillow to prop your head up. This will help reduce head congestion, making the ringing less noticeable. Even though it can be difficult, getting a regular night’s sleep can also help reduce the ringing.
Visit Platinum Hearing Aids
Platinum Hearing Aids in Detroit has a team of audiologists, otolaryngologist, and hearing aid specialists who want to help you live a higher quality life. We know that living with a constant ringing in your ear can be incredibly hard, but with the right tools and advice from the experts, you can begin managing your life with tinnitus. Over time, you can learn how to ignore the noise.
For some cases, the noise is caused by something that we can identify through X-rays, balance evaluations, and laboratory work. If this is the case for you, there is hope of eliminating the ringing. All it takes is a quick visit.
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