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With chronic tinnitus, it’s not the ringing in your ears that’s the actual issue. The real issue is that the ringing won’t stop.

At first, this might be a moderate noise that’s not much more than a bit annoying. But after a day or a week or a month, that ringing or buzzing can become irritating, frustrating, even incapacitating.

That’s why it’s critical that if you are living with tinnitus you follow some tips to make life easier. It can make a big difference if you have a plan when you’re lying in bed unable to fall asleep because of the buzzing or ringing in your ear.

How You Can Worsen Your Tinnitus

Chronic tinnitus, in fact, is commonly not a static problem. Symptoms present themselves in spikes and valleys. At times, your tinnitus might be an afterthought, hidden in the background of everyday life. At other times the sounds will be screaming in your ears so loudly it’s impossible to dismiss.

That can leave you in a pretty scary place of uncertainty. Perhaps you even experience panic attacks while driving to work because you’re concerned about your tinnitus flaring up while you’re in a meeting. And the very panic attack brought on by this worry can itself trigger the tinnitus.

Tips For Coping With Tinnitus

You will be in a better position to prepare for and control tinnitus the more you understand about it. And, because there’s no known cure for tinnitus, control of symptoms is vital. With the appropriate treatment, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus needs to negatively affect your quality of life.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is One Approach

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 noticeable when it first begins but by the time the storm is ending you stop focusing on it and recedes into the background. It’s the same basic idea with TRT, teaching your brain to move that ringing into the background of your attention where it’s easier to dismiss.

Mastering this method can take some practice.

Distract Your Brain

Your brain is continuously searching for the source of the noise and that’s one of the reasons why tinnitus can be so frustrating. So giving your brain a variety of different sounds to concentrate on can be very helpful. You could:

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

You get the point: engaging your brain can help you manage your tinnitus.

Alternately, many individuals have found that meditation helps because it focuses your attention on something else, your breath, a mantra, and etc. Some individuals have discovered that meditation lowers their blood pressure, which can also be helpful with tinnitus.

Think about a Hearing Aid For Tinnitus Management

Hearing aids that help decrease tinnitus symptoms are already being manufactured by a number of hearing aid companies. This option is very convenient because they are small and out of your way compared to other strategies. You can relax and let a discreet hearing aid manage the ringing for you.

Make a Plan (And Follow-Through)

The effect of some tinnitus episodes can be lessened, and your stress reaction can be managed if you have a practical plan for any spikes in your symptoms. Pack a bag of useful items to take with you. Anything that will help you be more prepared and keep you from having a panic attack, like making a list of practical exercises, will go a long way toward management.

The Key is Management

Chronic tinnitus is a condition that has no known cure. But that doesn’t mean that people can’t manage and treat their tinnitus. Make certain you are dealing with your tinnitus not suffering from it by utilizing these tips and any others that you find helpful.

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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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