The real problem with chronic tinnitus isn’t simply that you have a ringing in your ears. It’s the continuous non-stop ringing, that’s the real problem.
The continuous noise, possibly somewhat modest in volume, may start as little more than a nuisance. But after a day or a week or a month, that ringing or buzzing can become irritating, frustrating, even debilitating.
That’s why it’s vital to have some tips to fall back on, tips that make living with tinnitus simpler. When you’re lying in bed, having trouble falling asleep because you keep hearing buzzing from your left ear, having a plan is going to help you a lot.
Your Tinnitus Can be Made Worse
It’s beneficial to remember that tinnitus is often not static. Symptoms present themselves in spikes and valleys. Sometimes, your tinnitus may be an afterthought, lost in the background of daily life. In other moments, that ringing could be as difficult to ignore as a full-blown, individualized symphony.
This can be a very uncertain and scary situation. You may be so worried about your tinnitus flaring up while you’re in a meeting that you get a panic attack while you’re driving to work. That panic attack, in and of itself, can trigger the very episode you’re concerned about.
Tips For Living With Tinnitus
You will be in a greater position to prepare for and manage tinnitus the more you understand about it. And management is the key since tinnitus doesn’t have a known cure. With the proper treatment, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus has to negatively affect your quality of life.
Think About Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a standard approach to tinnitus management. The sound of rain on a rooftop is a common analogy: it’s very loud and noticeable when it first starts but by the end of the storm 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 thoughts where it’s easier to dismiss.
It can take training to master this technique.
Distract Your Brain
One reason tinnitus can be so infuriating is because your brain is continuously looking for the source of that sound, trying to alert you to its presence. So giving your brain more (and varied) stimulation to concentrate on can be helpful. You could:
- Play music while painting a picture.
- Take a bubble bath while reading a book.
- Enjoy some time outside listening to the sounds of nature.
You get the point: Your tinnitus may be able to be reduced by engaging your brain.
Meditation, as an alternate path, helps you focus your attention on a mantra, or your breathing which helps take your attention away from your tinnitus. Another advantage of meditation, at least for some people, is that it can decrease blood pressure which is a known cause of tinnitus symptoms.
Consider a Hearing Aid For Tinnitus Management
Several hearing aid companies have developed 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 managed by the hearing aid and you can relax and enjoy your life.
Have a Plan (And Follow-Through)
The impact of some tinnitus episodes can be lessened, and your stress response can be managed if you have a practical plan for any surges in your symptoms. Consider having a “go bag” full of stuff you may need. Anything that can help you be ready for a tinnitus surge, even generating a list of helpful exercises will be good because it will keep you from having a panic attack!
Management is Key
Chronic tinnitus is an affliction that has no known cure. But management and treatment of tinnitus is a very real potential. These everyday tips (and more like them) can help make certain you are living with tinnitus, and not suffering from tinnitus.