A Constant Problem: 3 Great Strategies for Coping With Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a frustrating condition that can interfere with sleeping or concentrating. It causes the perception of noise or ringing in the ears, which affects 15 to 20% of all people. This common affliction isn’t a condition in and of itself, but a symptom of an underlying condition like age-related hearing loss, an ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder. Tinnitus isn’t usually a sign of anything serious, but it can still be frustrating. It can be improved with treatment or finding the underlying condition, which can be as simple as a build-up of ear and treating that with ear wax removal, something Auris Ear Care are experts in.
The symptoms of tinnitus
Tinnitus presents as phantom noises in the ears that become noticeable when there’s no external noise present. The noise can vary in pitch from a high-pitched squeal to a low, dull roar. You can hear it in both noises, or only one noise, and in some cases, it can be so loud that it will affect your ability to concentrate or properly hear external sounds. Tinnitus can come and go, but when it’s present, you may notice the following noises with no explanation for their source:
There are two kinds of tinnitus: objective and subjective. The most common kind is subjective tinnitus, where only you can hear the noise. It’s caused by ear problems in your inner, middle, or outer ear. Objective tinnitus is a rare form caused by issues with blood vessels that your doctor may be able to hear.
Tips for dealing with your tinnitus
To get tinnitus relief, finding ways to lessen its bothersome symptoms is key.
Get an ear exam
If your tinnitus is being caused by an underlying condition like hearing loss, your audiologist may be able to uncover the cause with an ear exam. As part of this test, you’ll be asked to sit in a soundproof room with earphones on. Specific sounds will be played into one ear at a time and you will be asked to indicate when and what you can hear. These results will be compared against the results typical to someone in your age range. This can help your audiologist identify whether or not you have tinnitus. These tests can help assess your ear’s function and health and determine whether or not a hearing aid may benefit you and lessen your tinnitus by amplifying outside noise.
Stress and anxiety can be a trigger to a sensitive hearing system. If you are already suffering from tinnitus, stress and anxiety can make your tinnitus worse. Since having tinnitus can also cause stress, minimizing the tinnitus can also help your stress levels. Getting adequate rest and avoiding fatigue by elevating your head while you rest and using a tinnitus masker or white noise machine can help alleviate stress and let you rest better. Avoiding stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can also help you sleep deeper and will lessen your tinnitus’ irritation.
Avoid situations that can worsen your tinnitus
Once you suffer from tinnitus, it’s important to protect your hearing from any further damage that could exacerbate the issue. Excessive and prolonged noise from headphones, music, or construction work can make tinnitus worse. Wear ear protection when appropriate and be mindful of the sounds you’re exposing yourself to.