Here at Hidden Hearing, we understand that hearing loss can cause stress and worry, and we work hard to reassure every client that they will be able to enjoy a fulfilling and enjoyable life in spite of it. However, tinnitus is a particularly frustrating form of hearing loss to live with, and many people struggle throughout daily life with this condition.
Tinnitus is a specific hearing condition that is often experienced alongside another hearing loss, and it is characterised by a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. This can happen at specific times, or after certain triggers, or may be present all of the time. There is no definitive cure for tinnitus, but several different therapies and coping strategies are known to assist with the condition, so read on for our top tips.
Top Tips For Living With Tinnitus
- Sound therapy. Sound therapy uses specific sounds to distract the brain from the tinnitus noises, and this can help to train the brain to tune out the tinnitus at other times. This is a very successful therapy for some tinnitus sufferers, and you may find it especially helpful if you have noticed that background noise brings relief from the buzzing or ringing that you hear.
- Look after yourself. Habits that you know to be detrimental to your body, such as smoking, or drinking heavily, can also have a very negative effect on your hearing. Eating a healthy balanced diet and giving up smoking can be very helpful in improving the symptoms of tinnitus.
- Lower your stress levels. People who experience tinnitus are often surprised by the improvement they notice when they take up meditation or practice relaxation. This can be very helpful in training the mind to cope better with tinnitus, and can lower stress levels which can, in itself, reduce the symptoms.
- Get moving. Exercising regularly is another example of a habit that is great for your body and for your hearing. Regular exercise helps to improve circulation, which is especially useful for tinnitus suffers as some cases have been linked with low blood supply to the inner ear, as well as reducing stress levels and boosting mood.
- Protect your ears. Although it may feel like it is too late to think about protecting your ears against excessive noise, it is important to safeguard your ears against further damage. Avoiding very loud environments, or wearing protective earplugs, may help to protect against noise related hearing loss as well as reducing the pain of tinnitus.
Book A Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
Hearing loss is a common condition but many people delay seeking help as they are worried about wearing hearing aids. If you notice that you are finding it harder to hear everyday sounds or you are turning up the volume on your TV or radio, you should book a free hearing test with an audiologist as soon as possible.
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