The real issue with chronic tinnitus isn’t simply that you have a ringing in your ears. The real issue is that the ringing doesn’t stop.

The constant noise, perhaps rather modest in volume, might begin as little more than a nuisance. But the ringing can become aggravating and even incapacitating if it goes on for days or months or more.

That’s why it’s essential to have some tips to fall back on, tips that make living with tinnitus simpler. 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 frequently not a static problem. There are increases and decreases in the presentation of symptoms. At times, your tinnitus may be an afterthought, lost in the background of daily life. At other times the noises will be shrieking in your ears so loudly it’s impossible to disregard.

This can be a really uncertain and scary situation. Maybe you even experience panic attacks while driving to work because you’re worried about your tinnitus flaring up during a meeting. That panic attack, in and of itself, can cause the very episode you’re worried about.

Tips For Coping With Tinnitus

You will be in a greater position to prepare for and control tinnitus the more you understand about it. And management is the key since tinnitus doesn’t have a known cure. With the correct management, there’s no reason that chronic tinnitus needs to negatively impact your quality of life.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is One Option

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 obvious when it first starts but by the time the storm is ending you stop paying attention to it and fades into the background. TRT uses the same concept to train your brain to move the tinnitus symptoms into the background of your thoughts so you will have an easier time tuning it out.

It can take training to master this technique.

Distract Your Brain

One of the reasons that tinnitus can be so frustrating is because your brain is constantly searching for the source of that noise, trying to signal you to its presence. So supplying your brain with more (and varied) stimulation to concentrate on can help. Try these:

  • Take a bubble bath and read a book.
  • Do some drawing or painting while listening to music.
  • 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.

Alternately, many individuals have discovered that meditation helps because it concentrates your attention on something else, your breathing, a mantra, and so on. Another advantage of meditation, at least for some people, is that it can decrease blood pressure which is a known cause of tinnitus symptoms.

Manage Tinnitus With a Hearing Aid

Hearing aids that help reduce tinnitus symptoms are already being developed by numerous hearing aid companies. This solution is very 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 effect of some tinnitus episodes can be minimized, and your stress reaction can be managed if you have a good plan for any spikes in your symptoms. Pack a bag of practical items to bring 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.

Management is Key

Chronic tinnitus is an affliction that has no known cure. But that doesn’t mean that people cannot manage and treat their tinnitus. Make sure you are managing your tinnitus not suffering from it by utilizing these tips and any others that you find helpful.

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