How to manage tinnitus
Although tinnitus is a condition that affects the auditory system, its impact can stretch far beyond this. Left untreated, tinnitus can take a toll on your quality of life, your emotional wellbeing, and your overall health. Whilst many Australians are told they simply must live with their condition, there are various ways to prevent or reduce the impact of tinnitus on your daily routine. From exercising regularly to professional tinnitus treatment, here are some of the tinnitus management techniques to help you better deal with your symptoms.
Tinnitus and stress can become a vicious cycle for people living with tinnitus; whilst the condition itself can be a source of stress, stress is also a trigger than can cause tinnitus symptoms to worsen. The best way to overcome this is by finding a stress management technique that works for you. Relaxation methods such as meditation, yoga and even a massage can be great stress-coping strategies to help individuals focus on other things aside from their tinnitus symptoms.
Know your triggers
In addition to stress, it’s important to be aware of any other triggers that may be aggravating your tinnitus. Whilst scientists are still researching the link between tinnitus and diets, it’s believed that certain foods and drinks can cause tinnitus symptoms to worsen. This can vary from person to person, but if you find certain substances or foods aggravate your symptoms, keep a log of these triggers and consider reducing or avoiding them in future.
If yoga or meditation aren’t the relaxation methods for you, try finding tinnitus relief in an alternative activity that interests you. Keeping busy can be one of the best distractions from tinnitus and can provide instant relief from your symptoms by ensuring your mind remains focused on other activities. Exercise-based activities can help reduce tinnitus-related stress whilst also keeping you physically fit and mentally focused.
Your tinnitus is likely to be more noticeable when you are sat in silence without distractions. A big part of managing tinnitus is becoming habituated to your symptoms, and a great way to do this is to introduce an alternative masking noise. Many individuals find that playing quiet music, tuning in to background noises (this could be as simple as the sound of rain) or playing white noise can help ‘disguise’ tinnitus symptoms so you can focus on the tasks that matter.
See a tinnitus specialist
Many people are told they must learn to live with their tinnitus, but this isn’t strictly true. Tinnitus may not be curable, but it is treatable with help from a tinnitus specialist. If at-home tinnitus management techniques aren’t working for you, a tinnitus specialist will be able to recommend alternative methods to help you manage your symptoms. If your tinnitus is related to hearing loss, for example, your audiologist may recommend the fitting of a hearing device to help reduce your perception of the condition. Alternatively, they may recommend tinnitus retraining therapy to help you habituate to your symptoms.
At The Art of Hearing, our tinnitus specialists are dedicated to ensuring your tinnitus symptoms don’t get in the way of your quality of life. Whether it’s fitting a hearing device, helping you better manage your condition through tinnitus retraining therapy, or offering advice on how to prevent hearing problems in the first place, our Perth audiologists can provide the support and solutions you need to better manage your tinnitus symptoms.
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