Experiencing persistent ringing in the ears day and night can make one's life miserable. This is happening to people with tinnitus, they have to live with the unwanted sound in their ears day and night. Tinnitus is the ringing in the ears without an external source. The sound is like buzzing, hissing or rolling and it can be loud or soft, high or low-pitched. It can disturb one's focus or concentration in doing things and it can disturb one's sleep. Living with tinnitus can be very depressing and disturbing. People with tinnitus want to silence the unwanted sound in their ears to improve the quality of their lives.
Tinnitus is more of a symptom than a disease. It can be a symptom of hearing loss, a side effect of medications, a result of head or neck injury, a response to too much stress and a result of overexposure to loud noises. Although it is not a sign of a serious health problem, it can be a cause of anxiety and depression. There are many factors affecting the occurrence of tinnitus. It is important to learn how to cope with tinnitus and make living with tinnitus more bearable.
Treatments can be very helpful to help people with tinnitus cope with their condition. With the right treatment, living with tinnitus can be less stressful. The following tips can be very helpful
Seek professional help. If you are experiencing occasional or non-stop ear ringing, seek professional help. With the help of medical professionals trained to deal with ear problems (usually an ENT or Otolaryngologists) you will understand more about tinnitus. Your doctor may prescribe sound therapy and the use of devices to make tinnitus less noticeable like hearing aids, wearable sound generators, tabletop sound generators and acoustic neural stimulation device. For people with severe hearing loss along with tinnitus, doctors may advise cochlear implants. It is always best to seek medical advice because there are continuous research and development in the treatment of tinnitus.
Avoid loud noises. Exposure to loud noises is the common reason for the occurrence of tinnitus. Tinnitus is common to people working in noisy environment like construction workers, road workers or crews and even musicians. Soldiers who are exposed to gunshots and bomb explosions are also sentenced to tinnitus. If you are suffering from tinnitus, avoid loud noises in your daily life to protect your ear. Avoid using hair dryer or use a quieter one if you really need to use one, noisy electric fan must also be fixed, air conditioning and heating system must also be cleaned to get rid of the noise, use lower volume on your headphone and cell phone , avoid loud music or concerts and avoid using power tools. Living with tinnitus will be more bearable if you will protect your ears and avoid things that will aggravate your condition.
Counseling. People with tinnitus may suffer from depression, anxiety and great mental or emotional anguish welcomed by the dilemma of non-stop ear ringing and counseling can be very helpful. A tinnitus counseling program can help sufferers to understand better what goes on in the brain that causes tinnitus to occur and provides coping techniques to make living with tinnitus more bearable. It will help sufferers to change the way they think and react about tinnitus and teach sufferers things that they can do to make the ringing in their ears less noticeable. Counseling is also a great way for sufferers to feel that they are not alone and they can talk about what they are going through.
Keep your brain active. Tinnitus is more noticeable if you will keep on thinking about it. One best way to make the buzzing sound in your ears less noticeable is to try to divert your attention to something else and keep your brain active with different types of activities. Engage in brain activities like answering puzzles, writing, reading or if you are a math wizard, spend time doing mathematics. Outdoor activities are also another way to keep the mind busy. Go outside, walk or run and enjoy the nature and people around you or engage in sports suitable for your physical abilities. Living with tinnitus is more bearable if you keep an active mind and let your brain work all the time to forget the sound in your ears. Keeping an active mind is not only good for your tinnitus but also for your over all well-being.