Tinnitus is a condition where one is suffering from persistent disturbing sound in the ears even without an outside source. Millions of people are suffering from tinnitus and it is most common in men, older people and those who work in noisy environment. Tinnitus is not a disease but it is more of a symptom linked to hearing loss, ear infections, certain medications, head injury, exposure to loud noises and stress. In this article we will talk about the link between stress and tinnitus. As we all know, we are living in a stressful world and stress is a natural part of everyday life. Stress is a person's normal response to stressors, challenges or to anything that disturb one's normal life. Stress can have a negative impact in one's mental and physical well-being. Stress can trigger tinnitus or can make it worse.
Stress can have negative impact to tinnitus. Almost everyone go through different levels of stress from different sources in everyday life. For instance, chemical stress from substances like caffeine, nicotine and high doses of drugs like ibuprofen or side effects of medications you are taking can trigger ear ringing or tinnitus. Auditory stress from prolonged exposure to very loud noises when watching living noisy conversations or working in noisy occupations could trigger tinnitus. Physical stress that comes from lack of rest or sleep, physical exhaustion from work or from school work and from some medical conditions such as infections, inflammations, tumor, heart and blood vessels problems could also trigger tinnitus. Emotional stress like bereavement, relationship problems, divorce, pressure at work, anxiety and depression can trigger or make tinnitus worse.
One key to manage tinnitus is to manage your stress. Eliminating or reducing the levels of your stress can help put tinnitus under control and minimize its impact in your life. So how can you control and manage stress?
Learn to relax through relaxation exercises. To tie emotional and physical tension, you need to learn some relaxation techniques. Join a meditation and yoga class. Tinnitus support groups usually have relaxation classes, find one in your area. You can also learn relaxation techniques from books and DVDs. Stress and tinnitus can be defeated with the right relaxation techniques. Find ways that are convenient and something that works for you. No matter what method you choose, the most important thing is learn to relax.
Medications. If you feel that you need medications to help you deal with your stress, anxiety or depression, talk to your doctor about it. You doctor may prescribe antidepressants to treat depression and improve your moods. Sedatives and tranquilizers may also be prescribed by your doctor to make you feel less anxious and to help you sleep. Remember that medications are usually prescribed for a short period of time, prolonged use can be dangerous and addictive. It is important to always talk to your doctor with regards to your medication and its side effects. Medication may be needed when you are dealing with stress and tinnitus but it is not recommended to self-medicate. It is always best to talk to your doctor before taking any drug or medicine.
Improve your overall health. Regular exercise and a well-balanced diet are important for your overall well-being. A healthy mind and body will give you a more positive outlook. A person with positive outlook has less stressful life. You should avoid unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking alcohol and consuming too much caffeine. Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine are not healthy substances and can have negative effects on your body, mind and moods. Live a healthy lifestyle to improve your overall health and to beat stress and tinnitus.
Counseling. It can be very helpful to talk to someone about the difficulties you've been suffering from tinnitus. It can be very comforting to know that you can talk to someone who is willing to listen and understand your condition. This can help relieve your fears and your anxiety resulting to less stress. If you feel that you need counseling, do not hesitate to seek help.
Tinnitus is a very depressing situation but you have to help yourself beat tinnitus. Finding the best treatment that will work for you is important to make tinnitus less noticeable. Alternative treatment for tinnitus is an option that can be explored.