Tinnitus is a constant ringing in the ears with no external cause.
“Common causes of tinnitus include hearing loss, exposure to loud noise, poor diet, stress and high blood pressure” (source: https://www.healthyhearing.com/help/tinnitus/relief)
It can be temporary, sometimes brought on by caffeine consumption or a migraine. Or it can be incessant, in which case, it can often be debilitating. A feeling of isolation is quite common, even though millions of people suffer with it.
But as with any other hearing issue, there are strategies you can employ to make tinnitus a little easier to live with.
- Try masking it.
Whether you prefer soft background music or a water feature, constant sounds like these can drown out your tinnitus.
A sound generating app for your phone can help. The waterfall setting, soft rain or waves at the beach often do the trick.
- Go for a hike.
High blood pressure can often be a cause of tinnitus. Walking regularly is proven to reduce blood pressure and as such, also incidences of tinnitus. It helps get your mind on other things and the ringing can be less noticeable.
- Take a look at what you are eating.
High amounts of sodium, sugar and caffeine are known to cause tinnitus. The best option is to limit your diet to whole, natural foods – avoiding processed food whenever possible.
Limiting sugar alone has been shown to help anyone who suffers with tinnitus due to Type II Diabetes, but if you aren’t in that category, simply changing your diet to better foods might help.
- Reduce stress.
Meditation, yoga, prayer – whatever you do to de-stress – we suggest you do more of it. Stress definitely serves as a contributing factor for tinnitus.
Anything you can do to reduce stress will improve your condition.
If you suffer from tinnitus, the best thing you can do is make an appointment to see an audiologist.
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