Do you ever hear ringing or buzzing in your ears? You might have something called tinnitus, a symptom characterized by the perception of sound where there is none. It can be very annoying or distracting, and unfortunately, there is no cure. But there are ways to make it easier to handle.
- Noise Suppression: While there’s no way to stop the ringing completely, it can be helpful to coverit up, especially if your tinnitus is at its worst in a quiet room. White noise machines, soft music, fans, and humidifiers are all great options to mask the sound and distract your brain. Many hearing aids also include tinnitus masking technology.
- Stress Management: Stress and anxiety can make your tinnitus worse, so it’s important to mitigate those effects as much as possible. Stress reduction techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can help you relax and alleviate your tinnitus. Plus, regular exercise improves overall wellness and some of the conditions related to hearing loss!
- Avoid Triggers: While the science is inconclusive, some people report a link between their diet and tinnitus symptoms. Consuming nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and high-sugar foods may aggravate tinnitus. If you suspect that one or more of these substances impacts your tinnitus, try removing it from your diet for one week. Document your symptoms, and make adjustments accordingly.
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