Tips to Help Tinnitus
Tips to Help Tinnitus – Tinnitus Awareness Week
Supporting Tinnitus Awareness Week, we’re sharing more information on tinnitus and the help we provide in assisting patients with this condition.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is an intermittent or constant ringing, buzzing or hissing in one or both ears, or inside your head. It affects 1 in 10 people in the UK and astonishingly, 45 million worldwide. A recent study found that 1 in 5 teenagers suffer from it, and stress and anxiety are common contributing factors.
Tinnitus isn’t a new condition. Ancient Egyptians called it the bewitched ear. Aristotle and Hippocrates masked it. But neither the Egyptians, Greco-Romans nor Middle Age physicians were able to cure it.
Today, thanks to modern research, tinnitus sufferers have many more options available to manage the condition effectively.
What causes tinnitus?
Unfortunately, the cause of Tinnitus is not fully understood but common causes are thought to be:
- Infection in the ear
- Head injury
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noise
- Excess ear wax
- Side effects of medication
Tinnitus remedies – what you can do to help
Whilst there is no cure for Tinnitus, there are steps you can take to help prevent and manage the condition.
- Protect your ears from noise damage by wearing ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones.
- Protect your ears from wax blockage by not using cotton buds, which can increase the chances of infection and can push earwax further down into the ear canal, compacting it. A few drops of olive oil in your ears weekly can help prevent wax-build up and allow it to move out naturally.
- Don’t leave any ear infection untreated and if in doubt, contact your local hearing care specialist or GP.
- Try to relax. Stress and anxiety can make tinnitus worse. Perhaps try yoga, meditation or listening to soothing music.
- Quit smoking as it can harm the blood flow to your ear nerve cells and it can act as a stimulant, making the symptoms of tinnitus more pronounced.
- Consider counselling to help you cope with tinnitus. The British Tinnitus Association can help you find a local therapist.
- Relieve the symptoms with sound therapy. Perhaps download a sound therapy app on your smartphone.
- Mask the ringing noise in your ears by having a very quiet constant background noise, like an electric fan or low-volume radio static.
- Speak to your local hearing care specialist about specially designed hearing aids which help tinnitus sufferers.
- Get plenty of rest and a regular sleep pattern 7 days a week
If you are in any doubt about your ear health, book an appointment with your local hearing care specialist for a free hearing consultation and hearing test on 0800 085 0688. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your tinnitus symptoms, they can help.
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