If you have a experienced hearing loss and already know you have tinnitus here are some useful tips for managing the condition.
- Tell your family and friends that you are dealing with tinnitus. This will help them understand the issues you a facing and raise awareness of the issue and how to prevent it.
- Listen to soft ambient sounds. Try relaxation CDs that play gentle or natural soundtracks.
- Avoid stimulants including caffeine at night to help you relax and sleep better
- If your tinnitus is keeping you up at night try going to another room or making your self a warm drink before going back to bed.
- Since stress can make tinnitus worse try to keep your stress levels low. Use relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation that can help control your stress response.
- Improvements to your general health and lifestyle with better diet and more exercise could also help with your tinnitus.
- During the day play gentle sounds in the background.
- Invest in good quality earplugs if you go to clubs or concerts. Good earplugs will lower volume without affecting sound quality.
- If you work in a noisy environment ask your employer for good hearing protection.
- Try complementary therapies like acupuncture or reflexology. Although complementary therapies may not have a direct benefit on your tinnitus, they can help you manage stress levels making it easier to cope with tinnitus better
Tips sourced from Action Hearing Loss UK