Tinnitus affects about 10 – 20% of adults according to the Hearing Heath Foundation.
Tinnitus can vary in severity and even though most people have a relatively mild form, it can have a big impact on their quality of life.
Tinnitus is a physical condition. In other words, it is not something you imagine. There are a number of possible causes, but it is quite often associated with hearing loss.
Here is some simple advice which may help you cope with the constant noise of tinnitus:
• Avoid anxiety or stress, as these stimulate an already sensitive hearing system.
• Have adequate rest and avoid fatigue
• Avoid the use of stimulants to the nervous system, including coffee (caffeine), alcohol, and smoking (nicotine)
• Sleep with your head propped up in an elevated position. This may usually be accomplished with the use of one or two extra pillows. This lessens head congestion, and tinnitus may become less noticeable
• Be aware that tinnitus is usually more noticeable after retiring for the night and the surroundings are quieter. Any noise in the room, such as a ticking clock or softly playing radio, helps to mask tinnitus and make it less irritating
• Use a tinnitus masker if you find this helpful
• Some people benefit by using a hearing aid as it amplifies outside noise (like masking)
• Avoid situations that can further damage hearing (excessive noise), and protect your ears from injury and occupational hazards. Use protective ear wear when appropriate
• Some people receive considerably relief in alternative therapies
• Counselling may be beneficial, especially if people are afraid that they have a serious or progressive disease, such as a brain tumour.
Some people worry they may have a mental illness, because the noise is “in their head.” Reassurance by a specialist helps to calm such fears and anxieties.
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