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Learning to Care for Your Tinnitus

Tinnitus, a Latin word that directly translates as “ringing,” is the perception of sound when no actual noise is present. Symptoms include buzzing sounds, white noise or ringing in your ears. Living with this condition can cause frustration and be a discomforting nuisance since the condition does not yet have a scientifically validated cure. However, you can still manage the condition and live a productive and comfortable life.

Types of Tinnitus

While there are two types of tinnitus: subjective and objective tinnitus, the latter presents rarely and involves head or ear noises that other people can hear besides the sufferer. The former is head or ear noises that only the sufferer hears. More than 99 percent of all tinnitus sufferers reported tinnitus cases are of the subjective variety.

Tinnitus Treatment

The best treatment depends on what’s causing your tinnitus as well as other factors. Since it can be triggered by different things for different people, what works for some might not work for others. When you know your triggers are, you can avoid them so that you don’t struggle as much with your condition.

Possible Causes

First, find out what your triggers are. For some, these might include certain foods, such as alcohol, caffeine, carbonated and high energy drinks. Try removing any or each of these and seeing if there’s improvement.

In other cases, certain noises and music aggravates the condition. Loud noise often triggers tinnitus and worsen the symptoms for short periods of time. However, tinnitus might bother you when everything’s silent. In this case, find soothing sounds, such as soft background music or a white noise app on your smartphone to create the sounds of waterfalls or rain drops on your window that can help to distract you from the ringing in your ears.

Ways to Combat Tinnitus

In some cases, exercise and a good night’s sleep can make the ringing sensation almost disappear. Once you know your own triggers and their solutions, caring for your tinnitus becomes easy.

Rest and get enough sleep. Stress and anxiety typically make the symptoms worse or cause flare ups. Find what works for you to help you relax, whether it be meditation, yoga, or reading a good book. Takes steps toward sleeping better, including the following:

  • Get at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep per night,
  • Keep the same sleeping schedule
  • Avoid caffeine before you go to bed and
  • Exercise so that you are tired enough to sleep in the evenings.

Protect Your Hearing

While it should go without saying, take steps to protect your hearing. Never listen to loud music for more than 60 minutes at a time, and when you do, make sure never to listen louder than 60 percent of full volume when using headphones. If you operate heavy or loud machinery, wear ear plugs or earmuffs or other ear protection.

Ultimately, you can live well with tinnitus. Learn how to manage your condition and keep it under control by knowing what works for you.

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