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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Supplementing Your Tinnitus Treatment Through Mindfulness

Supplementing Your Tinnitus Treatment Through Mindfulness
Finding the right tinnitus treatment can require you to investigate several treatment options. Many of these options cover devices and other tangible types of intervention, but one kind of treatment that isn’t as often covered is practicing mindfulness.

Ways To Embrace Mindfulness And Tinnitus

Being mindful is to focus on the here and now—from what is going on around you to how you feel, both physically and emotionally. Often, individuals are focused on what is going to happen, such as what they are going to eat at their next meal, what they want to do after work, etc. But, by pulling back and being more mindful and present, you can more effectively manage your tinnitus.

For instance, say that you are trying to focus on a project for work, but your tinnitus flares up and is disrupting your ability to concentrate on your work. Many people instinctively try to drown out their tinnitus, either by listening to something or by plugging their ears. Both of these techniques can be moderately effective. It is best not to be in complete silence if you have tinnitus, as it can make it worse. Also, by plugging your ears, you can change the air pressure, which can temporarily alleviate your tinnitus. However, neither is completely effective.

Instead of trying to fight or ignore your tinnitus, take a moment, and focus instead. Acknowledge feelings of frustration or irritation with your tinnitus, then remind yourself that it isn’t always that bad. Assess how your body is feeling—are you dehydrated? Have you been sitting still for a long time and need to take a short walk? Being mindful of your body, acknowledging your tinnitus, and how it makes you feel can all work together to assist in managing your tinnitus.

No One-Size-Fits-All Tinnitus Treatment

Here at Hearing and Balance Doctors, our doctors of audiology know that effectively managing your tinnitus requires custom-tailoring. Mindfulness may not be enough to completely deal with your tinnitus needs. In fact, it is not uncommon to have multiple tinnitus treatment strategies, as it is not a one-size-fits-all issue. Along with practicing mindfulness, some things our audiologists may recommend are:

  • Hearing aids – There is a high connection between hearing loss and tinnitus, necessitating the use of hearing aids as part of your tinnitus treatment. Even if you don’t have hearing loss, many modern hearing aids have tinnitus management technology included, allowing you to have tiny, portable sound generators that can help alleviate your tinnitus symptoms.
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy – The brain can sometimes be retrained to learn to acknowledge and file away the sounds of tinnitus. This reprogramming is called tinnitus retraining therapy, and our audiologists can work with you to re-acclimate your brain with the sound of your tinnitus.
  • Sound generator – Some individuals only struggle with tinnitus as night, as everything is quieter. For these individuals or those who have irregular flare-ups, a sound generator can be enough to help alleviate tinnitus symptoms.
  • Hearing protection – Tinnitus will often worsen when you are exposed to loud sounds, so using the proper hearing protection is critical to protect you from further tinnitus issues.
  • Lifestyle changes – High amounts of stress and anxiety can contribute to worse tinnitus, which often requires lifestyle changes to help alleviate. Things like reducing responsibilities when possible, regular exercise, medication for contributing issues like high blood pressure, can be part of the lifestyle changes that can make your tinnitus more manageable.

Develop Personalized Tinnitus Treatment With Our Audiologists

Tinnitus is a personal issue, one that only you can measure. To help you manage your tinnitus, our doctors of audiology create personalized progressive tinnitus management plans to help ensure that your treatment is going in the right direction.

If you are interested in seeing how our doctors of audiology can help with your tinnitus, feel free to contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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