There is no denying that tinnitus can be a condition that is very difficult to come to fully understand and cope with. This is the name used to describe the condition where you hear noises that are not caused by an external source. Although tinnitus is not usually serious and it can get better over time, it can be tied to more severe underlying causes and can have detrimental impacts on your quality of life. Additionally, there are some people that, of course, have a more severe bout of tinnitus, which can be challenging to find relief for without the help of a hearing care professional. If you think you may have tinnitus, read on to discover some of the different ways you can make life more bearable living with this condition.
What are some of the signs that you may be experiencing tinnitus?
If you are unsure as to whether or not you have tinnitus, there are several symptoms you should look out for. This includes singing, music, throbbing, hissing, humming, whooshing, buzzing, and ringing sounds in your ear. You could hear these sounds in one ear or in both ears. You may hear these sounds sometimes, or you may hear them all of the time. The best thing to do is to see a hearing specialist. After all, you have nothing to lose. They will be able to assess the condition and make some recommendations. More often than not, this condition will get better over time, so it is not something you would have to worry about. The cause of tinnitus is not always clear so that you may have come down with this condition for no reason. However, it has been linked to many things, including taking certain medication, depression, anxiety, conditions like diabetes and multiple sclerosis, and some forms of hearing loss.
How to ease the symptoms of tinnitus
There are a number of things you should and should not do when it comes to reducing the impact of tinnitus. Some of the things you should do include trying to get a better night’s sleep and practicing relaxation methods, for example, yoga and deep breathing. It is also a good idea to consider joining a support group. This is not something you need to do in person if you do not want to. There are many different support groups online, and it can help to talk to people who relate and are in the same position as you. On the flip side, some things you should not do include focusing on the tinnitus, as this can make the condition worse. You should do activities and hobbies that are going to take your mind off it. You should also not have total silence. Listening to soft sounds or soft music can distract you from the other noises you’re hearing.
Treatment options for tinnitus
There are several different treatment options that may be recommended to you if your tinnitus does not get better over time, or it is causing you a lot of discomfort and frustration. Examples include the following:
- Hearing aids: This is one of the most widely recommended treatment options for tinnitus. Hearing aids can address any untreated hearing loss you may have that is contributing to your tinnitus, or can be equipped with masking technology to help you block out the sounds.
- Sound machines: Sound machines operate similarly to a hearing aid’s masking feature but is a device that is frequently used when trying to sleep or concentrate. This machine can produce a variety of sounds, from ocean waves to white noise.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy: This is an approach that involves using sound therapy to retrain your brain so that it is less aware of the tinnitus. It is about tuning your brain out of those sounds.
Find out more at Nu-Life Hearing Centre
If you suspect that you could have tinnitus or you would like some more information on how to live with this condition, all you need to do is give us a call at Nu-Life Hearing Centre. We have many years of experience in the industry, and you can reach us at 905-697-3838. If you are struggling to cope because you are hearing noises in your ears that are not from external sources, it is always better to see an instrument specialist sooner rather than later. We can help you address your problem and determine the best possible solution for your specific symptoms, whether your tinnitus is constant or intermittent.