Do’s and don’ts of living with tinnitus

According to the British Tinnitus Association 6 million people in the UK have some form of tinnitus — often referenced as buzzing, ringing or hissing in the ears. When you first realise you are suffering from tinnitus, it can be difficult to know what to do. Here is a starter list of dos and don’ts to help manage the symptoms.



  1. Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate or take part in normal activities.
  2. Do realise that every person responds to tinnitus differently, so there are many different treatment options. There is no right or wrong way.
  3. Do avoid anxiety and/or stress as it can aggravate tinnitus symptoms.
  4. Do look at apps and equipment that can help at bedtime to make falling asleep easier.
  5. Do know that ringing in your ears can be managed even if it cannot be cured!


  1. Don’t believe everything you read about this condition being cured by herbs or supplements. Management via sound therapy or personal devices is the most successful way to treat tinnitus.
  2. Don’t forget that tinnitus can be a symptom of something else, so it is important to have hearing checked out by a professional.
  3. Don’t forget about things that can aggravate tinnitus like caffeine, lack of sleep, stress, and even aspirin.
  4. Don’t think you are alone! One in six people deal with tinnitus.
  5. Don’t forget about hearing protection! Loud sounds and environments can trigger and/or aggravate buzzing, roaring or ringing in your ears.

For more tips, reach out to your hearing healthcare professional. If you don’t have a hearing care provider, we can help you find one in your area. Just call 0800 0683 533 or click here.

By Starkey Hearing Technologies blog