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.
- Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate or take part in normal activities.
- Do realise that every person responds to tinnitus differently, so there are many different treatment options. There is no right or wrong way.
- Do avoid anxiety and/or stress as it can aggravate tinnitus symptoms.
- Do look at apps and equipment that can help at bedtime to make falling asleep easier.
- Do know that ringing in your ears can be managed even if it cannot be cured!
- 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.
- Don’t forget that tinnitus can be a symptom of something else, so it is important to have hearing checked out by a professional.
- Don’t forget about things that can aggravate tinnitus like caffeine, lack of sleep, stress, and even aspirin.
- Don’t think you are alone! One in six people deal with tinnitus.
- 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.