How to Stop Tinnitus
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | Paul
Tinnitus – the perception of ringing or buzzing when there is no external source – can be an infuriating and confusing condition. What makes things worse is that the more you think about it the more difficult it can become to handle. But it is not insurmountable and can get better; here's how to stop tinnitus.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Lots of people assume that tinnitus is always a result of exposure to loud noise. But there are far more causes of tinnitus then spending too long at rock concerts:
Whatever you suspect the cause of your tinnitus might be, it is vital that you visit a GP to ascertain its cause.
If you're reading this and don't yet have tinnitus – or have only mild tinnitus – don't underestimate the importance of looking after your ears! It is important to wear protective earplugs when listening to loud live music, particularly if you do it regularly. They won't stop you hearing the music, but they will stop you hearing ringing sounds.
Relief Through Relaxation
For many people, their experience of tinnitus is closely related to the anxiety they feel because of tinnitus. This can be a horrible cycle because the more anxious you feel about your tinnitus the more you notice it and the louder it will seem. Thankfully, however, the opposite is also true, and as you become more calm you will notice your tinnitus less and less.
Everyone has a different relationship to this kind of anxiety, but some common elements of relaxation include:
Masking the Tinnitus
Related to relaxation, but making larger steps to actively block tinnitus sounds, are techniques for using sound to mask your tinnitus. You can try using the ambient sound of something like a desk fan, but you are likely to find active white-noise devices more effective.
Sound Oasis BST-100 Portable Bluetooth Tinnitus Relaxer
White noise isn't for everyone, and if you would rather ambient nature sounds the Sound Oasis BST-100 Portable Bluetooth Tinnitus Relaxer is an excellent option. It also comes with an audio port, which allows you to play the sound through headphones or even a pillow speaker.
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