How to Stop Tinnitus
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
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.
Tinnitus Sound Pillow
Tinnitus is often worst when you are trying to sleep. The Tinnitus Sound Pillow uses two built in speakers to to play noise through your pillow as you go to sleep. It can be hooked up to either an MP3 player or Tinnitus relaxer via a standard 3.5mm cable (provided).
Dual Pillow Speakers for Tinnitus Relief
If you'd rather keep your current pillow, the Dual Speakers for Tinnitus Relief can be slid under the pillow of your choice. They also come with a standard audio cable and can be plugged into an MP3 or smart phone to play relaxing audio or white noise.
Sound Oasis S-100 White Noise Machine
If you don't have a smart phone or MP3 player, or don't have access to white noise, a noise machine is an excellent relaxation tool. The Sound Oasis S-100 White Noise Machine comes with ten different white noise tracks, and includes fine volume control.
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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