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Coping with Tinnitus

Tinnitus, or our reaction to tinnitus may improve with time. This improvement is not the result of physical changes, as damage to the auditory system that has been measured is typically permanent and irreversible. Rather, many individuals learn to make adjustments to lessen the symptoms of tinnitus. There are a variety of techniques that may reduce the severity of the tinnitus while increasing your tolerance to it which include:

Avoiding possible irritants.

Tinnitus can be aggravated by excessive noise, nicotine, caffeine, tonic water that contains quinine, alcohol, and excessive doses of aspirin. Nicotine and caffeine constrict the blood vessels, which increases the speed of blood flow through the veins and arteries. Alcohol increases the force of blood by dilating the blood vessels, which causes greater blood flow, especially in the inner ear area.

If you work in loud noise or partake in loud recreational noise, wear ear effective ear protection. Noise- induced hearing loss may occur by a one-time exposure to a loud sound or by repeated exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time. An individual cannot “toughen up” their hearing by repeatedly listening to loud noises. The effects of loud noises may exacerbate tinnitus in addition to further damaging hearing. Learn how to protect your hearing when you are in adverse listening situations. The stressful nature of some occupations can contribute to tinnitus, increase the severity of existing tinnitus, increase the individual’s reaction to the severity of tinnitus, and hinder coping mechanisms. Our Audiologist will be happy to discuss the most appropriate custom protection for the noise levels to which you are exposed.

Partially mask the tinnitus.

In a quiet setting such as the bedroom at night, the use of a noise generator may be beneficial. Noise generators are recommended for Tinnitus retraining and Habituation Therapy. The noise generator creates a soothing surf, waterfall or rainfall sound that should be used at a level slightly below the level of the tinnitus.

Wear a hearing aid.

If the tinnitus is accompanied by hearing loss, hearing aids are an effective way to deal with tinnitus for a small portion of sufferers. Hearing aids amplify other sounds which draws attention away from the tinnitus. Hearing aids are used in Tinnitus Habituation Therapy.

Manage stress.

Stress can exacerbate tinnitus levels. Learning relaxation techniques can be helpful if the tinnitus frustrates you. Stress management (relaxation therapy, biofeedback, etc.) may provide relief. We can provide you with a list of psychologists who deal with stress management techniques and/or depression. Cognitive Behavioural therapy is also an effective addition for those that suffer from the deleterious effects of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis.

Deep breathing, hypnosis, biofeedback, systematic relaxation, therapeutic massage, yoga, and some forms of physical exercise such as swimming or walking can reduce tension, stimulate endorphins, and promote better sleep.