Tinnitus is involuntary noise originating inside the head. It can be buzzing or ringing, intermittent or constant, loud or soft. 10-15% of the world’s population suffers from these unwanted sounds, which can be so intrusive as to interfere with work, sleep and general well-being.
Tips for Managing Tinnitus
Diagnose and Understand Your Tinnitus
- Do not panic. Tinnitus is usually not a sign of a serious, ongoing medical condition.
- See an Audiologist or Ear, Nose & Throat specialist interested and experienced in tinnitus treatment.
- Review your current medications (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and other supplements) with your medical professional to find possible causes of your tinnitus.
- Be a detective. Keep track of what triggers your tinnitus.
- Keep up to date about tinnitus. More and more research is bringing us closer to successful treatments and cures for tinnitus.
Find Effective Treatment and Take Care of Yourself
- Examine how you live to find ways to eliminate or reduce stress. Stress often makes tinnitus worse.
- Pay attention to what you eat. One-by-one eliminate possible sources of tinnitus aggravation such as salt, artificaial sweetners, sugar, alcohol, medications, tobacco and caffeine. (Do not stop taking medications without consulting with your healthcare professional.)
- Don’t give up on treatment if it doesn’t work right away. Some can take quite a while to have a positive effect.
- Protect yourself from further auditory damage by avoiding loud places and by using ear protection when you can’t avoid loud noises.
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