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

  1. Do not panic. Tinnitus is usually not a sign of a serious, ongoing medical condition.
  2. See an Audiologist or Ear, Nose & Throat specialist interested and experienced in tinnitus treatment.
  3. Review your current medications (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and other supplements) with your medical professional to find possible causes of your tinnitus.
  4. Be a detective. Keep track of what triggers your tinnitus.
  5. 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

  1. Examine how you live to find ways to eliminate or reduce stress. Stress often makes tinnitus worse.
  2. 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.)
  3. Don’t give up on treatment if it doesn’t work right away. Some can take quite a while to have a positive effect.
  4. 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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