Ringing in the ears, medically known as tinnitus, is when you experience the sensation of sound in your ears or head when no other sound is present. Millions of individuals experience tinnitus to some degree and experience it sporadically or on a daily basis.
For some people, the symptoms of tinnitus can be disruptive to their lives. Unfortunately, there isn’t one known cure for tinnitus. However, there are many treatment and management plans that can help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus.
What Does Tinnitus Sound Like?
The symptoms of tinnitus can vary depending on the individual. Many individuals report hearing a ringing, buzzing, humming, roaring, whistling, or whooshing sound. Tinnitus can affect people of all ages and hearing abilities. Often times, those with hearing loss experience tinnitus because their world is already quiet. However, you can have tinnitus without having hearing loss. In this case you may experience your symptoms of tinnitus more at night when your environment is quiet.
Regardless of your current hearing ability, there are effective ways you can manage tinnitus. Learn more about how you can distract your brain from tinnitus and reduce the ringing in your ears.
Tips for Those with Tinnitus
Try these tips for managing tinnitus and see if they help you experience relief from any ringing in the ears.
- Reduce stress– stress is one of the leading causes to tinnitus.
- Exercise– physical activity is a great way to manage stress and is good for your brain and body.
- Mediation– mediation will force your mind to focus on different stimuli to distract your brain from tinnitus.
- See a counselor– a certified therapist will help you find effective ways to manage stress.
- Avoid loud sounds– tinnitus can be the result of loud noise exposure. Wear hearing protection whenever you are exposed to loud sounds.
- Listen to a sound machine– sound machines will play soothing sounds that will distract your brain from the symptoms of tinnitus.
- Wear hearing aids– if you have hearing loss, hearing aids will greatly help reduce the symptoms of tinnitus by amplifying the world around you.
Try Hearing Aids
For those with hearing loss, hearing aids can help with managing tinnitus. Even if you don’t have hearing loss, there are hearing aids designed with a tinnitus masking feature that can be controlled through an app on your smart phone. Whenever you are experiencing tinnitus, you can switch your hearing aids to a tinnitus masking program that will play ambient sounds to distract you from the ringing in your ears.
If you are interested in tinnitus masking hearing aids, or you need help with managing your tinnitus, contact us today. We can help you find a management plan that will alleviate your symptoms of tinnitus, so you can get back to enjoying your life to the fullest.