If you’ve ever gone to a loud concert you’ve probably experienced tinnitus or, a ringing in the ears. Tinnitus is often temporary, but for some people it can be chronic and distract them from everyday activities. This ringing, buzzing, or hissing has many causes and, although there isn’t exactly a cure, there are some things you can do to find relief.
Your everyday habits could be contributing to your tinnitus. Ringing in the ears can occur due to exposure to loud noises. Wearing hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs during exposure to noise from concerts, machinery, or other noise sources can protect your ears from tinnitus. If you can control the noise, keep the volume at a safe level.
High blood pressure can also contribute to tinnitus. Increasing your activity with proper exercise can decrease your blood pressure and reduce tinnitus symptoms. Stress and anxiety can also increase blood pressure, leading to tinnitus. Next time you experience tinnitus with stress and anxiety, try meditation or deep breathing techniques to try and relax and find relief. Your diet could also be a culprit. Not only does caffeine increase your blood pressure, it has also shown to aggravate tinnitus. You might try trading your coffee for a different beverage like tea.
Many chronic tinnitus sufferers say that learning to ignore the ringing is often the best way to find relief. Engaging in activities you enjoy can help to take your mind off the ringing. Because tinnitus is often worse during quiet situations like trying to fall asleep, you might try using a sound machine or other calming sounds to cover up the ringing. You can learn to take your mind off the ringing through visualization. Imagining yourself somewhere peaceful can ease your mind and distract you from tinnitus symptoms.
See a Professional
In some cases, hearing loss is the cause of ringing and can be diagnosed by an ent specialist. If this is something that is new or reoccurring, you will need to see a professional as well. If hearing loss is detected, a hearing aid could help to stop tinnitus. If an ear blockage is found, tinnitus can be relieved by removing the blockage.
An ENT specialist should be seen for your tinnitus symptoms to receive proper diagnosis and treatment. If you are in the Tuscaloosa, AL area, you can visit Alabama ENT for your symptoms. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule your appointment.