Tinnitus—also referred to as ‘ringing in the ears’—is a chronic hearing issue that affects millions of people around the world. There are many causes of tinnitus, and for many tinnitus sufferers, the affliction is a life-long burden that can be very difficult to deal with.
In this article, we’re going to explore a few strategies you can use to help you cope with your tinnitus. Remember that the best advice you can get is from a qualified healthcare provider (especially an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor, or ENT). So, be sure to complement what you read here with advice from a medical professional you can trust.
It’s All in the Mind
One of the most challenging obstacles to overcome for people with tinnitus is simply getting used to the sound always being there. For some, the ‘sound’ can be whistling, buzzing, screeching, or something else entirely. In more extreme cases, tinnitus can present as multiple tones being heard at the same time. When this happens at all hours of the day, the tinnitus can be said to be chronic, and it’s best to consult with an audiologist or ENT to determine what could be the root cause.
Even if the root cause of chronic tinnitus is identified, it’s not always curable. In fact, most cases of chronic tinnitus are incurable as they result from hearing damage sustained earlier in life. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to remember that tinnitus is, by its very nature, an aberration of the mind. It’s not a real sound. It can help to remember this when dealing with tinnitus becomes especially difficult.
Meditation, White Noise, and Deep Breathing
Meditation has been shown to be effective in helping individuals cope with stressors of all kinds. Tinnitus is no different. If you’re feeling like your tinnitus is driving you to your wit’s end, consider learning how to meditate. By incorporating just 15 minutes of meditation into your daily life, you might notice a significant drop in how much your tinnitus impacts your emotional state.
Also, consider installing a white noise generator app on your mobile device. White noise is just randomized sound that can act as a kind of ‘mask’ for tinnitus, giving sufferers a much-needed break from the constant ringing or buzzing.
Lastly, remember that there is power in the breath. By conducting some deep breathing exercises, you can often stop the stress response to tinnitus dead in its tracks. This may take some practice, but the payoff will be worth it.
What techniques do you use to help deal with your tinnitus? Tell us in a comment below.