Being diagnosed with a medical condition can rattle your entire world. A diagnosis of tinnitus may seem insignificant to those who do not suffer from it, but to anyone who suffers from it, tinnitus is an affliction that that ruin your quality of life. Thankfully, there are ways to manage your tinnitus. This article will outline some practical advice to help you reclaim your life.
Avoid situations in which loud sounds are present. Have some earplugs handy whenever you find such situations unavoidable. Loud noises are one of the main causes of tinnitus. Avoid damaging your hearing further by using protection. Taking safety measures can also keep tinnitus attacks at bay.
When your tinnitus is bothering you, turn on a fan, the radio or anything that creates background noise. Your tinnitus won’t stand out as the noise will cover it up. Often, if you are only hearing the sounds, it can become easy to get fixated on it.
Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your chest before bed. If your tinnitus is related to TMJ, sinus issues, or problems with the eustachian tube, then the ointment will help relieve your symptoms. The Vicks also has a calming effect for many people which is an added bonus.
While the thought of a 20-minute catnap during the day is appealing, there is no such thing as a nap for tinnitus sufferers. Tinnitus is often linked with insomnia, so a nap will only leave you feeling somewhat groggy and not completely with it, when you try to go to bed for the night.
Get a white-noise machine. While you obviously can’t carry this around with you wherever you go, using it when you can, will help reduce the amount of ringing that you hear. One ideal time to use the machine is when you are sleeping; it can have the added benefit of canceling out other noises in your home that might wake you up.
Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about your tinnitus. Make sure they are aware of the things that can make your symptoms worse and ask for their support. Having your family and other people that are important to you there to support you can make dealing with your tinnitus easier.
To just live a life free of tinnitus, always have background noise available. Keep a television or music player on. Run a fan. Focus your hearing on the air conditioning or refrigerator running. Tinnitus is funny in the way that if you do not hear it, it is not really happening.
Consider seeking help from a psychologist if you suffer from tinnitus. A psychologist has the ability to teach you how to put the tinnitus to the back of your mind. To do this you must be fully cooperative with the psychology and open your mind to the fact that this can work for you.
As you can see, tinnitus does not need to rule your life. You can live a fulfilling and satisfying life despite your chronic tinnitus. The above advice should be of assistance as you take your first steps towards living a better life despite your condition. As always, if you are struggling with your diagnosis, keep your healthcare provider informed as well.