The most common cause for tinnitus is exposure to loud noise. Short exposures to loud noise usually causes temporary tinnitus. Extended exposure, such as working in an industry with daily exposure to loud noises can cause long-term tinnitus. Protecting your hearing is always recommended. There are other causes of tinnitus, and if you are suffering with it, you should consult a doctor. These tips may also help you.
Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt, MSG, caffeine, and highly processed foods. All of these foods have been linked to tinnitus. Make sure when you eat out that you question your server about how menu items are prepared. The foods you eat can have a power effect on your tinnitus symptoms.
Only give yourself 15 minutes to try and fall asleep. If after those fifteen minutes you aren’t asleep, leave your bedroom. Make sure not to do any activities that are mentally taxing, or that require you to use a lot of energy. Do something enjoyable and relaxing. By making your bed a “sleep zone only”, you will avoid an unwanted ritual of tossing and turning, instead of sleeping.
If you suffer from tinnitus, always wear ear plugs every time you go swimming. Water in the ears can worsen tinnitus symptoms. Wearing ear plugs while showering can also prove beneficial.
Try to determine if your tinnitus symptoms began around the time that you started taking any new medications. If your tinnitus is a side effect of medication, you might feel better if you switch medications. Ask your doctor about taking a one-week holiday from taking each drug to see if it has any effect on your tinnitus.
If tinnitus causes you problems when you’re trying to fall asleep, consider relaxation techniques. Meditation, deep breathing, and even yoga can help you to get your body completely relaxed so you can overcome the noise in your ears. I personally like to use deep breathing, because it helps me both forget the sound and also keeps my blood pressure low.
If you have a wave-like sound in your ears and it’s driving you nuts, close your eyes and imagine you’re next to the ocean. Each time you hear the whooshing sound, pretend it’s a wave lapping up on the beach. If you hear buzzing, picture yourself in a field full of bees.
Find a tinnitus support group, and attend a meeting. This environment is the right place to get the education you need, as well as the companionship and support from people who experience the same symptoms as you do. Support groups will assist you in learning how to cope with with the daily challenges of tinnitus.
While it is true that a common cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud noise levels, there are other causes as well. Other causes include ear infections and buildup of earwax, and many medicines list tinnitus as a side effect. The good news is that there are treatments and strategies, like those described above, which can help you.