Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, is a serious condition that can be hard to live with. The condition can cause frustration and other negative feelings. Fortunately, there are so many different options available, so there is still hope for you.
If you have that constant ringing in your ear that is caused by tinnitus, it is important to see a physician to get a proper diagnosis. Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of sources such as head injuries, ear infections, loud noises, stress, vascular problems, and the side effects of medication. The treatment prescribed for tinnitus will be dependent upon what is causing the condition.
Did you start any new medications when your tinnitus set in? Both prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can lead to tinnitus-like symptoms, and just stopping the medication can stop the noise. Slowly taper off the drugs under physician supervision and see if it helps.
Wash, dry and fold. Not only will doing the laundry keep you busy, but the constant sound from the clothes dryer silences annoying tinnitus ringing. For those who suffer from tinnitus, retraining themselves is a necessary part of helping themselves. By doing a simple household task like laundry, they learn to ignore the agonizing noises in their head.
To get your mind off tinnitus, create an alternate noise to listen to. Recite poetry or mantras to yourself. Play a musical instrument. You can even chew gum. Singing and humming your favorite songs is always a pleasant way to get through your day and your mind off of the ringing.
Use other sounds to drown out the sounds you hear from tinnitus, if it bothers you while you are trying to sleep. Look through the arranged sounds, and try to find the one that suits you. White noise may be enough of a distraction from the tinnitus that you can easily fall asleep.
Keep calm. Tinnitus is not always related to a major health problem, so calm down so that you do not add stress to your troubles. Worrying will only make you focus more on the tinnitus, which will seem to make it worse. Stay calm and relax so that it is easier to think of other things.
Some sufferers of tinnitus have found some relief from their symptoms by using garlic. Garlic has been known to help heart disease, infection and is a powerful anti-oxidant that can even fight cancer. Garlic can be used in the form of supplements found at a health food store, or by using fresh garlic in foods.
Stay busy. Instead of focusing on your tinnitus, fill your life with activities you like and goals that you want to reach. When you stop paying attention to your tinnitus, you might be able to forget about it because you’re simply too busy enjoying life. Take up a sport or go out with friends and have fun; anything you like to spend time doing will help you.
As you have seen, there are a variety of ways to cope with tinnitus. Although tinnitus can make daily tasks difficult, it is treatable and possible to overcome. Take the tips that you have learned here to help you manage this condition more effectively.