Tinnitus, a condition characterized by a persistent ringing or buzzing noise in the ears, can be more than just an annoyance, it can significantly impact your quality of life. It’s estimated that about 10% of Americans, or around 25 million people, have experienced tinnitus episodes lasting for at least five minutes within the past year.
As you welcome the new year, consider making a commitment to yourself to proactively manage and mitigate the symptoms of tinnitus could help to improve your overall quality of life.
The triggers of tinnitus can vary, with exposure to loud noises, stress, certain medications and other auditory conditions among the most common. Alongside the auditory disturbances, tinnitus can also result in emotional distress, depression, mood swings, poor concentration and trouble sleeping.
Taking Control of Tinnitus in the New Year
While there isn’t a cure for tinnitus, there are several strategies you can implement to manage its symptoms and improve your quality of life:
- Practice mindfulness and meditation: Stress can often exacerbate tinnitus, so incorporating stress-relieving activities such as meditation or yoga at Pure Bliss Yoga into your routine can help.
- Explore tinnitus therapy: This approach utilizes techniques to divert your attention away from the symptoms of tinnitus and train your brain to respond differently.
- Add sound to your environment: Silence can sometimes enhance the perception of tinnitus. Consider using background noise to help mask the sound.
- Protect your ears: Minimize exposure to loud noises, which could trigger or worsen tinnitus.
- Consult a hearing specialist: They can provide personalized advice and treatment options based on your specific symptoms and needs.
- Consider hearing aids: If your tinnitus is linked to damage in the inner ear hair cells, which may also lead to hearing loss, treating the hearing loss may alleviate some of the tinnitus symptoms.
Make this year the year you take control of your tinnitus. A hearing specialist can guide you in managing these symptoms and identifying the most effective strategies for you. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact Speech & Hearing Associates.