Ever wonder why you roll out of bed in the morning and hear ringing in your ears, similar to the sensation you would feel leaving a concert? What about a low humming when you’re in a quiet room? If you find yourself frequently hearing whistling, buzzing, hummin, shrieking, hissing or ringing in your ears, you may be experiencing Tinnitus. Tinnitus can show in a variety of different ways, can be continuous or intermittent, loud or soft, and high or low pitched. Although a common hearing issue, Tinnitus can become a real nuisance when living with it every day. Fortunately, there are a few different ways you can work through your Tinnitus and live your life without it being a burden. Let’s explore what options may be available to you.
Believe it or not, different types of therapy can help you deal, and live, with your Tinnitus by teaching you coping mechanisms and ways to refocus your thoughts. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a form of therapy that teaches patients how to face everyday situations (such as Tinnitus) with a more positive mindset and to focus on reducing the distressing effects induced by Tinnitus. A key aspect to CBT is learning stress management techniques. Another form of therapy is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. Similar to CBT, it teaches patients mindfulness practices and ways to include stress management techniques to help cope with living with Tinnitus, but that’s not all. Another feature of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is to include the use of a hearing aid playing white noise (think raindrops outside, or a waterfall) to mask the sound of Tinnitus.
There are so many ways to work on stress management throughout your day. The most common ways people incorporate stress management into their daily schedules is by meditating, practicing yoga, going for a walk, deep breathing, and staying hydrated. But stress management doesn’t end there. You can also exercise regularly to maintain a healthy blood pressure and heart rate that may reduce the effects of your Tinnitus, make time for yourself to indulge in hobbies you enjoy, and doubling down on improving your sleep patterns and ensuring you get 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night.
Interested in other holistic ways of overcoming your Tinnitus? Consider looking into acupuncture. Although some studies are inconclusive if acupuncture can help in the long run, many people have agreed that acupuncture has helped reduce the effects of their Tinnitus. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that works by inserting thin needles into pressure points around the body to relieve stress and promote healing.
If you’re interested in taking the medication route, certain antidepressants and antianxiety medications such as Valium and Xanax have shown to help take the edge off of Tinnitus. These types of medications help to lessen the psychological burden of living with Tinnitus by reducing the anxiety, depression and stress brought on by it. Do keep in mind that taking medication to help relieve Tinnitus does not cure TInnitus, but masks it.
Have you been battling Tinnitus and would like to discuss your options? Don’t hesitate to reach out to
your care team, or schedule an appointment with us at Wise Hearing today.