Tinnitus can be hard to describe because the standard terminology for it hasn’t been established. The description of it depends on the person. Most commonly it is referred to as a buzzing, ringing or humming noise in your ears that can range from slightly annoying to downright disturbing. Hopefully, the following tips can provide a respite from the constant noise level.
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.
Consider your prescription medications when you are looking for the cause of your tinnitus. A lot of drugs have been known to cause tinnitus, and the symptoms can stop by quitting the medication. Consult with your doctor, and find out about changing medications or eliminating some of them.
To avoid aggravating your tinnitus further, choose the foods you eat carefully. Salt, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and sugar, can all make the symptoms of your tinnitus worse. If you don’t want to give up all these things, try eliminating them one at a time to find out which one, if any, is causing problems.
To help treat your tinnitus naturally, try taking supplements. Some people report that zinc or magnesium have brought them relief, while others have found ginko biloba to be very helpful. While these methods won’t work for everybody, they’re certainly worth a try. In some cases, taking these supplements yields very positive results.
Many people who have tinnitus find relief from their condition by utilizing sound therapy. There is a simple experiment that you can try to see if sound therapy will help you cope with your tinnitus. Tune your radio between two stations. You should hear a static sound when you have tuned it between stations. If the static sound from the radio masks your tinnitus or makes it less noticeable (partially masks it), then sound therapy will probably help your condition.
Since tinnitus may be caused by side effects from certain medications, it is important to share with your medical professional all of the current medications you are taking. Be sure to include over-the-counter vitamins, supplements, and prescription medications to see if any could possibly be the root cause of your tinnitus.
Acupuncture is becoming a widely accepted source of treatment for many symptoms such as pain, nausea and even tinnitus. No one is quite sure what the scientific evidence is for why it is effective against tinnitus, but many tinnitus sufferers get relief by using it, so it may be worth a try!
It is true that tinnitus can be hard to explain to others who have not experienced it. Descriptions of the noises heard vary from person to person as does the intensity level of the noise. Modern medicine has yet to find a completely effective cure but many people report relief by using the tips from this article.