1. Manage stress: For many people, stress is both a symptom and cause of tinnitus. Either way, controlling stress is something not to be ignored. You can use a variety of methods such as yoga, meditation, support groups, or making sure you get enough sleep. Check out our self help section, to find more about how you can help your tinnitus.
2. Educate People: It is important to educate your family, co-workers and friends about your situation. Everyone's situation is different so there is no right way or wrong way to go about this. Inform them about the different conditions and settings that cause you the most problems. Also, ask them for their support in helping you deal with your condition. By talking to people and helping them to better understand, it can also improve your social interaction and this may help to give you a better quality of life.
3. Try & Find the Source: Finding out what caused you to develop tinnitus is the first step in treating it. Tinnitus is a symptom and not a condition in itself. For instance, TMJ and hypertension are both medical conditions that can cause tinnitus, and if they are not treated, your tinnitus will not get any better. There often isn't a medical solution to tinnitus but you need to find this out first before exploring other treatment options.
4. Sleep Well: Don’t let tinnitus ear noise keep you from sleeping. There are a number of masking noise generators that can be purchased to help cover up the ear noise and help you relax. If you pay attention to your tinnitus, it often seems to get louder. The sound of the masking noise can help to alleviate the noise in your head and will allow you to fall asleep.
5. Avoid Noise: Try to stay away from loud noise; it will exacerbate your condition. You may also want to carry earplugs with you in the event that you cannot avoid a noisy situation. Most private UK audiologists can take an impression of your ear and make excellent custom noise protection that still allows you to hear conversations. If worse comes to worst, you can always use your fingers to block the noise as well.
6. Give Up Smoking: By narrowing all of your blood vessels, smoking is a well known exasperator of tinnitus. When the blood vessels that bring blood to your ears and head are narrowed, it can make the tinnitus worse. If you quit, your tinnitus is highly likely to improve. It might not seem like it at the time, but eventually your stress levels will subside too have a double effect on reducing your tinnitus.
7. Get your ears cleaned by an ear care professional at the first signs of tinnitus symptoms. Wax can cause and increase the severity of tinnitus symptoms. In some cases, cotton buds can hit the eardrum and cause temporary tinnitus symptoms. Your professional should be able to show you any damage to the ear drum and/or canal on a screen.