Over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus — or ringing in the ears. When you first realize you have tinnitus, it can be difficult to know what to do. Here is a starter list of dos and don’ts for people dealing with tinnitus.
- Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate, or take part in normal activities.
- Do realize that every person responds to tinnitus differently. There is no right or wrong way.
- Do avoid anxiety and/or stress as it can aggravate tinnitus.
- Do look at apps and equipment that can help at bedtime to make falling asleep easier.
- Do know that tinnitus can be managed even if it cannot be cured.
- Don’t believe what you read about tinnitus being cured by herbs or supplements. Management via sound therapy and even hearing aids are two of the most highly recommended ways to treat tinnitus.
- Don’t forget that tinnitus can be a symptom of something else, so it is important to have it checked out by a professional.
- Don’t forget about things that can aggravate tinnitus like caffeine, lack of sleep, stress, and even aspirin.
- Don’t think you are alone! One in six people deals with tinnitus.
- Don’t forget about hearing protection! Loud sounds and environments can trigger tinnitus and make it worse.