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Tinnitus or Ringing in the Ears: Here are 6 ways to Reduce It

a woman experiencing slight ear discomfort

Tinnitus is a hearing condition that leaves those experiencing it to hear sounds that don’t come from their external environment. These sounds tend to be a buzz or squeak that can range from being very quiet to extremely loud, causing frustration and stress for those living with it. Like most medical conditions, though, plenty can be done to reduce the symptoms you experience with tinnitus. With a professional audiologist behind you, it should be nice and easy to overcome the challenges that come with a condition like this.

Reducing the symptoms of tinnitus

Tinnitus can come about for a variety of reasons, though it will usually be quite hard to solve the problem no matter the type you’re living with. Instead of getting rid of tinnitus entirely, most people will use a range of methods to reduce their symptoms, making the noise they hear much more tolerable. You can find six of the most popular tinnitus reduction methods below.

Hearing aids

The most common method for alleviating symptoms of tinnitus is to be fit with hearing aids. Many forms of tinnitus are associated with untreated hearing loss, allowing the condition to be nearly resolved just by addressing hearing issues. Additionally, hearing aids can be programmed with tinnitus masking features to override the sounds your brain can’t ignore. 

Black coffee

Black coffee has long been known to hold a lot of health benefits, with many people already using it to keep themselves healthy and balanced. It is believed that coffee can stimulate your immune system and prevent the chances of developing tinnitus, while also showing potential to reduce its symptoms. Of course, though, as a big part of this, you must make sure that you’re not raising your blood pressure to unhealthy levels.

Relaxation & de-stressing

Stress is one of the most common causes of tinnitus, with those living hectic lives being far more likely to develop it than those who spend their days relaxed. Therapy and hypnosis can be used to de-stress yourself, but you can also find loads of resources around the web that are designed to help people in this condition. Taking this into your own hands can be a great way to learn what helps you to relax.

Sound therapy

Sound therapy involves listening to sounds that can drown out the tinnitus, helping those with this condition to distract themselves from it and lessen the impact on their lives. This sort of treatment isn’t permanent, but many patients find that they still notice the effects long after they’ve left the clinic. This sort of treatment can be done at home if you have the right audio equipment to handle it.

Magnesium

While it may sound a little strange, but research done by the University of Leicester has shown that tinnitus can often react well to chemicals like magnesium. Leafy greens, bananas and dark chocolate are all good sources of magnesium, and they can all have a positive impact on the ringing you hear. This is an easy route to go down, with minor dietary changes making it possible to get loads of magnesium in your diet.

Acupuncture

While acupuncture maybe a little more controversial than other treatment methods, this option has been shown to help with tinnitus in the past. This treatment involves having special needles pressed into your skin at specific points on your body. This can stimulate different parts of the brain, including those that produce the sounds those with tinnitus hear, providing temporary relief from the sound that is driving you crazy.

Getting help from an audiologist

More and more research is being done into tinnitus all the time. While there aren’t any definitive cures on the market, there are always plenty of new treatments that audiologists can try. You will need to work with a professional to gain access to options like this, though, and this can make it well worth spending the time to visit an expert before you start taking matters into your own hands.

Here at Hinderliter Hearing Services, our dedicated team of expert audiologists has the skills and experience to work with a wide range of hearing conditions, including tinnitus. We encourage anyone who is living with this sort of condition to get in touch with our friendly team by giving us a call at 248-430-8425. This could be your first step towards clear hearing.