FAQ: Is there a tinnitus cure?
Unfortunately, there is no tinnitus cure at the moment. Scientists and researchers are working hard to find one, but in the meantime (you'll be happy to know), there are several ways of managing it. We teamed up with British Tinnitus Association to explain five ways to manage your tinnitus.
1. Relax and meditation
It is quite common to feel anxious and afraid when you first experience tinnitus. By relaxing more, you may be able to feel less stressed and so notice your tinnitus less. Among the different types of relaxation are yoga, tai-chi and meditation.
2. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
If you have a high level of stress there is a greater chance that you will be troubled by your tinnitus. The way people respond to tinnitus varies greatly. For some people, it is considered the biggest stress in their life whilst others will respond to it in a neutral, calm way. You can manage the stress by making changes in one or more of the three areas of the CBT model: thoughts, physical reactions and behaviour.
3. Using sound
Some people find that using background sound can be very helpful for reducing the intrusiveness of their tinnitus. Listening to the radio or playing music are common ways of doing this.
Some people prefer to use more natural sounds, like a clock ticking, or a fan blowing gently and find that using these sounds through the night can be helpful. If you prefer natural sounds, you can purchase CDs or table-top devices that allow you to play sounds such as the waves of the sea or rainfall.
Many artists supporting All Ears advocate the use of sound to aid sleep and relax in quiet environments.
4. Talking to someone
It can often be very helpful to talk to someone who understands how you are feeling, who can reassure you about any anxieties you may have, and answer your questions. We can provide details of self-help groups and contacts in the UK, and we also run a helpline on 0800 018 0527.
By being open and talking with friends, family and common sufferers, you will find it much easier to cope with tinnitus. Make sure to head to Your stories to hear about others’ struggles with tinnitus and share your story to help out.
5. Wearing ear plugs
I can personally vouch for the advice given regarding wearing music-specialised ear plugs. My tinnitus has improved since I started wearing them, so I’d recommend them to anyone who’s exposed to loud music as a way of life.
A wide range of technical ear protection products are available. Effective earplugs will reduce the overall level of sound whilst maintaining an even balance across the sound spectrum. This means that you can still hear everything clearly, although the overall sound level is reduced.
You can buy Alpine PartyPlug earplugs here.