Advice for living with tinnitus

 
 

Relaxation & 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... [read more]


Managing the stress (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 might suppose that this difference is due to different people having different tinnitus. Instead the evidence suggests that the reason one person is stressed and another not is because they have different ideas or beliefs about tinnitus... [read more]


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... [read more]


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. British Tinnitus Association provides details of self-help groups and contacts in the UK, and also run a helpline on 0800 018 0527... [read more]


Wearing ear plugs

Whilst ear plugs will not cure your tinnitus, wearing them in loud noise environments will stop it getting worse. Over time your brain will start to filter out the ringing so the effect it has on you will be less... [read more]