Tips on living with tinnitus

Tinnitus is described as a phantom auditory perception – perception of a sound in the absence of an external sound signal. This may affect one or both ears. A tinnitus diagnosis is often a surprise. Unfortunately, some patients often learn from their doctors that their “ringing-in-the-ears” is untreatable. This kind of information makes patients feel isolated and convinced that no one can understand what they are going through.

Because tinnitus has many causes, there is no specific medication or general cure. Despite this, even for chronic tinnitus, there are ways to find relief and take control.

Re-learn how you hear

Listen consciously to the world around you. Enjoy your favorite music or simply the sound of birds in the trees. Everything that provides your ears with varied sound impressions deflects attention away from tinnitus.

Aim for recuperative sleep

The more active you are during the day, the easier it is to sleep at night. Avoid black tea, coffee or heavy meals in the evening. Neither alcohol nor sleeping pills guarantee restful sleep – a warm bath before you go to bed is a better option.

Get active, stay on the move

Relish life with family and friends, and organize your private life to include plenty of activity and variety. Keep an open mind. Everything that increases your personal sense of well-being and enjoyment of life decreases tinnitus’ hold over it.

Avoid silence

Give yourself a break now and again. However, avoid complete silence, which is an open invitation for tinnitus to take hold. Opt for enjoyable sources of sound stimulus – an audio book or relaxing music.

Promote your physical fitness

People who participate in sports are healthier and this also applies to people with tinnitus. Everything you enjoy doing and that tests your physical fitness is good for you. Even if your tinnitus seems louder when engaging in sports, it is no cause for concern.

Learn to relax effectively

Because tinnitus causes tension, it is important to learn relaxation methods and use them regularly. Some recommended relaxation methods are Feldenkrais, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong.

Get more information

Visit the Tinnitus page of our website for more information on how Signia hearing aids can help to treat the effects of tinnitus and may even make them disappear completely.*

Consult additional reputable sources, for example tinnitus association websites such as www.ata.org and www.tinnitus.org.uk.

* Powers, L., dos Santos, G.M., & Jons, C. (2016, September). Notch Therapy: A new approach to tinnitus treatment. AudiologyOnline, Article 18365.