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

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Tinnitus is a condition that is known to affect over 45 million Americans. Although anybody can develop tinnitus, some people can have a higher risk of exposure to it due to their lifestyle or age. If you have experienced symptoms of tinnitus, such as ringing swishing, hissing or buzzing in your ears, you may be able to reduce this. Here are six ways:

Changing your diet

Many people experience certain symptoms of tinnitus because of their diet. High blood pressure can cause tinnitus, so it is recommended to avoid salty foods for this reason. 

Other common triggers for tinnitus include alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. While there are studies that refute caffeine to be a cause of tinnitus, and one study showed that women who drank black coffee reported lower incidences of tinnitus, it has been able to help some people. 

In fact, there have been studies to show that alcohol can help relieve tinnitus in older people. Therefore, it's important to recognize your own triggers, especially when your diet is concerned. Because tinnitus can be a symptom of a number of different underlying problems, having a healthy diet low in salt, sugar and saturated fats may yield a positive outcome.

Taking the right supplements

As many scientists believe tinnitus is linked to a lack of Vitamin B12 and Zinc, taking the right supplements may provide relief from tinnitus. One study highlighted the positive benefits of taking ginkgo extract to increase blood flow. Eating foods high in magnesium or taking a magnesium supplement has also been shown to control the ringing sound. 

Sound therapy

As tinnitus can be the overriding noise in our ears, we can use sound therapy to mask the noise. White noise has been shown to be an effective method. However, it depends on the individual. 

You can use background music or soothing sounds to help you fall asleep at night, especially if the tinnitus is louder before you go to sleep. There are also benefits to be had for listening to pink noise, which uses lower frequencies than white noise which can also help with sleep. 

Music therapy has also been shown to be effective. 

Music therapy, where you listen to music with a frequency that is the same as the ringing in your ears, has been shown to prevent tinnitus from becoming a chronic condition. Prevention is also essential. And, as a rule, it is important to avoid loud noises if you recognize it as a trigger to your own tinnitus. 

Alternative health treatments

Alternative health treatments like acupuncture may help with the underlying cause of tinnitus. While results have varied based on the individual, there are other approaches that may suit you. 

For example, if you have a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), going to a chiropractor may help. Because the TMJ can cause tinnitus the symptoms may be reduced as a result. It may also be possible that you have a deficiency of aldosterone, which is a hormone in your adrenal gland that regulates sodium and potassium. If you have too much sodium in your blood this can cause tinnitus.

Finding support for the condition

If you feel you need extra personal or professional tinnitus treatment, there is a wide variety of support groups and organizations out there, such as the American tinnitus Association. You may also wish to try tinnitus retraining therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. 

These two approaches help an individual cope with the noise. Over time, the therapist helps you to respond better to the sounds. While it doesn't reduce the noise, it can help you to feel better, while also arming you with coping techniques to understand the condition and reduce your stress levels.

Getting a hearing aid

Getting a hearing aid can be one of the best ways to reduce the symptoms. Going to an audiologist to get your hearing checked is the first port of call. They may determine the right hearing aid for you and will be able to help you because your tinnitus is caused by hearing loss. 

If you are concerned about your hearing or you have any symptoms of tinnitus, you can get in contact with Ashland Audiology today at 715-682-9311 to book yourself in for a hearing test or get advice about controlling the condition. Getting a hearing aid or a hearing test is a quick and painless procedure and can shed light on the subject. If you've had ringing in your ears or any symptoms associated with tinnitus and you've not been able to manage it, get in contact with us.