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How can I manage symptoms of tinnitus?

David M. Vernick, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Some people with hearing loss and tinnitus find that both problems improve after they get a hearing aid or have a cochlear implant. Others find that their tinnitus symptoms improve somewhat when they cut down on caffeine and alcohol, reduce the amount of fat in their diets, and quit smoking. The following techniques may also help reduce your tinnitus symptoms:
  • When you're in a quiet room, put on music or use a "white noise" machine. Background noise tends to drown out tinnitus sounds.
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy is an effective method for treating tinnitus, especially in people with tinnitus and oversensitive hearing. It is a lengthy process, taking 18 to 24 months.
  • Reduce stress by whatever methods work for you. Try mindfulness meditation, which helps you learn not to focus on irritations such as the sound of tinnitus. Also try yoga, visualization, or other relaxation techniques.
  • Consider biofeedback or hypnosis. Ask your doctor to recommend qualified practitioners.
  • If you are depressed, see a therapist for help.

Continue Learning about Tinnitus

Tinnitus

Tinnitus (pronounced TINN-uh-tus or tinn-I-tus) is a ringing or roaring sound that you hear in your ears when the sounds don't exist. Only you hear your tinnitus. Sometimes it's very loud and constant, and sometimes it comes and g...

oes.It is caused mostly by being exposed to loud noises (rock concerts, playing in an orchestra or on-the-job noise), but it can be a sign of underlying disease or reaction to a drug. There is no known cure for tinnitus, but there is good news about upcoming treatments.
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