Many people hear a ringing. Others hear humming, or even buzzing. Some hear clicking or a hissing. Either way, it's the symptom of a continuous noise in your ears that others can't hear, all of which is classified as tinnitus.
While some manage to get through each day with this sound ever-present, for others, these noises can get so loud and annoying that it interferes with everyday life. Concentration, thinking, sleeping – it can all be disrupted with tinnitus.
Thankfully, there are many things you can do to try and quieten the level of noise so that it's nothing but a background hum. Here are some tried and tested techniques that may work for you.
First, see a professional
There's no point treating a problem unless you're sure about what it is. The best way to get a diagnosis isn't browsing medical forums on the internet – you need to get checked by a professional first!
Our audiologists will help you to feel at ease as we understand that you may be anxious or worried. They'll be able to assess your situation, make a diagnosis and suggest any suitable hearing solutions.
You could also be eligible for a hearing test as well, with no obligations to do anything once your appointment is over. Simply click here to make a booking.
Suppress the noises
Sometimes, the best way is to distract yourself from tinnitus noises with others. White noise has been proven to be the most efficient, such as rainfall, ocean waves or the wind. These are all sounds that promote a calming effect to suppress the sounds you hear with tinnitus.
There are also advanced hearing aids that have in-built tinnitus control. If you have hearing loss as well as tinnitus, you could get a solution for both problems by coming into one of our Audika clinics to talk about which hearing aids are right for you.
Meditation for tinnitus
When it comes to a quiet situation, the noises from tinnitus can seem almost deafening. However, meditation takes the mindfulness approach to a new level. Instead of clearing your mind of all thought, focus instead on the sounds you can hear.
Sit in a comfortable position, relax your muscles and even your breathing. With enough practice, your mind can be desensitised to the tinnitus sounds, and you may find it less incessant and loud.
It may not be an instant quick-fix, but this mindfulness technique can hopefully help to quell some of the annoyance you may feel.
If you have any more questions, the audiologists will be able to help. Just give us a call on 1800 340 631 today.