Tinnitus can be unbelievably demanding to manage, which is why we are revisiting some long standing treatment options. Some techniques have become very popular while others continue to be less mainstream. You might like to revisit them too.
If you hear noise in your ears that other people around you cannot hear then you probably already know that you have tinnitus. Whether it be ringing or buzzing or humming is is still classified as tinnitus.
Many people have reversible tinnitus, while many are stuck with ongoing, continuous sound which can reach volumes that are loud enough and annoying enough to disrupt daily activities.
Websites and forums include a wealth of useful advice, stories, and suggestions… and more than a handful of people claim to have experienced major breakthroughs. There is no shortage of things you can try to reduce the sound to a manageable level. Here are a few:
Popular Tinnitus Treatment Options
Suppress the noises
White noise is the term given to gentle, repetitive background sounds. The most efficient white noises include rainfall, seaside waves or breezes. These are sounds that are proven to have a calming effect which in turn suppresses how you hear the sounds of tinnitus. Certain studio produced music also claims to be an effective form of white noise.
For people who already have a known hearing loss and are wearing hearing aids, the technology is also available to incorporate a tinnitus dampening feature. This is an advanced technology which can be discussed with an experienced, Independent Audiologist about which is the right solution for you.
Meditation for tinnitus
Clearing your mind of all thought is the classical meditation approach. Combining mindfulness with meditation allows for the clearing of the sounds you can hear. The ability to transform annoying, deafening noises into a more quiet situation is not instantaneous. It takes time and practice for your mind to be re-trained in this mindfulness technique.
Start by sitting in a comfortable position, relax your muscles and even your breathing. With practice you may surprise yourself. Guided meditation with an experienced teacher may be helpful.
Less Mainstream Tinnitus Treatment Options
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (controversial)
- Fresh pineapple, and lots of it!
- Mullein (homeopathic herb)
- Vinpocetine (man-made chemical)
Tinnitus is a difficult symptom to live with. We always encourage you to check for underlying medical conditions which may be to blame. In the event that the ringing, buzzing sounds persist we understand the need to pursue treatment options. There are countless treatment options for you to try. We suggest that you use common sense and only try one new technique at a time – under the supervision of your doctor or Audiologist. When you have success please let us know.