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Tips for coping with tinnitus

Story added 3rd Feb 2020


This Tinnitus week (3-9 February 2020) we are supporting the British Tinnitus Association campaign to make tinnitus research an urgent priority. We would like to take this opportunity to share some practical tips for coping with tinnitus. City Lit is also running a short practical course this March: Manage your tinnitus taught by Dr. Lucy Handscomb PhD, an expert in this field. 

City Lit tips for coping with tinnitus

Tinnitus is when you hear noises that are not caused by an outside source, like ringing, humming or buzzing. It can be very difficult to live with, but here are some simple things you can do to help alleviate it:

  • Avoid anxiety or stress as these can make your tinnitus more noticeable.
  • Find a relaxation technique that works for you as this can help ease the tinnitus.
  • We notice tinnitus more when it’s quiet, so try using other sounds that you find pleasant to mask it, for example music or environmental sounds. You can buy equipment or use apps to help.
  • The more you think about it, the louder it gets. So keep active and distract yourself with other interests.
  • If you have difficulty hearing, then it may help to wear a hearing aid which will bring in more outside noise to mask the tinnitus. It may also help to reduce the stress of trying to hear.
  • Protect your hearing from loud noise by wearing earplugs or ear defenders. Exposure to loud noise is known to cause and aggravate tinnitus.
  • Ask your doctor to check for wax and/or refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist or audiologist for a hearing check.
  • Don't forget to check out the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) website for detailed information and support. They have a helpline and can signpost to a self-help group.



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