Tinnitus is a relatively common condition that will affect around 18% of Australians at some point in their lives. Characterised as constant, abnormal ear noise when there is no external sound present, tinnitus can be an ongoing source of frustration, pain and even depression for many sufferers.
If you live with tinnitus, see a hearing specialist who will advise you of your treatment options. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for this condition, but it can be managed. Book an appointment with a Connect Hearing clinician.
In the meantime, there are simple steps you can take to manage the ringing in your ears. We asked the We’re All Ears community for their tips and they responded with some great ones. Here are a few of our favourites.
- My ENT suggested listening to classical music. It seems to help. – Morgan W.
- Get busy and try to distract yourself from it. A bit of background noise is bliss while trying to sleep. – Lloyd K.
- Say hello to it every morning and remind yourself that it came to you uninvited and therefore will NOT take over your life. Live by your rules! If you’re also hearing impaired wear your hearing aids all the time to give your brain other sounds to hear. – Kathy C.
- Play soft music and close your eyes while it is playing. – Lester S
- I just ignore it. I have learned to put up with it. I get busy and have a bit of background noise. – Diane G.
- I’ve had it for three years now. Church bells loudly in my head all day and night. Drives me nuts, but not going to let it beat me. – Christina S.
- Worse when you are trying to get to sleep of a night. Soft music is good. – Elsie J.