Tinnitus is a prevalent symptom of a wide range of underlying conditions. Most of us experience tinnitus at some time in our lives. Every time we go from a noisy environment like a nightclub or a concert into a quiet space, we may hear the familiar ringing and roar of tinnitus. When we have a particularly stressful day at work that’s powered by adrenaline and espresso, we may find that tinnitus rears its ugly head and sings its irritating song in our ears. When we’re in an environment with a healthy amount of background noise, it can be distracting. When we’re in a quiet environment, however, it can be infuriating.

The good news is that there are many ways in which tinnitus can be kept at bay, prevented and managed effectively.

Cause is key!

The key to managing tinnitus is diagnosing and understanding the underlying cause. As previously stated, tinnitus is always a symptom of an underlying issue and not a condition of its own. Speaking to your local hearing professional or ear nose and throat clinic can help you to identify the cause and seek appropriate treatment. Some of the top methods for managing tinnitus include:

Get a hearing instrument fitted

A hearing aid can be an invaluable tool in keeping tinnitus at bay whether it’s caused by lifestyle factors like noisy environments, genetic conditions or something as simple as aging. The absence of sound can exacerbate tinnitus and being able to hear with greater accuracy can help to keep it at bay. Stimulating the connection between the brain and auditory pathways often makes tinnitus either less noticeable or altogether absent. Some hearing aids are also equipped with built-in tinnitus canceling technology that emits a low-level noise to cancel out the characteristic ringing of tinnitus.

Take steps to reduce stress

In today’s fast-paced environment where we seem to be working harder and for longer hours than ever, we can all become casualties of stress. Unfortunately, where there’s long term stress, there is inevitably hypertension (high blood pressure). This, in turn, can often cause tinnitus to manifest.

Take steps to reduce stress. Exercise regularly, cut back on caffeine and salt and focus on breathing deeply. Mindfulness meditation is a great way to reduce stress, and it only takes around five minutes a day.

These steps will help to normalize your blood pressure and keep tinnitus at bay.

Get your ears examined and cleaned regularly

Tinnitus can often be caused by a buildup of wax in the inner ear. While earwax is essential to keeping your ears healthy and debris-free, if we don’t get regular ear examinations and cleaning at the hands of a skilled hearing professional, we can find ourselves at greater risk of experiencing tinnitus if an impaction occurs.

Listen to soft music

The absence of sound can often exacerbate tinnitus, as can loud noises. Try listening to soft background music to stimulate the auditory nerves and help to make tinnitus more manageable.

If you try all of the above but still struggle to manage your tinnitus, seek the aid of a qualified hearing professional. They will help you to identify the cause of your tinnitus and suggest an appropriate treatment.