If you suffer from tinnitus, then you’ll often hear a buzzing, ringing, or whistling sound that no one else hears. It’s a common problem, and there’s nothing to really be worried about. Treatment for tinnitus is relatively straightforward as it’s mainly a case of just letting it go away over time.

However, there are ways you can prevent this condition from happening in the first place. Here are some of the best ways to do just that:

Use ear protection

One of the most common causes of tinnitus is being immersed in noisy environments. This is why people that work in loud environments are at a higher risk of developing this condition than most. A great way to prevent tinnitus in these situations is by wearing ear protection. There are several options available and your audiologist can talk you through them all and suggest the best ones. If you want, they can even make custom earplugs to protect your ears and prevent tinnitus.

Avoid listening through your headphones at high volumes

We all listen to music or other things through headphones. The problem is that most people listen at dangerously high volumes. A lot of devices will tell you when you’re going into the ‘red zone’ and choosing a volume that can damage your ears. So, avoid going over this, which is usually around 55-60 percent of the volume capacity. A simple change like this can prevent tinnitus causes by excessive headphone usage.

Clean your ears

Ear cleaning isn’t essential for everyone. However, if you generate a lot of wax and it often becomes impacted in your ears, then you may need to see an audiologist for a professional ear cleaning. Doing this can prevent tinnitus as impacted earwax is one of the most common causes of this condition.

You’ll know if you have an earwax impaction as your ears often feel blocked, itch and your hearing becomes a bit muffled.

Clean anything you put in your ears

On the topic of ear cleaning, ear protection devices and headphones, it’s vital that you keep everything clean if it’s going into your ears. When you insert something dirty into your ear, then it can very quickly cause a buildup of wax. As a result, there’s more chance of tinnitus occurring. To prevent this, give things a nice clean before you put them in.

Relieve your stress

Stress is another critical factor that can cause tinnitus in many individuals. As a result, one of the most effective ways of preventing tinnitus is by relieving your stress. Set aside time every day to relax and put your worries aside. It seems like a very simple thing to do, but you’ll be amazed at the impact this can have.

Most audiologists will treat multiple tinnitus patients every single day. It’s a widespread condition, and there are easy ways to both treat and prevent it. The easiest thing to do is to focus on prevention. If you stop it from developing in the first place, then there’s no need to undergo any of the treatment.