Are you experiencing tinnitus (ringing, humming or buzzing in your ears) for the first time?
Has your tinnitus has changed or increased recently?
This is a stressful time and most of us are worrying more than usual.
Many people find that their tinnitus increases during times of anxiety.
What can you do?
- If you have hearing aids – wear them. Hearing aids are good for your hearing and your If your tinnitus is new, and bothersome/interfering with your sleep, your first port of call should be your GP. They will check to make sure your general health and wellbeing are ok, and can go over any necessary information regarding existing health conditions and medications. tinnitus, but they won’t work if you don’t put them in your ears!
- Masking noise – if your tinnitus is bothersome at night or when it is quiet it may help to have some gentle noise in the background. You can use apps which create nature noises, a CD or noise generator or even a fan or radio on between station (so it makes a static noise)
- Relaxation – generally anything that is healthy, and relaxing, is good for your tinnitus. Gentle exercise and time outside, breathing exercises, stretching, meditation can all be helpful. Take some time to check out what works for you.
- Tinnitus Consultation with an Audiologist: Many Audiologists are offering tele-health consults either on the phone or via video conference. This can give you specific information, advice and strategies tailored to your specific history and needs.
This article was contributed by Teresa Burns, Doctor of Audiology and Director of Teresa Burns Hearing Ltd in Auckland, New Zealand. She is offering tele-health Tinnitus Consultations. For more information contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org | +64 (09) 475 9849 | teresaburnshearing.co.nz