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Dealing with Tinnitus

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Do you ever struggle with a ringing in you ears? If you do, you're not alone. In fact, approximately 12 million Americans suffer from tinnitus. If you're like me, though, you are prone to assume that it's all elderly folks who are probably suffering from quite an onslaught of illnesses from the very act of growing older. Sadly, that is not the case...nor is the opposite true. It's not just young rockers who suffer from tinnitus, though consistently surrounding yourself with loud noises can and definitely does contribute to ringing in the ears.All that to say that regardless of your age, tinnitus is not a walk in the park and can really affect your daily life and even your ability to sleep well. There are a few preventative actions you can take, as well as some treatments options.

Consider your environment and surroundings.

  • Do you attend concerts?
  • Are you around loud machinery frequently?
  • Do you hunt or shoot guns, or are you around people who do?

If so, try to avoid such loud places when possible by taking another route, or even choosing another hobby. Additionally, if you do keep finding yourself in loud places, keep a pair of ear plugs handy and protect your ears.

Try sound therapy.

Much of the discomfort caused by tinnitus is a result of the inconsistency of the ringing. If you are needing better focus at work or just need to be able to tune out the ringing to fall asleep, sound therapy found in sound machines is an effective means of combatting tinnitus. Sound machines provide consistent, low-level nature sounds that both soothe and cover the more uncomfortable sound caused by tinnitus.

Tinnitus can be debilitating, but knowing ow to treat it is half the battle. Just by being prepared with ear plugs for noisy situations and keeping a sound machine handy for home and work, you'll be able to tune out the ringing.


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