Tinnitus intensity varies depending on numerous things, including the patient’s overall health. There are easy things patients can do to help.
Patients with tinnitus can enhance their quality of life by engaging in activities such as yoga, meditation, and other forms of self-care. There is no direct correlation between general health and tinnitus, but it can have a significant impact on the quality of life for those who suffer from tinnitus.
The following is a list of suggestions for tinnitus patients who want to improve their overall well-being.
Diet: There isn’t much data to suggest that certain diets (or the avoidance of certain foods) lead to a reduction in tinnitus symptoms. A good diet has numerous positive impacts on the body, which may reduce the effects of tinnitus. Your tinnitus can benefit from a healthy diet that lowers your blood pressure and weight, increases blood flow, boosts energy, and improves your mental well-being.
Tinnitus and Meniere’s Disease sufferers might want to consider a low-salt diet, as salt consumption is strongly linked to the onset of symptoms.
Caffeine consumption is a common diet-related tinnitus topic of concern. Caffeine’s effect on tinnitus symptoms has not been well studied. In the end, tinnitus patients should monitor their own caffeine use and modify accordingly. If caffeine considerably increases your tinnitus, you may want to reduce your intake; if caffeine has no effect on your tinnitus and/or is a pleasant part of your daily routine, you may want to continue your normal intake as well. (This general guideline applies to most other dietary factors as well, such as alcoholic beverages.)
Exercise: In addition to improving your physical health, exercising can also improve your emotional well-being and lessen the effects of tinnitus. Stress has been shown to exacerbate the symptoms of tinnitus, thus engaging in regular physical activity can help.
Social Interaction: Often tinnitus sufferer’s express feelings of social isolation as a result of communication difficulties, sound sensitivity, and/or irritability. Unfortunately, withdrawing from social situations produces a cycle of negative reinforcements that may exacerbate tinnitus. (Isolation causes patients to focus their attention more on their tinnitus, which reduces their likelihood of socializing, which further concentrates attention on tinnitus, and so forth.) Social interactions with friends, family, and peers can serve as a beneficial distraction for those suffering from tinnitus symptoms. Additionally, they can boost emotional well-being, general sentiments of happiness, and optimism. When you share your story with others, you can build a network of people who can provide emotional support and encouragement when you need it most.
Hobbies and Recreational Activities: Some patients feel that having tinnitus means giving up hobbies. That is not the case. Patients can and should continue to engage in things that bring them joy and provide pleasant distractions from their tinnitus.
Some hobbies may even directly mask tinnitus. Many cyclists report that the sound of wind rushing through their ears masks their tinnitus (Of fact, each patient is unique, and a sound that masks one person may irritate another.)
Tinnitus patients may need to make slight changes or take precautions before participating in some recreational activities, particularly those that entail loud noise. Patients should see their hearing health specialist for advice on the proper hearing protection to wear during these activities.
Stress Management with Biofeedback: By and large, any activity that alleviates stress may also alleviate the severity of tinnitus symptoms. Along with diet, exercise, and socialization, patients may find mindfulness-based stress-relief techniques useful.
Biofeedback is a type of relaxation therapy that teaches patients how to regulate various autonomic body processes such as pulse, muscular tension, and skin temperature. Biofeedback aims to assist individuals in managing stress and anxiety by altering the body’s response to these negative influences. By changing the patient’s thoughts and feelings, the body’s stress reaction can be minimized. Biofeedback is used to treat a range of chronic disorders, and many tinnitus patients report a decrease in symptoms when they are able to manage their stress.
Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy has been shown to aid in relaxation and managing anxiety. Additionally, it may change neuronal connections between different parts of the brain. As such, it is frequently promoted as a beneficial health choice for those suffering with tinnitus.
Protective Hearing Devices: Personal hearing protection can help many individuals, especially those with high sound sensitivity. Earmuffs, ear plugs, and other sound mufflers help protect against painful sounds and future auditory system damage.
While wearing hearing protection is recommended, it does not cure tinnitus. Because these items filter ambient sounds, some patients report that their tinnitus increases louder when using them.