Tinnitus First Aid Kit
Developed by tinnituskit
It is natural to be concerned about what is happening, but there are lots of things you can do to help yourself and to reduce the impact of tinnitus. The Tinnitus First Aid Kit will help you take those first steps.
What should I Do?
Stay calm and do not panic. It does get better for many people.
One thing to bear in mind, however tempting it is: Do not use ear plugs in normal, everyday situations hoping to block out the tinnitus noise. They could have the opposite effect. However, you should wear them when you are around loud noise. As this website isn’t a substitute for medical advice, we suggest that you consult with your doctor about your tinnitus. Ideally, this person will be interested and well informed about tinnitus – or can refer you to someone who is – perhaps an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist or an audiologist.
Although tinnitus rarely means that there is anything seriously wrong, it is wise to see your doctor if you have it. Below are some suggestions to help until you canarrange that appointment.
In addition to the self-help techniques we have already mentioned, the following strategies can be very helpful in managing tinnitus.
If you are experiencing tinnitus because of a physical injury to your head or neck, have accompanying sudden hearing loss, and/or extreme anxiety or depression, please seek medical advice immediately. You should also seek medical advice if you have tinnitus that pulses with your heartbeat, have ear pain or drainage from your ear, and/or vertigo.
Keep in Mind
Staying well physically and mentally is key to managing your reactions to tinnitus. Try to eat healthily, drink alcohol in moderation, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Keeping your body healthy and mind active and occupied with an enjoyable or interesting activity will also help. Tinnitus is very variable. Just because it is bothersome today does not mean it won’t be better tomorrow.