Tips for living with tinnitus
So take heart – you can beat tinnitus. A positive attitude is very helpful. Relaxation techniques, an active social life, sports, and hobbies can assist you in taking control of your life – even with tinnitus. We’ve summarized a few practical tips here, recently developed by Siemens together with ENT doctors, psychologist and acousticians.
Relearning how you hear
Listen consciously to the world around you. Enjoy your favorite music or simply the sound of birds in the trees. Everything that provides your ears with varied sound impressions deflects attention away from tinnitus.
Tips for recuperative sleep
The more active you are during the day, the easier it is to sleep at night. Avoid black tea, coffee or heavy meals in the evening. Neither alcohol nor sleeping pills guarantee restful sleep – a warm bath before you go to bed is a better option.
Get active, stay on the move
Relish life with family and friends, and organize your private life to include plenty of activity and variety. Keep an open mind. Everything that increases your personal sense of well-being and enjoyment of life decreases tinnitus’ hold over it.
Give yourself a break now and again. However, avoid complete silence, which is an open invitation for tinnitus to take hold. Opt for enjoyable sources of sound stimulus, an audio book or relaxing music.
Promote your physical fitness
People who participate in sports are healthier and this also applies to people with tinnitus. Everything you enjoy doing and that tests your physical fitness is good for you. Even if your tinnitus seems louder when doing sports, it is no cause for concern.
Learn to relax effectively
Precisely because tinnitus causes tension, it is important to learn relaxation methods and use them regularly. Some recommended relaxation methods are Feldenkrais, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong.