Tinnitus Awareness: Yes, there is hope

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Feb 05, 2020

If you’re one of the 30% of the UK population who’s experienced tinnitus at some point in their lives, you’ll know the trauma it can bring. But while there’s no cure for tinnitus, there are many treatments available that can make life a little easier.

For Tinnitus Awareness Week 2020, we’ve put together a list of the top treatments that can help you manage the symptoms.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on reducing stress levels associated with tinnitus that can exacerbate the condition. As you begin to control the negative feelings, the tinnitus becomes less noticeable. CBT is one of the few treatments that’s proven to make a real difference to tinnitus symptoms.

Sound Enrichment Therapy

Uses natural background sounds such as rain or birdsong are used to distract your brain from the tinnitus noise in your ears. Many hearing aids now also have a tinnitus relief feature that behaves as a Sound Enrichment Therapy.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Combines sound enrichment and CBT therapy, helping you to focus on relaxing natural sounds and managing your tinnitus effectively.

Ear wax removal

Sometimes tinnitus can be caused by a build-up of ear wax. Book an appointment with a THCP audiologist today and benefit from the latest ear wax removal techniques for completely painless tinnitus relief.

Relaxation

For some people, practising relaxation techniques has helped them reduce the stress and anxiety related to tinnitus. It can help you find ways to tune out the noise. Why not try yoga, tai chi, meditation or a mindfulness app?

Exercise

You don’t need to start training for a marathon, but going for a brisk walk or signing up for dance classes will improve your overall health and wellbeing, help you sleep better, and could help take your mind off the symptoms of tinnitus.

See an audiologist

If you think you may be suffering from tinnitus, it’s important to get it checked out by a professional. Book an appointment to see one of our experts today and we can give you personal advice on what tinnitus treatments will be beneficial to you. Book online, over the phone on 0800 52 00 546 or come into your local practice.

References Information based on advice from the British Tinnitus Association https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/what-can-i-do-about-it