Q: The ringing in my ears has been getting louder the last 2 to 3 years. Will hearing aids completely take away this tinnitus?
A: There are two major items to address here; 1) The impact of hearing aids on tinnitus (this was addressed last week), and 2) natural ways to reduce tinnitus.
There are numerous natural and behavioral ways, along with hearing aids, to help reduce the impact of the ringing in your ears. Certain products like alcohol, caffeine, aspirin, salt and cigarettes can increase tinnitus. Reduce your consumption of products that cause inflammation or trigger an auto immune response in you – gluten, tomatoes, peanuts – to try and reduce the tinnitus.
Reducing your stress and anxiety can reduce your tinnitus. Some reduction techniques can include meditation, yoga, guided imagery, and muscle relaxation.
Fatigue can increase tinnitus, so getting better rest and better sleep can help reduce it. Likewise, more consistent exercise, evenly mild walking, can help reduce stress, fight depression, and improve the quality of your sleep.
Treating other ailments like ear wax buildup, jaw misalignment, sinus and allergy issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid disorders might also help lower the ringing in your ears.
Ready to hear better? Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test. Listen to the newest Oticon More hearing aids. Find out what better hearing sounds like while reducing the awareness of your tinnitus. We also provide 4-week, no-obligation trials.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.