Living a Normal Life With Tinnitus
When there is a constant noise in your ear, it can be difficult to focus on anything else. Tinnitus affects many people differently. For some, it’s an ever-present drone that gets better and worse at different points. For others, it only occurs at specific times. For a few, it never ceases.
As such, it can be a highly distracting symptom to live with and can have significant impacts on your quality of life. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to live a normal life tinnitus. With the help of your audiologist, that’s very far from the truth.
Here, we’re going to look at how the right approach to treatment can help you get back to your life, no matter what kind of tinnitus you might experience.
Using devices that can drown your tinnitus out
One of the most common ways to fight tinnitus is with a hearing aid that has sound masking features. This solution works in two ways. People have used hearing aids in the past to fight the symptoms of tinnitus as it’s often associated with hearing loss and the devices allow them to hear past the tinnitus. There are also sound masking devices that look a lot like hearing aids. These devices play sounds that are much more pleasant than the noise produced by tinnitus, effectively drowning it out so you can hear beyond it.
Hearing aids with masking features offer the best of both worlds at the same time, allowing you to improve your hearing and fight any associated hearing loss while also tuning out your tinnitus with the help of a much more appealing sound. As such, you can find yourself still able to communicate effectively with others, be less distracted by the sound of tinnitus, and be less exhausted by the effort it can take to try and ignore the symptoms.
Mitigating the impact that tinnitus can have on your life
One of the reasons that people can find it so difficult to live a normal everyday life with tinnitus is that it can affect their lives in ways they don’t expect. As mentioned, it can make it more exhausting to go through day-to-day life, as you may need to put more effort and energy into things as simple as listening to others and focusing on noises beyond your tinnitus.
Furthermore, tinnitus can greatly impact your sleep. For many people, this is when the noise produced by the symptom becomes the loudest and most noticeable. Many people with tinnitus find trouble managing a healthy sleeping routine. This means that they’re likely to be much less energetic, to have trouble concentrating, and to be more vulnerable to experiences of stress and back pain.
Noise machines are often used in tinnitus treatment to help people living with the symptoms get to sleep. A relaxing low-level noise helps them tune out their tinnitus at night time, making it easier to drift off. As such, they are able to wake up refreshed and much better suited for tackling the day ahead.
Making tinnitus a part of your daily experience
There are devices that can help you better ignore tinnitus while you’re using them. However, that may not offer significant long-term improvement for some. Everyone experiences tinnitus differently. For people who don’t find the relief they need with other methods, tinnitus retraining therapy may be the best approach.
With TRT, as it’s often abbreviated, your audiologist can help you learn how to habituate the sound of your tinnitus. With the aid of sound masking technology, you can actively learn how to become used to the sound of tinnitus. The more acclimated you are to it, the easier it is for your brain to subconsciously filter it out.
When successful, TRT makes it so that people living with tinnitus notice it far less often. It can be combined with the use of a noise machine to help with nighttime, when it might suddenly become more noticeable, as well.
Take that all-important first step with your audiologist
As mentioned, different people respond differently to the tinnitus treatments available. One might be better for you than others. The only way to know for certain is to try them out and go over the results with the help of your audiologist.
If you want to learn more about how we can help you live a normal life with your tinnitus, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Hearing Health Care. Call our office in Myrtle Beach at 843-497-6156 or our Conway office at 843-488-2717.