Stress and Tinnitus


Many people have tinnitus. Tinnitus is the perception of sound in your ears or your head when there is no external sound source.  It is often described as hearing a ringing or buzzing sound, and it may be reported as a high-pitched sound which can be very bothersome to many people affected with it.  On the flip side, there are many people who report tinnitus but also report it as ‘just background noise’. 

Why is it bothersome to some and not to others?  No one really knows the whole answer to this.  Be assured that much research continues into the mechanism which causes tinnitus – to date it remains unidentified.

If tinnitus is bothersome to you, you might consider ‘Sound Conditioning’ as a treatment strategy.  Of course you are welcome to come in to clinic to discuss this as an option.  It is known that stress is often identified by many people as a factor that causes their tinnitus to be worse.  That is, it becomes more bothersome to them when they are in times of stress.

The take away from this is; reduce stress and you will likely reduce the annoyance level of your tinnitus. Try meditation, yoga, taking a time out with a good book or some relaxing music - anything that helps calm you may reduce the negative effect stress can have on your tinnitus. 

Be sure to follow this blog for a future discussion of Sound Conditioning and its regarding tinnitus suppression.

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