Almost everyone at one time or another has experienced brief periods of mild ringing in the ear. But if your ear ringing has left you with sleepless nights and bothered you constantly during the day, it’s time to consider a therapy.
Ringing in the ear is known as tinnitus. It is a ringing, buzzing, swishing, clicking, or other type of noise that seems to originate in the head rather than from an external source. It can occur in one or both ears. Mostly it is not a disease itself but caused by other factors like age-related hearing loss, an ear injury or infection, exposure to loud noise, high altitudes, respiratory infections, earwax blockage or diseases like high or low blood pressure. This annoying condition can interfere with daily activities and cause difficulty hearing, working, concentrating and sleeping. While it is not always easy to find the exact cause of tinnitus, there are a number of effective remedies to make it less annoying.
Get used to tinnitus: It may seem hard to believe, but learning to ignore your tinnitus can help you cope with it. Follow these suggestions:
- Try not to notice the ringing or buzzing.
- Keep yourself distracted with your favorite activities.
Over time, you may find that you get used to tinnitus, and the sounds in your head no longer bother you.
Identify what makes tinnitus worse for you. Some people complaint that certain foods, drinks, medicines or aura makes their symptoms worse. Not everyone is affected the same way, so try to avoid triggers one at a time and keep a note of it.
Avoid the ones that affect you the most. The most common triggers include:
- Drinks with caffeine such as cola, coffee, tea, and energy drinks
Add soothing sounds to silent environments: Tinnitus may be very annoying when it is quiet around. Try to distract yourself from the ringing sound in your ear with some soothing and relaxing sounds. This is especially very helpful at the time of sleeping.
- Play soft music in the background
- Turn on a fan
Sound masking machines: . These can be a cheap and effective way to change your environment in order to cure ringing ears. A white-noise machine is a device that creates sounds of ocean waves, wind blowing, dripping water or birds chirping to make it easy for you to fall asleep. Although some may be in the form of a small machine, you can also get one to wear in the ear to mask the constant sounds.
Food to naturally cure tinnitus: Some foods may have the effect of increasing the intensity of tinnitus while others help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus. Adopting good and healthy eating habits helps address those nutritional deficiencies that cause tinnitus. Adequate intake of protein, vitamins A, E, B, zinc and chlorine are of particular importance in combating tinnitus. Try ginger, onion and apple cider vinegar to alleviate the symptoms.