The official definition of Tinnitus is: “A ringing, roaring or clicking in the ears.”
Whichever way you look at it, it’s noise and it’s infuriating.
I suffer from Tinnitus (although I’m by no means the severest of cases). I read the other day that 12 million people in the US suffer from Tinnitus and 7 million in the UK. That’s a lot of people with ringing in the ears, and unfortunately there is no cure, as far as I know. So one must learn to manage it.
There are ways of relieving the intensity of the tinnitus, and here I share some personal tips with you. Some of them might surprise you! I certainly found out some interesting information while I was doing my research.
So, below are my 10 Tips For Tinnitus Relief:
1. It would seem obvious, but avoid loud noises, music, etc.
2. Minimize the use of headphones, ipods, etc (sorry!)
3. Minimize or eliminate the use of cell (mobile) phones and DECT cordless phones in the home and office (avoid carrying phones and/or pagers on your body)
4. Get rid of phones and electric clock radios next to your head at night, especially if they’re cordless, and don’t leave your mobile phone on your bedside table
5. Minimize, if you can, exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMF), including WI-FI (turn it off at night!), communication towers, transformers, power lines and electrical appliances (like hair dryers) – if you can’t minimize exposure then there are ways to protect yourself (contact me for more information).
6. Avoid sinus and nose congestion – so keep the passages open and free as much as possible (the build up of mucus can affect the whole nose, throat, ear area!)
8. Reduce or eliminate coffee and caffeine from your diet. Surprisingly, caffeine has been shown to worsen the symptoms of tinnitus (that was a new one for me!)
9. TMJ syndrome can exacerbate tinnitus. TMJ stands for Temporo Mandibular Joint and it’s located near the ear – I have found that easing the tension in this area with some massage is quite useful
10. An all around remedy for ears is to put one drop of Lavender essential oil (use the variety Lavandula Angustifolia) on some cotton wool and place it in the ear overnight. I find that this helps soothe the ears, especially if there is any pain or discomfort. Lavender is one of the safest oils, but of course, do not take the oil internally. And remember, with essential oils, less is always better.
And of course, I find great comfort for the ears and relief from tinnitus by using some finger positions (‘mudras’) and some self help holds. I got one of the holds from a dear friend in India.
In this video, Tinnitus Self Help Holds, I show you some of those exercises: