What is Tinnitus and 10 Tips to Get Relief

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!)

7. Keep your energy levels up and your immune system strong (do Main Central Exercise and the Immune Booster Hold)

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:

Self Help for Tinnitus with simple JSJ Hold

jin shin jyutsu holds ring finger 3

That maddening sound inside the ear – like a buzzing, hissing or ringing noise – is called tinnitus and it can drive one crazy. I find it is made worse when I am tired, or when I’ve been on the phone quite a lot (mobile phones are even worse so use them sparingly!).

Most Jin Shin Jyutsu holds or flows can help calm the noise.

However, I find that holding the ring finger is quite a simple and effective way to radically subdue the tinnitus, especially just before sleep.

See also my top ten tips to manage tinnitus (with video).

Self Help that works: As Easy as Holding a Finger

The hands and the fingers are the keys to self help in Jin Shin Jyutsu. Master Jiro Murai practised only a few  finger positions for seven days when he was labelled ‘terminally ill’ and made a full recovery.

He also fasted and meditated which I’m sure fast tracked things considerably – but I wouldn’t advise anyone doing this without medical supervision, especially if any condition has already been diagnosed.

However, holding the fingers every day, whenever your hands are free to do so, is a good way to  clean, harmonise and revitalise all our 144,000 energy functions.

The good news is that the effects over time are cumulative, so the more you hold your fingers, the more you’ll feel the effects (you’ll feel calmer, think straighter, have more energy etc).

See the links below for how to hold the thumb and each finger and harmonise each corresponding emotion (or ATTITUDE as they’re called in Jin Shin Jyutsu) as well as helping many other things:

Hold the thumb for WORRY (and insomnia)
Hold the index finger for FEAR or ANXIETY
Hold the middle finger for ANGER
Hold the ring finger for GRIEF (and tinnitus)
Hold the little finger for PRETENSE or TRYING TO (too hard)