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How to get rid of tinnitus?
Tinnitus is not generally quickly fixable and often improves gradually over time.
However, there are a number of different treatments that you could try to help you cope with the condition.
Identifying the cause of your tinnitus
Sometimes, tinnitus can be caused by an underlying health condition, such as earwax build-up. In this case, your GP or a Private Audiologist will be able to provide eardrops or ear irrigation therapy to clear the accumulation of wax, thus relieving or reducing your tinnitus.
If no physical cause can be identified for your tinnitus, there are a number of treatments that can help to relieve the condition.
Hearing loss correction
Sometimes, tinnitus can be worsened if your hearing is deteriorating and you are straining to listen. Having your hearing tested regularly by a specialist and wearing appropriate hearing aids can help to relieve your tinnitus.
Tinnitus is very often more noticeable and intrusive in very quiet environments. Sound therapy seeks to fill any silence with neutral sounds, which effectively distract you from the tinnitus. Simple measures like opening a window to admit sounds from outside can be effective, as can leaving a television or radio switched on to provide background noise.
White noise generators and pillows containing built-in speakers can also help to provide a distraction from troubling tinnitus.
Tinnitus counselling is a form of therapy that is carried out by specialist hearing therapists, audiologists or doctors and can help you to learn how to cope with your tinnitus and manage it effectively.
Counselling can include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is based on the premise that your thoughts can affect the way you behave or react in certain situations. Where tinnitus is concerned, it is thought that the more knowledge you have about your condition, the easier it will be to change the way in which you behave. Reducing your anxiety can help you to accept the sounds of your tinnitus, eventually making it less noticeable.
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)
TRT is a form of special therapy that attempts to retrain your brain in the way in which it responds to tinnitus. This can help you to tune out the sounds and therefore become less aware of them. TRT takes the form of a combination of intensive sound therapy and long-term counselling.
If you suffer from tinnitus, there are a number of different ways in which you can tackle the problem. Some of the treatment options are available on the NHS, whereas others are only accessible privately. Your GP will be able to provide you with more information on this. For those seeking Private help, please consider booking a free consultation with one of our expert Audiologists by calling 0800 211 8320
It can also be a good idea to join a tinnitus support group in your local area where you can discuss your problem with others in a similar situation.
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