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Ringing in the ears: best thing to do in the presence of tinnitus?

Ringing in the ears, ringing: tinnitus can be reduced with a few simple measures.

If they are prolonged, become difficult to bear and are accompanied by other symptoms, a medical consultation is necessary.

What to do yourself in case of buzzing, ringing in the ears?

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You hear noises that bother you  : buzzing, whistling, grinding, hissing, etc., rest assured because in 95% of cases, tinnitus is temporary and isolated, that is to say not associated with other symptoms. Not serious, they occur and then disappear, causing temporary discomfort.

However, if the tinnitus becomes long-lasting and bothersome on a daily basis , take steps to find relief.

Pay attention to the sound environment to limit tinnitus

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Avoid silence by listening to low-intensity background noise (eg, soft music, radio, alarm clock ticking). Indeed, it facilitates the process of habituation.

Do not expose yourself to loud sounds (chainsaw, drill, jackhammer, gunshot, motorcycle, rock concerts) which could aggravate tinnitus. If you must, use earplugs or headphones to protect yourself.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

Limit your alcohol intake . It dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow to the inner ear, sometimes amplifying tinnitus .

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Stop smoking because the nicotine in tobacco is an irritant that can also accentuate them.

Try not drinking tea, coffee, or caffeinated soda for a month. Removing these stimulants from your diet can indeed improve your condition .

Elevate your head to sleep. This improves blood circulation and may reduce your symptoms.

Practice regular physical activity, a sport or learn a relaxation technique to eliminate and/or better manage stress.

Report your tinnitus before taking a new medication

During your medical consultations or before taking self-medication , always tell your doctor or pharmacist that you suffer from tinnitus. They will be able to tell you which products can be toxic to the ear.

You are very bothered by your tinnitus, do not remain isolated

If necessary, do not hesitate to contact patient associations. You can also take part in discussion groups or therapeutic workshops.

WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSULT IN CASE OF TINNITUS?

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Consult a doctor the same day if the tinnitus occurs suddenly and is accompanied by fever and chills, sudden loss of hearing , nausea and/or vomiting , or impaired consciousness.

Make an appointment with your doctor if you are in one of the following situations  :

  • you have followed the advice given above, but your tinnitus persists or worsens  ;
  • your tinnitus becomes bothersome on a daily basis (for example, you have difficulty concentrating or sleeping)  ;
  • tinnitus appeared after head trauma  ;
  • they are pulsating  ;
  • tinnitus is associated with other symptoms  :
    • dizziness or balance disorders,
    • hearing loss ,
    • hyperacusis (annoying hypersensitivity to sounds and noises),
    • otalgia (ear pain).

Sources

  • Newman CW, Sandridqe SA, Bea SM, Cherian K, Cherian N, Kahn KM et al. Tinnitus: patients do not have “just live with it”.Cleve Clin J Med. 2011;78(5):312-9
  • Londero A, Blayo A. Tinnitus: diagnosis and treatment. EMC – AKOS (Treatise of Medicine) 2010:1-8 [Article 6-0403]
  • Thomassin JM, Rossi ME, Reyre A. Objective tinnitus. EMC – Otorhinolaryngology Elsevier Masson. 2016;11(1):1-10
  • National Institute of Health and Medical Research. Tinnitus. Website  : Inserm. Paris  ; 2016 [cited 2022 Mar 24]
  • National Health Service. Tinnitus. Website  : NHS. London  ; 2020 [cited 2022 Mar 24]
  • Otmani N, Serhier Z, Oudidi A, Bennani Othmani M. Tinnitus  : from general practitioner to specialist. Rev Med Liege 2017;72(2):97-100

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