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In today’s article I wanted to speak to you beautiful people about Medication for Tinnitus, according to a recent survey from Action On Hearing loss around one in 10 UK adults has tinnitus, with recent data showing that this increases to nearly 17% of 40 to 69-year olds and 25–30% of over 70s.
Additionally it’s estimated that 1% of Tinnitus sufferers (600,000 people) are affected on a daily basis that impact their quality of life.
When I look back at my Tinnitus Journey I can say that I was part of the 1% that started impacting my quality of life, to a point it caused severe anxiety. When we speak to our GP’s or other professionals it’s very easy to seek some kind of medication in a tablet form whether that be to deal with anxiety, sleep disorder or any other behavioral disorder.
When I speak to many sufferers am glad to say they have managed to deal with in a positive way, there are a few unfortunately that have experienced Tinnitus for short period of time and instantly demanded prescribed medication be prescribed for the feeling of anxiety, stress and sleep due to Tinnitus
Experiencing Tinnitus for the first time and managing for the first 3-6 months can be very difficult, I want to stress that instantly seeking medication to manage the feeling of anxiety, stress etc will not cure your Tinnitus. According to BTA a study has shown that people who used prescribed medication to manage behavioural disorder find it more difficult to habituate to Tinnitus over time
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be taking such drugs as they do help with managing the behavioural issues that you maybe experiencing, however before we take such drugs we should look at many other possibilities before we tell the GP how to carry out their job. It’s been widely known that prescribed drugs are now becoming very addictive for people using and as a result difficult to stop taking regardless of the long term effects.
Take a look at the below that will help you manage your Tinnitus better
Understand why you may be experiencing Tinnitus
A majority of people have Tinnitus due to loud noise however others experience Tinnitus in stressful situations. If you can understand why you have or experience Tinnitus then you can put measures in place to help your yourself.
Learn methods to relax especially if you are having issues trying to get to sleep
Using simple calming techniques can be a great help in getting to sleep such as deep breathing and holding breaths, this relaxes the body and allows you to slowly drift off to sleep
Experiencing Tinnitus often many people find activities such as socialising difficult that added with a feeling of anxiety in busy environments it’s important that you recognise this is happening and face into fear of the situation. Although it will feel uncomfortable over time it will get much easier
Talk to a loved one or close friend
Telling people about your problems can literally lift the weight of your shoulders, with all the negative thoughts that may be running through your mind its good to get other peoples opinion and discuss some of the issues you are facing.
Unfortunately with prescribed medication temporary resolving most of our problems it’s important to think of the long game. All though the above won’t help you in the first number of days but longer term this will have a positive impact on yourself and give you the confidence over time to manage Tinnitus better.
There are times for prescribed drugs to be taken to manage Tinnitus better and if you are experiencing behaviour issues then you must seek professional help from your GP
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