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You’re probably reading this because you wanted to find out about a tinnitus cure, firstly apologies, as I’m going to slowly, let you down. Don’t worry you will be able to take something away from reading this
In this article, we are going to go through a number of proven techniques that have been proven to help people with tinnitus and also discuss why you should avoid miracle cures that claim to cure tinnitus.
Is there a cure for tinnitus?
One of the most difficult messages to understand as a tinnitus sufferer is that there is currently no cure. Unfortunately many sufferers find this difficult to understand and often look to alternative methods to cure tinnitus. Searching the internet you will find many products that will claim to cure or help tinnitus. To put things into perspective there is currently no FDA approved drug that cures tinnitus. Which means if you are buying medical tablets that clearly state they will be able to cure tinnitus then this is incorrect. If you do find yourself drawn towards products that claim to help tinnitus then carrying out as much research is key
How can I research products?
As mentioned carrying out research is key and not impulsive buying the first product that comes to you
Understand what the product is offering
Join forum groups speak with other sufferers who may have tried the same product, don’t just go off testimonials the company may provide
Understand what the product does and side effects it may cause
Speak with your doctor and ask for feedback
There are drugs that can help the behaviour issues with tinnitus such as anxiety and stress which can make the perceived sound feel lower. If you are in search for these types of medications that help with the behaviour issues then you will need to speak with your doctor about some of your options
Proven ways to help
There are many treatments and self-help techniques that are proven to help tinnitus sufferers, the more widely known ways are
sound therapy – Some people feel sound enrichment brings about actual physiological changes in sensitivity in the hearing parts of the brain, while others think it acts as a psychological distraction or an aid to relaxation. It may be a combination of these things.
Sound enrichment can be provided by:
environmental sound (such as having a window open)
a CD or mp3 download or the radio
a smartphone App
bedside/table-top sound generators
a wearable sound generator
Counselling – Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. The aim of counselling is to educate you about tinnitus and help you learn to cope with it more effectively
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – therapy that aims to help change the way you think about your tinnitus so it becomes less noticeable. CBT can be very powerful especially if you are experiencing negative mind talk about this condition
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) – therapy that aims to help retrain the way your brain responds to tinnitus so you start to tune the sound out and become less aware of it. TRT combines counselling and low-level sound therapy. It doesn’t work directly on your tinnitus,
but on your awareness and understanding of it. Some clinics use aspects of TRT that may help you to manage your tinnitus, sometimes alongside other therapies. In time, as your awareness of the sounds is reduced, you’ll only notice your tinnitus when you focus on it. This is known as ‘habituation’ and is the ultimate goal of TRT.
Unfortunately many sufferers are unaware at some of the proven methods that can help sufferers. Before you find yourself drawn to products or methods make sure you follow this guide and speak to as many people as possible
Hope this has helped