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Living with Tinnitus: How to Cope

Living with Tinnitus: How to Cope

Tinnitus is a condition that affects nearly 50 million Americans every single day. It is characterized as the hearing of a noise that isn’t there, usually ringing, buzzing, chirping or roaring. These sounds are heard by the ear as a result of hearing loss, exposure to loud noises and even medical conditions. However, they are actually sounds perceived by the brain.

Unfortunately, soldiers who served in the Armed Forces from 2003-2015 were given 3M defective earplugs and exposed to extremely loud noises that left thousands with hearing loss and tinnitus. While there may be no known way to completely eliminate tinnitus, there are certain things you can do to cope with it and live a normal life so it doesn’t interfere with your everyday activities or enjoyment.

Relaxation Exercises

Certain factors can worsen tinnitus, such as stress and not getting enough sleep. Research has proven that well-being and tinnitus have a direct relationship. As a result, it’s important to get enough rest to keep tinnitus under control. Relaxation exercises can also be helpful since they typically reduce stress. One way you can relax and ease symptoms is by performing breathing exercises. There are apps to install on your smartphone that coach you to breathe slowly and deliberately, in order to ease away tension.

Counseling and Group Therapy

If your tinnitus is particularly disruptive, counseling and group therapy can help. Through counseling, you can learn techniques to help control stress and change your thoughts. Group therapy is particularly effective since patients get to be with other people who are going through the same thing and can talk openly about their experiences.

If properly utilized, therapy can help you accept your tinnitus and learn how to control your emotions about it. When your thoughts are under control, you can better manage day-to-day life with tinnitus.

Sound Therapy

Certain everyday sounds can help to ease your tinnitus so that it’s less noticeable. While this is generally easy throughout the day, it can be more challenging at night when you go to bed. However, there are many options available to you regarding sound therapy. There are noise machines that play various soothing sounds right at your bedside. You can also download a sound app on your smartphone and play it when you go to bed to help you sleep if your tinnitus is disruptive.

Alternative Therapies

There are a number of other alternative therapies available to patients that can help with tinnitus. Some people find that acupuncture eases the sound in their ears. Seeing a chiropractor is helpful, as it can help to ease stress. Hypnosis can retrain your brain, which can provide support as well. In some cases, physical therapy may also be helpful.

If your tinnitus was caused by defective 3M earplugs, you deserve just compensation for what you have endured. Our firm stands ready to fight for your rights so you can focus on healing. Contact Vollor & Lang at (662) 269-6188 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Starkville trial attorneys.

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