Diagnose and Understand Your Tinnitus
DO NOT panic. Tinnitus is usually not a sign of a serious, ongoing medical condition.
CHECK things out. The sounds you hear may actually be normal sounds created by the human body at work.
SEE our specialists who are interested and experienced in tinnitus treatment.
REVIEW your current medications (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and other supplements) with your medical professional to find possible causes of your tinnitus.
BE WARY of a hopeless diagnosis or physician advice like, “There’s nothing you can do about your tinnitus. Go home and live with it.”
BE a detective. Keep track of what triggers your tinnitus.
KEEP UP TO DATE about tinnitus. More and more research by the best and the brightest is bringing us closer to successful treatments and cures for tinnitus.
Take Care of Yourself
BE KIND to yourself. Developing tinnitus means you have undergone a significant physical, emotional and maybe even life-style change.
EXAMINE how you live to find ways to eliminate or reduce some stress in different parts of your life; stress often makes tinnitus worse.
PAY ATTENTION to what you eat. One-by-one, eliminate possible sources of tinnitus aggravation, e.g., salt, artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, prescription or over-the-counter medications, tobacco and caffeine. (do not stop taking medications without consulting with your health care professional.)
DON’T GIVE UP on a treatment if it doesn’t work right away. Some can take quite a while to have a positive effect.
PROTECT YOURSELF from further auditory damage by avoiding loud places and by using earplugs when you can’t avoid loud noise.