Hello everyone and welcome. In this article, I would like to share with you my 5 ways on how to treat tinnitus naturally. Some of these ways may have been overlooked and is worthwhile to try.
I would encourage you to share your story of what natural way/s has helped you, so that we can all help each other. This is the main purpose of this site. So please don’t be shy, use the comments box below.
The low-down on Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the dreadful ringing, whistling, roaring noises that one experiences. It may come and go. The intensity varies from time to time, and can be exaggarated by things such as stress. (Yeah!!! Well stress can cause a colossal amount of problems to us humans!!! What a bugger!!!)
It is very “Real” to the sufferer and it can affect the person’s life significantly. Besides stress, tinnitus can be affected by numerous other things such as
- Exposure to loud noise,
- Injury to the head,
- Meniere’s Disease,
- Certain infections and medications,
- TMJ(Temporomandibular Joint).
How do you treat tinnitus?
I wish that the answer would be as clear as day.
When treating tinnitus, it’s sometimes a case of what works for you may not necessarily help me.
Having said that, it is my hope that these natural ways may offer to you some relief.
So let’s get this ball rolling with natural “remedy” Nr 1.
First off, let me start with the “energy formula,” the morning booster we all have come to know as coffee. As you may well have heard by now, caffeine is not really good for tinnitus. In fact, there are tons of articles around the web, telling you that its consumption can make the ringing in your ears worse.
I do not disagree with these statements, but I personally have not felt my tinnitus go crazy after coffee consumption. In fact, I published an experiment, awhile back whereby I subjected myself to drinking at least one cup of coffee a day for an entire month.
Believe it or not, my tinnitus did not get any worse.
Now, for the record, I am not telling anyone to go ahead and drink coffee. Some of you, many find that it aggravates the Tinnitus. I urge you to stop in this case. We are all different.
Next up, we talk about salty foods. Now, here I can tell you, I thread very lightly. Oh yeah, give me a medium size popcorn and my tinnitus flies through the roof. Whilst the recommend daily intake of salt should be around 1500mg, a lot of people are exceeding this by consuming around 3300mg, over double the RDA.
The sodium increases water build up in the body and this increases overall blood flow within the body including the ears thereby aggravating or bringing about the tinnitus.
So what are the other main culprits to avoid that contains high sodium content?
Besides popcorn, avoid the likes of chips, pretzels, cheese, canned vegetables and pizza(sorry guys!!).
Please do check out my article, “The Top 10 Salty Foods to avoid In Tinnitus.” to get the complete list and learn more.
2.Escape out to Mother Nature
Listening to the birds, the rivers flowing and the wind whistling is literally the sweetest melodies that I have ever heard. This ‘music’ does wonders for the tinnitus.
Yes, there are CD’s with nature sounds and they are great. But, I think you would agree with me, that nothing beats the original. And there is a bonus added to this.
You are getting yourself out into the open, you’re connecting with nature and that in itself is healing. Research has shown that being in nature helps to bring down stress levels quickly and promotes relaxation.
Think of it as your natural antidepressant, giving you peace for your mind, body and soul.
I try to go out for my mini-hike of 4kms at least once a week. It’s become a part of my lifestyle, and I look forward to it every time.
Give it a go, but please do me one favour. It may be hard at first but just for that one or two hours, put your phone off.Let it just be you and the sounds of nature.
Read more about my journey here, “Nature’s Touch, and how it helps the ringing in my ears.”
3. Mindfulness Meditation
Our brain is really powerful, and can do some amazing stuff. Ever saw the movie “The Matrix,” of course you have.
Remember the scene where Neo, is waiting for the oracle and talks to one of the ‘gifted’ kids. He shows Neo his capability of bending a spoon using the power of his mind.(Watch the short clip below, from this movie)
Now, I have not come to that point as yet, but I have learnt a trick or two when it comes to using your mind when dealing with tinnitus.
During one of my Tinnitus Retraining Therapy sessions, my audiologist taught me something about tinnitus. Yes, it is the brain’s perception of noise. This comes about as a result of compensating for the loss due to an insult like loud noise(or one of the causes I mentioned above)
So, rather than resisting the noise and ignoring it, make peace with it and acknowledge the ringing. I thought to myself, “is this lady nuts?’
Her reasoning was as follows, the brain deals with foreign and familiar noises differently.
If the noise is all too familiar, then the brain does not bother or make it any issue. If the noise is foreign, as in the case of tinnitus noises, then it will bring it to the forefront.
This is why it is so pronounced in our case. So,by telling our minds that the noise is familiar, will give it less attention and we can bring down the ringing sounds.
But how do we accomplish this?
By practicing mindfulness meditation. This is a techniques that trains the person to deliberately listen to the tinnitus noises.It may not be for everyone, and does require time, patience and practice.
It allows the person to confront his or her anxiety and fear associated with tinnitus.
I personally found this to be hard at first. Yes, it takes time , but it allows you to deal with that internal battle and make peace with it.
4. Dancing, Yoga and Tai Chi
Letting your hair down and allowing your body to groove to the beats,gets to you leave all your troubles aside and just have some fun!!
Dancing, I find is not strenuous and does not intensify my tinnitus. Unless, of course if you are in a club and the music is really loud.
I like to do the Zumba Dance routine workouts. Its gets me to enjoy the rhythms of latin music and I get a good workout as well.(do check it out)
The best part about dancing is that it is suited for everyone, young or old and there are no rules, just groove along, plain and simple.
So how does dancing help with Tinnitus?
I find that by dancing I am taken into another world. I forget about the problems or any inhibitions for that moment and just let go. It is at that point, that the ringing or whistling takes a back seat and does not take precedence over me.
I feel free and wish that the rhythms and melodies would last forever. Boy!! That would be fantastic!!
What about Yoga and Tai Chi?
When I am not doing dancing, I try to squeeze in time to do a Yoga or Tai-Chi session.
Yoga, involves stretching and balancing and its full benefits are achieved by “focused breathing” and “clearing of the mind.”
I find that this practice helps to calm the body, mind and soul and offers a sense of inner peace. Whilst performing theses postures, I am more focused on what I am doing and just being in this present moment gives me relief from my tinnitus.
Focusing on the ‘here’ and ‘now’ allows one to not be distracted by problems or things that may bring about anxiety. This is why I feel Yoga is great for Tinnitus.
For more reading, check out, “Yoga and Tinnitus, a good Match-up or not ?”
Tai-Chi, is a gentle form of martial arts. It is different from Yoga, in that more emphasis is placed on the slow rhythmical movements of the body and less focus on the arms and legs supporting the weight of the body.
You may have seen people doing Tai-Chi in parks, moving their arms and legs in slow but graceful moves.
You still are concentrating on your breathing and practicing being in the moment.
I find this relaxation, therapy for tinnitus and it offers to me that ‘ calmness in the storm.’
5. Support , Help and Back-up
There are stories of tinnitus really getting the better of people. Some situations are sad to hear that as a last resort, one has taken their own life.
The problem, and I say this with the utmost respect, is that not everyone can relate to someone who has tinnitus.
I mean, physically, we look fine, but people cannot really understand the internal storm that one goes through with the tinnitus, unless they have experienced it themselves.
Having said this, I can tell you that having someone who understands or listens to you, is incredibly helpful.
For me, it does the following, it
- Makes me feel that I am not alone
- Gives me strength to go on,
- It gives me confidence,
- Allows me to vent out, when I am having a bad day,
- Offers me alternate solutions or gives me their perspective, which can be insightful.
- Allows us to help each other
- Share new information
- Makes some good connections.
So where can I find this help and support?
Right here, this is the purpose of this site. To get everyone chatting and discussing their situations and offering advice and solutions to try out.
You also have the option of joining Tinnitus Support Groups. These, like the Tinnitus Sufferers Group are available on the Facebook platform.
The main point is to realize, that you as a tinnitus sufferer are not alone. There are so many of us suffering from it, and it truly does help to open up and get the discussion going.
So, please do make use of these services.
Before I leave you today, I would like you to read the following article,
So, there you have my 5 ways on how I go about dealing with tinnitus naturally.
I hope that you have found this article helpful.Please drop a comment in the box below, if you would like to share something or have something on your mind.
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