How nice it would be to turn them off forever” is the first thought of those who suffer from tinnitus, and you can read this article.

When it is no longer a simple and occasional buzz in the ear, but one feels several times a day, more days or continuously, the problem becomes more annoying, and the question arises spontaneously: is there any way to avoid this annoying tinnitus?

Although a definitive solution to date is unknown, we can provide you with helpful advice.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of noise, usually a buzz, a whistle, wheezing that is felt in the ears or head without an external acoustic stimulus.

Tinnitus is not a disease but is a specific and highly subjective disorder. Unfortunately, the causes are unknown; in some situations, there seems to be a disorder of the hearing system, in others, a deficiency in the transmission of nerve impulses.

Then there are some types of tinnitus whose leading cause seems to be stress.

TINNITUS AND STRESS: a correlation not to be underestimated

When we are subjected to severe stress, there is an increase in the body’s levels of an amino acid, glutamic acid, which also plays a central role in the mechanisms that allow noise to be heard. If the levels increase, there is a deficiency in regular operation.

Stress can cause an increase in tinnitus episodes, making it difficult to carry out daily activities, such as studying, conversing and incredibly relaxing due to a constant buzz in the ears.

What’s all this about?

An increase in stress can result in a depressed mood due to an impossibility in carrying out everyday activities. This state seems to increase the intensity of the tinnitus itself.

A vicious circle is established, leading to a progressive deterioration of the problem.

Intervening with a multi factorial approach 

Although the causes are not known, a multi factory approach can be helpful:

  • Reducing risk factors: that is, exposure to loud noises. For example, it is suitable for those working in construction to preserve the well-being of hearing with protection. But pay special attention to the volume you listen to music from the earphones, especially for the youngest.
  • Clean your ears: it may seem trivial; however, periodically carefully cleaning the ears reduces the risk of the cerumen depositing forming caps.
  • Managing stress: we have seen how it is related to the development of tinnitus. you can also find support in this area from natural substances, in particular, those:
  • Adaptogen that helps in the management of stress, such as Rhodiola and Ginseng
  • Relaxants that maintain the state of serenity during the day, such as hawthorn or lavender, promotes relaxation even in case of stress.
  • Which improves mood tone; Melissa, for example, also supports mental well-being.

What about night?

If living with tinnitus during the day is difficult, it is even worse at night.

To reduce them, sleep by resting the head on two pillows or raising the mattress to where the headrests are recommended.

It is also helpful to listen to relaxing sounds before bedtime to distract your hearing from the continuous whistles.

Nature helps us with substances that induce sleep, such as melatonin [1] or maintain a relaxed sleep, such as Hops.

 

Finally, we would like to remind you of the importance of hearing a professional’s opinion and of making a specialist visit if this problem arises.

Curated by Dr.ssa Laura Rubini

 

[1] The beneficial effect of reducing the time required to take sleep is achieved by taking 1 mg of melatonin just before bedtime