Tinnitus is ringing or buzzing in one or both ears when no actual sound is present. The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates it impacts approximately 10% of the U.S. population.
If you experience tinnitus and find it burdensome, like millions of other Americans, you may be wondering how to manage your tinnitus and still be productive at work.
Impacts of Tinnitus
Tinnitus affects individuals differently, but there are a few common impacts.
Common Tinnitus side effects:
• Feeling depressed or anxious
• Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
• A correlation of perception of tinnitus symptoms with an increase in stress level
These symptoms have a negative impact on overall well-being, so those with tinnitus often report added difficulties at work or home.
Management of Symptoms
There are options for managing your tinnitus symptoms that can have a positive impact on the overall influence of tinnitus on your life, allowing you to stay focused on work. Your doctor can help guide you to the right management options for you.
Tinnitus symptom management options:
• Acoustic therapy is the use of an externally produced sound to cover up, inhibit or alter the production of tinnitus. There are six different methods; you can work with your doctor to determine the right option for you.
• Counseling or cognitive-behavioral therapy can help reduce the stress surrounding tinnitus symptoms.
• Stress management techniques such as yoga or meditation at Shanti Yoga.
• Support groups.
• Music therapy.
• Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine.
• Reduce exposure to very loud noise.
• Avoid complete silence.
Tinnitus symptoms can impact everyday life, so the best way to ensure you’re able to remain engaged at work while experiencing tinnitus symptoms is to find the best management option for tinnitus itself. For questions about tinnitus or to get your hearing checked, schedule an appointment at Tinnitus & Hearing Experts.