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Q. Any suggestions for dealing with tinnitus?

Most tinnitus — a symptom, not a disease — comes from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. People who suffer from tinnitus hear phantom noises that include not just ringing but whistling, hissing, buzzing, roaring and clicking. Tinnitus is most common in people over 65.

Besides treatments such as hearing aids, drugs and therapy, there are techniques for dealing with tinnitus. Here are some:

  • Music — Many people find focusing on music helps them ignore their tinnitus.
  • Noise — Avoid noise, which can make your tinnitus worse. If you can’t escape a noisy environment, wear earplugs.
  • Salt — Cut your salt intake which impedes blood circulation. Good circulation can help relieve tinnitus.
  • Blood pressure — High blood pressure can affect tinnitus. Get your pressure checked.
  • Stimulants — Stay away from coffee, tea, colas and nicotine.
  • Exercise — This improves circulation.
  • Fatigue —Get enough rest.
  • Stress — Stress can intensify tinnitus. Try relaxation techniques.
Fred Cicetti

Fred Cicetti is a freelance writer who specializes in health. He has been writing professionally since 1963. 

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