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Is there anything to do to lessen the intensity of tinnitus?

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It is important to realize that the hearing system is one of the most delicate and sensitive mechanisms in the body. Since it is a part of the general nervous system, it is sensitive, to some degree, by anything that affects the overall health of the individual (both physical and psychological). Therefore, in order to lessen the intensity of tinnitus, it is advisable to make every effort to:

  • Avoid exposure to loud sounds and noises
  • Control blood pressure
  • Decrease salt intake
  • Avoid nerve stimulants such as coffee and colas (caffeine) and tobacco (nicotine)
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Try to stop worrying about the tinnitus. Often, the more you worry and concentrate on the noise, the louder it will become.
  • Get adequate rest and avoid fatigue.
  • Exercise
  • Utilize masking noise. Tinnitus is usually more bothersome when the surroundings are quiet, especially when you are in bed. A competing sound such as a ticking clock, a radio, a fan or white noise machine may help mask tinnitus. Small hearing aid like devices which generate a competitive sound may help reduce the awareness of the tinnitus.
  • Biofeedback may help or diminish tinnitus in some patients.
  • Avoid aspirin or aspirin products in large quantities

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