The following tips may help you reduce symptoms of tinnitus:
- Cut back on or stop drinking alcohol and beverages containing caffeine.
- Stop smoking and stop using smokeless tobacco products. Nicotine use makes tinnitus worse by reducing blood flow to the structures of the ear.
- Limit your use of aspirin, products containing aspirin, and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise improves blood flow to the structures of the ear. But avoid extended periods of exercise, such as bicycle riding, that keep your neck in a hyper extended position.
While waiting to see whether tinnitus goes away, or if your doctor has advised you that your tinnitus will be present for a long time, try these methods to cope with the constant noise:
- Limit or avoid exposure to the noises you suspect are causing your tinnitus. Wear protective earplugs or earmuffs.
- Try to ignore the sound by directing your attention to other things.
- Practice relaxation techniques, such as biofeedback, meditation, or yoga. Stress and fatigue can make tinnitus worse.
- Quiet rooms can cause tinnitus to seem more distracting. Background noise may reduce the amount of noise you hear.
- Try the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba.