Tinnitus is the term for a ringing or buzzing noise in your ears. Tinnitus is not a disease — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder. 

Though tinnitus is an irritating symptom, usually there isn’t any underlying serious condition.

Things that make tinnitus better:

  1. Take a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
  2. Engage in physical activity like walking, playing, etc.
  3. Engage in a social activity like meeting friends/relatives.
  4. Talk to family/friends/doctor if there is any stress.
  5. Early to bed and early to rise (8 hours of sound sleep is necessary).
  6. Manage stress positively.
  7. Practice yoga and medication.

Things that make tinnitus worse:

  1. Avoid coffee/tea. Caffeine can raise blood pressure and all factors that increase blood pressure can make tinnitus more noticeable.
  2. A decrease in salt consumption. 
  3. Avoid alcohol consumption and smoking as much as possible. Smoking cigarettes can narrow the blood vessels that deliver oxygen to cells in the ear, thus triggering or exacerbating tinnitus. Drinking can boost your blood pressure, which can make you notice the ringing more.
  4. Avoid self-medication of any stream of medicine.
  5. Avoid exposure to loud noises as much as possible. 
  6. Use ear protection/ earplugs or try to reduce the volume of the noises.
  7. Avoid a silent environment. Block out the tinnitus with a ‘cover-up’ by putting on a fan, air conditioner, slow music, etc.                                                                

Adhere to medications and advise of specialist for relief from Tinnitus.