Dos and Don'ts of Living With Tinnitus

When you first realize you have tinnitus, it can be difficult to know what to do. Here is a starter list of dos and don’ts for people dealing with tinnitus.

Over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Tinnitus is defined as hearing a ringing, buzzing or whooshing noise that originate in the ear or the head and is typically only heard by the person experiencing the condition. 

Though tinnitus is usually not dangerous, it can cause many stressful side effects, including fatigue, sleep problems, concentration difficulty, memory problems, depression, anxiety and irritability. Though it's not necessarily serious, it can negatively impact your quality of life.  Here are some tips for how to — and how not to — manage yours.


  • Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate or take part in normal activities.
  • Do realize that every person responds to tinnitus differently. There is no right or wrong way.
  • Do avoid anxiety and/or stress as it can aggravate tinnitus.
  • Do look at apps and equipment that can help at bedtime to make falling asleep easier.
  • Do know that tinnitus can be managed even if it cannot be cured. 


  • Don’t believe what you read about tinnitus being cured by herbs or supplements. Management via sound therapy and even hearing aids are two of the most highly recommended ways to treat tinnitus.
  • Don’t forget that tinnitus can be a symptom of something else, so it is important to have it checked out by a professional.
  • Don’t forget about things that can aggravate tinnitus like caffeine, lack of sleep, stress, and even aspirin.
  • Don’t think you are alone! One in six people deal with tinnitus.
  • Don’t forget about hearing protection! Loud sounds and environments can trigger tinnitus and make it worse.

The hearing aid professionals at Professional Hearing are trained to diagnose tinnitus, as well as counsel you on proper treatments. Contact us to make an appointment and let us help you.

- Content provided courtesy of Starkey

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