Lifestyle & wellbeing to help with tinnitus

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Exercise
Keeping your body as healthy as possible may lessen the effect of tinnitus. The two walnut-sized, adrenal glands, pump out stress hormones which can exacerbate it. Exercise helps flushes out excess stress hormones, boosts feel-good endorphins and may distract you from fretting about your tinnitus.

Adding your own noise may drown out the drone
White noise apps can be downloaded to help you to tune out your tinnitus noise. Take your pick from thunderstorm to air conditioning, there’s a noise to suit everyone.

Stress, the chicken and the egg
Just like the age-old dilemma, which comes first: tinnitus or stress? Whether you’re stressed because you’ve developed tinnitus, or your stress levels have resulted in tinnitus, calming techniques can be useful. Yoga, mindfulness, controlled breathing techniques and exercise may help you to feel calmer (and distract from the bloody noise!).

Silent nights
It’s so unfair that tinnitus can keep you awake with its ghastly non-stop personalised sound system. Unfortunately sleep deprivation and exhaustion can make the impact of your tinnitus feel much worse. Experiment to find what works for you. Relaxation techniques, white noise apps or night-time formulas of herbal supplements containing valerian may help get you off to the land of nod.

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Laura Llewellyn