Tinnitus is often described as a persistent ringing in the ear, and as you can imagine, can be incredibly irritating and stressful. Unfortunately, elderly people are more susceptible to tinnitus, and is particularly bad if your loved one also has hearing troubles.
While there is no magic cure for tinnitus, there are things your loved one can do to minimise the sound.
Starts at 60 lists a range of natural things that can be done to make the ringing stop. These include:
Exercise can be an effective way of reducing tinnitus. People with tinnitus may experience increased symptoms at night if they have not been active throughout the day. This makes it more difficult for them to fall asleep.
Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can help tire the body, making it easier for your loved one to fall asleep and also increases blood circulation, which reduces the occurrence of tinnitus. Yoga and meditation may be a good solution for this.
Get in the garden
The sound of the running water as you water the plants may help mask tinnitus by flooding the brain with low-level sounds, which is the most effective way of treating tinnitus. Watering the garden is a relaxing activity that will distract from the buzzing in your loved ones’ ears, and they will have a beautiful garden to be proud of.
Establish a night time routine
According to Australian Hearing, a night time routine is really important when it comes to reducing tinnitus. An established bed time every night and minimising exposure to screens an hour before bed time allows the mind to relax, and the body to feel sleepy.
Alternatively, music playing on low volumes while your loved one is in bed are a good distraction from the silence that worsens the ringing. Slow music without lyrics is most effective.
A build up of ear wax can trigger tinnitus. A GP can remove the excess wax or your loved one can remove it themselves with these steps:
- Soften the earwax
- Dry off
Having tinnitus can be hard, but it is also manageable. Actions as simple as increasing physical activity, establishing a night time routine and removing earwax can help reduce symptoms. If your loved one suffers from tinnitus reach out to them, see how they are, and suggest the ideas listed. They could make a world of difference.
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