If you suffer from tinnitus you are probably struggling to cope with distressing ringing and buzzing sensations in your ears that persist, day after day.
Tinnitus is a condition characterised by noises people can hear in their ear(s), such as whistling, buzzing and ringing – which are not caused by an external source.
Although symptoms vary from person to person, many people find the condition very difficult to live with, and it can significantly impact way of life.
Unfortunately there is no known cure for tinnitus, but there are various treatments that have proven effective in helping to reduce irritating symptoms – including complementary therapies.
How can complementary therapies help?
The severity of tinnitus symptoms can be linked to stress, so complementary therapies are recommended to help promote relaxation in the mind and body. Therapies such as aromatherapy and herbalism are beneficial for alleviating stress and anxiety, and therefore could bring significant relief from tinnitus symptoms.
Some studies have also shown acupuncture can be of benefit, although the effects tend to vary from person to person.
Other ways to manage tinnitus
In addition to complementary therapies and medical treatment, self-help techniques such as regular exercise and relaxing yoga classes can improve tinnitus symptoms.
If you are struggling to fall asleep due to the ringing sensation in your ears, listening to calming music and sounds can help soothe your mind and promote better sleep.
You may also want to consider attending support groups where you can share your experiences with others. Knowing you are not alone in your struggle with tinnitus can be of great help in learning to cope with your symptoms and not letting them affect your stress levels.