Tips for Living with Tinnitus 

Tinnitus is a condition that causes people to hear sounds that do not have an external sound. While many people hear a ringing noise, others describe a roaring, buzzing, or hissing noise. It’s a common problem, affecting 20 percent of people. It can be difficult and frustrating to live with. Sometimes doctors are able to successfully treat the underlying cause of tinnitus. However, when they cannot determine a cause, the objective of treatment is to lessen the symptoms and make them more bearable. If your aging relative suffers from tinnitus, there are also some adjustments they can make to their lifestyle that may help. Here are some ideas to try. 

 

Avoid Triggers 

Some people notice that their tinnitus gets worse when they eat or drink certain things. Some medications can also make tinnitus worse. To determine what may trigger your aging relative’s tinnitus, keep a notebook to record foods and drinks they eat and whether they have a worsening of symptoms. When you believe you’ve identified a trigger, eliminate it from their diet for a while and note whether symptoms change. Then, add the food back to their diet to see if symptoms get worse again. If they do, the food is likely a trigger and should be avoided. Some common triggers are: 

  • Caffeine. Senior Care in Orlando: Helping a Senior with Tinnitus
  • Alcohol. 
  • Salt. 
  • Aspirin. 

 

Use White Noise 

The noise someone with tinnitus hears may be more obvious and frustrating when the room is quiet. To mask the noise, introduce some white noise. Use a fan set on low or play soft music. You can also purchase a white noise machine or play recordings of nature sounds. 

 

Quit Smoking 

Smoking can make tinnitus worse. Cigarettes contain a stimulant, which can make tinnitus noises seem louder. In addition, smoking affects circulation and may impair the blood supply to nerve cells used for hearing. 

 

Manage Stress 

Stress is known to make tinnitus worse. Therefore, reducing stress can lessen the noise of tinnitus. Encourage the older adult to try stress management techniques, such as: 

  • Meditation. 
  • Yoga. 
  • Tai Chi. 
  • Deep Breathing. 

 

Encourage Better Sleep 

Another thing that can increase tinnitus symptoms is a lack of sleep. Unfortunately, tinnitus can also make it hard to sleep sometimes. Encouraging your aging relative to practice good sleep habits could help. Have them stick to a regular schedule of sleeping and waking. Keep the room at a comfortable temperature and remove distractions. Place a white noise machine in the room or turn on a fan.  

 

Senior care can help older adults to manage tinnitus symptoms. A senior care provider can help to identify and avoid triggers. Senior care providers can also turn on music or white noise to help mask the sound. If the older adult is interested in trying relaxation techniques like yoga or tai chi, a senior care provider can drive them to the classes. 

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home senior care in Orlando, please contact the caring staff at Flourish in Place Home Care Solutions today.  Proudly serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard Counties. Call 407-845-9797.

 

Sources 

https://www.hear-it.org/How-to-live-with-tinnitus 

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/living-with-tinnitus#1 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350162 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156 

  

About Kim Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Kim Lee is the President and Administrator. Kim earned his B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Kim practiced law as a shareholder for the prominent Orlando firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, et al. for many years, and then as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department for Bogin, Munns & Munns. In 2001, Kim joined Rotech Healthcare Inc., a national Durable Medical Equipment company with annual sales of $500 million. The Rotech Board appointed him Chief Legal Officer in 2013. Kim has chaired a nonprofit board and volunteered in many capacities, including key leadership roles in his downtown Orlando church. As leader of Flourish in Place, Kim combines many years of legal experience as an attorney, and business acumen as a national healthcare company senior executive, with a strong passion for the mission of helping others flourish.
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