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      Managing tinnitus

      There are different therapies and self-help techniques that can help you to manage tinnitus so that you're not aware of it all the time or distressed by it. Managing your stress levels is an important part of tinnitus management, as stress can make tinnitus more noticeable. Most people find that their tinnitus improves over time. 

      If you’re struggling with tinnitus, speak to your doctor or audiologist (hearing specialist). The support and therapies that they will recommend will depend on the nature of your tinnitus and how it affects you, and whether you have any other hearing problems. 

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      If tinnitus is making you feel stressed or anxious, your hearing specialist may refer you for talking therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or one-to-one or group sessions that focus on tinnitus.

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      If your tinnitus is more noticeable in a quiet environment, like when you're trying to sleep at night, filling the silence with neutral sounds can distract you from it and, over time, make it less noticeable.

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      Stress is often linked to tinnitus: tinnitus can cause stress, and stress can make tinnitus more noticeable. Learning to relax properly and manage your stress levels can really help you to manage tinnitus.

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      If tinnitus is affecting your sleep, there are different things you can do to help. It may take some time to discover what works for you, but hopefully you'll soon notice the benefits.

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      Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation that can help you to be aware of what you’re experiencing without judging or fighting it. It may help you to manage your tinnitus.

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      There are many simple things that may help you to manage tinnitus – from listening to soothing sounds to chatting to others in the same position.

      It's Tinnitus Week

      We're raising awareness of how to prevent tinnitus caused by loud music, and what can help you to manage tinnitus if you have it.
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