What support is there?
Many people with tinnitus find support from sharing their experiences of the condition with others who understand what they are going through. Other people find self-help techniques are useful for supporting themselves so they can manage their tinnitus.
Meeting others with tinnitus
Meeting others with tinnitus at a local support group can help you cope better with your condition. Visit the British Tinnitus Association website for information about local organisations. You can also connect with people who have tinnitus online through our tinnitus forum, where you can share what works for you and pick up some great tips. You can also connect through our Facebook page, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.
How you can support yourself
Improving your general health, including eating well and taking regular exercise can add to your overall wellbeing, and give you a more positive outlook so that you can support yourself better.
Learning to relax can help you manage the stress that is often associated with tinnitus. See our factsheet, stress and tinnitus.
More everyday tips to support you
Talk to your family and friends so they understand more about your condition and can support you better
Try listening to ambient sounds for relaxation and to help you sleep
Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks that could disturb your natural sleep pattern
Try not to lie awake if your tinnitus is stopping you from sleeping. Doing something distracting such as making a warm, milky drink can help take your mind off the sounds in your ear(s) and head
Keep stress and anxiety levels low to avoid a cycle where stress makes your tinnitus worse, and tinnitus causes stress
Take a holistic approach to your health that focuses on you as whole person rather than on your tinnitus alone
Investigate products that introduce gentle sounds to help distract you from your tinnitus
Try a complementary therapy. Research has shown that complementary therapy may not have a direct benefit on your tinnitus, but it can help you manage your stress and so cope with your tinnitus better.