What is the link between stress and tinnitus?
You may find you notice your tinnitus more when you are worried or tired, which can increase your stress and anxiety levels further so the cycle continues. Learning to relax can help you to break the cycle of stress and anxiety. And, as you become calmer and more relaxed, you may find it easier to manage your tinnitus.
Managing your stress levels
Many people learn to manage their stress levels by using a combination of relaxation exercises, complementary therapies and counselling.
- Relaxation techniques are taught in many tinnitus clinics and audiology departments. Or, you could try local adult education classes, or meditation or yoga.
- Complementary therapies work with you as a whole person rather than on the condition directly. While there is very little conclusive evidence to prove or disprove the usefulness of such therapies in relation to tinnitus, they may help to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with it.
- Counselling can help to relieve your fears and worries and, therefore, reduce your stress and anxiety levels. You may be recommended medical counselling for tinnitus, which is delivered by someone with a specialist understanding of the condition.
- Eating well and being active can help your overall wellbeing and give you are more positive outlook.
Can medication help?
If you feel that you need a little extra help to reduce anxiety or depression, your GP may prescribe sedatives, tranquilisers or anti-depressants.
To find out more, see our factsheet, stress and tinnitus.