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Step 3 - How to take control of your tinnitus

To help you take control of your tinnitus, make sure to involve your family and close friends. This article gives some tips on how.

Remember back to our tips in Step 2

In step 2 we recommended that you involved someone from your family, or a close friend in preparation prior to visiting your Physician and also that they accompanied you on that consultation visit. We recommend you continue to build on that initial engagement via the tips given below.

Our tips for ongoing sharing and the role of family and friends

Couple Sharing

Encourage your family or close friend to fully explore this content website using your membership so they also become informed. That way you can have someone to discuss your progress with and share any worries you have. They may suggest other ways you can use the content as part of your support and treatment.

If you decide to join a local support group, see if they will come with you (at least for the first visit).

We recommend they also sign up to receive the same weekly email updates you get - that way you can discuss them together. They simply fill in the 5 minute online tinnitus quiz.

 

If you are a family member or close friend - how can you help?

Patience, tolerance, empathy and friendship – tinnitus may make your friend, or family member even grumpier than usual! A belittling or dismissive attitude towards tinnitus will only increase frustration levels and may slow any recovery.

Share and discuss the content we send to members each week. The weekly emails usually contain an article, case studies, updates on the latest tinnitus treatment & research plus during the 12 week tinnitus transformation program - a weekly action step. To have access to the weekly updates complete a simple 5 minute online tinnitus survey.

You may also find useful information on other websites, or in books, newspapers, or on TV that you can share. The links to other websites that are included on the Help and Info page on the tinnitus tunes website are a great start.

Where possible, reduce loud noises in the home and workplace. Also show understanding if the person suffering from tinnitus wants to avoid noisy social gatherings.

Help reduce the tinnitus sufferer’s stress and encourage the use of relaxation techniques including meditation, yoga and progressive relaxation techniques. The tinnitus tunes member area includes example exercises and pod casts.

Encourage the full use of the sound library and on-line counselling material.

Eliminate any underlying medical conditions.

If you have a neck, head or back injury we recommend you see a physiotherapist who has experience of helping people with tinnitus. We have seen many cases where our members have been able to eliminate their tinnitus through treatment for an underlying injury. Please use this link for some real example case studies.

Using technology

You can also take control by using technology to help control your tinnitus. For example via:

  • Hearing aids - if you also think you have some hearing loss, modern hearing aids can not only help your communication, but could make a huge change to your tinnitus. We recommend you try and find a hearing specialist who also has experience treating tinnitus.
  • There are also some new assisted hearing devices coming onto the market, called "hearables" that cost about the same as a good set of wireless headphones. You can use them as wireless headphones and they do so much more! We cover them as part of our 12 week Tinnitus Transformation content.
  • Using a fan, bedside sound generator or under pillow speakers to provide background sounds when you are trying to go to sleep.
  • Investing in good quality wireless headphones with noise cancellation. You will need them to get the most from the Tinnitus Tunes sound therapy.
  • Keep checking in with the Tinnitus Tunes website for the latest technology tips.

 Starting your Sound Therapy

Use this link to access the library of Masking Sounds

Click here when you are ready to progress to Step 4 - Using the Brain Training