regularly. Exercise improves blood flow to the structures of the ear. But
avoid extended periods of exercise, such as bicycle riding, that keep your neck
in a hyperextended position. For more information, see the topic
Fitness: Getting and Staying Active.
While waiting to see whether tinnitus goes away, or if your
doctor has advised you that your tinnitus will be present for a long time, try
these methods to cope with the constant noise:
Limit or avoid exposure to the noises you suspect
are causing your tinnitus. If you cannot avoid loud noises, wear protective
earplugs or earmuffs.
Try to ignore the sound by directing your
attention to other things.
Quiet rooms can cause tinnitus to seem more distracting.
Background noise may reduce the amount of noise you hear. Play music or
white noise when you are trying to fall asleep or
anytime you find yourself in a quiet place. Try using a fan, a humidifier, or a
machine that makes soothing sounds such as ocean waves.
ginkgo biloba. Some studies suggest that it may help
relieve tinnitus, but other studies do not show a benefit. Further studies are
needed to determine the best dosage.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
Symptoms develop that are related to nerve
damage, such as loss of coordination or numbness or weakness on one side of the
face or one side of the body.
Other symptoms develop, such as
significant hearing loss,
vertigo, loss of balance, nausea or
Tinnitus localizes to one ear.
becomes worse after an ear injury, or tinnitus or hearing loss
does not improve.
for more than a week.
become more severe or more frequent.