Tinnitus FAQs

Think positive—you can beat tinnitus!

A positive attitude is very helpful. Relaxation techniques, an active social life, sports, and hobbies can assist you in taking control of your life. Here are a few practical tips we developed alongside ENT doctors, psychologists, and audiologists.

Relearning how you hear.
Listen consciously to the world around you. Enjoy your favorite music or simply the sound of birds in the trees. Everything that provides your ears with varied sound impressions deflects attention away from tinnitus.

Tips for recuperative sleep.
The more active you are during the day, the easier it is to sleep at night. Avoid black tea, coffee, or heavy meals in the evening. Neither alcohol nor sleeping pills guarantee restful sleep—a warm bath before you go to bed is a better option.

Get active, stay on the move.
Relish life with family and friends, and organize your private life to include plenty of activity and variety. Keep an open mind. Everything that increases your personal sense of well-being and enjoyment of life decreases tinnitus’ hold over you.

Avoid silence.
Give yourself a break now and again. But, avoid complete silence—it’s an open invitation for tinnitus to take hold. Opt for enjoyable sounds, such as an audio book or relaxing music.

Promote your physical fitness.
People who participate in sports are healthier. This also applies to people with tinnitus. Everything you enjoy doing that promotes physical fitness is good for you. Even if your tinnitus seems louder when engaging in sports, don’t let it stop you from having fun while staying fit.

Learn to relax effectively.
Because tinnitus causes tension, it is important to learn relaxation methods and use them regularly. Some recommended relaxation methods are yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and the Feldenkrais Method®.

FAQs – patients’ frequently asked questions

Should I worry about sudden hearing loss if I’m affected by tinnitus?
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Tinnitus doesn’t cause sudden hearing loss, although tinnitus may occur following a sudden hearing loss in some cases.

Can tinnitus cause deafness?
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Tinnitus often accompanies hearing loss, but does not cause it. People who hear well otherwise can also suffer from tinnitus.

Will my tinnitus inevitably worsen over time?
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That depends on how you manage tinnitus. Although it has a neurophysiological cause, the extent to which you suffer from tinnitus depends largely on how your brain deals with the noise. A person’s perception often depends on their frame of mind.