National Tinnitus week takes place from 8-14 February and was created by the British Tinnitus Association to raise awareness of the problem that affects around 10% of the population.
Those affected by tinnitus suffer with a ringing or humming noise in the head with no external source. One of the ways in which tinnitus can occur is through prolonged exposure to loud music. The Rainbow Venues have highlighted four measures you can take to help yourself:
PROTECT YOUR HEARING
The Rainbow Venues have free earplugs available behind the bars. Should you wish to wear them whilst you’re at an event, simply ask a member of staff behind the bar for a set of earplugs and protect your lovely little eardrums.
Keep your music at 60% of full volume or lower if you’re listening to music in your own time.
PLAN TIME TO RELAX
Often tinnitus can make you feel anxious and annoyed when you first develop the problem. If you can find the time to relax for even just 15 minutes, you’ll find that it improves your mood. Try meditation, yoga, tai chi or self-hypnosis.
CLEAN YOUR EARS PROPERLY
Tinnitus can be a side effect of other illnesses and ear wax buildup is one of them. Go to your local GP to discuss the best earwax removal method suited for you. DON’T USE Q-TIPS to clean your ears!
Exercising 3-5 times a week will generally put you in a better mood, help to lower stress, improves sleep and is good for fighting depression, which are all problems that come with tinnitus.