Tinnitus, ringing in the ears, happens to one out of 10 Americans. Of the greatest sufferers, one in five has disabling effects. There are many causes of tinnitus, and it may even have a link to other medical conditions. Although tinnitus is prevalent, don’t ever ignore it. External factors, like ototoxic drugs, or internal factors, like underlying medical conditions, could be the culprit. Let a hearing instrument specialist help you rule out the cause. Patients can, in the meantime, find relief physically, even if a cure is not possible for tinnitus. Regular exercise will help combat the annoying effects.
Relaxation and stress relief with exercise
t is debatable whether or not stress directly causes tinnitus, but there is certainty that alleviating stress with physical exercise can shield you from bothersome ringing in the ears. Physical exercise will redirect your attention and produce feel-good endorphins.
The three positive effects of exercise
Exercise not only fights against tinnitus by promoting positive feelings and stress relief through the release of endorphins, as stated above, it also has two other positive effects. A second effect is that it boosts circulation. Heart rate and blood flow are improved with even moderate exercise. Since certain forms of tinnitus are linked with low blood supply to the inner ear, exercise is beneficial in increasing circulation. Good cardiovascular health ensures that the fragile cells responsible for hearing stay healthy with nutrients and enough oxygen. The third positive effect is it improves general health.
Serious medical conditions, like hypertension, depression, and diabetes, are often linked to tinnitus. Regular exercise reduces the risk of these conditions and in turn reduces tinnitus.
Start out slowly with exercise
If exercise is new to you, don’t hurt yourself. Start out slowly and then gradually increase the intensity. You will experience positive results. Although tinnitus may slightly increase at the beginning of an exercise routine, depending upon your kind of tinnitus, it will eventually dissipate. Sticking to exercise will make tinnitus fade and feel less uncomfortable. There’s no doubt it will be a challenge to conquer tinnitus even with lifestyle changes but the positives will outweigh the negatives. However, if there is no alleviating tinnitus to any satisfactory degree, contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids. They can help you push tinnitus into the background with other coping strategies, further counseling, or hearing aids with tinnitus therapy features.