Tinnitus and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

July 31, 2015 by Véronique Abran
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Today, we are aware of the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and living in a smoke-free environment. These things can help prevent or delay ailments like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But what about tinnitus?

According to the scientific literature, tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ears with no external sound source) is believed to be associated with certain health problems, including blows to the head, stroke, vascular, infectious, systemic (affecting several organs at once), and autoimmune (when the body is attacked by its own immune system) diseases. Another recent study showed a relation between tinnitus and type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, and exposure to second-hand smoke.

Most people come to accept their tinnitus and consider the noise part of their environment. However, people adapt to the condition differently as certain factors like stress or anxiety seem to affect how it is perceived. Making healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent or reduce harmful stress and foster acceptance.

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle may help prevent or delay the onset of tinnitus, there is no standard treatment for eliminating it. However, a number of relatively successful approaches including hearing amplification, relaxation and therapy can help reduce the disturbance caused by the tinnitus.

If you need help to improve your health in order to better manage your tinnitus, consult an ear-nose-and-throat specialist, audiologist, health professional or pharmacist for advice.

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