The following are general recommendations for people living with tinnitus:
- Have a medical examination and be certain that there is no medical treatment for your tinnitus.
- Use hearing protection whenever you are in the presence of intense noise.
- If you are having difficulty communicating, use a hearing aid or hearing aids.
- If you are annoyed by loud sounds, consider desensitization therapy.
- See if the presence of low-level background sound can reduce the annoying aspects of tinnitus.
- Refocus your attention away from your tinnitus and on something that you enjoy and that occupies your mind.
- Consider a self-help book for tinnitus. We recommend:
- Davis, P. Living with tinnitus. Rushcutters Bay, N.S.W.: Gore & Osment; 1995.
- Hallam R.S. (1989). Living with tinnitus: Dealing with the ringing in your ears. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, Thorsons; 1989.
- Henry JL, Wilson PH. Tinnitus: A self-management guide for the ringing in your ears. Boston: Allyn and Bacon; 2002.
- Saunders J. Tinnitus: What is that noise in my head? Auckland, NZ: Sandalwood Enterprises; 1992.
- Slater R, Terry M. Tinnitus: A guide for sufferers and professionals. London: Croom Helm; 1987.
- Tyler RS. (Ed). The Consumer Handbook on Tinnitus. Auricle Inc., Sedona; 2008.