Tinnitus Recommendations

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.