When do you have tinnitus the most? Some people have it only during a Meniere's attack, like me.
When my ear unplugs I have really loud tinnitus, and that is when I know that the attack is coming soon.
Other people have tinnitus outside of an attack, but it fluctuates. Some days it's higher, some days it's lower.
If your tinnitus comes and goes, or is higher on some days than others, I want to give you a few possible causes, so that if you are having a day with a lot of tinnitus, you can do a mental check-in and address these things to see if it helps.
Sometimes a lack of water can contribute to tinnitus. You might try drinking a couple of glasses of water and see if the tinnitus lowers a little.
If you're in one of those cycles where there's a lot of activity and you're going from one activity to another, this can raise tinnitus.
Have you overdone sodium the last couple of days, or have you eaten out? If this is the case, those glasses of water could even out the sodium and lower tinnitus. Water also lowers inflammation. As simple as that sounds, I've seen it work.
Sometimes if there is emotional stress, like an argument with somebody or an expectation you don't know how to fulfill and it's bothering you, worrying can raise tinnitus.
A note on lowering stress:
Anything you do that is the opposite of stress - a distraction with an activity you like doing, or slowing down and relaxing - you can often reduce tinnitus by dialing back hyper activity or worry.
When you are: well fed, well-watered, feel like yourself without being stressed, and experiencing well-being, is the tinnitus there?
If you're having one of those moments when you have forgotten Meniere's for a minute, and you look up and realize that your symptoms are lower, that is a real cue that you are susceptible to your environment.
And then you know what to do - recreate the moment you were in when the symptoms were low.
P.S. Saturday is quickly approaching and I want to make sure you know that you're invited to come talk about how to reduce stress and anxiety.
The free training will start at 10 am CST on Saturday, December 8, and it may be an oasis from the Holiday rushing.
Here's the link to register:
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