Do’s and don’ts of living with tinnitus

1 in 5 Australians suffer from tinnitus or ringing in ears — that’s almost 5 million Australians. When you first realize you have tinnitus, it can be difficult to know what to do. Here is a starter list of do's and don’ts for people dealing with tinnitus.


  1. Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate or take part in normal activities.
  2. Do realize that every person responds to tinnitus differently. There is no right or wrong way.
  3. Do avoid anxiety and/or stress as it can aggravate tinnitus.
  4. Do look at apps and equipment that can help at bedtime to make falling asleep easier.
  5. Do know that tinnitus can be managed even if it cannot be cured.


  1. Don’t believe everything you read about tinnitus being cured by herbs or supplements. Management via sound therapy or personal devices is the most successful way to treat tinnitus.
  2. Don’t forget that tinnitus can be a symptom of something else, so it is important to have it checked out by a professional.
  3. Don’t forget about things that can aggravate tinnitus like caffeine, lack of sleep, stress, and even aspirin.
  4. Don’t think you are alone!
  5. Don’t forget about hearing protection! Loud sounds and environments can trigger and/or aggravate tinnitus.

For more tips, reach out to your hearing healthcare professional. If you don’t have a hearing care provider, we can help you find one in your area. Just call 1800 024 985 or find a professional near you.

By Admin