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Professional Audiology Viewmont Audiology Dr. Gordon L. Fletcher, Au.D. 336 10th Avenue ne • hickory nc 828-322-4327 Dr. Gordon L. Fletcher, Au.D. Question: I have a constant ringing sound in both ears which I understand is called tinnitus. My doctor and an ENT doctor have tested and examined me thoroughly and can ﬁnd no problem or reason for my tinnitus other than some mild high frequency hearing loss. I understand there is no cure. What can I do to make this ringing easier to live with? Answer: First of all, it sounds like you have already done the right thing by ruling out any underlying medical problem. Although there is no cure, there are several treatment therapies that could possibly help. If your problem is severe enough, you may want to investigate these. However, your question really asks about general measures that make it easier to cope with tinnitus. Here are few that may help. 1. Avoid all forms of loud sound. If you must be exposed, use ear protectors such as earplugs or earmuffs. 2. Make every effort to avoid nervous anxiety, for this only stimulates an already tense auditory system. 3. Make every attempt to obtain adequate rest and avoid over fatigue. 4. The use of nerve stimulants should be avoided. Therefore, excessive amounts of coffee (caffeine) and smoking (nicotine) are a “no-no”. 5. Tinnitus is usually more marked after one goes to bed and surroundings become quiet. A soft radio or television left on (or on a timer) often serves to mask tinnitus and makes it easier to get to sleep. There are even sound generators available that produce nature sounds like the surf, gentle rainfall, waterfalls, wind, etc. These often work very well as maskers.