Ringing in ears is not because of the holiday bells, it is probably due to tinnitus – tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual noise is present. While it is commonly referred to as ‘ringing in the ears,’ tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking (ata.org).
It looks and sounds different relative to each person. If some cases, tinnitus is temporary and in other is permanent. Tinnitus is very common to have, “about 25-30 million Americans have tinnitus as a condition, and they experience these noises on a regular, most often daily, basis. About 40 percent of people with tinnitus hear tinnitus noises through 80 percent of their day” (psychologytoday.com). The majority of the population have subjective tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus is defined as “head or ear noises that are perceivable only to the specific patient” (ata.org). Having any severity of tinnitus is very frustrating, but it is more frustrating dealing with tinnitus when you are trying to sleep. This makes sense that those who suffer from this disorder, are very fatigued during the day. Research has found that there is a high correlation between tinnitus and sleeping, “scientist found that the presence of sleep disorders [makes] tinnitus more disruptive (psychologytoday.com).
Here are some tips on how to combat sleeping with Ringing in Ears or Tinnitus:
- Go to bed when you feel sleepy and not just because it is a certain time. If you are not asleep in 20 or 30 minutes, get up, go to another room and do something quiet and relaxing, like reading. Go back to bed when you feel sleepy again.
- Try regular exercise. Fit people tend to sleep better. But avoid exercising too close to bedtime.
- Get up at the same time every day. This is one of the most important things you can do to improve your sleep.
- Try to limit the amount of caffeine and nicotine you have at night, as these are stimulants.
- Keep your room at temperature neither too cold or too hot.
- Do not read or watch TV in bed before trying to sleep. This would only make you feel more alert.
- “Wind down” at least an hour before bedtime.
- A special clock, radio, or sound pillow, emitting soothing sounds in your bedroom, including the sounds of waves and birdsong may help you relax and fall asleep.
There is no time during the holiday season to be tired. Get your rest by following these tips. Although there is not actually a cure for tinnitus, there are ways to reduce or combat it. You can get tested or learn how to deal with tinnitus by speaking with an audiologist or hearing care professional.