First: Find the underlying problem
A treatable medical condition might be behind the sound you’re hearing, says oto-neurologist Michael J. A. Robb, MD, a past director of the American Tinnitus Association. An ear infection, Ménière’s disease, blood flow problems, or even dental issues could cause you to hear the noise, he says. Make sure you rule out all the possibilities with a doctor before accepting tinnitus as part of your life. (Here are some things your ears are trying to tell you about your health.) Below, you’ll find tinnitus cures to try.
Feeding your brain more sound calls attention away from the ringing in your ears. “If you were in a restaurant and had candles on the table, you’d see them but wouldn’t be focusing on them,” says LaGuinn Sherlock, Au.D., research audiologist and former director of the Board of the American Tinnitus Association. “But if the lights went off, you’d have to pay attention to them because there’s a sharp contrast between light and dark.” For a similar reason, your tinnitus could reduce or go away entirely while you have white noise playing in the background.