Sometimes, built-up neck or jaw tension or an injury can aggravate tinnitus, but a chiropractor or physical therapist could help. “Working on that spasm or joint disorder may soften tinnitus to a lower level,” Dr. Robb says. Just make sure the muscles are worked gently—violent, rapid twists will only aggravate the condition, he says. Check out six other surprising benefits of massage.
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.