If you suffer from tinnitus, you are definitely not alone.
And the audiology experts at Specsavers Tonbridge, in the High Street, have some great tips to help you deal with the condition.
Six million sufferers
The British Tinnitus Association estimates that six million adults in the UK suffer from the condition, characterised by a constant internal buzzing or ringing in the ears.
Sufferers include the DJ and presenter Jo Whiley, and the musicians Chris Martin and Professor Green. The condition currently has no cure, but there are things that you can do to make it easier to cope with.
A word from the audiology director
Lucy Waymont, audiology director at Specsavers Tonbridge, said: ‘It is natural to worry about tinnitus, but stress can actually make it worse. Learning to relax is therefore vital in managing it, whether that be through exercise, meditation, alternative therapies or whatever works for you.
‘While it might sound counter-intuitive, avoiding silence actually helps too. So if you are struggling to sleep, try adding some soft music or background noise.
‘Finally, you should avoid wearing earplugs where possible – except if you know you are going to be exposed to especially loud noises. They will not make your tinnitus better as they will create the silence that you need to try and avoid.’