Tinnitus: Supporting a Loved One

Tinnitus affects millions of Americans. Tinnitus is a constant ringing, buzzing or even swooshing noise that only the person suffering from Tinnitus can hear. Symptoms can be moderate to severe and periodic or chronic.

Imagine trying to concentrate, speak or sleep when you are bombarded by a constant noise. The lack of quiet can impact your loved one’s ability to function and frustration and even depression can build. When a loved one has Tinnitus, you want to be there to support, but it can be difficult to know how. Here are some tips:

Finally, ask your loved one how you can help. He or she is the one seeking treatment and coming to terms with Tinnitus and will have unique needs.

People suffering from Tinnitus should seek help from a hearing care professional. While there are no cures, new hearing aid technology and other options can provide relief. Encourage your loved one to seek out help from a professional right away.