Hidden Hearing Respond to Study Linking Tinnitus to Insomnia

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Private hearing healthcare solutions provider, Hidden Hearing, has responded to a survey which has revealed that people with tinnitus who suffer from insomnia experience more emotional distress than those without tinnitus.

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Sometimes a silent room can make the tinnitus seem more prominent

A recent study by Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, US, has revealed that people with tinnitus who also suffer from insomnia, tend to experience more emotional distress.

117 patients were studied between 2009 and 2011 to observe how much tinnitus had an effect on a patient’s emotional health, lifestyle and wellbeing using the Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire and the Insomnia Severity Index.

The study found that the more severe the tinnitus, the higher the instances of insomnia among patients.

In response to the study, Hidden Hearing has released some sleeping tips to aid people with tinnitus that may be suffering from insomnia:

  •     If you find that you grind your jaws during sleep, it is worth visiting the dentist to investigate the cause and see if there is any treatment available. This will help reduce the stress on the chewing muscles linking the jaw to the ear and can help ease or reduce tinnitus.
  •     Sometimes a silent room can make the tinnitus seem more prominent so introduce some white noise into your bedroom. This method is often used to soothe newborn babies. Keep a small fan, de-humidifier or even a radio on low volume on in the room overnight. Alternatively you can invest in a white noise CD or smartphone application.
  •     Try some relaxation exercises before bed, such as meditation or deep breathing. This can help relieve stresses and worries that may keep you up at night, and get you into a clear head space before trying to fall asleep. Ensure you wind down for at least an hour before bed and resist watching TV in bed.
  •     Introduce routine into your day, this will help train your body to realise when it is time to sleep. It can be especially helpful to your sleep if you get up at the same time every day.
  •     Keep active during the daytime and partake in regular exercise. Healthy and fit people generally sleep better.

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of thousands of people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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