First of all, don’t panic. You don’t have to live with the ringing in your ears forever. Your first step should be to call Hear in Edmonton and schedule a visit with one of our Registered Hearing Aid Practitioners for an evaluation.
There could be other medical issues behind the tinnitus, and it is important to rule out anything that may affect your overall health. It may be appropriate for you to be referred to an ear, nose and throat doctor to complete your diagnosis.
If you work in a place with loud noises (such as construction sites or airport) you should use preventative devices to keep your tinnitus from getting worse.
You should also avoid smoking, alcohol and other loud noises (such as going to a concert or even having your television on too high).
If it is difficult for you to hear over your tinnitus, ask people to face you when they talk. Seeing expressions helps you understand words better. Ask people to speak louder, but not shout. You can also inform them that they do not have to talk slowly, just more clearly.