How to best manage Tinnitus & Stress

How to Manage Stress to Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms

how to manage Tinnitus & Stress

In this post, we will explore the connection between tinnitus and stress and how stress can exacerbate tinnitus symptoms. I will also provide tips on how to manage stress in order to reduce the impact of tinnitus on your life.

The Relationship Between Tinnitus and Stress

  • Many people with tinnitus report that stress can cause their tinnitus to start or worsen.
  • Reactive tinnitus, where tinnitus reacts to the person being more stressed, is also common.
  • Stress is a natural response to pressure or a perceived need to take action. In small amounts, it can be a positive thing that helps us achieve our goals.
  • However, chronic stress can have negative effects on our health, including worsening tinnitus symptoms.
  • The fight or flight response that stress triggers can also activate the areas of the brain that are active with tinnitus, exacerbating tinnitus symptoms.

Managing Stress to Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms

  • Dehydration and sleep deprivation can increase tinnitus symptoms and are often linked to stress. Therefore, it is important to maintain good habits in these areas.
  • Adopting an outsider’s perspective for 20-30 seconds can help reduce stress. This exercise involves distancing yourself from your thoughts and feelings and viewing them objectively.
  • Engaging in physical exercise, mindfulness practices, and breathing exercises can also help manage stress.
  • It is important to recognize the difference between positive and negative stress and to seek professional help if necessary.


While stress is a natural response to the demands of life, chronic stress can exacerbate tinnitus symptoms. By understanding the relationship between tinnitus and stress and adopting stress-reducing techniques, individuals with tinnitus can improve their quality of life.

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