Blood Pressure

If you know your blood pressure is high, check it often. Your doctor can help you control it. Sometimes low blood pressure is also to blame. Your doctor can keep an eye on that, too.

Sleep Problems

Tired all the time? That can trigger tinnitus or make it worse. Aim for about 8 hours of sleep every night. If you need help nodding off, ask your doctor


The two go hand in hand. The pain can make it worse if it robs you of sleep and cranks up your stress level. Ease the migraine and the ringing could let up, too.


Drinking can boost your blood pressure, which can make you notice the ringing more. Cut back and see if that makes the ringing better.


Kick the habit. Nicotine in cigarettes and other products can make your tinnitus worse. Smoking can narrow the blood vessels that bring oxygen to your ears. It can also cause your blood pressure to go up.


Try cutting back on coffee or colas to see if the ringing gets better. Caffeine can also raise your blood pressure, which can bring on the ring in some people. Cut back and see if it helps.

Depression and Anxiety

They can make the sounds you hear seem louder. So can some of the drugs you take to treat them.  Because having tinnitus can also bring you down, your doctor can help you find ways to feel better and manage your emotions.

Other Conditions

Some cause the ringing; others make it worse. They range from thyroid issues to anemia, autoimmune conditions, and structural problems with your inner ear. Work with your doctor to find the cause and figure out how to treat it.

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