9 tips to help relieve your child’s tinnitus

If your child has tinnitus, which is a constant ringing or buzzing in the ears, it can be frightening or confusing. It’s important to find ways of managing the symptoms that they can do either with you or on their own. Here are a few helpful tips that will relieve the symptoms or address their anxiety about it.

Explain it

Tell them what’s happening in simple terms that won’t cause alarm. A good approach is to say the brain is hearing a sound that doesn’t have a matching sound outside. Reassure them that trying to train the brain not to listen to the sounds could help.

Check their hearing

Arrange a hearing check in case they’re also experiencing hearing loss. If they are, hearing aids can help to address both the hearing loss and the tinnitus symptoms.

Ask questions

Speak to a Hearing Australia professional for advice tailored to your child’s needs. An audiologist will offer simple solutions that are right for your child.

Stress less

Practice relaxation exercises together to distract them and relieve anxiety or stress, which can make tinnitus worse.

Involve others

Speak with their teacher in case its affecting concentration in class and let them know some practical solutions, like moving away from noisy areas. Have a chat with any other carers or relevant professionals to let them know what’s going on.

Speak up

Let your child know it’s okay to speak up when their symptoms are bothering them. If they’re embarrassed about it, arrange a discreet way to signal you or a teacher without attracting too much attention.

Get healthy

Foster healthy habits like eating a balanced diet and getting active. This can help to reduce the symptoms and distract them from the tinnitus sounds.

Have fun

When your child is absorbed in activities, they’ll be less likely to notice the tinnitus. Happy hormones also help to keep them relaxed and alleviate anxiety.

Don’t despair

Finally, rest assured that tinnitus can go away on its own and can be manageable.