If I told you that you could combat tinnitus and ringing ears simply by fighting the stress in your life, then you might well think I was mad. Ringing ears by all appearances is a physical condition right? So how then can stress – which is an entirely psychological phenomenon – be related to ringing ears? And how could de-stressing help provide ringing ears relief?
Before you write off the idea that stress and tinnitus might be linked, first think back to situations you might have been in in the past that made you feel very stressed. Very possibly you will have found that just when life started getting on top of you, your ears almost seemed to 'pop' and you then had a loud ringing in your head. Sound familiar? That was the result of acute stress leading to acutely ringing ears – so couldn't chronic stress be responsible for your tinnitus?
The reason that this happens is that stress triggers something called the 'fight or flight response'. This is the response you may have heard of that floods the body with neurotransmitters and hormones designed 'amp you up' and increase your focus, energy and reflexes. In other words, this is designed to put you in a kind of 'survival mode' should you spot a predator or be otherwise in any kind of danger.
If you were to encounter a lion in the wild, what would be useful? Better vision, better hearing, stronger muscles, dilated time and quicker reflexes of course! That's precisely what the brain gives you by increasing the production of norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, cortisol, glutamate and all the other excitatory chemicals that effectively serve to 'turn up the volume' on the human brain.
But just as you get 'feedback' when you turn up your speakers too loudly, turning up your hearing can also cause your brain to register false positives – especially when there's nothing to hear. In turn, this results in you hearing a constant ringing noise that is described as 'tinnitus' when it is chronic.
How to Calm Down and Fight Back
If you are constantly struggling with these ringing ears then you'll likely find that it's not particularly helpful – especially as you don't likely encounter all that many lions on a regular basis. As such, you will need to find ways to calm your nerves back down and sedate your brain.
One form of ringing ears treatment that does precisely that, is to focus on not focusing on the noise of the ringing. By telling yourself it's unimportant and it doesn't matter, you can get your brain to tune it out. This happens in the precise same way that you stop hearing a clock ticking after a minute or so of being in a room.
Likewise, you can also combat ringing ears by combating stress generally. This means keeping your schedule a little less packed and learning stress management techniques such as meditation, controlled breathing and more.
Finally, to help stop ringing ears more quickly, you can also try supplementing with products like Ring Zen. This works by providing active ingredients that soothe the nerves and prevent them firing too much. At the same time this can also help to combat inflammation, which can prevent direct stimulation of the auditory nerves and help improve the balance of neurotransmitters. Ring Zen also contains a number of important nutrients that support hearing and good general health in order to improve your sleep and help your body to better repair any damage that might have directly or indirectly led to the ringing ears.