Explaining Tinnitus to Your Family[imwb_socialbuzz] By John On July 5, 2009 Under Tinnitus
Talking with your family about tinnitus is stressful for both you and them. How do you do it well, the first time? The first thing to do is to have a good understanding of tinnitus yourself. Know what caused it, what the ringing is from and what treatment options you have. This allows you to answer any questions quickly.
Tell Who You Want To
One of the first important realizations is that this condition is one you do not have to tell everyone if you do not want to. Your immediate family should probably know, so they know what to do, and what not to do around you. At the same time, there may not be a reason to tell everyone about it, especially if your hearing level is acceptable or if a hearing aid is able to improve it.
What about those who you have to tell, how do you do it?
• Sit down with family and talk about your recent experiences. Tell them about the ringing in your ear.
• Share with them what this has done to you. For example, explain that the ringing is not minor and does not go away leaving your hearing lacking.
• Explain what the condition is and what doctors have told you. You can mention the causes if you would like to. Sometimes, you do not have to as you can assume they will go home to learn about it themselves.
• Assure them there is no risk to your overall health.
• Answer their questions but let them know you may not have all the answers they are looking for.
Tell them as much or as little as you would like to. Those who love you will understand if you are short with them or otherwise unable to give them more information.
The Way They Treat You
For some, it is not telling the family that is the problem, but rather it is the questions and the looks. You may not want them to treat you any differently. How can you handle this?
• Inform your family that you are not changing the way you live life. They do not have to either.
• Give them ways to help you, such as avoiding loud noise. This way, they feel like they are doing something for you.
• Tell them how you are handling your condition. Tell them about treatments, holistic methods of healing you are using and lifestyle changes you are making.
Bringing your family together is important to your well-being, too, not just their understanding of tinnitus. Evidence shows, those who have a strong emotional support group do better with symptoms from tinnitus than those who do not. The stress relief, frustration and the ability to cope improve greatly.
Your family and friends can help you. They can be part of the lifestyle changes you make such as eating a healthy diet and getting more exercise. They can work with you to find the natural treatments for tinnitus, too.