Can Breathing Affect My Tinnitus?

Michael Piskosz, Audiologist
Reviewed By:
Dr. Fabrice Bardy
November 15, 2023
3 mins

The MindEar app offers breathing exercises to improve well-being and help reduce stress that can be caused by tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a perception of sound in the ears or head without any external source and is commonly associated with conditions such as hearing loss, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, and underlying health issues, even stress and anxiety.

Breathing itself does not directly affect tinnitus. However, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques can indirectly help manage tinnitus by reducing stress and promoting overall well-being. Stress and anxiety can worsen tinnitus symptoms or make them more noticeable. By practicing deep breathing exercises, meditation, or other relaxation techniques, you can potentially alleviate the impact of stress on your tinnitus.

Deep breathing allows for more oxygen to enter the bloodstream, which helps nourish the body's cells and organs. Adequate oxygenation is essential for optimal functioning and can boost energy levels and mental clarity. In addition, deep breathing can help improve respiratory and immune function by increasing your lung capacity and helping to mitigate the effects of stress, supporting a stronger immune system.

Tips for improving breathing techniques:

- Allocate time for daily deep breathing exercises: These can help create better oxygen flow throughout your body, help remove toxins and improve overall respiratory function.

- Practicing mindfulness: By becoming more attuned to your breath, you can detect any irregularities or areas of tension and work towards restoring a natural, relaxed breathing pattern.

- Regular exercise: Exercise can strengthen respiratory muscles and increase lung capacity.

- Healthy diet: A healthy diet can help you maintain proper weight and can support lung and immune function.

- Eliminate smoking habits: Eliminating any smoking habits can improve lung function and reduce the risk of respiratory diseases. 

Engaging in proper breathing techniques and activities that promote relaxation and reduce stress can have a positive impact on your overall health, which may indirectly help in managing tinnitus. It's important to note that the effectiveness of these techniques may vary from person to person, and it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or tinnitus specialist for personalized advice and treatment options for tinnitus.

How MindEar can help you in your tinnitus journey

Within the MindEar app, you have access to a library of relaxation and breathing exercises to help you reduce stress and anxiety and help you manage the symptoms of your tinnitus. From sound therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy or mindfulness techniques, our platform aims to provide you with the tools to help you take control of your tinnitus so that you can live a life without noticing it. MindEar is here to guide you on that journey.

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