Tinnitus is the perception of ringing, clicking, or buzzing in one or both ears. It’s generally caused by noise-induced or age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or conditions affecting your circulatory system.1
Tinnitus is annoying during the day, but the quiet of your bedroom at night can exacerbate the situation when you’re trying to fall asleep. This can lead to a vicious cycle of stress, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.
Tips to improve sleep with tinnitus2
- Use sound masking. Playing background noise—such as nature sounds, a fan, ambient music, or white noise—may help mask the perception of tinnitus and help you fall asleep.
- Practice good sleep habits. Bedtime can be stressful for those with tinnitus due to the anxiety and frustration of struggling to sleep well. Creating an optimal environment for better sleep might include blocking out light with an eye mask or heavy curtains, avoiding electronic devices before bed, or doing relaxation exercises. While healthy sleep habits won’t cure tinnitus, they could help you create a routine that makes falling and staying asleep a bit easier.3
- Seek help. A hearing care provider can give personalized advice and recommend treatment to help you find relief from hearing problems like tinnitus that may interfere with your life and sleep quality. Treating tinnitus can drastically improve the quality of life for some.4
Depending on your Humana plan, you may have coverage for or discounts on hearing aids that include technology to help with tinnitus. TruHearing is included in the network for most Humana plans and offers hearing aids with this technology. Call TruHearing at 1-844-353-5940 to schedule a hearing exam with a provider in your area. Other hearing aid providers may be available in your plan’s network.