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Tinnitus in the morning

Coping with ringing ears in the morning

Waking up with ringing in one or both ears: Causes and treatments

Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the ears, like ringing, buzzing and whistling, usually occurring throughout the day. However, many people report hearing a persistent ringing in one or both ears, especially when waking up in the morning. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of tinnitus in the morning.

Waking up with tinnitus

Tinnitus is an auditory disorder that manifests itself as an acoustic perception of sound even if no external source has generated noise. Whistling, buzzing, ringing and countless other sounds are tinnitus symptoms. Tinnitus can affect one ear or both, perceived in the center of the head. This disorder can manifest any time, but many report their tinnitus worsens in the morning when they wake up. In these cases, we speak of tinnitus in the morning.

Symptoms of tinnitus in the morning

Many people have experienced the sensation of ringing ears after going to a club, a concert or a party with loud music. Usually, this sensation disappears the next day. However, sometimes tinnitus can last longer.

Tinnitus in the morning can appear as a broad range of sounds, often described as a ringing or buzzing inside the ear. Some report that it sounds like being able to hear a heartbeat in your ear, which is called pulsatile tinnitus. When this noise happens, you are experiencing objective tinnitus, as noise is actually produced by a sound source: the passage of blood in blood vessels. These noises can vary in intensity and duration and, if neglected, become chronic. If pulsatile tinnitus persists throughout the day you should seek medical treatment.

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Causes: Why do your ears ring when you wake up?

Tinnitus in the morning is attributable to the fact that the brain, even during sleep, remains active thanks to synapses that enter into play while we are at rest. Other causes of tinnitus include:

  • Earwax occlusion of the ear. Earwax protects our ears from bacteria and dirt, but if it builds up in excess, it can cause hearing loss or irritation of the eardrum, paving the way for tinnitus;
  • Meniere's syndrome. Tinnitus can indicate this chronic inner ear condition, causing dizziness, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears;
  • Acoustic neuroma. This benign tumor develops in the cranial nerve that runs from the brain to the inner ear and controls balance and hearing. This disorder often causes tinnitus in only one ear;
  • Ototoxic medications;
  • Prolonged exposure to loud noises, dangerous to hearing health;
  • Sudden changes in pressure can cause tinnitus.

Why is tinnitus worse when you wake up in the morning?

Some people with chronic tinnitus complain that it is worse in the morning when they wake up. A potential explanation is your sleeping position. Sleeping with your neck at an odd angle can kink the major blood vessels to the head, causing turbulent blood flow, which you may hear as tinnitus. There is a specific type of tinnitus occurring only in a laying position or at night.

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Treating types of tinnitus

Regardless of which type of tinnitus you may experience, it can be a frustrating symptom to live with. Luckily, several treatment options are available to help manage your tinnitus, including hearing aids. If you think you suffer from tinnitus, schedule an appointment at your nearest Miracle-Ear location today.

How to get rid of tinnitus in the morning: Treatment Options

There are various methods and precautions you can take to reduce or cope with morning tinnitus because treatment depends on the underlying cause of your ear ringing. If the morning tinnitus persists, contact an ENT specialist to receive the appropriate treatment.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) is a conscious and subconscious tinnitus management and treatment technique that requires close collaboration with hearing care professionals. It aims to teach the brain to ignore the ringing in the ear caused by tinnitus.

It is based on the concept of sound habituation: the more often you hear a noise, the more often you will ignore it. In this treatment, a healthcare professional will help you modify your auditory perception to train your brain to ignore the ringing in the ear caused by tinnitus by confusing it with other noises. The goal is not to eliminate the ringing in your ear, but to make it imperceptible and therefore irrelevant, making it a reliable and concrete cure for tinnitus. 

Also effective in treating tinnitus in the morning, TRT uses devices that promote relaxation through the emission of sounds chosen by the user, thereby enabling you to mask the perception of tinnitus.

Are people who get less rest more prone to tinnitus? It seems so. Not only does the anxiety and stress caused by a lack of sleep worsen tinnitus, but so does snoring and sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea, snoring, stress, and anxiety caused by poor sleep quality can cause the onset of tinnitus and increase the incidence of morning tinnitus. Here are some tips: 

  • Go to bed at a regular time after a relaxing shower or bath
  • Light-reads can help you relax before sleeping
  • Avoid taking sleeping pills, try sipping on warm milk
  • Do something that relaxes you, consider browsing picture books
  • Rest on the couch, watch TV, and don't overdo it

If you think you suffer from sleep disorders or tinnitus, the best tip is to visit an ENT specialist and tell them about your lifestyle, including sleep. A correct and rigorous diagnosis is essential to trace the cause of any tinnitus.

Care with your diet, particularly food and drinks consumed before you sleep, can help relieve your morning tinnitus. Here are some examples of food and beverages to avoid before going to sleep to help prevent tinnitus in the morning:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sugar
  • Fats
  • Sweets and sugars
  • Tea, coffee, and cola-based drinks
  • High sodium foods

Consider consuming lighter foods in the hours before you sleep, like vegetables, legumes, and lean proteins.

Tinnitus Makers are special features built into many modern hearing aids. These can help people affected by tinnitus, with or without hearing loss, against annoying noises in the ear and support them, if necessary, even in the treatment of hearing loss. 

Tinnitus sufferers benefit from a reduction of annoying noise in the ears on the one hand and from improved hearing on the other. For most patients, tinnitus hearing aids represent a strong improvement in their quality of life. Especially since modern hearing aids offer high performance, are comfortable and easy to use. Discover Miracle-Ear hearing aids for tinnitus today. 

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Another treatment option is a hearing aid for tinnitus. These hearing aids produce a sound that masks the sound of tinnitus. Discover Miracle-Ear product range of hearing aids and get advice on the best ones for you according to your specific needs!

If you wake up with ringing in one ear that persists throughout the day, you may want to consult a doctor. In general, see a doctor if your tinnitus appears to be pulsating (ex: you can hear your heartbeat inside your ear) or if you experience hearing loss, vertigo or dizziness. If you would like support with identifying your tinnitus symptoms, book a free consultation with a Miracle-Ear hearing care specialist.

Difficulty hearing from one ear in the morning can be related to simple problems, like excessive accumulation of earwax, an ear infection, or allergies, especially in spring and fall.

Usually, this condition will resolve on its own, but sometimes, the problem can be more serious and can be a case of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. For an accurate diagnosis, contact your physician or hearing healthcare specialist. Visit us at the Miracle-Ear center closest to you and book your free hearing test now!

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