Tips For Tinnitus Sufferers

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Tinnitus is an exceptionally overwhelmingly difficult condition to live with. Tinnitus is a condition which creates a severe ringing in the ears, sometimes a roaring or hissing, which can often lead to anxiety, stress and much more. Around five years ago, I came home from a music concert, only the next day, to be very aware of a ringing in my ears that was exceptionally loud and very disturbing to me. I felt perhaps it would disappear and that it was the after effects of listening to very loud music in a small venue. The ringing didn't fade. I went to the doctors, and a referral to an ear specialist, the ringing was incredibly worrying to me, very noticeable and when it was quiet, I felt as though my head was going to pop. It was discovered by doctors that my hearing was top notch. Thankfully it had not affected my hearing, but my anxiety was sky high, and for someone who already has anxiety issues, this was not a pleasant experience at all.

It gets better however. I was never given much advice on how to control my Tinnitus. Some say, it may go away forever, it may go away and come back, or it may never go away. There's nothing we can do, and your ears are perfectly healthy. It doesn't have to end here. Tinnitus varies from person to person, and mine has never gone away, yet I have learned to turn off from it, and I'm no longer struck with a feeling of utter helplessness and the drowning feeling of being trapped in my own head.

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Tip One: Keep low sound around you all the time!

At night, I felt my Tinnitus was at its worst. The darkness enveloped me and coupled with my Tinnitus, I got barely any sleep, I didn't know what to do and it was only when I discovered phone apps that play sounds, that I realized I could finally get my life back. It sounds simple. It is...and it's worth a try. Keeping sounds on low and focusing solely on what you hear can allow you to stop hearing the ringing in your ears. It takes a strict mind, and you have to train your mind to forget but the night times are so much easier for me. I turn on my waterfall sound or rain sounds, and I do not tune in at all to the ringing in my ears. During the day, I tend to keep headphones in if I'm home alone or the TV on low. Keeping other sounds around you are really important.

Tip Two: Do NOT have loud music or loud sounds around you or directly into your ears!

This will only aggravate your Tinnitus in the long run and it's something I have tried and bitterly regretted. Keep it low, or moderate.

Tip Three: Use preventative measures

If you are wanting to go to a loud venue, then taking preventative measures is a must. I often use ear plugs, easy to pop in, and they really muffle the sound meaning your ears don't take as much of the strain and in the long-run, your Tinnitus won't become worse. I often find some basic ones from the chemist do the trick.

Of course every case is different and you have to also remember that there are many tips and tricks to help you live an easier, anxiety free life, which won't stop you from doing the things you love. If you want more information, then please take a look at Action On Hearing Loss who have a whole section dedicated to Tinnitus and what you can do. They are also currently looking into cures for Tinnitus. You are never alone.

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I've Discovered the World Now it's Time to Discover Love on Badoo

There comes a time in your life, when the luster of your ever expanding travel itinerary suddenly becomes a little dull, and it’s easy to become burned out. Soaking up culture, and immersing yourself in historical cities is still a boon for my mental and physical wellbeing, I can’t pretend it isn’t, yet there can be a lack of connection to life at home. A certain disruption to the homely obligatory agenda; go for Friday night drinks, or perhaps, catch up with an old friend on Skype that always seems to elude your memory. It’s easy to become burdened with work and travel, but avoiding this emotional burnout doesn’t have to be difficult. Discovering the world is enlightening and perhaps opens up your mind to other cultures, religions and races; it allows you to create a bigger network of friends in the long run, but finding them is not always easy.

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I’ve been exploring the exciting vibrant online world of Badoo; a dating focused social network, with a plethora of key features that put this network ahead of the game. Badoo is the largest dating app in the world! Essentially a place to find love, Badoo offers a safe environment to chat, make friends, with both male and females, and engage is enticing conversation, expanding your network of friends, whilst still allowing a distance. Badoo can slot perfectly into your busy travel life, whether you’re at the other side of the world, or stuck pinned to your office chair firing out emails; it’s easily accessible.

Discover 366m people at your fingertips; is one of Badoo’s most exciting slogans. In simple terms, it’s a vast exciting network, and you are guaranteed to find someone who shares your hobbies, passions, problems or postcode! Here are some of the major reasons to use Badoo, and it’s not just their security or safety features, it’s not just their huge collection of people worldwide, but it’s the fun features that they’ve added to Badoo, which create an electrifying buzz whilst you’re using the network. Face recognition allows the app to find the closest person in their network to your celebrity crush; it’s fun, fresh and simple! Highlighted below are some of the most modern, incredible features that Badoo has to offer, which focus greatly on women’s security, which is a prominent topic for any single lady, myself being one of them, I like to ensure the people I am talking to are the people who match their profile photos.  

1.  Video Calls & Selfie Request

Chat to anyone you connect with via video calls, it’s simple and easy and doesn’t require picking up and meeting a stranger for the first time outside of your comfort zone. Play by your rules, and first and foremost stay safe. The ‘Selfie Request’ simply means the person you’re talking to, is required to pop over a selfie as proof that they are the person showing in their photograph. In essence, it is photo verification, and this is a novel idea, especially for first time online daters. If anything seems untoward with any activity on your account, there is a helpful team available 24/7 to assist. 

2. Location, Location, Location

Badoo offer a ‘People Nearby’ feature, which allows you to tap in any location you’re in, whether you’re on the road traveling in Europe or at home perusing the local shops, you can connect. It’s easy to feel a little claustrophobic and potentially concerned when you feel that apps are receiving information about your location, but Badoo only access your location on a 30-mile radius, so you’re always safe.

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3. Finding & Maintaining Connection

This makes finding mutual friends incredibly easy. Badoo offers a ‘Friends In Common’ feature, allowing you to find people you may not realize are nearby you often; including a ‘Bumped Into’ feature, such innovative ideas have been sunk into each and every aspect of this dating site, and with this feature, you’re able to see who you may have walked past earlier in the day, whilst stepping out of your favourite coffee shop, maybe even leaving the gym. It’s a brilliant way to make new friends, a new gym buddy, or even a new boyfriend!

It’s a safe, fun way to connect, and of course you can access it by the tap of a button on your phone, no matter where you are. For me, playing around making new friends whilst on a long train journey to work, is an exciting new concept; allowing me to discover life and maybe love on my terms, my time, and my way. Download Badoo today, and find out who you may discover. Our journeys have only just begun!

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Ways To Help Manage And Control Your Eczema

Eczema can be a painful skin condition, and experiencing it can be frustrating, feel unpleasant and sometimes embarrassing. But there are things you can do to help control and prevent the symptoms associated with eczema, such as very dry, sore and itchy skin, bleeding, and flare-ups, which is when it becomes very active. This article shares some of the different ways you can manage and control your eczema.  

Use a good skin cream

A first important point to mention when finding ways to manage and control your eczema is to use a good skin cream or ointment. Steroid creams, like a hydrocortisone cream, are a common treatment that can help ease inflammation and reduce redness and itchiness of the skin. Creams like this are easily accessible from both high-street chemists and online pharmacies, like Chemist4U. Always having a cream to hand – at home, or in your bag when you’re at work or out and about ­– can ensure you’re fully prepared if you have a flare-up.

Keep your skin moist  

Dry skin can be a common trigger of a flare-up, especially in the winter when the air can be very dry. If skin becomes too dry it can get rough and itchy, crack and lead to infection. To help prevent this, you should aim to keep your skin moist as best you can. Moisturising the skin with a body cream or lotion regularly and after a shower can help. Having a humidifier in your house, such as your living room or bedroom, can also help moisten the air in your home. It’s also wise to make time for a daily skin routine to keep your skin moisturised each day.

Wear loose-fitting, soft and light clothing

Another eczema trigger can be wearing rough, itchy and heavy fabrics. The scratching and rubbing of the materials can irritate the skin, and repetitive scratching can cause the skin to thicken and become very itchy. Clothes that are too heavy or tight can also cause you to sweat and trigger a flare-up. For this reason, it’s best to avoid wearing tight or heavy and itchy clothes, like those made of wool, and opt for loose-fitting, soft and light clothing, which doesn’t rub, instead. It’s also advisable to wash new clothes before you wear them to help remove chemicals that might irritate your skin. 

Reduce stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety can be common triggers of eczema. They can also create a vicious cycle, as having very itchy and sore skin is likely to cause you more stress. So it’s advisable to do your best to control and reduce any stress you might experience. Be wary of situations that might cause you stress and then do what you can to relieve it. Things that can help include regular exercise, breathing techniques, and methods of relaxation like meditation, massages and warm soaks in the bath. A good night’s sleep can also help, as stressful situations are likely to make you feel less stressed when you’re not so tired.   

Keep your home clean and cool

Dust and warm environments can both trigger eczema or make it worse. Dust can irritate the skin and warm temperatures can cause you to sweat, which can make the skin itchy and cause a flare-up. This can especially happen in the winter when you’re likely to have your heating higher in your home, and the low humidity can dry out your skin. So it’s wise to clean you home frequently, keep it free of dust as much as possible, and at a cool temperature.

Take daily warm baths or showers

When you have eczema, how, and how often, you wash is important. It’s advisable to have at least one shower or bath each day in lukewarm, not hot, water, for five to 10 minutes. When washing you should use a gentle cleanser, like one for sensitive skin, without added perfume or dye, as these can be common eczema triggers. You should also not scrub, but gentle wash, the skin. After washing, it’s advisable to gently pat the skin so it’s still damp when applying your moisturiser. This will help the skin better absorb the cream.

Don’t scratch and go for check-ups

When extreme itching and soreness occurs during a flare-up, it can be tempting to scratch your skin. However, this can make eczema worse, as rubbing and scratching can break the skin, which can lead to infection. If an extreme flare-up happens, it’s better to instead consult your doctor. Sudden or frequent flare-ups could mean you have an allergy, like to eggs, dairy products or pollen. So it’s wise to book a doctor’s appointment and have a check-up. Your doctor might want to discuss allergy testing with you to find out what triggers your eczema. They could then start a course of treatment to help you manage it even better.