Glad to hear it is improving! To comment on eating out less, we already limited our take out to maybe 2-3 times a month, but now it's been unavailable of course. We finally got brave and ordered some takeout a few days ago and wowza was it salty. I chronically under salt food while cooking, and add it last. Interestingly enough, they say food tastes saltier when the salt is on top of the food instead of cooked with it.@humble_hills_farm Thank you so much for offering your insight into my tinnitus. I appreciate you taking time to write all that out. My tinnitus has been better lately, and now I have some clues as to why.
-It is summer and the upstairs bedrooms in our old farmhouse get hot. I have found that a fan at night helps me get to sleep, both for the air movement and the noise. On nice summer months, with the windows open, the outdoor noises of country living seem to help lull me to sleep also.
-I have been limiting my caffeine intake for health reasons and I think that is helping also.
-I never really cooked with much salt, it was always the last seasoning to be added and always just to taste. With the Covid-19 issues, we are not eating out as often and I am cooking more. I find restaurant food to be over-salted most of the time, so cooking at home means less sodium also.
- I have noticed that my hearing is not as good as it used to be. Not bad enough to need a hearing aid yet, but I think that day is coming.My DH can't believe that I don't hear the dog whine to go outside at night, but that my be deep sleep as well as hearing issues. I think that the hearing in my right ear is worse than the left ear, and the tinnitus sometimes seems worse in the right ear than the left.
- The tinnitus is less or barely noticeable when I stay hydrated. I do have a problem with making sure I drink enough water every day, but I am working on it. Staying hydrated also helps me avoid headaches, go figure.
- working on minimizing stress also. It is hard to do when I am told by my boss that unless she finds more work, I will be laid-off again. I was laid off for 3 weeks in July.
If you ever get to the point you feel you need a hearing aid, or need advice, or whatnot, I'd be happy to point you in the right direction. Unfortunately there are places that sell hearing aids purely for the money and not to genuinely help others, but there are far more good places than bad.
As for the stress, unfortunately for most of us these days some things are out of our control. I hope things start looking up on the job front for you. I was fortunately to keep job, but since I wasn't selling as many hearing aids, I was threatened to be laid off several times which was nerve wracking of course.