Ringing in the ears, often known as tinnitus, is a frequent complaint that affects around 15 to 20 percent of the population. In most cases, it is a sign of another ailment, such as a malfunction in the muscles, an accumulation of wax, an injury to the ear, or a problem with circulation.

If you suffer from Tinnitus, using this easy tip might help offer you some relief from your condition.

Dr. Jan Strydom, who works for the website A2Z of Health, Beauty, and Fintess, provides the following instructions:

“Place the palms of your hands over your ears, and rest your fingers on the back of your head in a gentle resting position. Just above the base of your head, both of your middle fingers should be pointing in the direction of one another. Put your index fingers on top of your middle fingers, then make a loud drumming noise with your index fingers by snapping them onto the skull. It should be done 40–50 times. This approach is successful for some individuals on an almost instantaneous basis. To lessen the sensation of ringing in the ears, you should perform this exercise several times each day for as long as it takes.

Because you are helping the suboccipital muscles to relax and eliminate tension, it is quite likely that this approach is effective. Tight and uncomfortable suboccipital muscles are a typical contributor to the symptom of tinnitus. Because they are continually functioning in conjunction with the other muscles in your neck, your suboccipital muscles are always active. This is because they are responsible for maintaining equilibrium on top of your spine. They are especially responsible for the initiation and regulation of fine motions. These muscles have been under increased strain as of late as a result of individuals spending longer periods of time in front of a computer at work or bending their necks forward to look at their smartphones, tablets, or other electronic devices. Constant muscle contraction results in painfully taut and constricted muscles. When a muscle is overstretched, it becomes elongated and feeble. Many persons who suffer from tinnitus report that their suboccipital muscles are the source of their suffering. These muscles are also a major contributor to headaches of the “tension” variety.

One of the most effective ways to stimulate a muscle to contract is to rapidly tap the tendon or belly of the muscle. This is what takes place whenever you go to the doctor and get your muscles examined in that way. Continuous tapping or persistent pressure have the opposite effect: they overload the muscle, forcing it to burn up all of its electrolytes and ATP as well as other resources it requires to activate and contract on a regular basis. This causes the muscle to become weaker and less able to perform its normal functions. When the energy reserves of muscle cells are spent, the cells shut down. When a sufficient number of cells shut down, the muscle as a whole relaxes, and you get immediate relief from the pain.

Having said that, perhaps this approach can at the very least provide you with some momentary comfort. Maybe shortly before you go to bed at night and attempt to get some rest. It is important to keep in mind that not everyone will have success with it. You might as well give it a go and see what the outcome is.