Simple strategies to mask tinnitus Do you hear a constant ringing in your ears? Stress can make tinnitus worse; use relaxation techniques such as meditation or walking. Try background noise, such as soft music. Avoid caffeine and cut back on alcohol consumption. Protect your ears from loud noise exposure; your tinnitus will increase with more hearing loss. For help sleeping, use a bedside sound machine or a fan. Walk your way to good health! T aking brief walks after every meal may help people with diabetes control blood sugar better than a single longer daily walk, according to a study in ‘Diabetologia’. For two weeks, 41 people with type 2 diabetes (average age 60) either walked for 10 minutes shortly after each of their three main meals or walked once for 30 minutes at any time of day. Then they switched regimens for the next two weeks. Blood sugar control, measured during the three hours after each meal, was significantly better when people did the post-meal walks.