If you suffer from Tinnitus there is so much hope!

Rewiring Tinnitus is an exploration of Tinnitus treatment strategies that work.

I’m Glenn and while I’ve had Tinnitus for as long as I can remember, five years ago it became a much bigger problem when I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable inner ear disorder called Meniere’s disease. It’s a particularly nasty condition that causes vertigo, Tinnitus, hearing loss and the feeling of pressure in your ears.

Suddenly, my Tinnitus was no longer the quiet high pitched tone that I was used to. It was much louder, and layered with lower pitched tones and constant whooshing sound. It made it hard to fall asleep and even harder to focus. The noise steadily added to my already high levels of anxiety that I was experiencing over my diagnosis. It tormented me, day and night.

But that was then. Fast forward a few years, and I am happy to report that my Tinnitus no longer bothers me at all. Completely by accident, I stumbled onto several treatments that radically rewired my emotional, psychological, and physical response to the sound. Almost overnight, it stopped bothering me. And I know I’m not alone.

One way or another, many other people have found ways to live comfortably with their Tinnitus, too. And that’s a good thing because Tinnitus is a big problem. In the US alone, nearly 50 million people suffer from Tinnitus, according to the Center for Disease Control. It’s also the most prevalent disease among our nation’s Veterans, outranking even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Worldwide, the number is estimated to be close to 600 million.

If you suffer from Tinnitus, I want you to know right now that there is so much hope. No matter how severe your Tinnitus is, or how bad things may seem, you can learn to live with your Tinnitus, too.

For the last 18 months, I’ve worked to support sufferers of Meniere’s disease and other vestibular disorders through my other blog, Mind Over Meniere’s, and as an ambassador board member for the Vestibular Disorders Association. Throughout that time, Tinnitus was always a common thread and something that I felt deserved more attention. I started this project to share everything I’ve learned along the way and to provide insight and inspiration to everyone out there who is still suffering.

Tinnitus is a terrible condition and there is not nearly enough good information available.

Too many people are told that they have no options, that there is no cure, that they just have to live with it.  There may not be a cure but there is a way forward.

You deserve relief. I will show you the way.

Your Tinnitus can and will get better.

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  1. When attempting to get started, a message came up that the website security certificate for the site was not safe and not to enter your site. I won’t proceed but was wondering if you have had this happen before, and if so, is there a fix. Thank you

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      Hi Theresa, it’s fixed now. I recently installed an SSL Certificate on the site to make everything more far more secure, and in the transition, a couple of the links got messed up. I actually noticed it this morning. But it’s working now!

  2. Hello Glenn,

    I have a loved one who is suffering from tinnitus and she hears two sounds simultaneously , could you be kind enough to email me your number, so I could talk to you for few minutes to explain it to you.


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  3. Hi Glen, I have had tinnitus all my life it seems. I remember about 35 years ago having a discussion with someone and referring to the background noise you hear when everything is silent. I thought everyone heard it! I have always been able to live with it/ignore it, but it seems to worsen when I focus on it. Lately, I have been wondering if there were new advancements regarding the treatment of tinnitus and that in itself seems to have made things worse because I am now paying attention to it. So, my question is this: should I be concerned about worsening matters if I start meditating and focusing on the sound? I feel that thinking about it everyday is worse than ignoring it. However, I would like some relief when needed. Your insight would be greatly appreciated.

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      Hi Carole, I completely understand your concern, but in my experience this has not been the case. It might be helpful to consider that with the tinnitus focused meditation techniques, the goal is to focus on it for very controlled short periods of time, and then for the rest of the day, use many different coping tools and relaxation techniques to distract you, mask the sound, and help you be more relaxed when you’re not meditating. Some people find that it’s a little more noticeable immediately after this kind of meditation, but this usually only lasts for a short while and doesn’t impede progress with these techniques. I know it’s very counterintuitive, but consider this: consciously trying to ignore it is ultimately an act o paying attention. When it’s bothering you, your brain and nervous system are reacting to the sound as if it was the sound of something dangerous, and it’s impossible to ignore any sound that implies danger. You have to change the reaction first.

      The idea is to meditate daily as a practice to help facilitate a positive connection between the calm/relaxation of meditation and the sound of your tinnitus. Eventually, you can use it as needed as a coping tool, but it’s designed to be a daily practice. Hope that makes sense! Feel free to reach out directly at glenn@rewiringtinnitus.com

  4. Hi Glenn!
    I have lived with Tinnitus for 30 years…the last six months it has become much ‘louder’. I am eager to get through your website to learn more…and will order the book to read as well. I want to know if you have worked with any psychiatrist/psychologist to review your book and/or technique/experiences….I would be interested to know if the concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy are embedded. As a long-time sufferer of tinnitus, I have tried chiropractic, acupuncture, meditation, stretch therapy, pilates, yoga, eastern/Chinese herbs/blends, therapy…getting ready to try CBD. Oh and I have had MRI’s of the ears and brain to rule out tumors. I have had a hearing test–yes, I am losing my hearing in the affected ear. I have been tested for Meniere’s–I do not have it. To date, nothing has eliminated the tinnitus, nothing has reduced the recent increased volume… I am also looking for research studies in my area (LA) to potentially participate in… There has been no ‘fix’…my stress has caused anxiety which is likely the root cause of the tinnitus…but I find it hard to believe that I have had ‘stress’ for 30 years. I am eager to get through your site and book…hoping for positive results!

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      Hi Greg, sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with this for the past 6 months! My book doesn’t really include many concepts from CBT as I am not a therapist, but instead focuses on using meditation techniques and many coping strategies and relaxation techniques to help facilitate habituation. Habituation doesn’t necessarily mean it goes away, but rather gets you to a place where it no longer bothers you so your brain can finally tune it out like it does all other meaningless sounds that don’t bother you. I hope you get a lot out of my book and feel free to reach out to me directly at glenn@rewiringtinnitus.com

  5. good morning I’m very interested in buying the book Rewiring Tinnitus but I can’t find it in Spanish how I could find it? tahnk you 🙂

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      Unfortunately, it’s only available in English at this time. I do plan to have it translated in the future though. Sorry about that!

  6. Hello,
    Thank you for your powerful story. I found it through seeing this quote;

    Behind every chronic illness is just a person trying to find their way in the world. We want to find love and be loved and be happy just like you. We want to be successful and do something that matters. We’re just dealing with unwanted limitations in our hero’s journey. Glenn Schweitzer

    I would love to cite this quote correctly in my dissertation. Will you tell me when and where you stated this quote?

    With much gratitude,
    Lela rankinsl@xavier.edu

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