Acceptance is Not the Answer to Tinnitus

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Acceptance is the emotional outcome of habituation. When I talk to tinnitus sufferers, people often tell me, “If I could just accept my tinnitus, it wouldn’t be so bad.” I know exactly what they’re trying to say, but it’s not helpful to think about tinnitus in those terms, because severe tinnitus isn’t something you can just magically accept. To be …

Tinnitus Habituation: Why Spikes and Setbacks are Part of the Process

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I talk a lot about habituation because I believe that it’s our best hope to find lasting relief from tinnitus. It’s not a cure, but it’s entirely possible to get to this place where it stops bothering us, a place where your brain can tune it out like it does all other meaningless background noise. I’ve also talked a lot …

The Fear Problem: How Doctors and Google Make Tinnitus Worse

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Dr. Google is an utterly terrifying practitioner of diagnostic medicine. Got a headache? You must be dehydrated, or maybe you have a brain tumor. Stomach ache? Could be indigestion or the stomach flu. Or maybe you have an intestinal parasite. Maybe it’s one of the dozen other horrible things that turned up in your search results. Ebola. That’s it for …

Tinnitus: What Can I Do About it? (VEDA Webinar Replay)

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I recently had the honor of co-hosting a webinar about tinnitus for the Vestibular Disorder’s Association (VEDA) with audiologist Barbara Grossman. It took place during VEDA’s annual Balance Awareness Week for 2017. We explored the mechanisms behind tinnitus, how it is diagnosed and treated, and how I personally learned to cope with this debilitating condition. Enjoy! Additional Links and Information: The Vestibular …

Tinnitus, Mindset, and Learned Helplessness

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I recently came across an interesting psychological concept that explains a lot about the mindset of a person living with a health condition like tinnitus. It goes like this: When a person or an animal is repeatedly subjected to a terrible situation that they think they can’t escape or control, they eventually stop trying, even if escape suddenly becomes possible. This …

Why Your Tinnitus is Not too Loud to Habituate and Find Relief

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When I talk about tinnitus and habituation and finding relief, people often say to me, “No. My tinnitus is too loud to habituate. I could never ignore it when it’s this loud.” And I get it. I completely understand, because I’ve been there myself. But that response is based a set of assumptions that don’t quite grasp the bigger picture. …

Message of Hope for Tinnitus Sufferers (HLAA WEBINAR REPLAY)

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On April 19th, I hosted a free webinar presentation about tinnitus for the Hearing Loss Association of America. For those of you who missed it live, this is the official replay video posted on the HLAA’s youtube channel. (It’s a great channel so make sure you click here to subscribe!) You can watch many other webinar videos, as well as a replay of …

The Real Problem with Tinnitus Part 2: Finding Relief (VIDEO)

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In part one of this series, I talked a little bit about tinnitus, and how the only question that really matters is: “Does it bother you?” I argued that the noise itself isn’t even really the problem you should be focusing on because you can’t control the noise. The real problem is our reaction to the sound. Our brains are fully …

The Real Problem with Tinnitus Part 1: Impossible to Ignore (VIDEO)

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As I get ready to launch my new book, I wanted to take a deeper dive into the problem of tinnitus. **UPDATE: My new book – Rewiring Tinnitus How I Finally Found Relief From the Ringing in My Ears – is available now!** On the surface, it seems pretty straight forward – tinnitus is the perception of noise when there is no actual …