How to Stop Obsessing, Focusing On and Ruminating Over Tinnitus

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Have you ever noticed that when you’re in pain, you feel compelled to keep messing with your injury to see how much it hurts? For some reason, we tend to focus on pain with an intensity rarely seen elsewhere in our lives. And it’s not just physical pain. We do this with health problems, like tinnitus, too. In fact, one …

Tinnitus: How Long Does it Take to Habituate?

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One question I hear a lot is, “How long does it take to habituate?” Everyone I’ve ever worked with on an individual basis asks something along these lines. It’s an important question, and unfortunately, the answer varies wildly from person to person, depending on several factors: How loud the tinnitus seems How bothersome/intrusive it is Level of emotional suffering, stress, and anxiety Possible underlying medical …

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 Spikes and Habituation: A Long-Term Strategy for Lasting Relief

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Last night, I experienced one of the loudest tinnitus spikes I’ve had in a very long time. And today, now that I’m feeling better, I want to talk to you a little bit more about habituation, what it’s like to have a tinnitus spike after you’ve habituated, and how you can cope more effectively over the long-term. But first,  let’s …

Tinnitus and Meditation: A Practical Guide to Find Relief

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Meditation is the answer to tinnitus. It’s a bold claim, I know. But stay with me for a moment, because if you suffer from tinnitus, meditation can change your life. It changed mine, and I’ve seen it change the lives of countless other tinnitus patients. I’ve watched people tortured by debilitating tinnitus transform back into their old, productive, happy selves. …

How to Help a Loved One Struggling with Tinnitus

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It’s never easy to watch a loved one suffer from a debilitating illness like tinnitus. The feeling of powerlessness in the face of so desperately wanting to help…it’s devastating. At it’s worst, ringing in the ears can feel like torture, raining stress and anxiety on the affected while destroying quality of life. It’s hard to watch someone you care about …

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How to Find Relief from Tinnitus Spikes

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If you’ve lived with tinnitus for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that it’s not always constant. It fluctuates, and not just in volume, but in sound and intensity, or the number of sounds. These flare-ups are commonly known as tinnitus spikes, and it’s the bane of every tinnitus sufferer’s existence. Because even if you’ve fully habituated and are …

How to Fall Asleep with Tinnitus

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There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning in bed when you just want to fall asleep. That restless feeling of watching the minutes tick by, knowing you’re going to feel terrible in the morning…it’s so stressful. But when you live with tinnitus, the medical term for ringing in the ears, it’s an everyday problem. The constant noise is impossible to …

Hearing Loss and Tinnitus: A Comprehensive Guide for Finding Relief

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There’s a reason that loud, repetitive sound is used to torture people: it works, and not just a little bit, it can completely break a person down. But the “sound as torture” concept isn’t limited to interrogation tactics. Unfortunately, it hits home with a much larger demographic: tinnitus sufferers. Tinnitus, the medical term for ringing in the ears, is a …