Tinnitus Success Story
I was in bed listening took the radio. I took my headphones out, and I heard it. I knew that noise. It always appeared after long sessions of blasting metal music from my iPod.
But this time, it didn’t stop when I woke up.
The next few years were absolutely hellish, there would be times I did not know how I would go on with my life, times that I hated myself for being so callous, and times that I would hit myself in the head out of desperation and frustration. If you’ve been there, you know what its like.
Over the years, my tinnitus would fluctuate between noticeable and unnoticeable levels. This made my journey with it very frustrating, since I could not properly habituate to a constant level of noise.
Yet here I am, eight years later, and I do not think about it every day like I used to. I’ve taken better care of my ears, and I have learned simple strategies for dealing with it, like having fans on in the house. Even when I do notice it, the sound reminds me of days when things were simpler.
The point I want to put through to everyone, though, is that it *does* get better. It may seem like you’ve been struggling for so long with this constant sound, but you will learn how to deal with it and move on.
Let go of Tinnitus
I want to just confirm that it is absolutely possible to let go of tinnitus so that you have no noise left in your ears. This is not something that happens quickly or overnight. You know it can be a bit of a process getting there, but it is possible for people to find silence again regularly.
I work with people and they come in and say well. Last week I had four days of total silence in the quiet room. I couldn’t, hear a thing and then, on the other days it was just very minor and frankly I didn’t, really notice it because it wasn’t enough to press into my awareness, and I’M not sure whether I have it or not, because in the quiet room, if I listen out, then I can almost create it again by focusing on it.
But when you get down to this level, it’s, pretty much like anybody else. If you put anybody in a quiet, sound booth and say, listen out and see, if you can hear anything, most people can ramp up their hearing sensitivity enough that they end up hearing the buzz of the nervous system.
Molecules banging up against my eardrum
Just like when my father took me out into the desert and asked me to listen to the silence for 12 minutes after a few minutes, I I thought I could hear the molecules banging up against my eardrum, but actually it was my own buzz within my body.
So most people who never have tinnitus they can find it if they really strain to hear. But why would they bother it’s, not an issue for them, and if you have had tinnitus in the past and you’ve made a complete recovery.
Then it’s, absolutely boring and uninteresting to try and find it again. Once you’ve, let go of tinnitus you just move on and you’ve got much more important things to worry about. Once you’ve made a recovery.
It’s like being able to feel your own socks. You wouldn’t, walk around all day long, trying to feel your socks. It’s very low down in your awareness. So why bother to know to sit once once your activations come right down and you’re, no longer rooting for tinnitus or reacting to it.
You let go of it. It lets go view and the whole thing can go quiet. This is not a miracle it’s, not a rarity. This happens all the time. Every day. In my practice I come across this every week it’s, it’s, it happens all the time I was on retreat in Germany last week and two people there used to have tinnitus.
Going through the difficult period in tinnitus
They had it one had it for six months and the other one had it for a couple of years and they don’t, have it anymore and they don’t think about it anymore. This is no big deal. If you’re going through the difficult period in tinnitus, when you’re freaking out and reacting to it and you haven’t yet learnt to self-soothe.
Or you’re, dealing with an ongoing stress which is keeping you activated and keeping you in this sort of freezing response or fight-or-flight response. Or if you’re going through some major auditory readjustment, noise, trauma or shock, then you know it can take a while for your system to settle, but please I want to be completely clear about this.
It is possible to make a complete recovery. You know like me: tinnitus can come back a tiny bit if I sit in a quiet room and I ‘ Ve got a stinking cold and I’ve had a particularly rough week. You know colds tend to really increase the irritability, but I know it’ll go away again.
So I don ‘ T react to it my mind. Doesn’t lock into the sound it’s. No big deal for me, so it just goes away of its own accord. So every day I get asked if it is possible for tinnitus to back off and to make to be cured of it, and yes, it is.
I I want to put this out there, because I know it can be difficult for people who are struggling with tinnitus because it may seem a bit of a way off. But I want to leave no doubt in people’s. Mind that you can make a complete recovery long before you get to silence in a quiet room, it may be so low and uninteresting and unimportant.
You may not even bother to monitor, monitor it and this happens a lot. But yes, you can make a complete recovery from this condition.