Hearing loss from noise exposure and aging are primary reasons for ringing in the ears, although medications, vascular and viral disease, head, neck, and ear injury can also cause tinnitus. In many cases, the cause is unknown and for the most part, is not resolved by medical treatment. If you have noticeable conditions such as an ear infection or ear pressure, sudden hearing changes, pulsing tinnitus, head or neck injury, TMJ, or other health concerns a primary care physician should be consulted. Advanced evaluations are provided by Audiologists or ENT physicians.
In most cases, there is no magic pill or medical treatment that makes tinnitus go away. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are no scientifically proven cures for tinnitus of a single tinnitus remedy. However, regardless of the cause, experts agree behavioral changes and Self-Help are needed when ringing in the ears becomes bothersome. Over time, everyone gets better by following some simple rules. When it comes to reducing your tinnitus awareness and annoyance you are in control. Use Hemp Extract to improve overall wellness.
The brain naturally reacts negatively to tinnitus. Not knowing how it happened or being able to stop it are primary drivers. These drive the brain to be anxious and too vigilant. Furthermore, most patients don't understand what's happening and many are told nothing can be done, no tinnitus remedies. Some go into a tailspin for a variety of reasons, many of them not intentionally. Active worrying about it just heightens the loudness and focuses the brain. Don't do it. Relax and be patient...so the ringing in the ears can go down.
Tinnitus patients may have difficulty with stress and insomnia. Dr. Colucci reviews the issues and provides additional guidance, including the use of Hemp Botanicals and other products.
Some of the greatest difficulties individuals encounter with tinnitus and hyperacusis are a lack of understanding of how it is caused if it can be cured, how does it affect them, and what can they do about it. The questions are answered throughout this website, but the one question that trumps the rest is what can I do about it. The first step is to realize how your brain is responding to these conditions. Most of these are very manageable with practice. To start, filing out the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) and the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing/Aid Benefit (APHAB) can give you and Dr. Colucci a better understanding of how you are doing. From the total score, a severity level will be provided. The score breakdowns usually fall within four categories, mild, moderate, severe, and profound. Anyone can fall within any category and all of these are normal responses. These vary because of circumstances how it started, did it happen gradually or suddenly, did sound cause a severe startle reaction, how much misinformation is read, and if hearing loss or hyperacusis are also factors, amongst others. It is what you do, regardless of the category that makes a difference. The more severe the reaction, the greater the need for treatment by an audiologist. Be aware, not all audiologists are trained in this treatment and not all include this in their practice.
The subconscious brain gets scared when tinnitus first occurs in millions of patients. In these cases, the brain initially thinks it's harmful, but it's not. Fortunately, over time, the awareness goes down and so does the distress. It is the conscious brain and actions we take which break the cycle of tinnitus hyper-monitoring. Mild or severe ringing in the ears, it will all get better. Relax!
Tinnitus is louder when focused upon, like a bothersome paper cut. Focusing on the ringing in the ears or head at bedtime makes it louder, especially if it's quiet. Staying engaged in activities reduces it. Hyperacusis occurs in 40% of patients with tinnitus and can be managed and retrained with sound. Do your best to accept and ignore your new body sound and get better. Relax!
Making tinnitus worse comes from em-bedding untrue negative thoughts and distortions. "My life with tinnitus is completely ruined, it will never end and just get worse, there is no help." Everyone gets better with time and having patience is critical. Don't think about it or focus on it. Don't look for it. Don't do it! Take your life back. Relax!
No reason to subject yourself to loud noise because this stimulates tinnitus and sound discomfort. Training the brain with sound, however, is the answer. Tolerable levels of sound should be ongoing. There should be no long periods of silence. Hearing protection can be used sparingly for loud noise, but not for normal daily listening. Keep sound in your life and listen to music and evoke your Mozart Effect.
Music exercises the brain and improves sound processing and trains attention. Music was created by man and thus matches how the brain works. Music and singing elicit endorphins, soothing the limbic system which is negatively responding to tinnitus. Soothing sounds and music can be used to compete with tinnitus, but don't try to block it out, hear both comfortably.
The autonomic nervous system is altered and sent into relaxation following exercise. Exercise is not only for the body but for mind-body harmony. Exercising daily can relax attention to tinnitus and calm the mind. Combining music and exercise is known to create superior relaxation. Take a daily walk with your favorite tunes. Try to time your physical moves with the beat of the music.
Falling asleep and staying asleep can be challenging with tinnitus. Getting the sleep environment right is the first step. Sleep tips can be found on the National Sleep Foundation of America website. To increase relaxation use music or spa sounds in the background. Hearing both sounds reduces the importance of tinnitus. Doing a mental task such as counting forward by twos or backward from 300 by threes moves your attention away from tinnitus.
The real goal is to teach your brain that tinnitus doesn't matter and is unimportant. Accepting it remarkably removes the focus, its presence, and most importantly its ongoing annoyance. The brain removes it from view and turns it down along with our emotions. It can come back at times, but that is brief. It causes no harm and has no effect. Take your life back and be engaged. Over time, tinnitus will be just something people get over. You can do it. Relax...
If you need help learning how to habituate tinnitus or turn down hyperacusis, licensed Audiologists (Ph.D., Au.D., M.A.) are trained to treat and provide rehabilitation. In addition to diagnostic testing, hearing devices, and sound therapy, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy and counseling are common activities. They may also recommend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you control your adjustment to having tinnitus.
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