There’s nothing more disheartening than to hear your doctor say that nothing can be done for your tinnitus. And going out on your own to find a solution that will work for your tinnitus can be demoralizing.
So you give up. The tinnitus worsens. And so the cycle of suffering continues.
If this has been your experience, it’s natural.
There’s truly an enormous amount of information out there, much of it conflicting, and there can be some confusion that arises when deciding which option is going to be the best choice for your situation.
And doctors and other health professionals (even with their best of intentions) follow a conventional medical model that doesn’t take into consideration the patient as a whole, rather zeroing on the symptom alone (in this case, tinnitus) and not the root causes.
And an important component lies in rewiring your brain in order to rewire your tinnitus.
Several years ago one of my meditation teachers said, “A quiet mind doesn’t necessarily mean a quiet experience. It’s about rising above the noise. This is what will lead to peace.”
It was as if I was hit with a thunderbolt.
I felt a powerful download of inspiration as I asked myself: Could be true for the people who suffer from tinnitus?
If someone could rise above the experience of tinnitus, could they overcome it and find relief?
It turns out, yes. It’s possible.
Because the new path to healing our relationship to tinnitus is an ancient one.
And one that is backed by science.
Meditation has been around for thousands of years and it’s exciting to see that more and more studies show the evidence of its benefits for managing tinnitus.
Fifty million Americans experience tinnitus, and of this number 16-17 million of them will be so negatively impacted that they will go to their doctor for help.
And 2-3 million are suffering so much that they are having difficulty functioning.
So what’s going on with the segment of the population who are debilitated by their tinnitus?
When your mind and body perceive tinnitus as a threat, it triggers a chronic fight or flight response, literally creating a flood of stress chemicals and hormones to your brain and to your body.
It creates a pathway and loop of suffering. But the good news is that we can disrupt and change this pathway by regulating the nervous system.
The nervous system is plastic (ie. changeable), which means that you have capability to rewire your tinnitus response.
This begins with a consistent meditation and mindfulness practice, which is accessible by anyone who is willing to show up in this way.