The Root Cause of Tinnitus


Why Conventional Tinnitus Treatment Doesn’t Always Work

In this video, I discuss some of the main reasons why conventional tinnitus therapy doesn’t always work.

Too Much Focus on the Tinnitus Symptoms

The number one reason is often because there’s so much a focus on the symptom, the tinnitus itself, and the individual isn’t looking holistically at their overall experience of health and wellbeing.

Let me explain what that means, because here’s the thing:

Your tinnitus is very unique to you.

As unique as a fingerprint.

If your doctor or audiologist tries to treat every patient the same, when the root cause of the tinnitus varies by person, then it’s not as likely that tinnitus treatment is going to work. 

Two of the most common root causes of tinnitus are noise induced hearing loss and age related hearing loss.

Certain medications, including certain antibiotics that are ototoxic can also contribute to tinnitus.

An underlying condition like autoimmune disease, or metabolic issues are also closely tied to chronic tinnitus. Diabetes is an example of a prevalent medical condition that is often a contributing factor.

So when we’re not looking at the root cause, and we’re trying to handle the tinnitus, a treatment that worked for one person, may not work for another.

So again, it’s really important to look at the root cause first.

You have to look at an individuals whole experience including other health problems and underlying health conditions when treating tinnitus. Taking an integrative approach to care will exponentially increase the rate of success when working to treat tinnitus.

As important as root cause is, this is still just one piece of the puzzle.

The Tinnitus Suffering Cycle

When chronic tinnitus symptoms really become a problem, you begin to experience tinnitus as a “problem” to be fixed. This experience leads to suffering.

There’s a cycle there.

And so a huge part of my work at Mind Over Tinnitus is helping my clients to learn how they can start to change their relationship to their tinnitus, so we can break that cycle.

When you have shifted from your tinnitus simply being bothersome to experiencing real suffering, your nervous system is perceiving the tinnitus as a threat.

This is the Tinnitus Suffering Cycle.

Root cause creates the experience of tinnitus, you notice the tinnitus, and then it begins to bother you. If you begin to give it your attention more frequently, it takes a front and center role in your awareness, and this leads to suffering. When we are suffering from something, you’ll then often turn to unhealthy habits as a coping mechanism, which in turn feeds the loop.

So we want to start with the foundation of learning how to cultivate a sense of calm and regulate our nervous system.

Mindfulness exercises and meditation have both been proven and are backed by a lot of really strong research, so for many of my clients, we can being the process of change by integrating some specific exercises into our daily routines that may start to offer some relief and support.

A good starting point in our 3-minute breathing exercise (you can access it directly below this post).

So if you’ve tried a lot of different things to try to cure your tinnitus, it may be time to ask “what would it look like to examine this from the whole in an integrative way”?

Ask yourself, “what is my root cause”?

It’s often from this place of open curiosity about our experience that new solutions for tinnitus treatment can begin to emerge.