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Meditation- Can It Help With Tinnitus?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 6:06:14 PM Australia/Melbourne

Meditation- Can It Help With Tinnitus?The last ten years specifically, there has been a huge upswing in the mediation industry. This expands to yoga and many similar practices, all with the same common goal—let’s close the mind and calm the body. It seems that the two go hand-in-hand more and more. Even within the hearing loss industry, holistic treatments and general healthy living are brought up more and more. And even though the Hearlink team will not endorse one way or the other, it’s important to note that a healthy, balanced life with relaxation integrated, can do nothing but positively impact your well-being.

 

Tinnitus probably feels the opposite of relaxing to those dealing with it. The constant ringing of your ears deters from healthy sleep patterns, calming afternoons, or those times when you just really need your brain to focus for a while. It has been situations like these which have inspired many different specialists and scientists to delve into meditation as a study and its possible relationship with tinnitus.

 

One specific scientist is named Pawel Jastreboff. He has publically rejected the notion that tinnitus is even caused by damage of the ear at all. Instead, he wants to teach his audience to view tinnitus as the music of the brain, as a positive and not a negative. His supporting thought is that tinnitus is actually caused by anxiety and stressful situations, that when you engage in calming practices like meditation, you’re negating the otherwise impactful nature of tinnitus’ symptoms. Jastreboff believes that perception is key, and that you are more in power of the symptoms, than you think. Additional information can be found in the book “Living Well With Pain and Illness,” by Vidyamala Prue Burch. While Prue Burch doesn’t focus specifically on tinnitus, she does discuss the tie between chronic pain and meditation—cultivating an awareness of your body and your emotions.

 

Interested in meditation, but concerned about your tinnitus? Here are some tips to amplify the experience in a positive way:

  • Some participants swear by headphones. This may not be appropriate given your specific case, so confirm with your audiologist before proceeding. If you are given the go-ahead, feedback has been that the tinnitus becomes a bit swallowed up in the greater scheme of things, since you’re in tune with all of the noises your body makes, even as simple as swallowing.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, try listening to music. When you’re focused on a specific beat or rhythm, that may take over as precedent to your brain, giving less power to the tinnitus.
  • Meditating with your eyes open can also help. You’re switching sensory gears, focusing on what’s in front of you, instead of what’s inside your head.

The jury is out on this one. Is this something that you’ve tried before at home? Does it sound completely out-of-the box and not something that you’d even want to explore? Either way the Hearlink team love to hear from you.

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