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“Tinnitus means you are too switched on. This is a whole body thing and not just an ear thing. Your whole central nervous system is in red-alert and tinnitus is just one of the many side effects of this whole body reaction.
Many people are told tinnitus comes from damage to the hair-cells in the cochlea – the part of the hearing apparatus that detects sound. This is not true. Damage to the hair cells causes deafness, not tinnitus. When you become deaf, you strain to hear more. It is the straining to hear more that can temporarily increase your sensitivity. An increase in sensitivity can temporarily make you more prone to tinnitus, not damage to the hair cells.” (JCH p.7)
So does this mean that all we need to do is to learn how to “switch off?” Could the effects of TRT be ascribed to a reduction in fight-or-flight overactivity?
Is it logical that if we can go from a state of “normalcy” into a state of anxiey and tinnitus, that we can go from a state of anxiety and tinnitus back into a state of normalcy? Is it at least a possibility that we can’t rule out offhand?
Tinnitus comes when our nervous system goes into a state of red-alert. When we are too switched on, too sensitive, too wary, too on the look-out, all our senses become hypersensitive. In this state our hearing is so switched on that it not only picks up noise from the outside world, but also the sounds inside the body.
This is what tinnitus is: being so sensitive that you hear the internal noises as well as the external ones. (JCH p.7)
“Doctors usually seek some measurable symptom, such as a circulatory problem in the ear, and then treat it as the cause of the illness. They prescribe drugs or, in extreme cases, perform surgery. But such methods seldom provide relief. Sudden deafness, dizziness, ringing in the ear and migraines are simply natural (fight or flight) protection reflexes fighting against too many burdens.” –Dr. Hans Greuel
So, if we go with that line of reasoning, then looking for something that is “wrong” in our auditory systems is like a wild goose chase and learning how to relax and respond to the environment in a healthy way is a challenge we can choose to take on.
Dr. med Hans Greuel Die Biomentale Therapie: Ergebnisse eines wissenschaftlichen Forschungsprojektes am Beispiel einer Psychoneruroimmunologischen (PNI- Therapie) des Hörstüres, Morbus Meniere, und Tinnitus, ISBN; 3-9801449-4-1.
JULIAN COWAN HILL R.C.S.T., TINNITUS, FROM TYRANT TO FRIEND: How to Let Go of Ringing in Your Ears, p. 7.
Dainis, a question towards super foods. In one of your previous videos, you mentioned how super foods gave you energy and made you feel great! By doing this, was your tinnitus lowered or less noticable? Are there special ingredients/recipes you used? Has anyone else tried specific foods made them feel better or lowered their tinnitus?