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  1. Timothy Fortin

    Right now, my biggest issue is sleep and how to break the vicious cycle that sleep deprivation causes. I can cope with tinnitus during the day and have been working on relaxing and letting go. Sometimes, when I go to sleep, I manage to muster a positive attitude and to relax relatively well. However, with rare exception the tinnitus then wakes me after five or six hours of sleep and I find it almost impossible to get back to sleep. This is what makes the tinnitus so threatening to me and — at least in part — what perpetuates my fight or flight state. So, how can think of tinnitus as a “friend” when it’s robbing me of desperately needed sleep? More practically, how can I sleep? (I have the best white noise generator I could find…) Thanks!!!

  2. jason floore

    Onion Juice
    A very popular home treatment is to put 2-3 drops of onion
    juice into each ear with an eye dropper. Hold the juice in for
    approximately 30 minutes with cotton balls. This treatment
    has proven effective for many people, and the relief comes
    immediately. The best part is that it is a very inexpensive
    treatment option, and can be re-applied anytime you start to
    notice your tinnitus symptoms coming back.

  3. Profile photo of dainisdainis Post author

    Hi Jason, for the next few days, along with working on the things form Julian’s eBook, I’ll be cleaning my ears with a bit of thymian oil. Basic cleaning is one thing, though, and the whole “learning to get out of fight or flight” is another…I can now clearly see when I go into fight or flight…and I can see that I haven’t given myself enough of a chance to regenerate.

    I’m glad the onion juice is helping you and thanks for the ipod tip.

  4. Profile photo of Gintas kGintas k

    for how long you had tinnitus, Dainis ? and how do you worked as musican? i am saxaphone music teacher and scare of the autumn when everything will begin and children will come in at lessons.
    i am scaring of sound. begause then my tinnitus is bekome bigger and i have headache

    1. Profile photo of curetinnituscuretinnitus

      horrific howl for about 2-3 years. down 50% for a few more. now — a teeny tiny bit of T every now and with stretches of weeks at a time or longer, where i have no awareness of T.

      so — not 100% healed but A LOT better.

      yes, i had some hyperacusis as well for a while. it’s really nothing to be afraid of. pay attention to the signals your body is giving you. take some time to find places with naturally soothing sounds like the oceanside — next to babbling brooks — waterfalls — windy forests.

      also, see how you deal with silence. can you relax when you are in silent spaces?

      most musicians think their career will be over — that they will never make music again, etc. however, in particular when i do some light stretching, practice the “biomental training” meditation i learned, do a bit of self-massage and just relax — well — even in the most quiet studio settings — i have 0 tinnitus and my hearing “gets” amazing.

      you can try making a plan. take a good week or two off from loud sounds — then see what it is like to play sax & hear sax music. if it really “sets off” the T, well, you can habituate and deal with it till it gets better — bur really by autumn it is likely that you can reduce the severe response to sound.

      however — your body will be your guide!

      remember to apply all 5 CureTinnitus.org Program Guidelines — and relax and enjoy the journey.

      as dark at tinnitus can be — we come out much happier, much more relaxed, and much stronger “on the other side.”

      1. Profile photo of Gintas kGintas k

        so if you dont use any pils for sleep, maybe Julian aslo.
        so does it is examples from your expirienses that people using sleeping pils or antidepresant can cure from tinnitus also ?

    1. Profile photo of curetinnituscuretinnitus

      at first i slept with a fan. i never needed or tried sleeping pills. basically — i just didn’t sleep. it was awful. then i started coming out of “fight or flight” and things started settling for me.

      the “poor sleep” was only for about 2 years or so…

  5. Profile photo of Gintas kGintas k

    Hi Dainis , where i can see your “self hypnosis exercises ” ? thanks ! and another stuff. today i was at CST first normal time . it was great ! but one question . on some videos i saw that during therapy theraapist puting fingers in the patien mounth ? it must be so ? because my therapist ( a nice lady !:) didint done that .

  6. Profile photo of Gintas kGintas k

    so if you dont use any pils for sleep, maybe Julian aslo.
    so does it is examples from your expirienses that people using sleeping pils or antidepresant can cure from tinnitus also ?

  7. Profile photo of Gintas kGintas k

    Hi Dainis, hope you are ok:) i wanna to ask you how do you managed sounds, music in these bad tinnitus 2 years at concert at work as you worked as choir conductor or as compooser ? did you weared some earplugs ? or maybe you didint worked as musican in these days ? because in one ear i feel a pain for a bit louder music .

    1. Profile photo of curetinnituscuretinnitus

      thank you for your question.

      basically, i calmed myself. i also learned BioMental training, which allowed me to reduce the tinnitus to an imperceptible level.

      initially, i had to just “get through it.” somehow, i managed. the T never spiked during a performance (actually it did a bit once but then i relaxed and it went away).

      for studio work, i meditated using Biomental training and i directly reduced the tinnitus to the point where my ears were “really good” in the studio. it was quite amazing. i received compliments on my “ears,” for example, because i could hear the difference between speakers that had the covers on vs. speakers that had covers off. i was like “wait, why is the sound from the rear a bit more dampened?” the engineer was like “all the settings are the same,” the engineer turned around, and the front speakers had no cover, but the back speakers had a very thin black cover — the engineer was like “you can hear that?” OMG you have amazing ears, you are the first person to…etc. etc.

      so, initially, it was tough. it really was. you can have thoughts like “i’ll never make music again,” but that does not have to be true at all. you can concentrate on the type of music — try soothing relaxing natural music over, for example, harsh electronic sounds.

      go for a change of pace. your ears might enjoy it!

      i think the natural sounds “thing” is a very good tip. go to the seashore. play real instruments not electronic ones. listen to a good string quartet with players that tune well — good tuning, in my opinion, reduces T. it is relaxing ahhh — finally — a well tuned perfect fifth — ahhh a major third — ahhh a leading tone that is beautifully played instead of all choppy and in “piano tuning.”

      ugh — what clunky tuning the piano offers.

      but even the piano can be played in a way to make it sound more in tune. there are players who play with sensitivity and then the ear kind of “opens up” to the beautiful experience.

      so, i did figure out that seeking beautiful sounds was super helpful.

      about the pain: that indicates a need for attention to the “physical” guideline in the CTO Program Guidelines. Get everything checked out medically, look into cleansing from within, and also, find appropriate, loving, helpful, calming physical therapy that works for you from a therapist you like. that can be: cranio sacral therapy, massage therapy, etc.

      for self care w the pain: what reduces the pain? you can answer here but don’t need to. just ask yourself what reduces the pain. you can also ask yourself “what feels good right now?”

      there may be an area of your life, or a part of your body, that just feels good. that is a good “thing” to focus on — it is good to focus on what feels good.

      5 min of that and often people simply feel better by making an inner change of focus.


      does that help?

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