Look after yourself properly and your tinnitus will take care of itself.

Look after yourself properly and your tinnitus will take care of itself. By Julian Cowan Hill R.C.S.T.

When you work with hundreds of people with tinnitus, certain patterns become clear. The core issue seems to be learning how to let go at a deep level, and once a person becomes able to do this, symptoms get better. In this article I want to show that if you receive the right kind of support, then the process of letting go takes place all by itself. I have had a lot of experience easing people with tinnitus out of a locked up state, and have witnessed great improvement not only with the noises in their head, but in their ability to be comfortable, positive, relaxed and healthy.

A person with tinnitus typically holds tension at the base of the head and along the length of the spine. Often the body feels like it is standing to attention or bracing itself. One man lay on the couch and claimed he was relaxed, and yet his head wasn’t even touching the pillow! He wasn’t aware of this, and when I told him, he needed to put his hand behind his head to check what I said was true. I have met literally hundreds of people with tinnitus who have not much body awareness because they are too locked up and numb to be able to feel what is going on inside.

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11 thoughts on “Look after yourself properly and your tinnitus will take care of itself.

  1. Profile photo of julian cowan hilljulian cowan hill Post author

    I have found that any irritation of the ear from hives, an infection or a cold can lead to heightened sensitivity. Even if the irritation is physical this can lead to overfocusing on
    auditory stimulation, causing an aggravation in tinnitus. But equally just as the cold clears, or the irritation settles then the tinnitus is likely to back off again too.

    I was asked this question:

    Is all tinnitus the same? What if one suffers from hearing loss as I do. Can your description of “being too revved up and hearing too much” be included in one that also has hearing loss?

    Yes it can. If you are hard of hearing your nervous system may switch up its sensitivity to help compensate. This hypersensitivity can lead to tinnitus getting worse. For some, having a hearing aid can help this settle down again. Equally if your system is able to let go and switch off, then tinnitus will probably back down again. I am severely deaf in one ear and no longer experience tinnitus there. My heightened sensitivity has backed down and even though deafness is not ideal, it is possible to not have tinnitus with it.

  2. Dolly Leibov

    I am in remission after 12 weeks of extensive chemotherapy as of July of last year. I got tinnitus a short time after. I have had ear surgeries on both my ears in the past. I wear hearing aids. I have been trying real hard to listen to my body as I have developed fatique and joint pain. I am able to take 2 days off a week from work to take a break. I am taking yoga one day a week and exercise 2 or 3 days a week. I try not to focus on the tinnitus but at night in bed it is harder. I am anxious and nervous at times and I have had depression. I have a mom who is a worrier and a sister who is bipolar. I am in contact with them weekly. I try to be as positive as I can when I’m around them. My tinnitus has got louder since I got it. After reading your post, I know that I am on the right track. Thank you for the information.

    1. Profile photo of dainisdainis

      Hi Dolly, and thank you very much for sharing. Our program helps you focus on personal relief (like what you are doing with yoga and time off), body relief (through physical therapies like cranio sacral therapy massage therapy, etc.), and mental/emotional/spiritual relief (through counseling, psychotherapy, etc.). Wishing you strength to carry on and find relief.

  3. Jackie

    Hi – wow! thanks so much for this fantastic advice! You have just verified & brought together everything I have been working on for the last 8 weeks!

    I have experienced probably moderate T for 19 months now and reached complete melt down point about 11 months ago. 8 weeks ago I started to really listen to my body and decided that I had to accept the condition as it was my resistance/ resentment that was causing all the probs. I immediately started to feel so much better and brought myself up from utter despair & a whole array of meds and sleeplessness, to a fairly level frustration response (plus no meds and sleeping brilliantly about 80% of the time!).

    Bit stuck on moving on from this point as I still seem to hold a fair bit of resistance to the noise – especially during ‘spikes’. I am using EFT to help me accept the noise, and mind movies but totally agree with you re: the dire need for personal support.

    Your approach sounds amazing – why is there not more of this kind of stuff available? I feel like I’m learning to deal with this condition in a complete vacuum (except for the RNID forum where everyone is in a vacuum!). The T clinic here is lovely but they don’t do anything – no med courses or any solid advice.

    Anyway, when I am fully better I really really want to help other sufferers. Not sure where to start – though I am actually a trained (music!) therapist (horrendous profession for a T sufferer!).

    Well, just a thank you really, you have given me the impetus to push on up! Peace to you, Jackie x

    1. Profile photo of dainisdainis

      Jackie “why is there not more of this kind of stuff available?”

      First off, thanks for such a lovely and supportive comment. Next, I have a bit of an idea as to why more of this kind of information isn’t available: because it is met with violent, aggressive, angry responses most of the time. Because a vocal, negative, horrible, stuck minority of people force their anger on others who have success at healing themselves. It is literally incredible the barrage of anger CureTinnitus.org has sustained. And well, I have learned skills on how to get through that storm of accusation, logical fallacy, false belief, blame, etc.

      This is a peaceful, logically sound, scientifically accurate, loving, kind, warm, friendly place.

      As we connect with more such doctors and therapists and people who have healed themselves, the aggressive voices will continue to diminish…and proper, kind, and helpful information will come to the forefront.

  4. sue

    i have only just started getting a rushing sound in both ears for 5 second bursts maybe 4 times a day.
    i have recently discovered i have 3 tooth roots going into my sinus which i guess is part of the cause?
    feeling stuck, willing to try anything….this may sound minor but i am frightened it will increase and relaly get me down.
    i am 47

    1. Profile photo of dainisdainis

      Hi Sue, yes, it’s time to take action, to stop inappropriate actions and make a viable therapeutic plan for yourself. No need to feel stuck. Get the help you need. It is normal to be frightened at this stage. If you register on our complimentary Tinnitus Liberation List, you’ll be able to get to know CureTinnitus.org a bit better and you can choose to incorporate CureTinnitus.org Membership into your therapy plan. This post is about the most thorough “blast” of CureTinnitus.org out there: http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Tinnitus/forum/10141246-guest-access-all-curetinnitusorg and in it, you can read about our principles for healing, and you can also read about people who oppose such a path. We are here to help people enter into well being and thereby heal from tinnitus. Tinnitus can be very frightening. We are here to help.

  5. Sajjan Swami

    Thanks again so much Julian and Dainis!
    So much compassion and care, so much relief giving words words of encouragement. I am always gratified for my time with you!
    Many interesting stories! It is great to hear your responses. I am very happy to hear you did not succumb to negativity, from the critisism you express you received, and may still be receiving! Yes, one has to tolerate the barking of dogs on a clear and fresh windy day walk.


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