It might be tough to accept, but research shows that people with tinnitus exhibit similar behavioral characteristics. A logical thing to ask then, is whether the characteristics actually cause the tinnitus, instead of the trigger or event that tinnitus patients often associate with tinnitus (the concert, the loud noise, the stress, etc.).
The following translation is not available anywhere else in the world. I personally translated the German text of the scientific study for you.
Here is my translation of Dr. Greuel’s “Die Biomentale Therapie.” (p. 39)
Tinnitus Patient Personality Characteristics
In the course of treating several thousand patients, including the group for this study, a fairly uniform personality of tinnitus patients became apparent.
* Conscientious, duteous, strong sense of duty
* High-effort and diligence
* High demands of self
* High ambition
* Perfectionism to the point of being pedantic
* Compuslive and depressive
* Tendency to overextend, overwork, overburden, and exhaust oneself
* Lack of ability to relax, reduce the load of burdens, and regenerate
Most patients say that they can’t “turn off,” that they think constantly, they complain, and are mentally very active. (Note, the German “geistig ständig aktiv” also implies high emotional and spiritual activity along with mental activity).
Rest, relaxation, recuperation, vacations, being lazy, etc. are completely foreign to most tinnitus patients.
Also, the boundaries of one’s own capacity to cope with pressure tend to be either ignored or not honored. As such, the symptoms of tiredness and exhaustion that register themselves to our bodies in the form of temporary tinnitus, dizziness, pressure in the ears, headaches and migraines get ignored. The symptoms are not understood as warning signals anymore, they are dismissed or suppressed with medications.
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 ,p. 39.
JULIAN COWAN HILL R.C.S.T., TINNITUS, FROM TYRANT TO FRIEND: How to Let Go of Ringing in Your Ears, p. 10.