Meditation Could Help Alleviate Tinnitus

Dr. Li-Korotky

Dr. Li is one of the most accomplished audiologists in the country. She has more than 20 years of research and clinical experience, and she has written more than 100 scientific studies.
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Tinnitus is not just a simple ringing of the ears for some people. It can be a symptom of a more serious disease. With tinnitus, you hear a ringing, a buzzing or a humming sound when there is no noise present. It is not a typical hearing problem and is often considered neurological, or is a symptom caused by a disease such as high blood pressure or other medical conditions. Nearly 50 million Americans experienced the problem, so it is a condition that is not imaginary and should be addressed. For some people, the condition is so severe that it causes vertigo, headaches and a feeling of constant illness.

Tinnitus Symptoms & Treatments

Although there is no specific cure for tinnitus, many people find that techniques such as meditative practices can help alleviate the bothersome symptoms. At any rate, if you suffer from ringing in the ears, you should first have a medical professional run tests to make sure that it’s not caused by any other medical condition.

If there is no illness or apparent cause for the issue, the alternative remedy for you might be to take up meditative techniques. Many people who suffer from severe ringing have said they experience a significant improvement of their symptoms when they take up this activity.

What do people with tinnitus experience? Think about having a conversation in a place where there are huge ringing bells. This is what people who suffer from the condition feel like. So, if you suffer from it, and nothing seems to work, you may want to try meditative techniques. These methods can help you control the sound in your ears, and help you ignore it as if it were not happening.

In normal conditions many things happen to our bodies and we don’t pay attention to them. For example, your clothes are always touching your skin, yet you often don’t think about it, or even feel it. You don’t pay attention to it. Meditation teaches you to focus your brain and to ignore superlative sounds, images or thoughts.

Your brain is adept at focusing on certain areas and tuning out others. But because your brain uses sound to alert you to threats, often it won’t tune out any sound. So, the solution is to train your brain to tune out the sounds.

What Are Meditative Techniques?

Meditation is the practice of focusing your attention on awareness of feeling and breathing. The goal is not to really focus on anything in particular, except for your senses and to notice the thoughts that come to your mind. It is about learning to be aware of your presence. The practice gives you the ability to bring focus to your wandering mind.

Most people learn to meditate to feel the sensation of deep relaxation that comes from the practice. However, experts are now finding that meditation can also affect health conditions and help people control the symptoms of these conditions.

Meditative Practices for Noise Issues

People who suffer from tinnitus often say that meditative techniques help them deal with this sound condition. The meditative practice seems to help retrain the brain and accept the ringing sound. This technique is an exact opposite of the more traditional treatments which trying to eliminate the problem altogether. Research now suggests that the more the brain tries to fight the sound, the more it actually concentrates on it. whereas meditative techniques teach people to confront the ringing sound and realize that it is harmless.

How Does It Work?

Most techniques work off of one simple concept. You have to first focus on deep breathing, relaxation and become aware of your wandering thoughts. So instead of emptying your mind of all thought, you begin to observe your thoughts which include the thought of the ringing sounds. It is a way of teaching you to accept the way you are. The practice takes about 15 to 20 minutes a day and needs to be in a tranquil setting. The process starts with you concentrating on deep breathing exercises.

However, like yoga, it needs to be practiced, and eventually this changes your perception so that your brain actually accepts the ringing as normal and tunes it out. Keep in mind that this is not a technique with that will cure the condition but it will help you cope with it.

You can begin meditative practices at any time. All you have to do is be consistent and use the proper breathing techniques. There are many types of meditative processes that you can learn. Most methods are available online or through literature. The following are a few basic types of meditative practices.

  • Mindful
  • Focused
  • Mantra
  • Transcendental

To learn any of these types of meditative practices you can take a community course, an online course, or simply read about a particular method and try it. Keep in mind that for this technique to work, you must be consistent. It usually takes a month or two for you to notice any real difference.

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