Tinnitus: Learning to Ignore a Nuisance

Ever had a badly cut finger? When you think about it, it throbs and hurts and is painful. If you were distracted though, you would most probably forget the discomfort because your brain is trained to ignore pain if it can. This is what we call basic instinct.

That may sound darn right rude but that's all it is. A nuisance.

Tinnitus is nothing but a nuisance, which interrupts your daily routine by driving you up the wall.

Ever asked why it's driving you up the wall?

Once again, the answer is so simple. It's because you let it do so. Anyone with tinnitus will know what I am saying when you find yourself in the middle of some quality time. I mean, your having a real ball when all the sudden something (or someone) makes you want to notice this sound in your head. Think about it. Whilst you were having fun, I'm sure you didn't notice it at all. Not the slightest. This is because your mind was distracted. You were focusing on something else other than your Tinnitus.

And this is what you should be doing.

Focusing on something else OTHER than trying to concentrate on your own tinnitus.

Ever had a badly cut finger? When you think about it, it throbs and hurts and is painful. If you were distracted though, you would most probably forget the discomfort because your brain is trained to ignore pain if it can. This is what we call basic instinct.

Have you ever studied children? They fall over, they hurt themselves, and they freak out if they see their blood. But let's admit it people, as soon as you give them a candy bar they light up like a candle and forget the pain. This is because children are motivated mostly by instinct. As long as the kid is happy and occupied, he won't feel the pain. The minute you take his candy bar away and give him time to think about his wound, he'll start crying because he feels the pain again.

Believe or not, as we grow older this instinct doesn't disappear or weaken. We just become more aware of ourselves.

I would like you to try something.

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Although the letters to each word were mixed up somewhat, you could still read the text right? This is because your brain is can make sense of the pattern of letters.

Now be very honest.

How many of you were aware of the Tinnitus whilst reading the above text. For those that don't have Tinnitus, how many could read the text but forgot how tight their shoes were. How many of you were not aware of background noises. How many were not aware of the tight pants they are wearing. I could go on and on.

I hope you see the point I am trying to make.

It is possible to distract attention away from negative energy. This is all Tinnitus is. It's negative energy and it can be ignored. This is not a process that can be picked up in ten minutes. It doesn't have to be learnt either because your brain already knows how to ignore things that's are not important to us.

It is vital that you understand this because it is the basis to understanding that you understand what you are doing wrong each time you listen and hear your own Tinnitus.

Your brain will always try focus on what is important. Tinnitus isn't important and you have to learn to put it aside. Imagine putting it in a box and closing it. Or try this, each time your brain is trying to make you aware of Tinnitus, just tell it, " I have other things on my mind at the moment.... get out of here or come back later...I may have time for you then ".

I can remember jogging through the forest not too long ago. Since loosing almost 20 kilos in weight, jogging was something that made me feel real happy. It was like a scene from a fairy tale. It was December and it was snowing. Through the snow I could still see the sun trying to shine through the thick gray clouds. The snowflakes were dancing all around me. The whole forest was glowing like white gold. Through my MP3 player, I was listening to my favorite music. Everything seemed so safe and tranquil.........until I noticed my Tinnitus creeping up behind me and trying to make itself noticed. I could here it screaming away in the back of my head. It was trying to provoke me and take away the fun I was having.

I think this was the first time in 3 years that actually remember saying NO to it. "Enough is enough," I said. ,,. I'm having a great time, I feel fantastic and you are not going to ruin this moment for me ". I remember running faster and faster and feeling better each step I took. I didn't stop for Tinnitus and I didn't let it ruin my day. At this point it was making me stronger. This sounds quite unbelievable, but I ended up running the course twice which I had never done before. When I finished the course I was the happiest man alive I swear to God. It was the first time I realized that I was the problem and not the Tinnitus. The tinnitus is there whether I want it or not. I have to live with that fact. I am now ready to accept that fact.

So, what are my options?

I can suffer, feel sorry for myself and have spend the rest of my life in misery OR learn to accept Tinnitus and learn to coexist with it and ignore it when I feel like it.

Sounds all too easy I know.

That's where you come in though my friend. It's entirely up to you. No pills, injections or secret remedies are going to get rid of your Tinnitus. Know why? Because there aren't any.

So, if you can learn to finely tune your "basic instinct" and teach yourself to ignore the stuff that bothers you.............You are on the right train.

Have a happy journey!

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