||Last Updated: Jul 11, 2015 - 9:56:45 PM
I have had tinnitus since 2008. The tinnitus includes ringing in both of my ears. I have become used to the ringing. My hearing aids help alleviate the ringing to some degree. I also have hearing loss in both ears.
I am not one to sit back and give up on eliminating my tinnitus. I have read that there is no known cure. I also have read that it is caused by a number of possible reasons including one related to your brain making up the noise in the absence of that frequency.
In the spirit of never surrendering I have tried many different approaches to alleviating or eliminating my tinnitus.
1. Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST). I have been to one session of CST. It did not help much, but it was only one. I have watched some videos on CST and also have bought a book about it. I perform CST related exercises on myself. I have to admit it feels good and is relaxing. Some people think that CST is nonsense. I am not sure. I think there is some truth to it. Please do your own research and consult a professional if you are interested in CST.
2. Meditation. I sometimes meditate on my ringing. I explore the ringing and literally try to focus on the origin on the noise. I think this may help move blood to the area of the noise if this makes sense. It has not helped directly but it is relaxing.
3. Minerals, Vitamins and Herbs. I take a variety of supplements. The ones in particular I have read that may have an effect on tinnitus are
a. Alpha Lipoic Acid ALA
b. Gingko Biloba
I also tried Coenzyme Q but it seemed to make me extremely groggy so I stopped. I also take a multivitamin, vitamin D and cinnamon but these are not related to my tinnitus. Before taking supplements, you may want to check with your health care professional.
I have taken a,b and c for almost 1 year. I have not noticed any significant effect on my tinnitus. I may stop taking them once I run out of them. They have not made my tinnitus worse either.
I know the effectiveness of my attempts may not seem encouraging.
My own belief is their is an answer. I have not given up...why would I? I cannot say that 1,2 and 3 are ineffective. I just have not had improvement yet.
One thing I believe is that our bodies are incredibly intelligent. If it is true that the ringing sound is the brain making up noises because I cannot hear that frequency, I have to believe that my brain can learn to stop making up the noise...that noise is not real.
I will write more in the future. In the meantime, I plan on continuing to take my supplements and continue to meditate. I will cure my tinnitus...there must be a solution. Lastly, my hearing aids do help me not notice the ringing as much.
Best wishes to all those who have tinnitus.
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