Effectively Treat Tinnitus
Tinnitus is an unwanted sound often described as ringing, clicking, or chirping in the ears. It is your hearing nerve telling your brain that there is a sound even though there is no “actual” sound. There are many possible causes for the unwanted stimulus: prolonged exposure to loud noise, hearing loss, medications, diet and even stress. To effectively treat tinnitus we need deal with how the brain is dealing with this annoying sound.
Anxiety and the Limbic System
The limbic system controls stress, anxiety, blood pressure, and related functions. When an unexpected stimulus pops up, the limbic system gets to work making sure you’re ready for whatever comes. When you’re driving down the freeway and see a police officer on the side of the road with a radar gun and you tense up, that’s your limbic system in action. Now imagine feeling that tense all the time, and you get a feel for what tinnitus is like for many people.
There’s a foreign ringing sound, and because it’s foreign you focus on it. Once you focus on the ringing it sounds more prominent, and therefore draws more of your attention. The increased attention only reinforces the annoying character of the sound, and makes it more distracting. Thus begins the self-reinforcing cycle of tinnitus and annoyance or anxiety. Our tinnitus treatment plans focus on breaking this cycle.