Fast Track Your Tinnitus
Many people write me and ask what they can do
now to fix their tinnitus. While that may seem like an unreasonable
expectation, to expect immediate relief, I do believe there are
simple rules to follow that can achieve this goal.
Having had tinnitus since 1999 I've had the great opportunity of
learning from many people on how to change my life situation. Obviously
tinnitus is part of that life situation and certainly not that best
part of my life I can assure that.
But, I did learn a great deal and I'd like to share those observations
with you now.
First, I had to come to the realization that tinnitus was not just
going to disappear overnight. As much as I hoped, wished, begged
and rationalized, it just wasn't in the cards. Therefore how could
I learn to alleviate the symptoms and function as a normal human
So, the first step is the realization that I had to change something
else because of course the tinnitus seemed virtually unfixable.
So what could I change? Me, of course! I had to change my reaction
to tinnitus. I had to change the way I looked at it and thought
about it. While this may seem like a simple task, nothing could
be further from the truth. It required constant moment to moment
monitoring of my thoughts.
For example, what was I thinking at any given moment? Was I focused
on the tinnitus and the pain it gave me or was I focused on what
I wanted to have happen in my life? If you want to know how to do
this here's a little exercise.
Pick 2 random times in any 24 hour period such as 1pm and 7pm and
set your cell phone alarm to go off. Then, when it does, ask yourself
this question; "What am I focused on right now?" So, if
your mind had gone back into fear and worry and the pain of tinnitus
then you know you still have some work to do.
Next, once you realize that you are focusing your energy in the
wrong direction, simply make it the last time you will think that
thought. Train yourself to do this immediately. Don't wait. If you
allow your mind to take you where it wants to go then you are its
slave. You must stop that.
What should you do instead, if indeed you find you are focused
on tinnitus and its negative effects? Don't try to change or fix
the thought, move your attention to something else. Again, do this
immediately. If you have to get up and move, or take yourself to
a new location or start a new task then do it.
Make sure that when you shift your focus you shift it to what it
is your truly want to do. Don't change the though for another negative
thought, that's not the point. Move beyond your mind's negative
control and take yourself out of the situation and adopt a new one.
Then of course you say to yourself, "well, what am I supposed
to move my attention to?" That's a valid question and here's
the answer. Move your focus to something you love. If you don't
love anything then you've got problems way deeper than can be handled
in this article. Sorry, but it's true.
But, for most of you I'm sure you can find something to do that
you love to do. Some people like walking, others enjoy Starbucks,
others like to read, others like to listen to music, others like
to ski...and the list goes on and on.
In short, the 3 steps for stopping tinnitus dead in its tracks
are this; 1. Simply notice that you are under its control, 2. Decide
to make this the last time that you allow that to happen and 3.
Switch your focus of attention to something you love.
For me, the hardest part was the second step; deciding to make
this the last time I thought that thought. But, based on my experience
it gets easier with practice. And, believe me; knowing what you
want can go a long way to help you to rid yourself of what it is
you don't want.
Paul Tobey is a professional speaker who has recorded an amazing
2-part seminar entitled "Tinnitus
Free Living." Paul was invited to give this tinnitus
seminar to the Canadian Hearing Society and it is available
for instant download by clicking this tinnitus