How Meditation Can Help With Tinnitus

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“What is that noise?” I asked my family one quiet Sunday afternoon. They all looked around squinting as if that would help them hear it, but there was no sound. “It must be my tinnitus again,” I sighed. It was starting to be a real nuisance.

Tinnitus, that pesky ringing in your ears, harasses more than 45 million Americans, according to the American Tinnitus Association, with nearly 20 million of them bothered on a regular basis.

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The unique experience of tinnitus

Tinnitus can impact anyone, but a 2010 article in The Journal of Medicine indicates it is most common in males, older adults, and former smokers. None of these categories apply to me, but I have struggled with tinnitus for over 20 years. There is currently no cure.

The word tinnitus is derived from the Latin word tinnire, which means “to ring,” but it can take on other sounds as well. Some describe it as a buzzing or a humming. Others as a sizzling or a hissing. For me, it is most often an electrical hum — like the sound of a fluorescent light coming on — followed by a steady high-pitched tone. This can last for several minutes.

Meditation in coping with tinnitus

The only way I have found sustained relief from tinnitus is through daily meditation, which I discovered almost by accident. I regularly practice yoga, but had never tried meditation in any meaningful way, until I attended a yoga retreat a couple years ago. Intermixed with the yoga classes were afternoon tutorials on meditation.

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6 thoughts on “How Meditation Can Help With Tinnitus

  1. Have you tried sound therapy? I seem to recall the research is not conclusive on its effectiveness. I will say that meditation in a house with young children is challenging, but this does seem promising for those that need relief.

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  2. I read your story and It’s challenging to you with tinnitus. and it’s good for many people who read your story and aware to tinnitus and relationship between tinnitus and yoga.
    yoga is good for health problem issue.

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  3. Thank you for sharing. My 15 year old developed tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss 3 years ago. We were able to get him a tinnitus masker, but it just replaces one noise for another. I will see if he will try meditation.

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