Cognitive Behavior Therapy May Help with Tinnitus

The sound stayed with me, even after I turned off the hand-held massage gun I was using to ease the pain in my neck. I could almost feel my ears vibrating still, or maybe it was just the excruciating buzz of my tinnitus. The massage gun was a new purchase, promising powerful relief for sore Continue reading

Hearing Loss: When That Noise Was Just the Wind

One of the challenges of hearing loss is understanding and interpreting the noises we hear through our devices. Sometimes the sound is speech, only too fast or too muffled to understand. Other times it is the hum of a refrigerator or the call of a bird we haven’t heard before. One time the doorbell rang Continue reading

Tinnitus: When Unwanted Sound Breaks the Silence

My tinnitus flares up in the winter. Every year. It is sometimes accompanied by dizziness or vertigo and a cloudy feeling in my brain. It can be hard to concentrate and to focus on the task at hand. I lose my balance during my yoga practice, especially in the backbends. I just want silence, but Continue reading

Hearing Loss: Please Turn Down the Rain

It was pouring! Despite the coverage from our umbrellas, we reached the car soaked. Luckily it was a warm summer day so we were not too cold. We slammed the doors shut and sat in the car recovering. The rain clattered on the roof, banged on the windows, smashing all around us. The sound was Continue reading

Hearing Loss: Sometimes You Just Have to Leave the Party

The music was blaring. People were covering their ears. I had turned my hearing aids off but could still feel the bass reverberating through my body. Why did anybody think this would be a good setting for a reunion of board members — most of them in their 50s and 60s? I wasn’t sure, but Continue reading

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