Can you please give me your thoughts on the implications of spikes in the habituation process and the implications of spikes on the potential for tinnitus going away on it’s own. Thus tinnitus complainers are assumed to display a less pronounced habituation as compared to tinnitus non-complainers. Use of this web site signifies your agreement to the terms and conditions. I took me several years. At first, all subjects underwent audiological and otorhinolaryngology evaluation. is still there,you are able to do stuff. I do not listen to it.
I did little research on it at the time because I already knew what it was. His philosophy is based on psychology and research surrounding tinnitus. Thus, in infamous TRT and similar jargon, I have “habituated”. If you question that, do a search of all my posts and see if you can see anything that would imply otherwise. Looking for a cure is a whole different fish. I realised there was no cure and therefore a road to habituation had to be the way forward, certainly for me. 2.
Then there’s the “body”…Ah yes, that corporeal vessel harbouring pain, reactivity, motor reflexes and so on. In case you are confused about what I mean by body, I am referring to that part of us that falls rapidly into unconsciousness, despite vigorous efforts not to, when the surgeon says: “Please count to 10 for me” while administering sodium pentothal. Anyone ever lasted over five??? (If so you should not pay the anesthesiologist and get the hell out of there!). First off, when tinnitus storms the inner gates for the first time I suspect 99.9% of us “react”. With alarm, despair, and all those emotions we know so well. And for the record, practice does not make it easier!
I will loosely call this “self” reactivity as your T may indeed be pretty stable, or become stable after things cool down a bit. Your self though is on a crusade to fix this thing and exorcise it! Can’t just wallow in it. Then things mostly do chill out as we realize there are few magic tricks in the hat anyhow and we have to live with this thing. Ultimately 85% of us (or whatever the number) adapt and habituate. Mostly without spending mega-bucks I suspect. However, “reactive tinnitus” (aka hyperacusis, aka ‘don’t-ask-me-as -darned-if-I-have-ever-got-a-good-answer-to-that’) is a totally different story.
Here, the “self” takes a secondary position to the “body”, which becomes the major player. Habituation???… And advice or thoughts you can share would be greatly appreciated. First up some body/tinnitus volume stuff. I am going to use “single tone” tinnitus in my example, because multi-tones get too complicated and my personal experience is with single tone T. My Stage 1. volume, for 24 years was only audible to me in a completely quiet room, or when I was trying to meditate to some inane guru in my 20’s.
Zero reactivity. Full and rapid self-habituation. Had to focus on it to hear it in a quiet place. Normal idiot-youth lifestyle. My Stage 2. volume, for 26 years was only audible in a quiet place (outdoors too). Had given up meditation.
Zero reactivity after about one year. Full self-habituation after 2 years. Could rapidly hear it if focused on it, except in a room of people talking, when music playing at low-medium volume, any significant external sounds, indoors or out, etc., etc. Normal life-style. My Stage 3 volume, for 6 years was audible nearly all the time and all places except noisy situations and by running water (creeks flowing over rocks etc.). Required extensive protection for about 3-5 years due to reactivity and hyperacusis. Self-habituated after about 3 years, but reactivity meant changes in lifestyle.
No loud noise environments, etc. but semi-normal lifestyle possible only after 5+ years. My Stage 4 volume, for nearly 2 years…and ongoing. Audible at all times, in any situation except sitting in a bath as the water pours in from the faucet. *(Incidentally, for those on the Retigabine thread, I could hear my T in that bath situation when I got that one day spike! Not cool). Currently 95% of normal life activities outside my door compromised.
However, 99% of my self governed activities inside my house not affected. So I use subtitles on movies sometimes instead of turning volume up. No big deal. Like I said way back… “My ringing T is my silence”. So are we seeing the pattern here??? Are you seeing where habituation is totally a red herring? (For non Brits, that means “an almost useless side-track”).
Are you seeing that Stage 4. is a whole different thing, volume, quality-of-life issue than in stages 1. and 2.? However, all are called “Tinnitus”. “Score!” If you get it that the “self” has everything to do with habituation, but almost zero to do with “body T reactivity”. The part the self plays with reactive T (and like I said most of us are “reactive” at the first onset of T or a new level of T) is to be a super sleuth and sniff out where you are going to get blasted in the world out there, and avoid it. That is what the self can do that is useful.
Being hyper, and paranoid, and freaked out does not make for a good Secret Service agent protecting your T. (Ummmmmm, bad example seeing as they did not do a very good job with the White House either). To the “body” with reactive T, sound is an OBJECTIVE THREAT…Anyone who does not know this does not have “reactive T” in my not so humble opinion on this. Loud sound blasting me unexpectedly, and “Wham!” The self = irrelevant. The body = traumatized, semi paralytic, dazed, confused, freaked audile nerves, screaming, T volume above all else. BODY STUFF!!! Big difference.
Habituation has ZERO to do with it. ZERO!!! I could go on. But I think if you follow this you will see that much discussion and foibling could be avoided if these distinctions were more clear. Understandably, those who do not have T at all, or have non-reactive T may have a hard time grasping the lack of nuance here. Lucky them I say! You do not want reactive T just so you can find out.