I’m hoping my story and current project may help some of you recently coming to terms with or living with long term tinnitus. I’ve had a lot of good feedback from other sufferers, so I’m hoping this may help some you too!!
I’ve been a professional drummer and music producer for over 20 years. In the early days I never protected my ears good enough and as a result developed Tinnitus in both ears, but much more problematic in the left.
It really surfaced badly about 5 years ago, when I had a cold and the ringing in my ears seemed like it would never go away. It was scary. And it seemed the more I focused on it, the louder it got and the more distressed I got. This became a vicious cycle for nearly 12 months. Thankfully it eased of a bit, but last thing at night and first thing in the morning is when it is most noticeable.
Falling asleep can be hard, so for ages I watched TV or a movie/podcast to distract me, but I found that just kept my brain active and I would stay awake too long!
With more research I came across some audio recordings with things like the sound of waves, or rain etc. After adjusting my routine to not switch on the T.V, and just listen to these sounds, I found that not only did it help with my Tinnitus, but it also was very medative and relaxing. I found it very relaxing, and with this my anxiety around the tinnitus reduced, and with it so did the intensity of sound.
Being a producer, I soon became disappointed with the lack of high quality recordings out there, and began to make my own recordings, with high grade studio equipment.
I have started to become quit obsessed and this week decided to upload my work for others to benefit from and to gain feedback from the community
There is something really therapeutic about going out into nature and just listening to the sounds.
Through doing this, I have found my Tinnitus to be hugely reduced, sometimes totally unnoticeable.
Its all about distraction for me, and unless I think about, I seem to forget its there for most of the day. The more I relax, switch off, listen to these sounds and drift away, the less I notice that constant ringing in my ears and the easier it is for me to fall asleep.
So I encourage you all to try this. Well at least check out these types of recordings if you haven’t before. There are lots of them out there. It takes a while to adjust and learn to switch off, but I highly recommend it.
If you would like to check out my work so far here’s the link to my channel- Its completely Free.
Any feedback would be great, as I want to focus the work on Tinnitus relief, and any requests for specific sounds, I’d be more than happy to get for you. It would be a huge help if you comment under any specific video so I know which ones work and which ones don't.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read my post and good luck!
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Awesome Writeup. Thanks for posting this.