How is tinnitus success defined? Is tinnitus success found in completely removing it’s awareness from a patient? This is rather difficult to accomplish. I believe success in helping those with tinnitus, or unwanted noises in their ears, is in helping those to better live with these sounds and to lessen the negative connection that has been ongoing. Often people describe their ringing in the ears as something they have always had or can’t recall a time when they didn’t live with it, on a daily basis. It’s hard for them to remember when it wasn’t a part of their life.
I would like to consider success in reducing the awareness of the tinnitus, changing the way it’s interpreted, as well as helping people to enjoy quiet parts of the day such as found while reading or trying to sleep. Yes, there are successful ways to achieve a better perspective on noises in the ears and how we react to them. Many hearing labs have created digital processors to change the way we attend to the tinnitus, as well as to hear more pleasant sounds, so the tinnitus becomes secondary. Success can be reached…. and reducing tinnitus by 10-20% is a start. I would consider it a journey rather than a race in helping those with tinnitus.
Well said! And success comes in so many different ways!
Thank you Kelly! It sure does!
Yes! I agree, success is defined by a person’s perception on their quality of life and their ability to live without the automatic negative reaction caused from tinnitus awareness. Most people don’t know that they really have been living with that sound their whole life as we all are, but just their perception changed.
Thank you for your thoughts Amy! Great share!
I would agree with Kelly, very well said!
Thank you Mary!
I have tinnitus, and I thought that was excellent!! All journeys begin with the first step!
Thank you for sharing this! It sure does, one step first!