Tinnitus: It’s Not A Disease, It’s A Symptom

Tinnitus is extremely common in family medicine, especially in relatives who are either very old or very young. Surprisingly, though, this is typically a symptom of something larger – not a disease in and of itself. If you have Tinnitus then you are most probably familiar with some of the most common causes. There is a whole list of them for you to choose from. Only when you start to analyze the known facts and their probable consequences will the whole scope of Tinnitus start to unfold. 
 
There can be a million reasons why you have Tinnitus. Let’s take a brief look at some of the most common symptoms for tinnitus. How many of these symptoms can you apply to yourself?  
 
Lack of concentration, 
Headaches, 
Fatigue, 
Social retreat, 
Depressive moods, 
Lack of patience, 
Nervousness, 
Panic attacks, 
Anxiety, 
Apprehension, 
Stress and tension, 
Lack of self confidence, 
Insomnia, 
Exhaustion, 
Devaluation, 
 
Other than the hearing loss which is physical, all other symptoms listed here are of a subconscious nature. Let’s get 3 important things into perspective here.  

 
1. Tinnitus is not a disease, it is a symptom! 
2. You are not sick and you are not mentally ill. You are being warned! 
3. You will defeat tinnitus if you accept it as a part of you. 
 
As soon as you are ready to accept that the tinnitus is a part of you, the sooner you can expect to make progress. 
 
The power of the mind is extraordinary. Think about this carefully. If tinnitus succeeded in turning your life upside down then accept the fact that all it used to achieve misery was your own mind. That’s quite an achievement isn’t it? That’s how powerful your mind is. If it has the capability to make your life a complete misery then surely it can be re-programmed to do the opposite. 
 
What do we know about the causes of tinnitus? Where does it have its roots? 
 
I once tried to compile a list of all elements which I suspected may have contributed to MY own tinnitus. Obviously, I listed the negative aspects of my life over a 10 year period. Some of these things could have been avoided, most of them were linked to each other. Don’t forget, this is only a list of things that I think should be mentioned. I’ve tried not to generalize and I’ve tried my best to stay honest, even if it means confessing to some bad sins. To be perfectly honest it’s not as dramatic as it looks. It just looks outrageous when written down! 
 
Marital Stress, 
Heavy smoking, 
Drug and medication abuse, (i.e. Valium, Marijuana, Cocaine) 
Relationship crisis, 
unhealthy eating habits, 
Loud noises, 
Lack of exercise, 
High cholesterol, 
High blood sugar rate, 
Personal loss, 
Caffeine addiction ( coffee and cola ) 
Lack of sleep, 
Financial Problems, 
Overweight, 
Business pressures, 
Inclination to worry about everything. 
 
Think carefully about what you are reading on your list. If you are very honest, you will find that you don’t need a magic wand to shorten this list. The only person on this planet that can change this list to something to be proud of is YOU! 

 
Once more………Don’t forget…. 
 
1. Tinnitus is not a disease, it is a symptom. 
2. You are not sick and you are not mentally ill. You are being warned! 
3. You will defeat tinnitus if you accept it as a part of you.