"Tinnitus means you are too switched on"
“Tinnitus means you are too switched on. This is a whole body thing and not just an ear thing. Your whole central nervous system is in red-alert and tinnitus is just one of the many side effects of this whole body reaction.
Many people are told tinnitus comes from damage to the hair-cells in the cochlea – the part of the hearing apparatus that detects sound. This is not true. Damage to the hair cells causes deafness, not tinnitus. When you become deaf, you strain to hear more. It is the straining to hear more that can temporarily increase your sensitivity. An increase in sensitivity can temporarily make you more prone to tinnitus, not damage to the hair cells.” (JCH p.7)
So does this mean that all we need to do is to learn how to “switch off?” Could the effects of TRT be ascribed to a reduction in fight-or-flight overactivity?
Is it logical that if we can go from a state of “normalcy” into a state of anxiey and tinnitus, that we can go from a state of anxiety and tinnitus back into a state of normalcy? Is it at least a possibility that we can’t rule out offhand?
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