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    Mild to severe anxiety
    Insomnia
    Triggered fight or flight

  Depression
  Negative thinking
  Crying spells

  Hopelessness
  Suicidal thoughts
  Ringing in the ears

    Do you feel your family and friends don’t understand?
    Are you growing more isolated?
    Do you feel like life will never be the same?
    Are you refraining from activities that you enjoy?
    Are you fearful of losing your job?
    Do you find that your thoughts tend to be negative?

If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions or symptoms, then we can help.
You may be a candidate for Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy, or TCRT.  Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R, with over 20 years of clinical experience, a New York University graduate, developed Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy and founded Tinnitus Cognitive Center in response to the growing number of Tinnitus sufferers coming to his private practice. He discovered that by helping people to retrain and reinterpret the thoughts around their Tinnitus, anxiety and depression symptoms began to improve. But even more important so did the Tinnitus.

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Tinnitus in Children

Tinnitus in Children

nyc-top-specialist-for-children-with-tinnitus-03Tinnitus in children can be a very daunting subject for parents. A few studies have examined the occurrence of tinnitus in children. Among children with hearing difficulties, tinnitus affects as many as 24 to 29 percent. Tinnitus may be caused by ear infections, noise exposure, and head injuries. It can be very distressing to know that your child is dealing with this ailment but nevertheless there are many things that can be done to soothe your child and to help them live fulfilling lives regardless of the tinnitus.

Children tend to develop tinnitus through ear infections and fevers. It can be very distressing for them but reassure them that they will be alright and possibly get them a noise machine when it is time to sleep. Your child will be receptive to it and will have no issues sleeping. The sound machine helps to block out all the ringing that is causing your child so much distress.

Stim Toys

Stim toys and other soothing and colorful things will help your child to calm down whenever the noises become too much for them to bear, be patient and understand that tinnitus is overwhelming even for adults, so it can really rattle a child.

Ear Plugs

Children have very sensitive ears, so it would be best to get them earplugs to keep with them. If they ever become exposed to loud noises they can put them in their ears to protect them from further damage. Often children believe the noise in their ears to be normal and have trouble describing the problem. However, identifying the problem and treating it as early as possible is important.

Symptoms and Complaints by Children with Tinnitus

children-with-tinnitus-symptoms-relief-treatment-02Children rarely complain or even talk about it when they hear the bothersome tinnitus noises. Some children who are born with tinnitus or stricken at an early age often believe that other children hear the same noises in their ears. They learn to live with it as best they can. If you suspect that they may have tinnitus it would benefit you to take them to a doctor.

Like adults, children with tinnitus rarely can be totally cured, but a variety of treatments can help most of them to cope in the best ways possible. Children tend to be easier to work with because they are open-minded and more receptive to treatment than adults. They tend to heal and improve faster than adults as well.

Coping with Tinnitus in Children

Make sure to reassure your child that they are not the only one with this condition and it is not fatal. Tell them that other children suffer from tinnitus as well and their experience is not an isolated incidence. Make sure to explain to the child everything you can about tinnitus and validate them and their experience. Validating your child is essential for their self-esteem and understanding of the world around them. Assure them that this ailment is not their fault and that others suffer from it as well.

For help with these symptoms contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Tinnitus

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

best-Dialectical-Behavior-Therapy-nyc-01Many have heard of CBT but not as many people have heard of DBT. We have written an article about how CBT can benefit those dealing with tinnitus, but let’s discuss how DBT could benefit you as well. DBT is very similar to CBT but it instead focuses heavily on distress intolerance. It helps you to focus on feeling the emotions and not trying to actively change it, we call it radical acceptance.

DBT assumes that many of the problems exhibited by clients are caused by lack of skills. Skills involve things like distress tolerance and radical acceptance. If you lack those skills you may be distressed more often and may be filled with anxiety more often.

The failure to use effective behavior when it is needed is often a result of not knowing skillful behavior or when to use it. When a patient focuses merely on how distressing the ringing in their ears are and not on how they can fix the situation they may have a very low distress tolerance. DBT focuses on increasing this tolerance so that you can mindfully take deep breaths and assess the situation without freaking out.

best-dialectical-behavior-therapy-dbt-new-york-02Mindfulness is the name of the game for DBT. The main goal is to help you to pay attention to your body and be present in the moment. Think of all the things that you are grateful for and think of ways that your life is fulfilling to you. Instead of thinking about what would make you happier and fall into a trap of compare and despair it would benefit you to stay mindful in grateful in this moment. Grateful for the ability to breathe and take a moment out of your day to be stress-free. Even if the ringing continues you can practice radical acceptance and just accept the ringing as part of your reality.

It is your reality and you can do with it whatever you desire. Your life, your path. DBT is always about retraining unhelpful thinking patterns. DBT is not only ideal for your tinnitus it is also wonderful for your mental health. By waking up every day and being grateful you can improve your life so much.

Instead of focusing on the ringing focus on the way the ground feels beneath your feet. Focus on the sunshine on your face and accept it all. Accept your reality for what it is and be happy for this existence. This is a process that may take time and it’s okay if you find it to be a daunting task in the beginning. You can do anything and everything.

DBT will help you to embrace and improve your reality. We can offer you professional help in dealing with this problem. We are always available to help. Contact us today.

Community for Sufferers of Tinnitus

Community for Sufferers of Tinnitus

community-for-people-with-tinnitus-new-york-01Community is very important for many reasons. It is important to know that you are not alone and that others understand your pain. Joining groups of people that get your pain can help to validate you and your experiences. Validation is very important especially with something like tinnitus because since the patient is the only one that can hear the ringing they may feel that they are going insane. Having sound in your ears that only you can hear is a very invalidating experience but there are people in this world going through the same thing that you are. You are not alone in this experience. An estimated 32 percent of the U.S. population suffers from tinnitus. You are not alone.

Online Community for Tinnitus Sufferers

There is a very helpful online community named Tinnitus Talk. It’s a place for tinnitus sufferers of all ages. It’s a place to vent to people who can relate to your struggle and, it’s a place to get advice. The best advice of all comes from professionals who are trained to deal with such illnesses. We have multiple articles on tinnitus and how to cope with it. You can live a very peaceful and happy life by learning how to cope with this ailment. We offer services that will help you to stay mindful and conquer this problem once and for all.

This forum is divided into 14 segments. The groups are divided by specific ailments. There are three support groups in total:

One is for general support, this includes but not is limited to coping with constant ringing in the ears. The members can teach you innovative ways to deal with this ailment. Some have even found that their symptoms have lessened or disappeared completely. It always helps to have a support group full of people that understand you and are willing to help you.

Pulsatile Tinnitus

best-pulsile-tinnitus-treatment-nyc-02Another is for pulsatile tinnitus; Pulsatile tinnitus is different from regular tinnitus in that you may hear rhythmical noises that beat in time with your pulse. Pulsatile tinnitus tends to come and go and rarely stays the whole time. The pulsing is your heartbeat. Every time your heart thumps your ears thumps with it. It can be very alarming but just know that often it will fade away. I have observed that this tends to happen after the patient has been exposed to loud noises for a long period of time and the ears are overwhelmed. It is a sign that the vessels near the ear have been damaged or irritated recently.

Hyperacusis and Ear Pain

Lastly, there is a support group for Hyperacusis & Ear Pain. This one is very important because it helps tinnitus sufferers that are having a very hard time managing pain know that they are not alone. This support group gives sufferers a place to air out anything that has been bothering them and receive tips on managing the pain.

All in all, you are not alone. Community is important, and you do not have to suffer through this alone. Contact us, we can help you overcome your tinnitus and improve your mindset.

 

 

Cognitive Therapy for the Treatment of Tinnitus

cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-tinnitus-01Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is great for people struggling with unhelpful thought patterns but even more so it can help you to take control of your feelings towards tinnitus. It was initially designed for people dealing with pain, depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. Instead of experiencing it as something that is hurting you or will bring you to ruin, you can see it as a part of you. Somedays may be harder than others but all in all, you can conquer this. CBT helps for you to retrain the way you think and experience feelings instead of making you a victim. The goal of CBT is to make you the victor.

It takes time and practice to incorporate CBT into your life without thinking about it, but until then you’ll probably have to remind yourself. A sign that you need to practice CBT is if you start to worry and fret about the future of your hearing abilities or various other worries. Instead of a worrying, focus on better other parts of your life and this too will fall into place. CBT has been proven to improve mental health and self-confidence. There is still a lot of research being done on it but from what we know so far, this is a very helpful form of therapy. It benefits anyone that wishes to partake in it.

All in all, CBT is all about taking power over how you feel and how you handle feelings. If you have a very negative outlook on life, that shapes everything in your life after that point.

cognitive-behavioral-therapy-info-treatment-specialist-nyc-02CBT helps you to take a step back and look at your thoughts and gauge whether they are valid or appropriate. A lot of time we react to things based on negative perceptions that we have attached to said thing. It is always best to step back and look at the good and bad of every situation and learn how to make your experience more positive.

CBT does not influence the tinnitus itself, but it helps you to react better to it. Instead of freaking out, you can learn to embrace the discomfort with a calm and nonjudgmental mind. It will take time, but it can be accomplished. It is best to clear your mind and take deep breathes when you feel a strong onslaught of emotions. It can be very daunting when the ringing increases or you if you have pulsatile tinnitus it can be very frightening but practicing CBT will help you to think logically in the middle of your pain and discomfort.

Instead of feeling distraught you can turn the feeling into gratefulness. Make peace with where you are in life and you can also focus on all the good that is taking place in your present reality. CBT helps you to embrace your reality and accept that pain and discomfort are a part of life and that’s okay. CBT is an excellent choice for those who fall into a mindset of doom and gloom when their tinnitus gets louder. Just know that you are okay, and things will improve if your mindset improves.

Contact us today at 646-213-2321 to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

 

Causes of Tinnitus

Causes of Tinnitus

causes-of-tinnitus-see-nyc-specialist-consultation-01There are many causes of tinnitus and since there are so many different things that may have caused this issue it is best for you to consult with a doctor to get the best treatment. You can contact us for more details and to book an appointment.

The causes of tinnitus are varied and include:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Ear infection
  • Ear wax buildup
  • Loud noise exposure
  • Ear trauma
  • Certain medications
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Brain tumors or tumors near the ear
  • Blood flow problems
  • Pregnancy
  • Anemia
  • Overactive thyroid

We are Experts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Tinnitus

tinnitus-expert-treatment-cognitive-psychotherapist-02Since the list is so varied it is best for you to consult a professional. It never hurts to get a professional’s opinion on the matter. Hearing loss is one of the most common reasons for tinnitus because of the damage loud noises can cause to the nerve endings in the ear. So, it is best to stay away from loud and booming noises. There is a theory that suggests that tinnitus happens because the ear is trying to overcompensate. The ringing in the ears is usually from you losing the ability to hear that pitch. Research is still being conducted on this, but the theory is that the brain is stuck on that high pitch sound. The sound that the patient supposedly has lost the ability to hear outside of themselves.

It is also important to note that certain medications have been proven to cause tinnitus. Some people have reported that after they had stopped taking certain medications, the tinnitus disappeared entirely. It is unknown as to how medications can cause this effect but there are a few theories about it. This is not always the case and you should never stop taking your medication without consulting a doctor first.

Another thing to keep in mind is earwax buildup in the ear. The wax can build up to be so thick that it not only blocks sound from entering your ear but also can cause the ear to be impacted. The impaction of the ear will put pressure on your nerves and eardrum and cause the ear to try to overcompensate with tinnitus. It is not certain that after you clean your ear your tinnitus will go away, but it may cause the ringing to subside a bit.

Noise Exposure Can Cause Tinnitus

tinnitus-symptoms-avoid-loud-noises-nyc-specialist-03One of the most common causes of tinnitus is noise exposure. The louder the noise is the greater the damage will be. The brain will try to compensate for the damage of the nerves in your ear and that results in tinnitus. It can be distressing if you go to a concert and return home only to realize that the ringing in your ears has increased in intensity. It is best for you to protect your ears when going to loud events whether you have tinnitus or not. Bring earplugs designed to protect the inner ear from sharp sounds. These can be found at CVS or Walgreens. Construction workers wear these to protect themselves from tinnitus and damage to their eardrums. Even though you may not work in construction it would benefit you to wear these to prevent further damage to the inner ear. All in all, these symptoms can be alleviated with help from a professional.

Contact us for help with tinnitus today and we will help you to live a more fulfilling and happy life.

Scams and How to Choose Tinnitus Treatment

Real Treatment for Tinnitus

do-tinnitus-treatment-home-remedies-work-specialist-nyc-01Tinnitus can be very distressing to those dealing with it and marketers are aware of that fact. Since it’s become a bit of a hot button. More and more companies are going to try to cash in on this fact. Beware of anyone offering you magic pills that have not been scientifically proven. Sadly, there are more scams out there than the real deal, so we want to encourage you to contact us to get in contact with real professionals that are trained to deal with this ailment properly. So be careful to read all the labels on these ‘’miracle pills’’ before digesting them. Pills that promise to cure you are shady because there is no definitive cure for tinnitus yet. Beware of those seedy slogans that some companies try to sell you.

Do Products work for Tinnitus?

Only purchase products with a solid history of tinnitus relief. Do extensive research on everything you come across that is promising you a quick and easy way to get rid of tinnitus. These pills tend to be full of unhealthy additives that could cause you major issues in the future. Also investigate the company that is marketing to you. If this company is unheard of and only just appeared to help sell you placebo pills, that is a red flag.

Guaranteed Treatment for Tinnitus?

tinnitus-treatment-cure-remedy-info-02Beware of money-back guarantees and ‘’risk-free’’ trial offers. This one is a big red flag because risk-free trial offers often are trying to take advantage of the consumer. This may not always be the case, but it does not hurt to be cautious. The risk free trial can definitely backfire since they put a time limit on when it can be returned, the company will already have your credit card and you would have to send the package back as soon as you can and hope that it makes it to them in time so that you can indeed get your money back and most of the time this does not work ouaqt. So, in the end, you end up with a faulty product and less money in your wallet.

Cure for Tinnitus?

tinnitus-ringing-in-ears-information-top-nyc-specialist-03This one is the biggest red flag of them all. Avoid products that claim to be able to cure tinnitus. There is no cure for tinnitus. Tinnitus is a very complicated subject that is still extensively studied. Many doctors have been working hard to find a cure but since tinnitus involves more than just your ears it has been proven to be a very challenging ailment to cure. If big and well-known scientists in this world have not found a cure, then a random small-time company has most likely not found the cure. Look into the company before giving them any information about you and keep in mind that a lot of the companies claiming to cure you totally of this illness are trying to sucker you out of your cash.

Contact us for further information about tinnitus. We help our patients to live fulfilling lives regardless of their tinnitus. Living a life of mindfulness makes everything easier.

Tinnitus Treatment Options

Tinnitus Treatment

tinnitus-treatment-options-specialist-new-york-01There are many treatment options for tinnitus. Most should be performed by professionals only because tinnitus can be a sign of a deeper problem. If you are interested in the symptoms of this condition, please check out our article titled ‘’Symptoms of Tinnitus’’. Even if you suspect that you have this ailment it is best to contact a professional to get a proper diagnosis.

The main objective for all tinnitus treatment options is to lower the perceived burden of tinnitus, allowing the patient to live a more comfortable life. CBT can help with anything involving negative perceptions. We have an article on CBT and how it can improve your life regarding tinnitus.

There is currently no scientifically proven cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus. The search for a definitive cure is still going on and some progress is being made, but we have yet to discover a cure.  However, excellent tools such as CBT and meditation can lessen the burden of this ailment. These currently available treatments are not cures per se, they do not heal the patient but they lessen the discomfort of the patient to some degree.

Even though there is currently not a cure there are a lot of things that can be used to cope with it. More than just sitting around and meditating every second of the day. Instead, you can use these things to make your life easier.

Earwax removal

Removing impacted earwax can decrease tinnitus symptoms.

Changing your medication

If a medication you’re taking appears to be the cause of tinnitus contact your doctor about it. Do not get off the medication without contacting your doctor beforehand.

Noise suppression

tinnitus-noise-suppression-treatment-option-02In some cases, white noise may help suppress the sound so that it’s less bothersome. Your doctor may suggest using an electronic device to suppress the noise. Devices include:

White noise machines. These machines make sounds that mask the ringing in your ears. From ocean waves to static noises. I have heard many people tell me that it helps them to sleep at night. It has been proven that ocean waves are very relaxing and can help patients to wind down and sleep all through the night.

Hearing aids. These can be especially helpful if you have hearing problems as well as tinnitus. But please note that hearing aids do not always help with tinnitus.

Masking devices. These are worn in the ear like hearing aids. They are a mixture of hearing aids and white noise machines. It makes sounds like ocean waves in your ear that drowns out the ringing.

Tinnitus retraining. A wearable device delivers individually programmed tonal music to mask the specific frequencies of the tinnitus you experience. After a while, you may not even be able to hear the ringing anymore. Counseling is often a component of tinnitus retraining.

Medications

There are no medications that can cure tinnitus now, but in some cases, they may help reduce the severity of symptoms. Possible medications are:

Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline, have been used with some success. Keep in mind these are typically only used for severe tinnitus, as they can cause troublesome side effects, including dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation and heart problems.

Alprazolam (Niravam, Xanax) may help reduce tinnitus symptoms, but side effects can include drowsiness and nausea. It can also become habit-forming.

Contact us for a professional to speak to so that you can know what medication may be proper for you.

Lifestyle and home remedies

white-noise-for-tinnitus-problems-nyc-specialist-03Often, tinnitus can’t be treated. Some people, however, get used to it and notice it less than they did at first. For many people, certain adjustments make the symptoms less annoying. These tips may help:

Avoid possible irritants. Reduce your exposure to things that may make your tinnitus worse. Common examples include loud noises, caffeine, and nicotine.

Cover up the noise. In a quiet setting, a fan, soft music or low-volume radio static may help to drown out the noise from tinnitus.

Manage stress. Stress can make tinnitus worse. One can benefit from acquiring a calming self-care routine. Focus on calming yourself and do things that you know will calm your mind. The more stress you feel the louder tinnitus tends to get so make sure to take time to breathe and calm your mind.

Reduce your alcohol consumption. Alcohol increases the force of your blood by dilating your blood vessels, causing greater blood flow, especially in the inner ear area. And those with pulsatile tinnitus will find this to be very distressing. Please dial back on alcohol consumption.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

Tinnitus arising from external, middle, and inner ear by NYC Tinnitus Specialist

Tinnitus is when a person can hear sounds that are not actually present.

external-middle-inner-ear-tinnitus-specialist-nyc-01A lot of people call tinnitus “ringing in ears”. There are so many ways that tinnitus can take place from ringing to clicking. Tinnitus can be ongoing or just temporary. For more information on this ailment check out our article explaining the symptoms of tinnitus. There is currently no scientifically-validated cure for most types of tinnitus. Treatment for tinnitus is mostly based on changing your mindset about the illness rather than focusing a lot on changing it. We have articles focusing on how you can change the way you view your tinnitus and how practicing CBT can give you a more fulfilling life.

Millions of Americans experience tinnitus, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 23% of the general public — over 50 million Americans — experience some form of tinnitus. Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases.

Damage to the inner ear typically is the cause of the ringing and discomfort. Most studies show that tinnitus forms from inner ear damage. Such as ear infections, hearing loss, and There is currently no scientifically proven a cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus. The search for a definitive cure is still going on and some progress is being made but we have yet to discover a cure. However, excellent tools such as CBT and meditation can lessen the burden of this ailment. These currently available treatments are not cures per se, they do not heal the patient but they lessen the discomfort of the patient to some degree.

External Ear

The external ear is rarely affected but when it is, patients report that the back of the ear down to their jaw feels numb. There are a few theories as to why that it is, and it is attributed to a problem in the middle ear. One of the main theories is the eustachian tube is not getting much blood flow. Since it has very low blood flow it gives the sensation of being numb. If you are experiencing this, it would benefit you to talk to a professional as soon as possible because this could be a sign of an underlying issue.

Middle ear

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The middle ear contains your eardrum, oval window, the round window, and the Eustachian tube.

The eardrum is very thin, measures approximately 8-10 mm in diameter and is stretched by means of small muscles. The pressure from sound waves makes the eardrum vibrate.

The vibrations are transmitted further into the ear via three bones in the middle ear: the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup. I’m terms such as hammer, anvil, and stirrup to give you a better picture of what the function of these bones are. These three bones form a kind of bridge, and the stirrup, which is the last bone that sounds reach, is connected to the oval window.

The oval window

The oval window is a membrane covering the entrance to the cochlea in the inner ear. When the eardrum vibrates, the sound waves travel via the hammer and anvil to the stirrup and then on to the oval window.

The round window

The round window in the middle ear vibrates in opposite phase to vibrations entering the inner ear through the oval window. In doing so, it allows fluid in the cochlea to move.

The Eustachian tube

tinnitus-treatment-cure-new-york-03The Eustachian tube is also found in the middle ear and is situated at the back of the ear. The Eustachian tube’s function is to equalize the air pressure on both sides of the eardrum, ensuring that pressure does not build up in the ear. The tube opens when you swallow, thus equalizing the air pressure inside and outside the ear, but as many tinnitus sufferers know, the opening and closing of the eustachian tube can be distressing. The clicking in tinnitus is due to us being able to hear the tubes open and close with every swallow.

All in all, it is best to talk to a professional that can assist you with these problems. We offer help to those suffering from tinnitus, you don’t have to suffer in silence.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

Meditation for Tinnitus NYC

Does Meditation for Tinnitus Work?

does-meditation-for-tinnitus-work-01Meditation and yoga have been proven to lessen the symptoms of tinnitus. Tinnitus is an affliction that causes ringing, clinking, whistling, pulsing, and humming in one’s ears. It Can be a great distraction to those that are not used to the noise. The best way to deal with these noises is to practice radical acceptance. Yoga and meditation can help you to reach this point of peace. Make peace with this affliction and you will be able to deal with anything life throws at you.

It has been observed that during meditation sessions, some patients reported that the ringing in their ears would subside. Or they have found that they can handle it much better after embracing its existence and meditating instead of working hard to distract themselves from it. By sitting down with correct posture and taking deep calming breaths you can begin to conquer tinnitus. Take deep breaths and let the silence of the room soothe your mind. The more you do this the less you will notice the ringing in your ears.

meditation-for-tinnitus-02Even if the ringing persists, embrace it fully. Know that you are okay. Enjoy the moment and just be in the now. It may be annoying at first but from personal experience, I know that you can overcome this affliction with patience and peace of mind.

The key is to keep up this routine. Do not let negative thoughts make you reject meditation altogether. Meditation will help you to take control of everything in your life and help you to accept every part of yourself.

Go to a quiet room of your house and empty your mind of everything. The last thing you need is to stress about work or your boss because it has been proven that stress increases the ringing in your ears. It makes things worse and will do nothing but work against you. Just clear your mind and focus on your breathing and posture.

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Slowly visualize things that improve your mood. This could be flowers or meadows. Some patients even enjoy visualizing rain splashing down upon the water. There are videos and CDs dedicated to emulating rainfall These are wonderful tools to use to calm your mind and get you into a mindset of peace and quiet. There are many CDs out there that contain the sounds of ocean waves splashing upon the shore.

Turn these CDs on and imagine yourself sitting on the beach and let out calm breaths. As you exhale imagine all your troubles leaving your body. Imagine your tinnitus symptoms disappearing into the waves. Calming your mind is essential.

Add meditation to your schedule. One is never too busy to meditate. Meditation is beneficial especially when you feel like your tinnitus is overwhelming to you. You can conquer this like anything else.

If you need any help with managing your symptoms you can contact us. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset. Conquering tinnitus comes from within and it all starts with your mindset. Instead of being a victim you can be a victor. Contact us today for guidance.

Signs and Symptoms of Tinnitus by NYC Tinnitus Expert

Symptoms of Tinnitus

There are many symptoms of tinnitus. From ringing to clinking to roaring, buzzing, and hissing. Tinnitus can take many different forms or take all at once. It can be very distressing if you do not know that tinnitus is. The main symptoms used to diagnose tinnitus include:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Whistling
  • Pulsatile tinnitus

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The noises may be continuous or could occur every now and then. All of these could have underlining causes, so it is best to contact a doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms. Symptoms such as fainting could be caused by a disease that needs to be diagnosed as soon as possible.

Some people find that in time their symptoms go away and with others, it stays. If your tinnitus has yet to go away and you have been living with it for years I suggest you check out our article titled ‘’Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus’’ In that article, we talk about how much CBT can improve your life and help you to have a more positive outlook when dealing with
tinnitus.

Clicking

Clicking is a very common symptom of tinnitus. The clicking comes from swallowing. When we swallow, yawn, or blow our noses, the Eustachian tube opens and allows air to pass from the middle of your ear to the back of your nose. This symptom is very similar to pulsatile tinnitus because it is a result of damage to the nerves in your ear. Because of that you can hear things in your body that most people can’t. In pulsatile tinnitus you can hear your heartbeat but the clicking in the ear is you hearing you eustachian tubes opening with each swallow. It can be alarming and annoying but can be treated by a doctor.

Hyperacusis

tinnitus-sounds-symptoms-signs-info-03Hyperacusis is a fancy word for saying that the patient is very sensitive to sounds. Even if the sound is at a normal or low volume it may be distressing to someone that is struggling with tinnitus. It is because the brain is working overtime to compensate for the damaged nerves in your ear. So, do not fret if the tv is at a normal volume and yet it feels as if your eardrums could split at any moment. This is a normal reaction to tinnitus. It is distressing but can be helped by visiting a doctor. Hyperacusis is often the result of prolonged exposure to loud noises. This issue is most commonly viewed amongst musicians and people who work with machines or contruction.

Pulsatile tinnitus

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Pulsatile tinnitus is different from regular tinnitus in that you may hear rhythmical noises that beat in time with your pulse. This problem is often caused by blood flow changes in the vessels near the ear, or to a specific condition such as a perforated eardrum or atherosclerosis.

Pulsatile tinnitus tends to come and go and rarely stays the whole time. The pulsing is your heartbeat. Every time your heart thumps your ears thump with it. It can be very alarming but just know that often it will fade away. I have observed that this tends to happen after the patient has been exposed to loud noises for a long period of time and the ears are overwhelmed. It is a sign that the vessels near the ear have been damaged or irritated recently.

These symptoms are signs that you must go see a doctor as soon as possible. For help with these symptoms contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

Tinnitus in Children

Tinnitus in Children

nyc-top-specialist-for-children-with-tinnitus-03Tinnitus in children can be a very daunting subject for parents. A few studies have examined the occurrence of tinnitus in children. Among children with hearing difficulties, tinnitus affects as many as 24 to 29 percent. Tinnitus may be caused by ear infections, noise exposure, and head injuries. It can be very distressing to know that your child is dealing with this ailment but nevertheless there are many things that can be done to soothe your child and to help them live fulfilling lives regardless of the tinnitus.

Children tend to develop tinnitus through ear infections and fevers. It can be very distressing for them but reassure them that they will be alright and possibly get them a noise machine when it is time to sleep. Your child will be receptive to it and will have no issues sleeping. The sound machine helps to block out all the ringing that is causing your child so much distress.

Stim Toys

Stim toys and other soothing and colorful things will help your child to calm down whenever the noises become too much for them to bear, be patient and understand that tinnitus is overwhelming even for adults, so it can really rattle a child.

Ear Plugs

Children have very sensitive ears, so it would be best to get them earplugs to keep with them. If they ever become exposed to loud noises they can put them in their ears to protect them from further damage. Often children believe the noise in their ears to be normal and have trouble describing the problem. However, identifying the problem and treating it as early as possible is important.

Symptoms and Complaints by Children with Tinnitus

children-with-tinnitus-symptoms-relief-treatment-02Children rarely complain or even talk about it when they hear the bothersome tinnitus noises. Some children who are born with tinnitus or stricken at an early age often believe that other children hear the same noises in their ears. They learn to live with it as best they can. If you suspect that they may have tinnitus it would benefit you to take them to a doctor.

Like adults, children with tinnitus rarely can be totally cured, but a variety of treatments can help most of them to cope in the best ways possible. Children tend to be easier to work with because they are open-minded and more receptive to treatment than adults. They tend to heal and improve faster than adults as well.

Coping with Tinnitus in Children

Make sure to reassure your child that they are not the only one with this condition and it is not fatal. Tell them that other children suffer from tinnitus as well and their experience is not an isolated incidence. Make sure to explain to the child everything you can about tinnitus and validate them and their experience. Validating your child is essential for their self-esteem and understanding of the world around them. Assure them that this ailment is not their fault and that others suffer from it as well.

For help with these symptoms contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Tinnitus

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

best-Dialectical-Behavior-Therapy-nyc-01Many have heard of CBT but not as many people have heard of DBT. We have written an article about how CBT can benefit those dealing with tinnitus, but let’s discuss how DBT could benefit you as well. DBT is very similar to CBT but it instead focuses heavily on distress intolerance. It helps you to focus on feeling the emotions and not trying to actively change it, we call it radical acceptance.

DBT assumes that many of the problems exhibited by clients are caused by lack of skills. Skills involve things like distress tolerance and radical acceptance. If you lack those skills you may be distressed more often and may be filled with anxiety more often.

The failure to use effective behavior when it is needed is often a result of not knowing skillful behavior or when to use it. When a patient focuses merely on how distressing the ringing in their ears are and not on how they can fix the situation they may have a very low distress tolerance. DBT focuses on increasing this tolerance so that you can mindfully take deep breaths and assess the situation without freaking out.

best-dialectical-behavior-therapy-dbt-new-york-02Mindfulness is the name of the game for DBT. The main goal is to help you to pay attention to your body and be present in the moment. Think of all the things that you are grateful for and think of ways that your life is fulfilling to you. Instead of thinking about what would make you happier and fall into a trap of compare and despair it would benefit you to stay mindful in grateful in this moment. Grateful for the ability to breathe and take a moment out of your day to be stress-free. Even if the ringing continues you can practice radical acceptance and just accept the ringing as part of your reality.

It is your reality and you can do with it whatever you desire. Your life, your path. DBT is always about retraining unhelpful thinking patterns. DBT is not only ideal for your tinnitus it is also wonderful for your mental health. By waking up every day and being grateful you can improve your life so much.

Instead of focusing on the ringing focus on the way the ground feels beneath your feet. Focus on the sunshine on your face and accept it all. Accept your reality for what it is and be happy for this existence. This is a process that may take time and it’s okay if you find it to be a daunting task in the beginning. You can do anything and everything.

DBT will help you to embrace and improve your reality. We can offer you professional help in dealing with this problem. We are always available to help. Contact us today.

Community for Sufferers of Tinnitus

Community for Sufferers of Tinnitus

community-for-people-with-tinnitus-new-york-01Community is very important for many reasons. It is important to know that you are not alone and that others understand your pain. Joining groups of people that get your pain can help to validate you and your experiences. Validation is very important especially with something like tinnitus because since the patient is the only one that can hear the ringing they may feel that they are going insane. Having sound in your ears that only you can hear is a very invalidating experience but there are people in this world going through the same thing that you are. You are not alone in this experience. An estimated 32 percent of the U.S. population suffers from tinnitus. You are not alone.

Online Community for Tinnitus Sufferers

There is a very helpful online community named Tinnitus Talk. It’s a place for tinnitus sufferers of all ages. It’s a place to vent to people who can relate to your struggle and, it’s a place to get advice. The best advice of all comes from professionals who are trained to deal with such illnesses. We have multiple articles on tinnitus and how to cope with it. You can live a very peaceful and happy life by learning how to cope with this ailment. We offer services that will help you to stay mindful and conquer this problem once and for all.

This forum is divided into 14 segments. The groups are divided by specific ailments. There are three support groups in total:

One is for general support, this includes but not is limited to coping with constant ringing in the ears. The members can teach you innovative ways to deal with this ailment. Some have even found that their symptoms have lessened or disappeared completely. It always helps to have a support group full of people that understand you and are willing to help you.

Pulsatile Tinnitus

best-pulsile-tinnitus-treatment-nyc-02Another is for pulsatile tinnitus; Pulsatile tinnitus is different from regular tinnitus in that you may hear rhythmical noises that beat in time with your pulse. Pulsatile tinnitus tends to come and go and rarely stays the whole time. The pulsing is your heartbeat. Every time your heart thumps your ears thumps with it. It can be very alarming but just know that often it will fade away. I have observed that this tends to happen after the patient has been exposed to loud noises for a long period of time and the ears are overwhelmed. It is a sign that the vessels near the ear have been damaged or irritated recently.

Hyperacusis and Ear Pain

Lastly, there is a support group for Hyperacusis & Ear Pain. This one is very important because it helps tinnitus sufferers that are having a very hard time managing pain know that they are not alone. This support group gives sufferers a place to air out anything that has been bothering them and receive tips on managing the pain.

All in all, you are not alone. Community is important, and you do not have to suffer through this alone. Contact us, we can help you overcome your tinnitus and improve your mindset.

 

 

Cognitive Therapy for the Treatment of Tinnitus

cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-tinnitus-01Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is great for people struggling with unhelpful thought patterns but even more so it can help you to take control of your feelings towards tinnitus. It was initially designed for people dealing with pain, depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. Instead of experiencing it as something that is hurting you or will bring you to ruin, you can see it as a part of you. Somedays may be harder than others but all in all, you can conquer this. CBT helps for you to retrain the way you think and experience feelings instead of making you a victim. The goal of CBT is to make you the victor.

It takes time and practice to incorporate CBT into your life without thinking about it, but until then you’ll probably have to remind yourself. A sign that you need to practice CBT is if you start to worry and fret about the future of your hearing abilities or various other worries. Instead of a worrying, focus on better other parts of your life and this too will fall into place. CBT has been proven to improve mental health and self-confidence. There is still a lot of research being done on it but from what we know so far, this is a very helpful form of therapy. It benefits anyone that wishes to partake in it.

All in all, CBT is all about taking power over how you feel and how you handle feelings. If you have a very negative outlook on life, that shapes everything in your life after that point.

cognitive-behavioral-therapy-info-treatment-specialist-nyc-02CBT helps you to take a step back and look at your thoughts and gauge whether they are valid or appropriate. A lot of time we react to things based on negative perceptions that we have attached to said thing. It is always best to step back and look at the good and bad of every situation and learn how to make your experience more positive.

CBT does not influence the tinnitus itself, but it helps you to react better to it. Instead of freaking out, you can learn to embrace the discomfort with a calm and nonjudgmental mind. It will take time, but it can be accomplished. It is best to clear your mind and take deep breathes when you feel a strong onslaught of emotions. It can be very daunting when the ringing increases or you if you have pulsatile tinnitus it can be very frightening but practicing CBT will help you to think logically in the middle of your pain and discomfort.

Instead of feeling distraught you can turn the feeling into gratefulness. Make peace with where you are in life and you can also focus on all the good that is taking place in your present reality. CBT helps you to embrace your reality and accept that pain and discomfort are a part of life and that’s okay. CBT is an excellent choice for those who fall into a mindset of doom and gloom when their tinnitus gets louder. Just know that you are okay, and things will improve if your mindset improves.

Contact us today at 646-213-2321 to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

 

Causes of Tinnitus

Causes of Tinnitus

causes-of-tinnitus-see-nyc-specialist-consultation-01There are many causes of tinnitus and since there are so many different things that may have caused this issue it is best for you to consult with a doctor to get the best treatment. You can contact us for more details and to book an appointment.

The causes of tinnitus are varied and include:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Ear infection
  • Ear wax buildup
  • Loud noise exposure
  • Ear trauma
  • Certain medications
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Brain tumors or tumors near the ear
  • Blood flow problems
  • Pregnancy
  • Anemia
  • Overactive thyroid

We are Experts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Tinnitus

tinnitus-expert-treatment-cognitive-psychotherapist-02Since the list is so varied it is best for you to consult a professional. It never hurts to get a professional’s opinion on the matter. Hearing loss is one of the most common reasons for tinnitus because of the damage loud noises can cause to the nerve endings in the ear. So, it is best to stay away from loud and booming noises. There is a theory that suggests that tinnitus happens because the ear is trying to overcompensate. The ringing in the ears is usually from you losing the ability to hear that pitch. Research is still being conducted on this, but the theory is that the brain is stuck on that high pitch sound. The sound that the patient supposedly has lost the ability to hear outside of themselves.

It is also important to note that certain medications have been proven to cause tinnitus. Some people have reported that after they had stopped taking certain medications, the tinnitus disappeared entirely. It is unknown as to how medications can cause this effect but there are a few theories about it. This is not always the case and you should never stop taking your medication without consulting a doctor first.

Another thing to keep in mind is earwax buildup in the ear. The wax can build up to be so thick that it not only blocks sound from entering your ear but also can cause the ear to be impacted. The impaction of the ear will put pressure on your nerves and eardrum and cause the ear to try to overcompensate with tinnitus. It is not certain that after you clean your ear your tinnitus will go away, but it may cause the ringing to subside a bit.

Noise Exposure Can Cause Tinnitus

tinnitus-symptoms-avoid-loud-noises-nyc-specialist-03One of the most common causes of tinnitus is noise exposure. The louder the noise is the greater the damage will be. The brain will try to compensate for the damage of the nerves in your ear and that results in tinnitus. It can be distressing if you go to a concert and return home only to realize that the ringing in your ears has increased in intensity. It is best for you to protect your ears when going to loud events whether you have tinnitus or not. Bring earplugs designed to protect the inner ear from sharp sounds. These can be found at CVS or Walgreens. Construction workers wear these to protect themselves from tinnitus and damage to their eardrums. Even though you may not work in construction it would benefit you to wear these to prevent further damage to the inner ear. All in all, these symptoms can be alleviated with help from a professional.

Contact us for help with tinnitus today and we will help you to live a more fulfilling and happy life.

Scams and How to Choose Tinnitus Treatment

Real Treatment for Tinnitus

do-tinnitus-treatment-home-remedies-work-specialist-nyc-01Tinnitus can be very distressing to those dealing with it and marketers are aware of that fact. Since it’s become a bit of a hot button. More and more companies are going to try to cash in on this fact. Beware of anyone offering you magic pills that have not been scientifically proven. Sadly, there are more scams out there than the real deal, so we want to encourage you to contact us to get in contact with real professionals that are trained to deal with this ailment properly. So be careful to read all the labels on these ‘’miracle pills’’ before digesting them. Pills that promise to cure you are shady because there is no definitive cure for tinnitus yet. Beware of those seedy slogans that some companies try to sell you.

Do Products work for Tinnitus?

Only purchase products with a solid history of tinnitus relief. Do extensive research on everything you come across that is promising you a quick and easy way to get rid of tinnitus. These pills tend to be full of unhealthy additives that could cause you major issues in the future. Also investigate the company that is marketing to you. If this company is unheard of and only just appeared to help sell you placebo pills, that is a red flag.

Guaranteed Treatment for Tinnitus?

tinnitus-treatment-cure-remedy-info-02Beware of money-back guarantees and ‘’risk-free’’ trial offers. This one is a big red flag because risk-free trial offers often are trying to take advantage of the consumer. This may not always be the case, but it does not hurt to be cautious. The risk free trial can definitely backfire since they put a time limit on when it can be returned, the company will already have your credit card and you would have to send the package back as soon as you can and hope that it makes it to them in time so that you can indeed get your money back and most of the time this does not work ouaqt. So, in the end, you end up with a faulty product and less money in your wallet.

Cure for Tinnitus?

tinnitus-ringing-in-ears-information-top-nyc-specialist-03This one is the biggest red flag of them all. Avoid products that claim to be able to cure tinnitus. There is no cure for tinnitus. Tinnitus is a very complicated subject that is still extensively studied. Many doctors have been working hard to find a cure but since tinnitus involves more than just your ears it has been proven to be a very challenging ailment to cure. If big and well-known scientists in this world have not found a cure, then a random small-time company has most likely not found the cure. Look into the company before giving them any information about you and keep in mind that a lot of the companies claiming to cure you totally of this illness are trying to sucker you out of your cash.

Contact us for further information about tinnitus. We help our patients to live fulfilling lives regardless of their tinnitus. Living a life of mindfulness makes everything easier.

Tinnitus Treatment Options

Tinnitus Treatment

tinnitus-treatment-options-specialist-new-york-01There are many treatment options for tinnitus. Most should be performed by professionals only because tinnitus can be a sign of a deeper problem. If you are interested in the symptoms of this condition, please check out our article titled ‘’Symptoms of Tinnitus’’. Even if you suspect that you have this ailment it is best to contact a professional to get a proper diagnosis.

The main objective for all tinnitus treatment options is to lower the perceived burden of tinnitus, allowing the patient to live a more comfortable life. CBT can help with anything involving negative perceptions. We have an article on CBT and how it can improve your life regarding tinnitus.

There is currently no scientifically proven cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus. The search for a definitive cure is still going on and some progress is being made, but we have yet to discover a cure.  However, excellent tools such as CBT and meditation can lessen the burden of this ailment. These currently available treatments are not cures per se, they do not heal the patient but they lessen the discomfort of the patient to some degree.

Even though there is currently not a cure there are a lot of things that can be used to cope with it. More than just sitting around and meditating every second of the day. Instead, you can use these things to make your life easier.

Earwax removal

Removing impacted earwax can decrease tinnitus symptoms.

Changing your medication

If a medication you’re taking appears to be the cause of tinnitus contact your doctor about it. Do not get off the medication without contacting your doctor beforehand.

Noise suppression

tinnitus-noise-suppression-treatment-option-02In some cases, white noise may help suppress the sound so that it’s less bothersome. Your doctor may suggest using an electronic device to suppress the noise. Devices include:

White noise machines. These machines make sounds that mask the ringing in your ears. From ocean waves to static noises. I have heard many people tell me that it helps them to sleep at night. It has been proven that ocean waves are very relaxing and can help patients to wind down and sleep all through the night.

Hearing aids. These can be especially helpful if you have hearing problems as well as tinnitus. But please note that hearing aids do not always help with tinnitus.

Masking devices. These are worn in the ear like hearing aids. They are a mixture of hearing aids and white noise machines. It makes sounds like ocean waves in your ear that drowns out the ringing.

Tinnitus retraining. A wearable device delivers individually programmed tonal music to mask the specific frequencies of the tinnitus you experience. After a while, you may not even be able to hear the ringing anymore. Counseling is often a component of tinnitus retraining.

Medications

There are no medications that can cure tinnitus now, but in some cases, they may help reduce the severity of symptoms. Possible medications are:

Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline, have been used with some success. Keep in mind these are typically only used for severe tinnitus, as they can cause troublesome side effects, including dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation and heart problems.

Alprazolam (Niravam, Xanax) may help reduce tinnitus symptoms, but side effects can include drowsiness and nausea. It can also become habit-forming.

Contact us for a professional to speak to so that you can know what medication may be proper for you.

Lifestyle and home remedies

white-noise-for-tinnitus-problems-nyc-specialist-03Often, tinnitus can’t be treated. Some people, however, get used to it and notice it less than they did at first. For many people, certain adjustments make the symptoms less annoying. These tips may help:

Avoid possible irritants. Reduce your exposure to things that may make your tinnitus worse. Common examples include loud noises, caffeine, and nicotine.

Cover up the noise. In a quiet setting, a fan, soft music or low-volume radio static may help to drown out the noise from tinnitus.

Manage stress. Stress can make tinnitus worse. One can benefit from acquiring a calming self-care routine. Focus on calming yourself and do things that you know will calm your mind. The more stress you feel the louder tinnitus tends to get so make sure to take time to breathe and calm your mind.

Reduce your alcohol consumption. Alcohol increases the force of your blood by dilating your blood vessels, causing greater blood flow, especially in the inner ear area. And those with pulsatile tinnitus will find this to be very distressing. Please dial back on alcohol consumption.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

Tinnitus arising from external, middle, and inner ear by NYC Tinnitus Specialist

Tinnitus is when a person can hear sounds that are not actually present.

external-middle-inner-ear-tinnitus-specialist-nyc-01A lot of people call tinnitus “ringing in ears”. There are so many ways that tinnitus can take place from ringing to clicking. Tinnitus can be ongoing or just temporary. For more information on this ailment check out our article explaining the symptoms of tinnitus. There is currently no scientifically-validated cure for most types of tinnitus. Treatment for tinnitus is mostly based on changing your mindset about the illness rather than focusing a lot on changing it. We have articles focusing on how you can change the way you view your tinnitus and how practicing CBT can give you a more fulfilling life.

Millions of Americans experience tinnitus, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 23% of the general public — over 50 million Americans — experience some form of tinnitus. Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases.

Damage to the inner ear typically is the cause of the ringing and discomfort. Most studies show that tinnitus forms from inner ear damage. Such as ear infections, hearing loss, and There is currently no scientifically proven a cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus. The search for a definitive cure is still going on and some progress is being made but we have yet to discover a cure. However, excellent tools such as CBT and meditation can lessen the burden of this ailment. These currently available treatments are not cures per se, they do not heal the patient but they lessen the discomfort of the patient to some degree.

External Ear

The external ear is rarely affected but when it is, patients report that the back of the ear down to their jaw feels numb. There are a few theories as to why that it is, and it is attributed to a problem in the middle ear. One of the main theories is the eustachian tube is not getting much blood flow. Since it has very low blood flow it gives the sensation of being numb. If you are experiencing this, it would benefit you to talk to a professional as soon as possible because this could be a sign of an underlying issue.

Middle ear

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The middle ear contains your eardrum, oval window, the round window, and the Eustachian tube.

The eardrum is very thin, measures approximately 8-10 mm in diameter and is stretched by means of small muscles. The pressure from sound waves makes the eardrum vibrate.

The vibrations are transmitted further into the ear via three bones in the middle ear: the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup. I’m terms such as hammer, anvil, and stirrup to give you a better picture of what the function of these bones are. These three bones form a kind of bridge, and the stirrup, which is the last bone that sounds reach, is connected to the oval window.

The oval window

The oval window is a membrane covering the entrance to the cochlea in the inner ear. When the eardrum vibrates, the sound waves travel via the hammer and anvil to the stirrup and then on to the oval window.

The round window

The round window in the middle ear vibrates in opposite phase to vibrations entering the inner ear through the oval window. In doing so, it allows fluid in the cochlea to move.

The Eustachian tube

tinnitus-treatment-cure-new-york-03The Eustachian tube is also found in the middle ear and is situated at the back of the ear. The Eustachian tube’s function is to equalize the air pressure on both sides of the eardrum, ensuring that pressure does not build up in the ear. The tube opens when you swallow, thus equalizing the air pressure inside and outside the ear, but as many tinnitus sufferers know, the opening and closing of the eustachian tube can be distressing. The clicking in tinnitus is due to us being able to hear the tubes open and close with every swallow.

All in all, it is best to talk to a professional that can assist you with these problems. We offer help to those suffering from tinnitus, you don’t have to suffer in silence.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

Meditation for Tinnitus NYC

Does Meditation for Tinnitus Work?

does-meditation-for-tinnitus-work-01Meditation and yoga have been proven to lessen the symptoms of tinnitus. Tinnitus is an affliction that causes ringing, clinking, whistling, pulsing, and humming in one’s ears. It Can be a great distraction to those that are not used to the noise. The best way to deal with these noises is to practice radical acceptance. Yoga and meditation can help you to reach this point of peace. Make peace with this affliction and you will be able to deal with anything life throws at you.

It has been observed that during meditation sessions, some patients reported that the ringing in their ears would subside. Or they have found that they can handle it much better after embracing its existence and meditating instead of working hard to distract themselves from it. By sitting down with correct posture and taking deep calming breaths you can begin to conquer tinnitus. Take deep breaths and let the silence of the room soothe your mind. The more you do this the less you will notice the ringing in your ears.

meditation-for-tinnitus-02Even if the ringing persists, embrace it fully. Know that you are okay. Enjoy the moment and just be in the now. It may be annoying at first but from personal experience, I know that you can overcome this affliction with patience and peace of mind.

The key is to keep up this routine. Do not let negative thoughts make you reject meditation altogether. Meditation will help you to take control of everything in your life and help you to accept every part of yourself.

Go to a quiet room of your house and empty your mind of everything. The last thing you need is to stress about work or your boss because it has been proven that stress increases the ringing in your ears. It makes things worse and will do nothing but work against you. Just clear your mind and focus on your breathing and posture.

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Slowly visualize things that improve your mood. This could be flowers or meadows. Some patients even enjoy visualizing rain splashing down upon the water. There are videos and CDs dedicated to emulating rainfall These are wonderful tools to use to calm your mind and get you into a mindset of peace and quiet. There are many CDs out there that contain the sounds of ocean waves splashing upon the shore.

Turn these CDs on and imagine yourself sitting on the beach and let out calm breaths. As you exhale imagine all your troubles leaving your body. Imagine your tinnitus symptoms disappearing into the waves. Calming your mind is essential.

Add meditation to your schedule. One is never too busy to meditate. Meditation is beneficial especially when you feel like your tinnitus is overwhelming to you. You can conquer this like anything else.

If you need any help with managing your symptoms you can contact us. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset. Conquering tinnitus comes from within and it all starts with your mindset. Instead of being a victim you can be a victor. Contact us today for guidance.

Signs and Symptoms of Tinnitus by NYC Tinnitus Expert

Symptoms of Tinnitus

There are many symptoms of tinnitus. From ringing to clinking to roaring, buzzing, and hissing. Tinnitus can take many different forms or take all at once. It can be very distressing if you do not know that tinnitus is. The main symptoms used to diagnose tinnitus include:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Whistling
  • Pulsatile tinnitus

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The noises may be continuous or could occur every now and then. All of these could have underlining causes, so it is best to contact a doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms. Symptoms such as fainting could be caused by a disease that needs to be diagnosed as soon as possible.

Some people find that in time their symptoms go away and with others, it stays. If your tinnitus has yet to go away and you have been living with it for years I suggest you check out our article titled ‘’Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus’’ In that article, we talk about how much CBT can improve your life and help you to have a more positive outlook when dealing with
tinnitus.

Clicking

Clicking is a very common symptom of tinnitus. The clicking comes from swallowing. When we swallow, yawn, or blow our noses, the Eustachian tube opens and allows air to pass from the middle of your ear to the back of your nose. This symptom is very similar to pulsatile tinnitus because it is a result of damage to the nerves in your ear. Because of that you can hear things in your body that most people can’t. In pulsatile tinnitus you can hear your heartbeat but the clicking in the ear is you hearing you eustachian tubes opening with each swallow. It can be alarming and annoying but can be treated by a doctor.

Hyperacusis

tinnitus-sounds-symptoms-signs-info-03Hyperacusis is a fancy word for saying that the patient is very sensitive to sounds. Even if the sound is at a normal or low volume it may be distressing to someone that is struggling with tinnitus. It is because the brain is working overtime to compensate for the damaged nerves in your ear. So, do not fret if the tv is at a normal volume and yet it feels as if your eardrums could split at any moment. This is a normal reaction to tinnitus. It is distressing but can be helped by visiting a doctor. Hyperacusis is often the result of prolonged exposure to loud noises. This issue is most commonly viewed amongst musicians and people who work with machines or contruction.

Pulsatile tinnitus

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Pulsatile tinnitus is different from regular tinnitus in that you may hear rhythmical noises that beat in time with your pulse. This problem is often caused by blood flow changes in the vessels near the ear, or to a specific condition such as a perforated eardrum or atherosclerosis.

Pulsatile tinnitus tends to come and go and rarely stays the whole time. The pulsing is your heartbeat. Every time your heart thumps your ears thump with it. It can be very alarming but just know that often it will fade away. I have observed that this tends to happen after the patient has been exposed to loud noises for a long period of time and the ears are overwhelmed. It is a sign that the vessels near the ear have been damaged or irritated recently.

These symptoms are signs that you must go see a doctor as soon as possible. For help with these symptoms contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

Tinnitus Cognitive Center

Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R
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