Four Words Not To Hate
“It’s just a sound.”
Pretty much everybody who truly suffers from tinnitus hates those words. I know I did! Typically they are uttered by somebody, well-meaning though he or she might be, who clearly doesn’t get it. Somebody who has no idea of what your tinnitus is doing to you. Somebody who is clueless!
I mean – almost by definition – if for you tinnitus is “just a sound,” then while you might have tinnitus, you cannot possibly be suffering from tinnitus.
So how does a tinnitus sufferer get to the point where his or her tinnitus is “just a sound?” How does a tinnitus sufferer suffer less? Or cease suffering entirely? One strategy that some have found to be helpful is to pretend. Right, pretend! Since tinnitus has no physical correlates (i.e., it is a sound that does not originate as a sound wave), you can pretend it is anything you want it to be. So for a set period of time every day, pretend that your tinnitus is just a sound, and then act accordingly. If you force yourself to act like your tinnitus is just a sound often enough, long enough, and with enough purpose and determination, then for you it will become just a sound. We commonly think that action grows from attitude, but the opposite is also quite true. Attitude can grow from action. If you act like your tinnitus is just a sound, the rest will take care of itself.
At least many have found that to be the case.
All the best with it.
Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.
Atlanta Tinnitus Consultants, LLC