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Dubbyaman

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I understand your approach to habituation and thinking of T differently. That has been what helped me get this far I think. There are times where I lose awareness of it when I get into other things but it is still there, loud as ever. I really love the quiet days because habituation or not, it's not there. Truly not there which is marvelous. 
The doctors i've seen havent even began to try and tackle my T as you know, this condition is just not very well known. I tried a hearing aid which helped with the hearing but did nothing for the noise in my ear.
You said there were possible steps to take to try and eradicate or even tone down the noise. I would love to hear some suggestions. Thanks.
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I understand your approach to habituation and thinking of T differently.

As I have come to see it, habituation is a neurophysiological process that involves much more than thinking about tinnitus differently. But that's a topic for a book rather than a post.

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That has been what helped me get this far I think. There are times where I lose awareness of it when I get into other things but it is still there, loud as ever. I really love the quiet days because habituation or not, it's not there. Truly not there which is marvelous.

I understand completely. You love quiet days. That statement makes perfect sense. Now here's a statement that might not make perfect sense: The farther along you are in the habituation process, the less you care one way or another. It might not make perfect sense, but it's true nonetheless.

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The doctors i've seen havent even began to try and tackle my T as you know, this condition is just not very well known.

Dubby, if you are talking about tinnitus, you are right in that it is not fully understood. But a lot is known about it - so I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "just not very well known."

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I tried a hearing aid which helped with the hearing but did nothing for the noise in my ear.

Well, there are lots of advances in hearing aids - but whether or not you wear a hearing aid, if you purposely listen for your tinnitus you will hear it. Maybe you should consider talking to an audiologist who is knowledgeable and experienced in tinnitus. I do not know exactly what steps you have taken to this point, but perhaps a fresh look is in order. Hearing aids can help in some cases, but it's a good bit more complicated than that.

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You said there were possible steps to take to try and eradicate or even tone down the noise. I would love to hear some suggestions. Thanks.

I did not explain myself clearly. My apologies. What I meant to convey was that ideally you would do something to eradicate the tinnitus or mitigate its intensity, but once you have had a routine ENT exam and tried the very simple things that most any ENT would recommend (removing wax, treating any underlying middle ear inflection, avoiding silence, give it a little time, maybe a trial of Xanax, etc.), then you have pretty-much exhausted those possibilities. So in my opinion at that point it's time to consider moving on to Plan B. And Plan B is all about habituation.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a great supporter of research in the hopes that someday we will indeed have a way to eradicate tinnitus or lastingly mitigate its intensity. In my opinion, however, science is still in the starting blocks in that regard. I realize that there's a lot of buzz on the Internet about this development and that, but (and I would love to be wrong) at this point to me it all seems to be a lot of wishful thinking. I know it's not a very popular position to take, but I'm hearing the same things today about cures that I heard more than twenty years ago - the only difference is that the words are fancier.

So as I see it, the path to meaningful relief today lies along the habituation highway, not in postponing what can be accomplished now through habituation in favor of focusing solely upon waiting for tomorrow's discovery of a way to eradicate or mitigate. Because who knows when (or even if) that day will come!

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