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I just feel when I’m trying to relax anywhere [my tinnitus] automatically hinders this, as my response to it causes some anxiety.

Now you are confusing me even more. You just finished saying that you are "getting to the point that it doesn’t make me feel bad," and now you are saying that the problem with your tinnitus is that it causes some anxiety. Anxiety doesn't make you feel bad? That can't be right. Anxiety wouldn't be anxiety if it didn't make you feel bad!

OK. Here is my sense of where you are and what you should do about it. And please understand that I hardly know you at all and might be totally wrong in my assessment. I'm just giving this my best shot based upon your responses to a handful of questions, responses that in some cases conflict with one another, which really puts me at a significant disadvantage here.

So I think you like to be in control. I say this because of the way you have dealt with your misophonia - by controlling your environment instead of addressing the misophonia itself - and because you have chosen for your occupation to be a prison officer, which represents just about the epitome of control. I think you are also a perfectionist. I say this because when it comes right down to it you say that your biggest challenge with your tinnitus lies in the fact that it causes you "some" anxiety. Well the problem is that everybody encounters "some" anxiety every day; it's a fact of life. No, I think that the challenge with your tinnitus is that it makes you feel flawed (i.e., less that perfect) and that you cannot control it (see the first sentence in this paragraph), both of which serve only to compound the effects of whatever tinnitus-associated anxiety you may be experiencing that you might otherwise be able to simply set aside.

So that's my take on it (based on limited information). And the solution for you lies outside the scope of this board. In my opinion (again, based on limited information) you need to seek the help of a psychologist who has particular expertise in addressing challenges that involve the auditory system as related to anxiety and relaxation. The person I have in mind is Dr. Laurence McKenna in London. Now I realize that London is a long distance away from your home in Scotland, but I suspect that after one in-person visit the rest of the sessions could be conducted via phone or Skype. Seems to me that you are young, you are otherwise healthy, and you (and your family) deserve the best. Laurence McKenna is the very best there is at what he does! So go for it; ten years is long enough.

I wish you well, and I hope this information has been of some help to you as you try to sort things out.

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.

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I am sorry I don’t mean to confuse you , I guess my feelings must be conflicted, all I know is that yes it gives me anxiety and yes anxiety makes me feel bad, I suffer with anxiety anyway so I guess it’s no surprise I get anxious over my tinnitus, please bear in mind I’d say 7 of them years I was not bothered with tinnitus. I have tried to deal with the misaphonia but correct me if I’m wrong there is currently no treatment for misaphonia so I have no other choice but to avoid situations that do trigger me. You are right that I like to be in control , especially of my mental health. Ok how would I go about getting an appointment with dr McKenna & is it costly? I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a psychologist that deals with challenges with the auditory system. Sounds right up my street!

Thank you so much for taking the time to help me & so many others on this board.
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I have tried to deal with the misaphonia but correct me if I’m wrong there is currently no treatment for misaphonia so I have no other choice but to avoid situations that do trigger me.

There are a number of effective treatment protocols for misophonia. That would be a good thing to discuss with Dr. McKenna.

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You are right that I like to be in control , especially of my mental health.

Yea, I've been wrong so often over the years that every once in a while I'm bound to get something right! :-)

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Ok how would I go about getting an appointment with dr McKenna & is it costly?

I guess you would google Laurence McKenna psychologist, give him a call, and ask.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to help me & so many others on this board.

You are most welcome.

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi

No bird ever soared in a calm. Adversity is what lifts us.
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David McCullough quoting Wilbur Wright
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