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Tinnitus - For Whom the Tinnitus Bell Tolls...and Tolls...and...Tolls
How many of you remember that high pitched ringing or buzzing in your ears as you left the concert, dance or loud club gig? Unless you live under a rock I know youíve experienced it. For the vast majority of people this is simply a temporary sensation that wears off in a few short hours or less. But for many people, especially musicians and those with prolonged exposure to loud noises, this can be a permanent and painful ordeal. I know, because I have it. Itís called ďtinnitus.Ē And like me, it already affects an estimated 15% of the population, with the numbers growing at an alarming rate.
The focus of todayís article is on those who already have tinnitus. Because, for those that donít have it, all you need to do for the most part is to protect your ears with ear plugs or bunched up tissue paper. Sure, there are other ways of contracting tinnitus like; over the counter medicines, viruses, nerve damage etc. But, the overwhelming cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud noise which is thankfully 100% preventable.
So, letís say youíve already got tinnitus. What now? Well, judging by the dozens of emails and letters that I get from tinnitus sufferers every week, most of you are having a really hard time of it. So did I! I recall my first couple of years with tinnitus as an unbelievably dark hole that I thought Iíd never be able to climb out of. I completely dropped out of life and even contemplated giving up music all together. I was incredibly depressed and if you must know; even suicidal. Oh my god, as Iím writing this, Iím painfully thinking back to what it was like just getting out of bed in the morning. That is; if I even managed to get to sleep in the first place. I dare you to try sleeping with jets taking off in your head!
Thankfully though, after 7 years, Iím back! And, Iíve got some great news for you; you can win the battle against tinnitus! How did I do it? The answer to that is something that many of you wonít expect and many more of you will find hard to believe but, the cure for my tinnitus was in my ďmusic.Ē Now, Iím not talking about cranking up your music as loud as you can so that it drowns out the tinnitus. Please donít do that, itíll make it worse. No, what Iím really talking about is; searching the depths of your soul for what it is that you really really want and focus on that instead of the tinnitus. I focused on writing and performing my music because that is what my soul wanted to do.
The distance between knowing what you were born to do and curing yourself of tinnitus is relatively short, if you know ďhowĒ to make the connection. But, hereís the catch; to what degree are you actually prepared to take your passion?
You see, you need to know exactly what your ultimate goal is. Why does that matter? Because, if you donít know where youíre going, youíll end up somewhere else! Adopting a goal and doing everything you can to achieve that goal can help keep you on track while everyone else is skating through life on a broken skateboard.
So, the real purpose of this lesson, and the cure for your tinnitus, is to get you focused on what you really want. Because, if you focus on what you want, instead of what you donít want (your tinnitus), youíll get more of what you want! Sounds simple right? Not on your life! Focusing on what you want is impossible for most people because unfortunately most people simply donít know what they want.
How do you find out what you really want? Letís say Iím a genie in a bottle and I can grant you any wish you want. And, this granted wish comes without limitation, without any previous negative evidence to the contrary and Iím asking you to make your wish really, really big! This answer to this question IS what you really want.
So, whatís a big goal? Well, letís take my goal for example; I want to play Carnegie Hall. Will I ever get there? Probably, but even if I donít, Iíve already gotten 5,000% further than if Iíd never had that goal in the first place. But, getting to Carnegie Hall, even though itís the ultimate goal, doesnít really matter because Iím focused everyday on what I need to do to get there. You see, itís about the ďjourney,Ē not the destination thatís important. And, Iím enjoying every minute of it.
So, the real trick to getting what you want is to adopt a big goal and learn everything you can about how to make that a reality because, if you shoot for the stars youíre at least going to hit the moon. And that, my musician friends, is how you cure your tinnitus. Choose your big goal, focus on doing everything you can to make it so and your tinnitus will disappear! The ringing may never go away but, if youíre not focused on it and youíre not aware of it, then I say ďyouíre cured!Ē
About the Author: Paul Tobey is a motivational speaker and professional concert pianist who found relief for his Ringing in the Ears without medical intervention or drugs.