Joey Remenyi, the host of Seeking Balance and author of Rock Steady, discusses how to heal tinnitus with neuroplasticity.
Tinnitus – a Very Brief Overview of the Basics
Tinnitus is commonly known for its ringing of the ears. It affects approximately 50 million adults in the United States at any given time. The ringing experienced is usually just an annoyance, but can sometimes be debilitating for those who have extreme sensations of the ringing sound.
Many cases can be attributed to exposure to loud sounds. There are over 200 drugs that can cause tinnitus. In some instances, a benign tumor or injury may be at the root of it all. Whatever the cause, the most important step on how to heal tinnitus is to have a medical doctor examine you. Disclaimer: Do not use this article as a way to diagnose yourself.
The good news is that tinnitus is rarely a sign that you are experiencing hearing loss according to Harvard Health. The constant ringing those with a chronic condition of tinnitus experience can be distressing, to say the least.
How to Heal Tinnitus
There are some home remedies recommended by WebMD that can help heal from tinnitus. Reducing triggers such as loud noises, alcohol, smoking, and high amounts of aspirin or salt may help heal tinnitus. Other recommendations include having background noise to reduce the attention given to the ringing you experience, a process called sound masking. Yoga and meditation are also offered as home remedies.
Vestibular audiologist Joey Remenyi offers up another solution on how to heal tinnitus. Understanding that the reticular activator is a part of us that calls our attention to a specific piece of information. For example, if you buy a white Volkswagon Beetle, you’ll begin to notice white Volkswagon Beetles wherever you go.
It won’t matter if they are being driven or parked, it’ll be the predominant car you notice. Similarly, if we notice the ringing in our ears and draw attention to it, that may seem to be the only thing we notice and we can’t seem to stop.
The thing is Joey believes we can through neuroplasticity. There are those of us who believe that our minds are set. Our brains can be rewired. There are cases of it being done with those experiencing early blindness. Cognitive-behavioral techniques have already been applied to treat chronic vertigo and tinnitus.
You can be taught to reshape the neural pathways in your brain as a trick to stop tinnitus from annoying you. The same techniques are also taught to those who suffer from chronic vertigo. Joey Remenyi takes us through the steps on how to do just that and the benefits we can see as a result.
Who Is Joey Remenyi?
Joey Remenyi is the Founder and Director of Seeking Balance International, a vestibular audiologist, registered senior yoga teacher, neuroplasticity therapist, and author.
As a neuroplasticity therapist, Joey helps people rewire and retrain their bodies so they can feel at ease, especially from chronic vertigo or tinnitus.
She has presented at medical conferences, authored journal articles, and run professional workshops internationally. Her ROCK STEADY® recovery program has helped people from all around the world heal their symptoms using neuroplasticity.
Joey’s podcast, Seeking Balance, educates listeners on how to heal tinnitus through exercises in neuroplasticity.
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