I am often asked how long it takes to get to the point where someone can ignore their tinnitus. The most popular response is something like, “I have been trying so hard but I just do not think that I can do it!” There are many ways to phrase this response and I have heard quite a variety, but I am always surprised when I hear it.
You see, in order to ignore your tinnitus or become habituated, a person must learn to forget about it by focusing on other things. The more one is able to do this, the easier it becomes and the longer the mind forgets about the constant ringing.
We have all had unpleasant thoughts or memories that we have tried to forget, and I can guarantee you that the harder we try to forget something, the more the memory stays stuck in our minds. The best way to forget something is to not try at all. The best approach is to focus on other things. We cannot focus on two things at once.
This brings us back to tinnitus. In order to ignore or habituate tinnitus, one must refocus their mind on other things. It is true. At first it may only last a few seconds but in time, those seconds will turn into minutes, into hours and into days.
The key to tinnitus habituation is to find things that you enjoy doing and do them. Do not let tinnitus stand in your way or it will always be a hindrance to happiness and a normal life.