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Ringing sound is more dynamic

I have begun again to notice that the ringing from my tinnitus is much more dynamic again.  Recently the ringing seemed to be very steady as I have not been focusing on it. Now I am noticing that there are varying and changing frequencies and patterns. I think this is a good thing as it gives me more confidence that there are mechanisms that my visioning and meditation can influence.

I will cure myself.

“It is not what the vision is, it is what the vision does.”

Hello world!  Sorry I have not written in so long.  It has been a almost two years.  Well, let me get back on track here and update you on my journey.  Thank you to all those folks that have shared their journey.

Let’s start with now.  My path has changed.

Up until recently, I was taking a solid set of supplements including taurine, turmeric, alpha lipoic acid (ALA), probiotic, cinnamon, fish oil, vitamin D and even ginkgo biloba at times.    However, more currently, I am taking only taurine capsules but not consistently. Of all the supplements taurine is the one thing I have continued on the longest taking about 2 g per day.  I take taurine partly because I think it has some cardiac benefits. However, in the past few weeks I have not taken it very often at all.  I started on ceylon cinnamon again not so much for tinnitus, but to help with blood glucose levels.

I stopped the turmeric supplements when I ran out a month ago.   I originally came up turmeric by accident and not because of all the news about how great it is. I found an article about how turmeric impacts ion channels in relation to cancer treatments. My hypothesis is that neurons have ion channels so perhaps turmeric would impact brain neurons as well which would help calm the tinnitus chatter. I am a believer in the model that tinnitus is caused by the neural pathways firing out of control. Hence, my integration of turmeric. Turned out turmeric is viewed as beneficial for a myriad of functions. This is similar to the unintended benefits like heart benefits, I think I get from taurine besides the benefits studied in rats and tinnitus.The good news is though, that I now add ground turmeric to my coffee with fresh ground black pepper.  Apparently, turmeric benefits need elements called piperine in black pepper to help increase the bioavailability of the curcumin.

I also in the past two years used the sound therapy approach using frequencies above and below the frequency of my tinnitus. I found this site on which the author attempted to create tool based on an acoustic therapy protocol.  I have not used this consistently so I cannot say if it works.  I really appreciate though how much effort that the person put into studying and sharing his work.

Lastly, I am going to get a new occlusal guard today. I know I clench and grind my teeth at night which I can feel when I wake up in my jaw.  I am sure this is not helping my tinnitus.

So now I am not taking any supplements consistently to classify any observations as scientific.  From my years of supplement use, I have to say, that I do not believe that for me in my case supplements are an effective path to my cure.  I do think they are helping me indirectly and perhaps I should and will keep taking them, but mainly for other health benefits.  For others with tinnitus, supplements may be more beneficial in addressing their tinnitus including if they have a deficiency.  Each person is different and each person should manage their supplement regime with their medical doctor.

So, what am I doing?  Have I given up?  Absolutely not.  I will cure my tinnitus.

My focus is going back to my belief that the body is highly intelligent and knows how to repair itself.  I just have to help it and at minimum not get in its way.  A few years ago, I remember sitting on the train meditating on my tinnitus, really focusing on the ringing, I mean drilling into it, visualizing it stopping.  Suddenly, I heard this silence for a moment.  I opened my eyes with what must have been a surprised look on my face as another passenger was staring at me perplexed.  I don’t know if it was my imagination, but for a moment or a little longer, I heard silence.

Unfortunately, in the past couple years, I have not been focusing on meditation and visualization at all.  Also, I used to have occasional micro second episodes during which the noise stops.  I have not had one of these in a long time. The way I meditate and drill into the tinnitus is not the easiest thing to do…it is not “hard” like a math problem, but it does take practice and discipline. I use meditation techniques I have learned to journey to the source of the ringing in my brain. However, over the years, I have also come to ignore the ringing more or rather accept it.  I don’t focus on it or how it annoys me; it just is there..not bothering me…it just is there.  It doesn’t bother me in and of itself.  It does though interfere with my hearing.  Now, that I am refocusing on meditation, I find that is much harder to reconnect to the ringing an drill down into it.

Bottom line – I am going to focus on meditation, visualization and mind-body synergies.  I have also started to learn about Quigong through excellent youtube videos which I think has the similar premises to the path I am taking.  I am going to continue to take some supplements like turmeric and maybe taurine which I have been taking so long…again though, for other health benefits.

Even if something did not cure my tinnitus, it has helped me learn and grow.  It has helped me meet new people and ask questions.  Nothing I have tried was a waste.  The key for me is moving forward.  As I learned from Peter Senge, “It is not what the vision is, it is what the vision does.

I will cure myself.

Tinnitus still around but not paying attention to it

From August 5,  2017. Has my tinnitus changed?  I am not really sure.  I have continued to not really pay much attention to it.

I continue to take the same supplements and also am continuing on my low carb way of eating with a little more flexibility.  I have reduced my weight by about 10+ lbs on average and reduced the visible fat in the midsection belly and waist area.  Again, I am not eating differently to try to impact my tinnitus, but I want to include this as who knows the affect it is having on my tinnitus in the long run.

Another big change is I recently got new hearing aids.  I now am using Oticon Opn hearing aids.  I have to say that I can hear more now.  I am still trying to get used to them as sometimes it seems like I hear everything.  The background noise can get very annoying.  As I sit here typing, I can hear my tinnitus in the background.  I have only had these Oticon Opn hearing aids for about 1.5 weeks now so I am still assessing them.

There are some theories hat seem to indicate the tinnitus ringing is due to a lack of hearing certain frequencies and then the adjacent sections of the brain start compensating for the lack of stimulation or something like that.  I am probably not doing the theory justice so I apologize.  I am thinking that perhaps that my enhanced ability to hear things more clearly with my new hearing aids will help reduce my tinnitus by reducing the missing frequencies.

I also think that being able to hear more clearly reduces the stress on my brain and body.  I think that not being able to hear clearly makes my brain work harder to try to comprehend speech.  Maybe this reduced stress can be used by my body to help heal itself.  Maybe.

Well, not much else to update.  I am continuing with my supplements.  I have reduced my focus on my tinnitus.  I know it interferes with my hearing as I have to hear over it.

 

 

A new phase in my life – the journey evolves

Since my last post, I have noticed something very different about my relationship with tinnitus.  I am almost ignoring it now.  I still hear it but I have not been trying to focus on it.  I do not mean I don’t notice when it changes, but it is just there. However, I have noticed it seems to have changed. I think it is responding to my efforts. I am not meditating much as I thought I was going to.  This lack of paying active attention to my tinnitus is almost a polar opposite to my meditation technique in which I meditate on my ringing.  Let me be clear, I am not intentionally ignoring my tinnitus, I am just not paying attention to it.  The difference is subtle but significant.

So what have I been doing lately.

I am still taking supplements.  As I mentioned in my last post, I purchased some vincopetine, but I have only taken it about three times.  I have no specific reason except I just do not feel like it.  Sometimes your body I smarter than you are.  Here is what I am taking (please note that some of my links are affiliate links; however, I have or do take everything I am linked to in this article):

  • 3 g taurine (2g in the morning, 1 g in the evening.).  I am currently taking the Swanson Vitamins Brand. It is available at Amazon.com Swanson Taurine 500 mg 100 Caps.  I take 6 of these capsules per day. I have been taking taurine for about a couple years now and I personally have not noticed any adverse effects.  I have read articles it can be beneficial in many ways including cardiac issues.  Please consult your medical doctor about taking any supplements.  I have alternated amongst brands more out of convenience than because of effectiveness.
  • 2000 iu vitamin D3 in the morning.  I am currently taking a Target brand.
  • 400 mg  chelated magnesium – in the evening.  I used to take just 133 mg to 266 mg but now I take 3 capsules.  This is the Swanson Vitamin brand I take  Swanson Ultra Albion Chelated Magnesium Glycinate Mineral Supplement, 133 mg, 180 Capsules .  It does not upset my stomach at all.  I take it at night or in the evening.
  • 720 mg turmeric along with 10 mg of Bioperine to help with absorption – black pepper in the evening. I started taking turmeric after reading about its potential affect on ion channel effectiveness.  The article I read was about cancer, but I started researching turmeric in regards to its impact on tinnitus which I think it is related to the ion channels in our nervous system.  This is the magnesium I am taking  Swanson Premium Turmeric 720 Mg 240 Caps .  I take 3 capsules per day in the evening.
  • 1200 mg of fish oil which has about 360 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids in the evening.  I take this because I think that fatty acids help in the effectives of our neurons and myelin.  I take a generic product I buy from Aldi.  I also eat flaxseed seeds.  I am very functional so I pour some in my hand and eat them.  Be careful if you do this as you do not want the seeds to go down your windpipe.  You can also eat them in yogurt etc.  They get caught in your teeth sometimes too.
  • Probiotic in the morning.  I take a product called Digestive Advantage.  I am lactose intolerant and this product has been effective for many years for me.  I do not know if it affects my tinnitus, but I am mentioning it here since it is part of my regimen.  This is the product I buy. I have it on auto-order for every three months.  Digestive Advantage Probiotics Lactose Defense Formula Dietary Supplement (32 Capsules Each, Pack of 3)

I have also significantly changed my diet.  Over the past 4 weeks, I have basically stopped eating the following

  • bread, pasta, rice, cakes, potatoes and the like
  • candy and chocolate
  • milk including yoghurt for the most part. I have eaten a spoonful of plain yoghurt a couple times
  • fruit
  • beverages except water. plain tea, black coffee and the occasional glass of red wine. I do drink protein powder Muscle Milk to get additional protein.  We had some in our pantry which is why I started to drink it. Once I use it all up, I may just buy a generic brand, but I have to say I like the flavor of it.  This is what I am currently using  Muscle Milk Genuine Protein Powder, Vanilla Crème, 32g Protein, 4.94 Pound

except on Saturday, on which I allow myself to eat whatever I want.  I have discovered though my desire to eat the above products has diminished tremendously .

So, I eat a lot of protein including eggs, meat, beans, sardines, pork, chicken, and protein powder, vegetables especially spinach, sauerkraut and tomatoes, nuts (I used to eat a lot but cut back), and almond and peanut butter.

I am not doing this for my tinnitus, but I am doing it to lose body fat especially the not so visible body fat.  I am very focused and so I switched my diet pretty fast four weeks ago and have adjusted my eating style as I have gone along over the weeks.  However, you should consult your medical doctor before trying this way of eating.  I am not recommending it to anyone.

I am basing my approach to eating on Tim Ferriss’ Slow Carb Diet.  This is Tim Ferriss’ book The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman which includes the Slow Carb Diet. Again, I am not eating this way to try to cure my tinnitus, but I wanted to mention it as it is impacted what I am choosing to eat and also my weight and body fat percentage.

I am continuing my journey to cure my tinnitus. I feel like I have stepped into a rhythm of taking my supplements consistently. I know my tinnitus is there but I am not trying to measure it although I do pay attention to when it seems to change in pattern.

I will cure my tinnitus.

Please leave a comment and I will do my best to respond.

 

 

Supplements – I may try vincopetine for my tinnitus

I have not posted in about a month.  In the past month, I ran out of taurine and so I went for about a week or so without taking taurine.  I did not notice much change in the ringing.  I also have run out of lecithin.

I decided to reorder more taurine and this time I went back to the Swanson Vitamin brand.  I have taken this brand before so I decided to take it again with the higher dose of about 3 grams per day.

I also continue to take turmeric with black pepper and I have decided to continue with the magnesium.  I reordered both.

I have read about another supplement called Vinpocetine.  I heard that it helps with blood flow and may help tinnitus.  I am not sure I want to start taking this supplement as the reviews I have read have been mixed.  Some people seem to say that it helped them feel better in general but had side effects like headaches or dizziness.  Also, the mechanism by which vinpocetine works is unclear.  If I decide to try this out, I am going to start with 5 mg.  I order this from Swanson Vitamins so returning it should not be a problem.

Last week, one afternoon I noticed the ringing changed for a moment.  There was an added frequency and pattern.   Makes me wonder if something is going on.

So right now, my supplements that I am taking are as follows:

  • 3 g taurine
  • 400 mg  chelated magnesium – I increased this from 133 mg to 400 mg
  • 600 mg turmeric with black pepper
  • 4000 iu vitamin D – I used to take 2000 mg but decided to increase it.  I may go back to 2000 iu with the summer approaching
  • 1200 mg fish oil
  • Probiotic

You should consult your medical doctor if you are thinking about taking any supplements.  Do your research to understand how they may interact with other medications and your condition.

Some of the items I am taking for other reasons like the probiotic but I am listing it here because you never know how it may help.  The gut is an amazing thing!

I also started to follow the Slow Carb Diet (SCA) written and spoken about by Tim Ferriss.  For me, it has meant not eating any bread, pasta, white flour or flour in general, drinking only water and not sugary drinks, not eating fruit and eating a lot more protein and veggies.  I am not doing this for my tinnitus, but again you never know the unintended benefits.  I have been on this method for about 10 days. More to come on this.

I will cure myself!  Thanks for reading.