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david

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I think I last posted in November...at that time, I hadn't been able to use my TRT WNGs for 3 months and just wasn't making any progress.  I also was having to practice piano on a keyboard at the lowest setting, couldn't go to restaurants, couldn't talk to more than 3 or 4 people at a time and couldn't have a fan on because it ramped up my tinnitus and was wearing ear plugs to drive.  My LDL's tested in October were 65-85.  I had sent in my WNGs to have them outfitted with a pink noise filter, but even that was too much for my ears.

Since that time, I started some alternative therapies.  Namely acupuncture, EFT and homeopathy.  In January I was able to start wearing my WNGs again and have since sent them back in to get more ambitious broadband noise put back in.  I am now playing my grand piano again and have hosted 2 parties with 20 guests.  With EFT I was able to stop my tinnitus from reacting to my fan and have been sleeping with it back on for the past month.  I also attended a scientific conference for work and was able to lead my panels and had lunch one day in a room with 200 people.  Granted, I still did noise therapy even without my WNGs, but I'm having to give some credit to alternative therapies (which is difficult as I work in biomedical research)  I haven't had my LDLs retested as I'd have to travel to do that and I know I've made progress, so skipped my 3 month follow up and will go sometime later in the Spring.

I don't have soft sound sensitivities, but am wondering if anyone that has them has tried EFT?  It really is a powerful way to detach emotion from things. There is a lot of free information about EFT online: http://www.emofree.com.  Believe me, I KNOW it looks ridiculous, but it's really helped me....

Just wanted to pass on some alternative the seem to have been working for me.

David

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So far as I am concerned all therapies for hyperacusis are, to an extent, alternative.  Even TRT is considered experimental by he medical community, though it cannot be denied that it is the treatment of choice for good reason.

But your anecdotal reports of these other approaches providing benefit cannot be denied.  Surely we must acknowledge that approaches of this nature can provide benefit to at least some sufferers.

Thank you for sharing these methods that have helped you.  That's what this board is supposed to be all about, and--I believe--is all about.  Best wishes for continued success!

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Liar! 

No, accept your account. I think that could be helpful. I think anything that has a positive affect on the central nervous system/sensory system could be helpful. 

I made a very big leap in progress by using visualization. I did it to help me deal with my fear of taking a long trip to a TRT doctor, and help it turned out well for me. For month I visualized a very pleasant hour long trip to the doctor, in a loud car. 

I had no reason to believe this wouldn't turn out terrible, but it was great. A fantastic day, with no ear protection, and the first time I had been out of the house in 4 years.

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aQuieterBreeze

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Hi David,

It's wonderful to hear of your progress!
Debbie has mentioned EFT a few times before, but said the site she was mentioning at that time was due to close. And I did not have a chance to view it.
Thanks for the update and your thoughts about it.

Being able to separate the emotions I felt at times, from the sounds causing them - was very helpful to me - to view it as just sound i needed to protect my hearing from, or not- but not to view it in a negative fashion - was very helpful.
To help alleviate or dissipate stress is important. And with these challenges, sound can be very stressful.

Glad to hear you are doing so much better!
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Debbie

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Hi all, just noticed this thread & I'm interested to see David's comments on EFT.
I do think it can be a great tool.
David mentions http://www.emofree.com & as Quieter Breeze mentions it is closing Feb 28 2010.
A newer organization seems to be picking up from here, calling this approach to emotional freedom 'meridian tapping therapies (MTT.)'
So after March 1 2010, this type of material can be looked up there & more informally elsewhere on the web under the EFT ('emotional freedom technique') term.
I do think that at least initially working with a skilled, certified practitioner is the best bet for someone truly working through a difficult emotional &/or physical experience.
David, if you are still on this thread, did you do the EFT on your own or with a practitioner?

Cheers all,

Debbie

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aQuieterBreeze

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Hi Debbie,

Thanks for the info that the site will be closing,
I had mentioned to David-

Debbie has mentioned EFT a few times before, but said the site she was mentioning at that time was due to close.

And I thought it was a different site  you were referring to in a previous post, that had been due to close  -  I still have not had a chance, and taken the time -  to check this one out - but was curious, as I know you have mentioned EFT  in posts before, and wondered what it was about.

Hope you are doing well. - and seeing (and hearing ) more improvement all the time.
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Debbie

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Hi all & thanks for your good wishes Quieter Breeze.

I have not gone through the http://www.emofree.com site thoroughly myself put have perused it occasionally over many years.
I have done EFT with a practitioner - whose training was through this organization, in fact I had found him through this site's referral list.

Now the MTT site will take over with new founders who all got much of their training through the founder of the EFT site.

http://www.emofree.com however contains collections of articles contributed by many skilled practitioners over many years.

I would suggest to those interested: download the 'free manual' plus at least a couple short articles/tutorials such as two I just read through in a few minutes:
"Tearless Trauma"
& "EFT for oneself."

Cheers again all,

Debbie

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david

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I started doing it on my own, but then went to a practitioner.  I also did some sessions with Charles Smithdeal over the phone---he has hyperacusis and tinnitus too.  I honestly don't know how it worked, but using the method my tinnitus stopped reacting horribly to fans.
I agree with Debbie that working with a practioner is good at first.  My problem was expecting the instant miracles that the emofree site advertises.  It really is more about a journey to find out underlying emotional issues that may be keeping us from healing (works great in combination with psychotherapy).
After reading posts from people with soft sound sensitivity and hearing the anger they feel, I'd really recommend this method to help difuse or remove that anger from different sounds.
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