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Write a Letter to My Tinnitus – What Do I Write?

Question:

You asked me to give my Tinnitus a name and to write you a letter describing my feelings as if I was having a conversation with my Tinnitus…if I remember correctly. Please clarify what I am to write. Also, I came across an article recently that talked about many of the things you explained to me about my tinnitus. I would like to share it with you if you would be interested in reading it. I have been doing a lot of research trying to figure my tinnitus out…which led me to you. I so much appreciated the way you explained things to me in terms that I could understand. Thank you. Vern

Answer:

The letter is for you to express emotionally and mentally how your tinnitus has affected you and your life.  In the letter I would like you to write the low points that you think your tinnitus caused, and the effects that you think it is having (or had) on your life.  The letter should be just a few paragraphs, but I really put no limits on it as too short or too long.

We will use the letter in your next session with us, to help deconstruct its emotional ramifications and to understand the tinnitus more clearly.
Now…I would like the information that you have acquired, but I do not want you researching tinnitus any more.  Every second that you think about it and research it – you are telling your brain that the tinnitus is the most important thing in your life at that moment.  Very strong tinnitus reinforcement.  Not a good thing…
My best, and blessings,
Dr. Barbara Jenkins, AuD, BCABA