Hello I'm wondering if anyone has any specific tips on reducing tinnitus-related anxiety.
I've been noticing my tinnitus for about a year. I have two distinct sounds - a hissing/buzzing in one ear and an intermittent ringing in the other. I have spent the past year compulsively worrying about it - whether I caused it somehow, whether it's going to affect my ability to work, as well as feeling guilty and ashamed about it.
It's awful because different doctors have told me different things. Since I have normal hearing, one doctor told me that it was all caused by anxiety, that essentially hearing such noises is normal but most people's brains are able to filter them out because they don't cause them anxiety. So he prescribed me anti-depressants. But another doctor told me that the anti-depressants won't help because my tinnitus was likely caused by using headphones for music. I never had them that loud but I did use them often so, maybe, but there's no way to be sure.
All this uncertainty has turned me into a very anxious person! I feel scared all the time - every time I hear the noises (which is pretty often) I get strong anxiety. I know people talk about habituation, is there any way I can speed this up? Also, if anyone has any theories about why I have t in the first place from what I've said, I'd love that too.
Many thanks for reading!