How can I handle the distress of this constant, loud tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?
For the past 17 years tinnitus has been progressively worsening in both of my ears. Sometimes it is so loud and distressing that I feel desperate. My quality of life suffers. There is no cure, though there can be helpful therapies, and I am exploring them. My question isn’t so much about treatment, but about how I can relate with more ease to this ever present noise. I practice mindfulness meditation quite regularly already, and have learned to relax with many challenging emotional patterns. The tinnitus, however, has me stumped. If I inadvertently focus on it it gets worse. How can I not focus on something this large in my awareness? I feel like a meditation failure at some level because I can’t establish a sense of ongoing balance with this condition. How can my heart hold even this?