You mention habituation to tinnitus and hyperacusis. How does a mindfulness practice promote habituation?

Habituation is form of learning in which an organism decreases or stops responding to a stimulus after repeated presentations. In the case of tinnitus, the person learns to stop responding to the sound, as it is categorized as no longer biologically relevant. Under normal conditions, the body naturally wants to habituate. So when a person is faced with bothersome tinnitus (and hyperacusis) my question is always, “What is blocking habituation?” Is it fear? Is it a block due to the brain’s misinterpretation or mis-appraisal of the benign, albeit incredibly bothersome, sound?
Questions as to how to re-balance the brain for an accurate appraisal of potential threat is one that has remained a challenge for the scientific and clinical community. Drugs, techniques, and surgeries to correct misappraisal remains elusive with inconsistent relief and variable results.
Mindfulness is a proven process for rebalancing the brain. With the clear mind, that results from a meditation practice the person with bothersome tinnitus is presented with the opportunity to re-perceive tinnitus/hyperacusis for what it really is, a neutral stimulus causing no imminent bodily harm, and therefore the gates to habituation are opened to healing.

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