COVID Tinnitus Treatment: How to Treat Tinnitus If You Get It After COVID or the COVID Vaccine

Everyone, today I've got Joey Remini. She's a 
vestibular audiologist and neuroplasticity   specialist. And I've got her here today to talk 
about how some people are experiencing tinnitus   symptoms that have come on after having 
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symptoms that have come on after having um   having had COVID or having gotten a vaccine. Is that something you're seeing a lot of?  Yeah, I'm hearing, I'm getting people calling in, 
they're distressed, they're freaking out, they're   like no one can explain this and I have these 
distressing tinnitus sounds in my ears, in my body,   and it's after getting COVID or after getting 
the COVID vaccine. So yes, we are seeing this and   it's it's, I mean, the moral of this video is to say 
it's nothing to be distressed about. It is a change   to your body, and when we experience any virus or 
any vaccine our immune system is responding.

There   are changes within our biological system, and 
any change within our biology changes the way   our body produces sound. And these are healthy 
sounds, healthy body sounds, which usually we just   phase out and filter out and tune out because 
they're not important to us. And the number one way   tinnitus starts – so tinnitus is the sounds in the 
ears or the head that nobody else can hear. They're   internal sounds. They're private. It usually starts 
with a head cold, you know, a nasal cold or an,   you know, some kind of sinus infection, or people 
get their ears syringed out by the doctor and   there's there's, you know, changing uncomfortable 
sensations and sounds around the ears. And then   they kind of focus there, and then they check 
in there, and then they monitor there, and then   for the next week they're like, Is it still there? 
Is it still there? So there's um even some people   get tinnitus just when a friend talks about it. They're like, oh, okay, I've never noticed sounds   in my ear.

And then they start going, Do I have it? 
So it's like this shift in awareness of background   sound that's actually always been there, and 
it's healthy, that can then shift from being in   no man's land in the back of our brain where we 
don't notice it – so it essentially doesn't exist –  and then it shifts through our attention 
filters, and suddenly it's like right there.   So it could be pinging, it could be popping, 
it could be clicking, it could be squishing,   it could be static roaring, like there's it's all 
normal. Whatever you hear is your inner body sound.   And so for people who have experienced COVID,
they've had these huge changes to their biology,   their immune system's working overtime, their vital 
organs are working more strongly. And if you think   about any mechanical system, whether it's a car, 
a dishwasher, a washing machine, anything, there's   sound that is produced through that mechanical 
process through moving parts.

And the biological   mechanisms also have lots of moving parts, lots of 
fluid moving, you know, there's joints and bones and –   but at a micro level there's lots of neurological 
movements, and our immune system is sending immune   messages up and down the body, working really hard 
to keep us safe, to help us heal. A byproduct of   that is an increased amount of sound.

Then if you 
add on to that just regular normal immune response,   an intense attention to the sound, a distrust 
of the sound, a dislike of the sound, a confusion   of the sound, and a feeling of I'm abnormal. I 
shouldn't hear this, nobody can explain it to me,   I didn't hear this last week, why am I suddenly 
hearing it now? I didn't have this when I was a   little girl; why am I hearing it now? This must be 
a sign COVID's getting worse.

This must be a sign   I'm a weak person or I'm sick or something. So all of these questions are (a) unhelpful   and (b) inaccurate. Your body sound is normal. 
It's okay to hear tinnitus after COVID. It's okay to hear tinnitus after a COVID
vaccine. So the best thing to do about it   would be (a) get educational montana to citizen. I 
would probably say read, read my book I just wrote   for that very reason. There's not many reliable 
resources out there for tinnitus, and that's why   I wrote this book Rock Steady. You can learn about 
your anatomy, you can learn about your brain, you   can learn about how the neurons communicate 
to the brain, and what you can do to actually   rewire the mapping of your neurons, change what 
your body's hearing and sensing, change what your   body's feeling, and you can adapt to a completely 
new normal. What does that mean? It's reversible.   You might have tinnitus today; that doesn't mean 
you'll have it for a week or a year or a month.   You can change your brain and you can change the 
way those sounds manifest and the way those sounds   perpetuate.

The worst thing we can do is worry 
about it, talk about it, focus on it, try and get rid   of it, right, so start with education. Learn about it. 
Learn to not be afraid of it. And if you feel like   you want to use neuroplasticity to develop a new 
normal and go back to a new sense of peace, calm,   confidence, and ease in your body, you can simply do 
that by having a daily practice that teaches how   to remap your body, how to remap your brain. You're 
in control of the process. And neuroplasticity   is like any skill that you can learn. So a lot of 
people, for a lot of people this is the first time   they're really noticing their tinnitus, or the 
first time they're really experiencing it, and   it makes them wonder, What's the matter with me? And 
then the more they focus on it, the worse it feels.   And they get stuck in this cycle of it just 
getting, maybe perhaps feeling worse or not going   away, and then feeling more upset about it.

So most 
people have been given zero education about what   to do about tinnitus. They just don't know that 
there are practical skills they can use to learn   to heal from tinnitus. And and to be honest, that 
includes doctors and even audiologists. A lot of   health professionals have not chosen 
to specialize in tinnitus and what it   is and what to do about it. So because that 
hasn't been their kind of educational choice,   they're like, Oh, well, you know, there's nothing you 
can do; live with it.

Because that's, for them that's   their reality but – that's the only skills they know; 
that's the only skills they're aware of. Correct.   Well, I was going to say, in order to overwrite – so 
surrender and acceptance is kind of like one step.   That may not, that may not be everything to 
completely overcome the tinnitus, right, but it's   super important. The next step would be saying, 
Well, what I, I don't want to feel and hear the   tinnitus all day long. I need something else 
to focus on. Are you – I I say to people with   obsessive-compulsive disorder, use that as a, 
as a skill that benefits you. Get obsessive   about feeling calm; get obsessive about feeling 
at ease and connected and peace in your body.   And focus on that every day and every moment 
of the day, and obsess over that. So that's   what your brain actually puts more energy and 
more neural patterning and neural firing into.   Yeah. Because otherwise we can become obsessive 
over our symptoms and things we hate and things   we don't like, and we end up perpetuating what 
we don't want, right.

So we want to shift our   focus obsessively into how can I get into my 
body this feeling of calm and confidence and ease.   Right. So we shift out of the head, into the body, 
and then the neuroplasticity, um, therapy really   begins to take place, and we automate a new normal. And before you know it, you'll forget you ever had   tinnitus. You won't ever think about it again, 
and you'll create a completely new normal and   you'll feel back in your body and you'll feel good 
again. So we can change the brain by using these   um neuroplasticity techniques which actually 
you design, so it's a very personal process.   Yeah, and that's such an uplifting message 
because we – like each person has an innate   ability to heal, and experiencing a new symptom 
or a new um sensation like tinnitus can be really   alarming. But what you're describing is basically 
this experience of a new sensation of tinnitus   can be a pathway to learn a bunch of new skills 
that can heal your relationship with yourself and   with your other sensations as well.

And yeah, 
and there are some really practical skills   that, you know, you have free resources for in 
your website and in your book. Simple things   that can, people could even practice in probably, 
what if they did 15 minutes a day of a body scan;   would that be helpful? That would be plenty. Ii often recommend start with, so, five minutes   of your chosen neuroplasticity exercises three 
times a day is like a nice kind of beginner's   way to just dive into the process if you're really 
new to this. But I've had, I've had chronic tinnitus,   obviously a lot of my clients have that come 
and see me, and they not only overcome and heal   the tinnitus; they they get better knowledge of 
themselves and more loving kindness and respect   towards themselves. Their entire relationship to 
life changes. And so I feel like neuroplasticity   forces us into non-judgment, self-compassion, 
self-kindness, acceptance, surrender, and   really allowing life to flow in the direction 
that we choose. We take back so much control   by letting go.

It's like, it is paradoxical. Well 
that's, that's awesome. And I think that gives a lot   of hope to people who are experiencing these these 
sensations um maybe for the first time or noticing   them for the first time though. Some really 
practical steps are things like get, you know, educated   from a good source where um, like your book or 
other resources that offer some hope, that don't   just tell you, you know, this is uh there's nothing 
you can do about it, because they don't know what   there is to do about it. And then learn to practice 
some practical skills. They sound impossible,   but skills of acceptance and surrender, learning 
to uh get into your body with the body scan,   practicing loving kindness, and then some of these 
other neuroplasticity exercises, these can all help   with this process of resolving those uh, you know, 
the discomfort around tinnitus.

Yeah, and I know   on Emma's channel and on my YouTube channel there 
are more free discussions about tinnitus: what to   do about it, how to overcome it. So just immerse 
yourself in some of this proactive conversation   so that you don't feel powerless, helpless, hopeless. 
It doesn't matter if you got tinnitus from COVID  or from the vaccine. The cause doesn't matter; 
the process of healing is exactly the same as   anybody else with tinnitus. And i have seen time 
and time again, regardless of diagnosis, people   overcome it by changing their brains and 
changing their relationship to themselves. It's   always coming back to that neural signal that 
needs to be changed, that we're in control of.   This is the exciting piece: we're in control 
of how we relate to the sound we're hearing.   And that's how we change the long-term 
firing patterns of the sound signal.

We   can diminish them. Just like having a remote 
control and turning the volume down, we can   learn how to do that on the inside using 
our neural patterning and neural maps.   So it's very practical, it's very methodical. It's 
not a miracle. And anybody can do it from home.   Awesome. That is so great, so helpful for us. Thank 
you so much for sharing those resources. I will   definitely put the link in the description 
to your book and to the uh other resources   you have on your website. So thank you so much, 
Joey. Thanks for being here. It's my absolute   pleasure. Thanks again to Noom for sponsoring this 
video. Thank you for watching, and take care.

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