Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer
Nick is 55 years old and has had an extensive career as a music journalist and writer at leading national newspapers and magazines in UK. Nine years ago, Nick suffered from sudden neurosensory hearing loss which also resulted in severe tinnitus. The video tells Nick’s very personal story from being, “quite an angry and intense man,” to recovery by internalizing the tinnitus. Mindfulness techniques have played an important role in his recovery. “Mindfulness didn’t fix my tinnitus, but it fixed my attitudes towards it,” Nick says. Nick’s rehabilitation was also significantly aided when he started to attend a specialist hearing hospital in London (RNTNEH) who addressed him, “not as a piece of machinery but as a whole person with a mind.”
I don't want to be me because of what I've got
Robert is a 48-year-old Londoner with a 15-year history of bilateral tinnitus. Robert has been trying various techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, whale sounds for masking and background noise, but they are not really making a difference. Bob knows he shouldn’t be fighting his tinnitus and should accept it instead. That is Bob’s big challenge, and many people with tinnitus share the same frustration. Bob describes stressful situations at work as less bothersome, because the work shifts focus away from the tinnitus. His best piece of advice to others in the same situation is to get professional help and learn how to manage their tinnitus — not just cope and survive with it!