Can You Habituate to Tinnitus If You Are on Anti-Anxiety Medication (Benzos)?

Discussion in 'Support' started by savister, Oct 28, 2020.

    1. savister

      savister Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi, I have moderate tinnitus that at times causes a lot of anxiety. To treat the anxiety, I am on Xanax .5mg as needed. I pretty much take it 3 times per day.

      My question is has anyone who is taking benzos been able to habituate to tinnitus? I know there are so many people saying benzos slow down neuroplasticity but yet others say it doesn't. So I'd like to hear from someone who has done both.

      Thanks.
       
    2. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      It is quite possible to habituate on antidepressant medication and will usually make the process easier. You should follow the advice of your GP (family doctor) and ENT doctor regarding medication. It helps to know what caused your tinnitus because in most cases something usually does. The most common is exposure to loud noise/sound. Typically it is listening to music through headphones, earbuds or headset at too high a volume or being exposed to other forms of loud noise.

      All the best
      Michael
       
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      savister

      savister Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thanks Michael for your response, it really helps to have some light at the of the tunnel. Some days things seem so bleak and dark. I have tinnitus from hearing loss and noise trauma. My ENT is no help, but my GP is more sympathetic and says it's fine to be on Xanax to reduce anxiety. I will be consulting an audiologist and therapist.
       
    4. Bill Arsenault

      Bill Arsenault Member

      Location:
      Boston.
      Tinnitus Since:
      Permanent and intrusive since 2017.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication / Noise Over Exposure
      Glad you are finding it so useful and getting some relief from tinnitus and anxiety.

      That’s what it’s all about sometimes-
      Finding which med gives you the most benefit-
      And giving up the ones you can live without.

      Take it easy.
       

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