Greetings from the frozen tundra of the Mid-West. My ringing ear continues to be a distraction, harassment, and anxiety producing symptom. I am working more intenseley then ever, making every effort not to heal as recommened by Steve O in past posts. Alan Gordon recommends as part of the outcome independence not to focus on the symtpom, to learn how to ignore it, "success is measured by how little you care." But, Dr. Schubiner's book outines the way to talk to your brain and using a variety of methods including physical touch with verbal statements to reduce symptoms and eventaully eliminate them. So I am in a middle groud. Ignore vs. attention with work. What am I missing here? What's frustrating with this symptom vs. my back issues, I like moving, exercising, to reinforce this is TMS and my pain subsides. With the ear ringing, especailly in quiet spots and at night, it's difficult to ignore or just to keep busy in a noisy world to not focus on the symptom. Thank you. Sometimes I feel like I'm bothering the support group for just not "getting this." Merry Christmas.