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jjflyman

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27 months after acoustic trauma and my T is still slowly fading. It takes a long time! Jan 14, 2019

    1. Mi1
      Mi1
      Hey! I don't have tinnitus but because of fireworks (in 2018) I have a blocked and tight feeling around my ears... It's already better than before but it's still there... Have you had this too? I wanted to send you a private message but it's not possible? Thanks in advance! Greetings
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        If you don't have any T, I would just give it time, you're ears should eventually heal. If it is a full feeling like your ears need to equalize or pop, you could get a little device called
        Eustachi Eustachian Tube Exerciser. I had great success getting my ears to pop and lose that full feeling using that.
        Feb 22, 2019 at 11:30 PM
    2. RoseFaith
      RoseFaith
      Hi jjflyman, your posts have given me a lot of hope the last few weeks. I was hoping maybe we could chat about it and you could instill some hope in me or some advice? Thanks, Rose
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Sure
        You can start a private conversation with me, I'll be happy to chat
        Feb 11, 2019
    3. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      27 months after acoustic trauma and my T is still slowly fading. It takes a long time!
    4. Allan1967
      Allan1967
      Thanks jjflyman

      There's so much talk on the forum about spikes lasting days or weeks but people rarely talk about months or years which gives people like me (already had T but then must have worsened it following basic piano playing who's now into my 5th week of a spike) a sense of hopelessness.
    5. Allan1967
      Allan1967
      Hi jjflyman

      I read with interest your post about how you suffered noise damage on two occassions and it took some time, quite a long time, for it to settle. Can I ask....how long was it before you started to notice the difference and was there anything you did in particular?

      Many thanks....Your post gave me hope.


      Allan
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        It took many months, maybe 6 months before I started to notice any improvement, and then it very slow, only measurable in months, not days or weeks. improvement continues even today, after over 2 years. I can still hear a slight hiss, but it doesn't bother me and it still is fading.
        I never took anything for my T, just protected my ears from noise and gave it time.
        Nov 5, 2018
    6. Santiago Biagi
      Santiago Biagi
      Hy man! I’m nearing my 12 month mark. My H is gone but I have really good days of T and some bothersome days. Did yours fluctuate like that? I have a pretty normal life now, just don’t go to clubs, never liked them anyway. And I have very high frequency hearing loss on left ear (hidden hearing loss, sounds not as crisp as other ear)
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Yes mine fluctuated, and still does. I actually had a big spike 10 days ago from going boating, but the spike has decreased 75% already. I read 2 success stories recently one took 2 1/2 years to fade, another took 3 years. So, it takes lots of time.
        Jul 19, 2018
      2. dpdx
        dpdx
        Santiago, what does your audiogram look like? Do you have a huge drop?
        Aug 20, 2018
    7. Kritish Gooriah
      Kritish Gooriah
      Hi jjflyman,

      Since the onset of my T, i have improvements and setbacks (the trend is it continues to improve (fews seconds i don't have T- T is more and more lower), my T is very reactive to the noise, but i don't want overprotect me, for avoid sensitives ears, do you have counsel for me please?
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      2. dpdx
        dpdx
        How are you doing man?
        Jul 3, 2018
      3. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Well, my small "spike" is gone and I am back to mild/very mild T. it is still getting better, but slow. It's been 21 months now
        Jul 3, 2018
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      4. dpdx
        dpdx
        How you been? Is your T still fading.
        Aug 30, 2018
    8. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      Continuing to slowly fade. I would say it has faded close to 95% so far. I am hoping for a full recovery by the 2 year mark.
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      3. dpdx
        dpdx
        You are very lucky. I am suffering even more then I did a few months ago. Each month is worse. I hardly sleep anymore. High BP.
        Jun 1, 2018
      4. dm222
        dm222
        @dpdx are you taking medication to calm yourself to sleep? maybe you should
        Jun 16, 2018
      5. dpdx
        dpdx
        I am also reaching my 1 year mark in September. I have not seen any improvement at all.
        Jul 6, 2018
    9. dpdx
      dpdx
      Any update?
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      2. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        I know at 7 months in I was still a basket case with loud T, especially at night when I was tired. Is it better in the mornings? Are you taking any supplements? Sometimes they can actually cause the T to get louder. I know turmeric made mine go through the roof at night.
        Don't give up hope
        I will keep praying for you (and for all people who suffer from this)
        May 23, 2018
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      3. dpdx
        dpdx
        Nope just vitamins. I also have severe H. I didnt have severe H before ear tests. I am wondering if its TMJ caused or the ear tests caused it. Before ear tests my T was mild after that it is severe
        May 23, 2018
      4. dpdx
        dpdx
        I am not doing good. I will be 1 year in with T in September. my T is a loud screeching/high pitched dentist drill that covers 90% of things (tv, peoples voices, faucets running full blast). I am seriously getting scared that it wont get better.
        Jul 27, 2018
    10. littleears
      littleears
      Hi jjflyman, I would really appreciate your input! I'm a indoor cycling instructor for the past 4 years. I taught a class in Dec. and then came home and hours later I had intense burst of tinnitus, hyperacusis, and ear fullness. Predisone completely cured it but shortly returned. Its been over 4 months and the ringing has not gotten any lower. Do you think my tinnitus will fade and heal completely?
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        exercise classes can get very loud with the music and the instructions. My wife and I always wear earplugs at the gym now. IMO you need to protect your ears from loud noise and let them heal. Most likely your T will fade over time,(maybe even to zero), but it will take up to 2 years
        Apr 25, 2018
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    11. dm222
      dm222
      Cases like yours are my only hope

      Got tinnitus 6 weeks ago and since then it has been hell...

      Since week three or so I notice I get T free momenta during the night but when I wake up immediatly it builds up and gets loud as the surounding noises begin.... Im talking about 30db instead of 25 during the night...

      Did you experienced this? It is so sensitive to noise...

      Also at work I have 40-50db...
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Yes, T is hell, nobody can understand except others who have suffered with it. Yes, my T was sensitive to noise to the point it would cause my ears to hurt. I had screaming T that was so loud I could hear it over everything. Please give it time to heal and fade, but it will be very slow to fade and might take 1-2 years.
        Apr 4, 2018
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      2. dm222
        dm222
        Hi,

        Did you ever got distorted earing....

        Like when you are hearing rumning water also listening a little hiss bip bip bip bip...
        Apr 7, 2018
      3. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        No, I never had any hearing distortion or lost any hearing.
        Apr 8, 2018
    12. Dij111
      Dij111
      Hey @jjflyman , when your T first went away, do you remember if you had any semblance of the sound - when you were stressed, working out etc? (if you plugged your ears for example)
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        My first T completely faded away. After aprox 2 years, I could not hear it even with foam earplugs in, exercising, or stressed. It went totally away. I may have had a slight hiss when plugging them but everyone has that just from putting years of life on your ears
        Mar 25, 2018
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      2. dpdx
        dpdx
        Oh man if mine went away like that I would be the happiest man in the world
        Mar 28, 2018
    13. threefirefour
      threefirefour
      Spell ICUP
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      3. threefirefour
        threefirefour
        Oh right. Nothing bad I just wanted you to spell ICUP. That's all.
        Mar 8, 2018
      4. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Are you a member of any psychiatric forums? You should look into it.
        Mar 12, 2018
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      5. threefirefour
        threefirefour
        Spell it nerd
        Mar 13, 2018
    14. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      Still slowly fading, I am going to take a break from TT for a few months. I hope to come back this summer and post my success story.
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      2. dpdx
        dpdx
        wonderful news :)
        Mar 14, 2018
    15. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      Continuing to slowly fade. just over 16 months in, I would say 85% faded.
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      2. dpdx
        dpdx
        Great News..
        Feb 16, 2018
    16. JSR
      JSR
      Set back is kicking my butt. It has somewhat improved over the last 3 weeks but I’m not back to where I was before the party. I can’t sleep cuz my T wakes me uplouder than ever but than fades (wasn’t a problem before). Luckily now during the day I can only hear it in quiet room and can usually mask it. Hope was in sight before setback but now I’m discouraged and worried. Do set backs take a long time to recover from?
      1. Red
        Red
        Ear dmg in general is impossible/hard to recover from so if it does, it'll take longer and be that much more susceptible.

        Welcome to the setback club btw.
        Jan 23, 2018
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    17. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      16 month in and still fading. I'm starting to believe it will fade completely . mostly don't notice it unless I am in a very quiet place.
    18. dpdx
      dpdx
      How is your T now?
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      2. dpdx
        dpdx
        Did you have H?
        Jan 28, 2018
      3. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Yes, I had H for about a year, but it slowly went away. I would say H is 90% gone
        Jan 28, 2018
      4. dpdx
        dpdx
        How are you?
        Feb 12, 2018
    19. JSR
      JSR
      Did the eustachi give you instant relief or did you have to use it a while? Did you have to exercise your eustacian tubes back to normal?
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        It helped the first time I used it. I used it for a few days (multiple times a day) until I felt I didn't need it any more. I still use it once or twice a week to keep my right ear from feeling full, but it was the best money I ever spent.
        Jan 19, 2018
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    20. JSR
      JSR
      Got T from 10 min loud snowmobile ride Dec 2016. At one year mark started getting T free days. New years went to friends with a six peps and no loud music but few loud spikes (yelling). Didn’t wear plugs. Now, T is louder hiss that can’t easily mask. 24/7 first week but second week it’s becoming intermittent and can sometimes mask it. Was always able mask it before. How bad did I screw myself? Did you have setbacks?
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        I had setbacks ( I still do), but the overall trend is it continues to improve. I'm sure you will be fine, it was just a minor setback
        Jan 14, 2018
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      2. JSR
        JSR
        Thanks! This was my first real set back, especially considering I was starting to get T free days sometimes several (took a long time to get to that) and to have it come back was very discouraging and scary. Definitely learn from this experience and will be even more diligent at protecting my ears.
        Jan 14, 2018
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    21. h-m-1994
      h-m-1994
      Hi jjflyman. On October 3rd, I was exposed to VERY loud noise in class and in a taxi, and then the tinnitus started. The good news is that the sound has been fluctuating, starting off as a buzz, then a hiss, and at the moment is a mix of a hum and electric static. I did experience a spike yesterday due to drunk family members, which hopefully will calm down soon enough. Any tips to help with the recovery?
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      2. h-m-1994
        h-m-1994
        Thanks for the advice, just so you know, I'm 23 years old. You'll happy to know that I have been doing all my uni work via referral, and have been using earplugs whenever I've gone out of the house. Chewing gum has also helped with the ears, in addition long walks and ambient nature sounds are also super relaxing for sleeping. My diet is filled with vegetables and fruit. I have stopped using headphones to help.
        Dec 29, 2017
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      3. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Yes, I would chew gum a lot too, it helped break up the T sound and would keep me calm. Sounds like you are doing great, and will be able to write your success story here soon. T is truly a life changing event.
        Dec 29, 2017
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      4. h-m-1994
        h-m-1994
        Doing that for half an hour helps to keep the time passing by, for certain. You might be interested to know that a few weeks ago when a family member went to do an errand, I woke up and it was completely silent for 4-ish hours. I will keep hope that one day I'll eventually regain my silence for good.
        Dec 29, 2017
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    22. Dem
      Dem
      Hey, can i ask you smth? When you had ear fullness and ET issues have you had some kind of weird hearing? Im almost month in my story and i noticed that while im in crowded, noisy places i hear voices weird, kind of muffled. Audiogram and tympanometry didn't shown anything wrong with my hearing. I was sure that cause of this is ET but then i read about hidden hearing loss :(
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Hi @Dem
        I did not notice any hearing issues either time I had T or ET issues, but I think everyone is affected different.
        Dec 7, 2017
    23. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      14 months in and I am starting to get my life back. T has faded at least 80% and continues to improve.
    24. w-drak
      w-drak
      Hello jjflyman, how are you? I would like to thank you for the initial support you gave me here on TT. It was (and still is) super important.
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Hi @w-drak
        Doing good. T continues to slowly fade, and my H completely gone except for sudden sharp noises. I'm just over 14 months in now and am quite a bit better I still hear slight ring and hiss in quiet rooms, but it is getting better.
        How are you doing? are you still seeing improvement? I full expect my T to be a total of 2 years to fully fade
        Dec 5, 2017
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    25. Llouiseandhector
      Llouiseandhector
      Hello how are you feeling I hope all is well. I was wondering aboutility the ear fullness I have been suffering with this for a good while now and it's worrying me. Mri and mra are normal have seen ent and now waiting to see someone who deals with hearing and balance I hope your well thanks for reading
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      2. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        I had ear fullness (and a slight ear pain) for 8 months after my noise trauma. I finally tried a device called a "Eustachi - Eustachian Tube Exerciser" it is available for around $60 at Amazon. It really helped relive my fullness. I would swallow water while using this device.
        I don't know what is causing your fullness but mine was because of the noise trauma.
        Sep 27, 2017
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      3. JSR
        JSR
        Did the eustachi give you instant relief or did you have to use it a while? Did you have to exercise your eustacian tubes back to normal?
        Jan 17, 2018
    26. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      12 months in now, T continues to fade (slowly) H is totally gone.
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      3. w-drak
        w-drak
        Thanks a lot. And thanks also for the initial reaction on my panic thread. I must admit I am fighting sometimes with my anxiety that appeared with T, this is important to overcome now.
        Sep 20, 2017
      4. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Oh, I was a basket case for the first 2-4 months. It was almost 6 months before I started "living" again (but still had bad days). Fortunately, I am retired, so I could just lay low (no job!)
        It takes time, time, and then more time.
        Sep 20, 2017
      5. dpdx
        dpdx
        keep us updated , you are doing great :)
        Nov 6, 2017
    27. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      11 months in from noise trauma (concert), T is 80% faded, H is almost gone
      1. Casper
        Casper
        Very happy for you my friend. Please continue to post updates. I'm seven months in (same cause as you) and I think I'm finally starting to see improvement. Has your progress also been very erratic?
        Aug 22, 2017
      2. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Somewhat erratic, but mostly just slow. I'll keep posting as it improves
        Aug 22, 2017
      3. Casper
        Casper
        When did you first start noticing improvement?
        Aug 22, 2017
    28. Rick Brewer
      Rick Brewer
      Hello JJ and congrats on your continued improvement. Every once in a while I'll search your posts and read a few. You are ALWAYS very positive and supportive to whomever you're posting. You're a good man JJ!
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        Thanks Rick, I appreciate that. I hope things are improving for you too. I'm going to post my entire story in the "success" area when I feel close to 100% recovered.
        Aug 5, 2017
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    29. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      10 months in and about 80% improved!
      1. Melike
        Melike
        so happy for you jfflyman! you got this !
        Aug 4, 2017
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    30. TheDanishGirl
      TheDanishGirl
      Hi JJflyman
      Do you notice improvement in your T month after month or only after several months? I'm 2 months in and i don't feel my T has improved in volume at all, did you notice slight improvement after 2 months or did it take longer?
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        I think I did see a slight improvement after 2 months, it is possible you just don't notice improvement yet, but it is happening.Just keep in mind that I know of one ENT doctor who said a reasonable time line for recovery is 1-2- years, so you are in the early stages yet. I expect you will start to see noticeable improvement over the next 3-6 months. I know you will get better!
        Jul 10, 2017
      2. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        just remember that the vast majority of sudden cases of Tinnitus resolves itself within 18 months. It just slow
        Jul 10, 2017
      3. TheDanishGirl
        TheDanishGirl
        thank you for answering my quastion :) i really dont know, some times i think it has gotten a bit better, other times i feel its the same or maybe even a tad worse...these last couple of days i feel it has been a little worse :/
        Jul 10, 2017
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Tinnitus Since:
    09/2016
    Cause of Tinnitus:
    noise (Concert)