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Nearly 8 million people on the planet and not a single one can tell me why reactive tinnitus reacts. Apr 13, 2021 at 10:38 PM

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    1. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      If I just had MORE INFORMATION—what happened, what is going to happen—I could at least live decisively and not with all this fear.
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      2. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        I love your avatar.

        If you had experienced some improvement/fading compared to how you felt two months ago, your T will likely eventually fade. If that's your case, there is no reason to fear the future.
        Feb 25, 2021
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      3. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        Feb 26, 2021
      4. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        My dream right now would be a definitive diagnosis and prognosis, and a real set of instructions on how to heal, even partially, not based on anecdotes.
        Feb 26, 2021
    2. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      "Whose radio is that? Oh, it's just the toilet flushing." A thing I never had to say/think before the distortions started "tuning" stuff.
      1. Steph1710 and aot like this.
    3. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      I wish there was a way to bypass the ears and inject sound directly into the brain. An "aux in" jack for humans.
    4. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      I think the ultra-high frequency sounds bother me most partly because of their role in localization. They appear to "cut through my head."
      1. Ylva and Guywithapug like this.
    5. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Calmer morning. Strict anti-inflammatory diet, meditation, full night of sleep. No promises (of course).
      1. Steph1710 likes this.
    6. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Trauma has frightened me into sharing some of my best original music, which I now can't enjoy, and everyone is praising it. Cruel irony.
      1. Anniz likes this.
    7. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      I've somehow trained my musical tinnitus to loop a version of Queen's "Play the Game." Not as good as hearing real music, but it's a crumb.
      1. Charburchar and Steph1710 like this.
    8. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Can I redeem my Tinnitus Talk trophies for FX-322 dollars?
    9. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      I just want to know what's going on in there. Self-diagnosis is exhausting.
    10. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Did we need an "objective measure" of pain to invent & approve painkillers? I don't think so.
      1. Lucifer, Steph1710, wwtsai and 3 others like this.
    11. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Woke up, it was *screaming* at me. Speed-walked some laps, took a shower, it's calmer for now. Wish it had a "hold like this" button.
      1. martinberryhorse and Bill Bauer like this.
      2. martinberryhorse
        martinberryhorse
        Same. I can get it down to a hiss but as soon as I go and do anything it spikes back.
        Feb 16, 2021
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      3. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        Reactive T holds you hostage like that, unless you're OK with plowing forward into the hornets' nest.
        Feb 16, 2021
    12. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Just think, a few short months ago I had no idea which end of the cochlea handled what. Now I'm a freakin' PhD.
    13. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      When I remove earplugs, I have a moment of relief. I believe it is because my brain gets more signal. It just needs even more.
      1. BrOKeN_1 likes this.
    14. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Look, what I said about "determination, not doom"—yeah, but I need to sleep at night too. Or any time. Whenever. Please.
      1. tracyNYC likes this.
      2. twa
        twa
        If I've had a pretty busy day, I am able to sleep. I need to be both physically and mentally active. You may already have a busy schedule, I also take time every night to watch a new or favorite show with a hot pack behind my neck before I go to bed.
        Feb 13, 2021
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      3. GBB
        GBB
        Video games and Xanax.
        Feb 13, 2021
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      4. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        I somehow got out of fight-or-flight well enough to sleep long and deep yesterday. Actually feeling *sleepy*, rather than just exhausted, was something I sorely needed. Had one earplug in, meditated for 20 minutes first, clean sheets and new pillow. Also left the heat off because the furnace is too loud.
        Feb 14, 2021
    15. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      What do you do for comfort? I find something that works for a little while but then it stops working and I have to find something else.
      1. twa
        twa
        I get involved in a project. Being busy seems to help most of all. Next, I would say taking a walk outside. Third, I do an online Bible study through BSF.org and I enjoy the weekly online meetings with other people, discussing the lesson and being part of a group. Fourth, spending time with my family (not ones that stress me out).
        Feb 13, 2021
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      2. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        That's all more advanced than me so far. I'm at "able to sit at the laptop for a bit."
        Feb 13, 2021
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    16. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      This whole forum reduced to two posts: "So-and-so recommends trying X." "I tried X and it made it worse."
      1. kingsfan, tracyNYC and Diesel like this.
      2. twa
        twa
        Man, I start getting down if I read throughout the forum. Now, I'm focusing on research and success stories.
        Feb 13, 2021
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      3. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        Yeah! The FX thread alone is like an oasis.
        Feb 13, 2021
    17. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Reactive tinnitus is, in some ways, the exact opposite problem from non-reactive.
      1. Charburchar likes this.
    18. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Starting to hear my phantom bass note not as one of doom, but of determination. We are on a mission. (High squeal is still garbage though.)
      1. Steph1710 and wwtsai like this.
    19. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Crap, all I did was talk on the phone with a friend and then play the bass without an amp for a little while, and now I'm being punished.
    20. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Email from a music-mixing email subscription: "How To Develop Great Ears" ... yeeeah, this would have been fun to read a few months ago.
    21. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Cochlear diagrams on the web are all confusing cutaways - anyone know of an animated diagram that puts everything in 3D perspective?
      1. musicblue
        musicblue
        My highly qualified audiologist drew me a snail like drawing with a biro, complete with hair cells if you would like this?
        Feb 9, 2021
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      2. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        Feb 11, 2021
    22. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Reactive tinnitus: "Yo, I heard you like sound, so here's a sound for when you hear sound to let you know there's a sound."
      1. Ava Lugo
        Ava Lugo
        Yea lol but seriously though...Fuck reactive T.
        Feb 26, 2021
    23. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      "It's just a sound" - yes, a disorienting and exhausting sound not localized in your physical environment.
      1. acute, Kriszti, wwtsai and 1 other person like this.
    24. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      The questions-to-answers ratio here (and everywhere) is so disempowering.
      1. aot, wwtsai, Steph1710 and 1 other person like this.
    25. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Reactive vs. Non-reactive = Pre-fader vs. Post-fader
      1. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        (A lil' soundperson jargon for ya there)
        Feb 8, 2021
    26. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Cursed maladaptive neuroplasticity.
      1. Bill Bauer likes this.
    27. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Also my right ear now feels full and pops when i swallow.
      1. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        I think this was a nothingburger.
        Feb 8, 2021
    28. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      Tea kettle and electric wasps at work. The low thing is in there too but less audible among the ambient sound & music. Hardly any beeps.
    29. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      My weird-ass reactive bass note is A flat (~100 Hz), but sometimes it's E flat (~155) depending on what sounds have been "imprinted" on me.
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      3. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        Weird, now it was at E natural... the radiator kicked on and it was a semitone lower than my tone. It moves around.
        Feb 6, 2021
      4. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        If this was a bad hair(s) or bad synapse(s), I would think it would stay put. Inflamed membrane?
        Feb 6, 2021
      5. Ilias T
        Ilias T
        Mine spiked yesterday and today it's a white noise fluctuating. The piercing sound stopped but it's torturing me when it comes and goes. The worst thing is that noone understands not the doctors not my family
        Feb 6, 2021
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    30. Keith Handy
      Keith Handy
      What does it mean that my onset was so slow it took me a few days to even notice it? Anyone else have that experience?
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      2. Ilias T
        Ilias T
        My onset was lighting fast. I woke up one day from my healthy self to the... Not so healthy me today. Lol.
        Feb 4, 2021
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      3. AfroSnowman
        AfroSnowman
        I don't know as mine was sudden and brought about by injury. It makes me wonder if a slow onset be from the opposite. Was it preceded by a period of stress or anxiety?
        Feb 4, 2021
      4. Keith Handy
        Keith Handy
        Yes, it was.
        Feb 5, 2021
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    Gender:
    Male
    Tinnitus Since:
    11/2020
    Cause of Tinnitus:
    Stress + sleep deprivation + noise