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Stacken77

Member, Male, from Sweden

This never ending battle is getting tiresome. Soon 5 months of full-time work. I'll probably go on sick leave soon to take some rest. Oct 20, 2021 at 3:28 PM

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    1. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      @Kriszti I've used earplugs almost 24/7 for months now. While it causes discomfort and slight pain, no sign of infection according to ENT.
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      3. Tara Lyons
        Tara Lyons
        Jul 3, 2021
      4. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @Tara Lyons What's not necessary? To use earplugs 24/7? I'd definitely agree on that, but hyperacusis has put me in such a bad place that I must have em' 24/7.
        Jul 3, 2021
      5. JPGL
        JPGL
        usa los tapones todo el tiempo en la calle y en casa tambien?
        Aug 14, 2021
    2. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      @kingsfan Does the acoustic guitar spike you, permanently?
    3. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Hah, the seagulls squealing cut right through the double protection and made me flinch. Wonder how many dB's that could have been... insane
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      2. Damocles
        Damocles
        Feckin seagulls!

        I'd like to shoot every single one of them outside my window, (although, that would obviously just destroy my ears, so.... maybe just hire someone to do it for me while I go have a coffee?).

        Can you believe they're a protected species over here in the UK?!
        Jun 20, 2021
      3. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        If it isn't my man @Damocles!

        Yeah, I live in a coastal town in an archipelago, so there's quite a lot of seagulls. Someone, please shoot em down. x)
        Jun 21, 2021
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    4. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      A year ago, I drove my Volvo 850 in the sunsets listening to 80's music. I knew I had the time of my life. I feel so deeply robbed...
      1. JPGL, Charburchar, Steph1710 and 2 others like this.
    5. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      My T has begun to be very low upon wake up, again. Of course it ramps up shortly thereafter though. For a long time now, it was always bad.
    6. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Had an insane fleeting tinnitus attack lasting minutes which oscillated in intensity between both ears simultaneously. Highly obnoxious.
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      2. Jebbis
        Jebbis
        That is very weird, sorry you went through that. Did it end?
        Jun 9, 2021
      3. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @Jebbis Yes, it was over in 2-3 minutes. Was really scary as it jumped back and forth between ears and continuously caused this feeling of "going deaf".
        Jun 10, 2021
      4. Exit
        Exit
        Been there done that
        Luckily more than 3 months ago..
        I had a thick hood on when it happened..
        Twice.. weird..
        Jun 12, 2021
    7. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      @Kriszti I know how hard it can be while studying. How far are you into your education? How much is left? Power through, never give up!!
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      2. Kriszti
        Kriszti
        Thanks :) I don't have many exams, but the hardest ones are left. In our education system, at the end of your studies you have a "school leaving exam" which consists of 5 different subjects at my university and I had anxiety attacks about them prior T as well, they are really effing hard.
        Jun 9, 2021
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    8. Exit
      Exit
      Yeah been there but I don’t think the fridge can harm us;)
      If I were you I would send all the neighbours a note in the post and say you’re sensitive so if they could send you a sms before they drill or hire workers. It works relatively well with me. Some people let you know..
      Hang up the note too because they’ll loose your number soon:)
      Wishing you good neighbours
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    9. Exit
      Exit
      Good luck with your neighbours then......:/
      They always drill a lot or make screaming noise just for fun..
      Woohooo!
      Iiihhhh!
      Uuuuhhh
      And the girl under me barks like a dog sometimes:O
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      2. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @Exit Thanks! Moved in today. Really quiet. Only problem seems to be my fridge humming that my reactive tinnitus dislikes a lot.
        Jun 6, 2021
    10. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Moving from home to an apartment closer to work to mitigate the road noise. A huge adjustment in life. Wish me luck, friends.
      1. tracyNYC
        tracyNYC
        Good luck! I'm moving as well, and chose the apt/location for the lower noise levels including (don't laugh) toilet flush. In NYC, apts can still have loud, water guzzling (commercial) toilets. I am tired of using earplugs in the bathroom. :/
        Jun 5, 2021
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    11. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      My bachelors thesis in software engineering just got approved today. Having suffered for 7 months, it feels good to get the degree now.
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      3. convolution
        convolution
        Good job. Keep up the good work!
        Jun 2, 2021
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      4. Damocles
        Damocles
        YEAAAH BOII !!!
        Jun 3, 2021
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      5. LilSass
        LilSass
        That's amazing! So glad you didn't give up. Congrats! :)
        Jun 5, 2021
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    12. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      I'm REALLY scared that I've done more damage with the Tympanometry, having bad hyperacusis and all. No spike yet, will report back.
      1. Farida231
        Farida231
        Hey, remember that this fear alone can lead to spike itself.
        Jun 1, 2021
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      2. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        Update 2 days later; no significant increase after Tympanometry.
        Jun 3, 2021
    13. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Just handed in the final revision of my bachelors thesis in software engineering. ;)
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      2. convolution
        convolution
        Btw, I am not gonna ask you which university will study at, but it might as well be that you will take exactly the same course that I took - Sweden does not have too many universities ;)
        Jun 1, 2021
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      3. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @convolution Wow, I'm not that good at math(just barely passed the discrete mathematics, hah), but it seems pretty cool! As I'm from the south, I've done my studied at Blekinge Institute of Technology, pretty alright institution for its field. :)
        Jun 1, 2021
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      4. convolution
        convolution
        I see! I am in Lund, not too far ;)
        Jun 1, 2021
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    14. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Did hearing test. Got like a 13dB(left)/5dB(right) dip around 4-6kHz. I think that explains it. Did Tympanometry; hopefully no spike!
    15. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      @Ava Lugo What type of reactive tinnitus do you have? Tones that stay elevated some time after noise exposure, or drop immediately after?
    16. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      I know that jinxing is real, but creaking in the floor does not seem to hit my loudness hyperacusis as bad. Minor improvement, maybe?
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    17. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Having a fantastic job opportunity. If I worsen, I'll have to quit. If so, plan B; study towards a Masters degree in Computer Science.
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      2. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @twa I hope so too, I love this job. The hyperacusis and tinnitus reactivity is really bad though. I hope, by the grace of God, I may persevere this trial.
        May 24, 2021
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      3. LilSass
        LilSass
        Keep the faith - it will get better! :)
        Oh, and you're right, Bluey is very comforting to watch!
        May 27, 2021
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      4. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        May 27, 2021
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    18. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Why does the dumb table saw start spinning right before bedtime..!? :')
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      3. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @Wrfortiscue My saw is most annoying when spiked, and it can be very distressing to listen to. In silence it is loud, but with environmental sounds I can't hear it. What keeps me sleepless is anxiety, not the sounds(yet). Right now, I sleep very good since my anxiety has died down. I still hear the dumb saw, but I just lay there and let it beat me up until I pass out.
        May 30, 2021
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      4. Wrfortiscue
        Wrfortiscue
        That’s good you’re at least of accepting. I’m trying to as well
        May 30, 2021
      5. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @Wrfortiscue I guess my volume is not all that bad. If it would have been worse, I guess sleep would be harder, of course. My main problem is spiking and reactivity, and that is close to impossible to habituate to/accept. But hey, we have no options but to move forward. It is what it is.
        Jun 1, 2021
    19. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Not gonna lie, Bluey is actually a really good comfort show.
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    20. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Noises like chewing is audibly much louder than they should. Is this Hyperacusis? Central gain turned up? Been overprotecting for 3 months.
      1. Anniz
        Anniz
        could also be eustachian tubes disfunctioning, sometimes mine open up and i hear my own breathing and voice super loud. just an option to give out there to think about, not sure about your cause
        May 20, 2021
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    21. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Eyy, that's some top tier ringing quality - in the right ear.
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      2. Jebbis
        Jebbis
        Same. Right ear. Yuck. Do you ever wish it was symmetrical?
        May 19, 2021
      3. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @Jebbis Oh yes, if I could have like a symmetrical hiss, that would be heaven. Sadly, I'm stuck with a multitonal unbalanced orchestra lol.
        May 20, 2021
    22. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      I think I'll have to move rooms... The roosters crows outside my window constantly, it's insane, hits my H. Not a minute without earmuffs.
    23. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Swedish fika now y'all
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      2. convolution
        convolution
        Pepparkåkor!
        May 18, 2021
      3. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @convolution More like kanelbulle and rulltårta - my man. But pepparkakor is fine.
        May 19, 2021
    24. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Have monitored my T 3 times a day in a spreadsheet since February. Now I've given up on that, and what a relief it is to not monitor it.
      1. starrynights, Tanni, Sayeed and 2 others like this.
      2. Sayeed
        Sayeed
        I'm the same. I was going crazy monitoring my BP and food. It spiked anxiety. Now I stopped and I'm a bit better. We can still enjoy life!
        May 16, 2021
      3. Tanni
        Tanni
        Yes, the best thing to do is the opposite, if you can. Try not to focus too much on it, and then your body won't be on high alert every time it changes. It's very common for T to fluctuate in the early stages, so monitoring it 3 times a day must have been exhausting!
        May 16, 2021
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      4. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @Tanni Yeah, I monitored it since it's unfortunately very reactive and spikes to a lot of sounds. I wanted to get a sense of the overall trend, so I plotted a bunch of diagrams. It was exhausting, yes, and did not help my suffering. I think I've collected enough data for now, haha.
        May 16, 2021
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    25. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Slept 10 hours after 3 consecutive sleepless nights. Rest very well needed.
    26. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      The lush greenery, sun on a blue sky, the peace and bird song of spring. How I took it for granted.. Life without ear problems seems unreal.
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      2. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        Have you experienced Any fading compared to how your T was last year?
        May 11, 2021
      3. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @Bill Bauer It has sadly not, and I've been protecting my hearing very well. I stupidly plugged up 24/7 since Feb because of anxiety, and have since developed bad H, TTTS and reactive T, so it ain't pretty.
        May 12, 2021
    27. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      @Kriszti I agree, I'd love to be able to listen to music. I got some bad reactive tinnitus, so I'm cautious. Do you listen through speakers?
      1. Kriszti
        Kriszti
        Yes, exclusively. My problem is that I used music as a way to keep the world away, to concentrate, and this is forever gone.
        May 8, 2021
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    28. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Is there a difference between a spike in volume, and tones "moving closer to the ear"? The tones in my left is really obnoxiously close now.
    29. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      My life is in total crisis; balancing graduation, job, and very reactive T. I'm planning to fast and pray, and repent in dust and ashes.
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    30. Stacken77
      Stacken77
      Bought a Logitech K280e Keyboard in hopes for quieter typing(since I have bad hyperacusis). Stupid space bar sets my ears off! Frustrating..
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      2. Mister Muso
        Mister Muso
        I have half a dozen different computer mice distributed between my laptop bags and my study. I keep meaning to rank them in order of clickiness.
        May 6, 2021
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      3. Charburchar
        Charburchar
        Have you tried using an iMac keyboard? The keys are almost flat so the "clicking" sound is very soft. They can be paired to a PC via bluetooth.
        May 6, 2021
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Sweden
    Occupation:
    IT System Management / Scripting programmer
    Tinnitus Since:
    10/2020
    Cause of Tinnitus:
    Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
    About my tinnitus (08/04/2021)
    Acquired through an acoustic trauma, October 2020. Ran a 4-stroke engine without hearing protection for a few minutes, threw some stuff at the dumpster and blew some stuff with a compressor. Hearing felt sensitive that evening and the day after I woke up with a clear ringing tone in my right ear. I also got hyperacusis; dishes were highly uncomfortable to handle.

    The following 3 months, my tinnitus improved slightly, I habituated, and hyperacusis resolved.

    Because of a spike, I became highly anxious and started to severely over-protect, sound depriving myself for the majority of hours. My tinnitus is now worse, extremely reactive(i.e. it gets louder in response to almost any noise), and my hyperacusis is a lot worse. Along that road I walk, hopefully I'll see improvements in the months ahead.

    About me
    Recently graduated with a bachelors degree in Software Engineering. Really likes reading, although it has become harder due to tinnitus. Christ is still on the throne, despite this hell.