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Day 3 of ice storm, husband returned, now kiddo is threatening to leave. I just want to watch movies and grade papers. #everybodycalmdown Feb 2, 2023 at 10:37 PM

    1. twa
      twa
      Day 3 of ice storm, husband returned, now kiddo is threatening to leave. I just want to watch movies and grade papers. #everybodycalmdown
    2. twa
      twa
      Day 2 of being at home during an ice storm, husband left in his 4 x 4 & said he wasn't coming back, for the 100th time. ;-) Bring on Day 3!
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    3. twa
      twa
      Day 1 of being home during an ice storm with kiddo & husband. It's always a challenge because they are loud, oddly enough the dog is quiet.
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      2. twa
        twa
        @Ken219 it's very dry and a bit sarcastic. :-D
        Feb 2, 2023 at 6:17 AM
      3. ErikaS
        ErikaS
        @twa are you able to enjoy activities in the home with them, such as puzzles and watch TV/movies without it spiking your T?
        Feb 2, 2023 at 7:36 PM
      4. twa
        twa
        @ErikaS yes, we've baked cookies, walked on the treadmill, taken pics, played games and my T is fine. It's the stress of being inside mainly. I'm ok with it, but my guys both have ADD and it's difficult for them.
        Feb 2, 2023 at 10:35 PM
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    4. twa
      twa
      I spend half my day telling my dog to stop barking! Anyone want a self-proclaimed guard dog?
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      3. twa
        twa
        @Damocles, I think you'll have to travel across the pond. You can swing by here and get a friend for Guy's pug.
        Jan 28, 2023 at 1:09 AM
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      4. twa
        twa
        :-D
        Jan 28, 2023 at 1:09 AM
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      5. Jupiterman
        Jupiterman
        I run away when I see a dog, terrified of the barking sound!
        Jan 28, 2023 at 3:57 PM
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    5. twa
      twa
      So my husband tested his musket within earshot in the garage. Really?!!
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      3. Jupiterman
        Jupiterman
        What?

        For real?
        Jan 27, 2023
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      4. UKBloke
        UKBloke
        I can't get over the fact there's someone here who owns a musket
        Jan 27, 2023
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      5. twa
        twa
        @UKBloke @Jupiterman @Ondine @Lurius @Strawberryblonde @Wrfortiscue @JoeCuber@Sammy0225 thank you for the kind words and some of these made me laugh too! Thankfully, the garage door was closed, but the sound was so abrupt that it took me off guard. I did give him a piece of my mind. He apologized. He said, I told you I was going to test it. It never occurred to me that he would shoot it!
        Jan 27, 2023
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    6. twa
      twa
      Has anyone else noticed they are a human barometer of changing weather with their tinnitus? Mine changes to a ringing tone before rain.
      1. Lurius
        Lurius
        I've had that. I've felt like it's too random sometimes, but it can also be quite on point. I'm not sure what to think of it, but cloudy skies with a hint of rain often brings out the beast. But not always. So it's not accurate, exactly.
        Jan 22, 2023
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    7. twa
      twa
      Isn't it ironic of all things to malfunction in my car's system, it was the volume stuck on high from when my husband drove it???
      1. Sammy0225
        Sammy0225
        Did it spike your T??
        Jan 20, 2023
      2. Guywithapug
        Guywithapug
        Should have been stuck on low :)
        Jan 20, 2023
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      3. twa
        twa
        @Sammy0225 I don't think it did. Mine is usually a tonal change. I will get more ringing, instead of a buzz. @Guywithapug it should have been low, you're right. It was almost like it was on purpose, such a weird week.
        Jan 20, 2023
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    8. twa
      twa
      The radio in my car was stuck on a loud volume. We drove half-way to school & had to turn back. This is why I don't trust computers in cars!
    9. twa
      twa
      Made it through teaching my first 3 hour class today. I didn't notice my T except once & it was a buzz. I think finding another focus helps!
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      3. twa
        twa
        Jan 19, 2023
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      4. ashcash
        ashcash
        How does your hyperacusis feel while teaching? I'm supposed to teach a seminar in a few weeks but considering pulling out. Im worried projecting my voice to a large audience will somehow hurt my ears.
        Jan 20, 2023
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      5. twa
        twa
        @ashcash in a classroom setting for the last year and a half it has not bothered me. My classes are college freshman who are very reserved, initially. I have given presentations with T & H and they did not bother me while presenting. It may be later that I had more ringing, but it usually subsides and changes to a buzz in a day or two.
        Jan 21, 2023
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    10. twa
      twa
      Constant ringing tone all day long. The only thing that is different is that the wind has really blown in this weekend.
    11. twa
      twa
      For those who have experienced silence since onset, did you find the quiet strangely uneventful? Did you question if it was true?
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      3. Lurius
        Lurius
        I had something like this in the summer of 21. Ironically, my reaction was to celebrate by playing a wicked air guitar solo to a song I like.
        Jan 14, 2023
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      4. twa
        twa
        @Lurius, that's great! I was so stunned, I wasn't sure if was actually happening.
        Jan 15, 2023
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      5. Marshall
        Marshall
        I forget I have it every time I have a quiet day. So freaking peaceful.
        Jan 17, 2023
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    12. twa
      twa
      I accidently left the house without earplugs. I spent a noisy lunch & afternoon without protection. It was a challenge with hyperacusis.
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      2. Strawberryblonde
        Strawberryblonde
        Hope it all went smoothly despite the lack of earplugs? :) @twa
        Jan 12, 2023
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    13. twa
      twa
      I had about a minute of silence last night for the first time in over two years.
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      3. twa
        twa
        @JPGL thank you! I have been teaching for the last year and a half. I take breaks in the summers. I wear earplugs outside the house, except for yesterday. Big mistake, but I'll try to be in a quiet environment today.
        Jan 12, 2023
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      4. Jupiterman
        Jupiterman
        That is astounding news!

        I wonder if you teaching is helping your brain to ignore the tinnitus quicker?

        Hopefully it should keep happening and for longer periods of time.
        Jan 14, 2023
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      5. twa
        twa
        @Jupiterman I have been on break from school for the last month. I have been trying to sleep more, rest and take better care of myself. Thank you, I pray that it does happen again and more often. :-)
        Jan 15, 2023
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    14. twa
      twa
      I am half way through my doctoral program, by the grace of God. I started the program the same year T/H began, all things are possible...
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      3. twa
        twa
        @ErikaS thank you, it is amazing and challenging at the same time. I hope to work on finding peace and joy in the moment this year. I'm not sure if mine is reactive, but yesterday I forgot my earplugs and I spent the day out without protection. I had ringing all last night and today. The days prior to that I was having more of a buzz.
        Jan 12, 2023
      4. twa
        twa
        @CRGC Thank you! What is your PhD in? I have been teaching at the same time for a year and a half. I do not recommend the level of high stress for someone with tinnitus/hyperacusis, but I tend to seek out the most difficult path! Best to you on teaching this semester!
        Jan 12, 2023
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      5. CRGC
        CRGC
        Yes, teaching and completing PhD studies at the same time sounds quite stressful and demanding! Sounds like you are handling it just fine though :) my PhD is in international environmental law. I will be teaching the masters level class this semester, which means a smaller group. I'm happy about that. Thanks and good luck to you too!
        Jan 12, 2023
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    15. twa
      twa
      Just returned from a vacation cabin with my family. The guys had their own space & bunk room. I relaxed in my own quieter area. Perfect!
    16. twa
      twa
      Went to the State Fair recently. It was a beautiful day & I felt grateful to be there. I avoided loud rides, but rode the Ferris Wheel!
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    17. Jupiterman
      Jupiterman
      Congratulations, you are doing so well!

      If may ask;

      How do you manage your Hyperacusis while teaching?
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      2. twa
        twa
        My hyperacusis has improved, though i still have it. I wear musician's earplugs while I am outside the house, always. I think by managing hyperacusis daily, I am able to function somewhat normally. I do not immerse myself in loud environments, loud restaurants, movies or public sports events. I did recently go to the state fair and was fine. I avoided the midway with loud rides.
        Oct 19, 2022
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      3. Jupiterman
        Jupiterman
        Seems like a very sensible approach. And when you teach, do you use your musician's earplugs as well?
        Oct 19, 2022
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      4. twa
        twa
        @Jupiterman yes, I always wear my earplugs anytime I am outside the house. It has become second nature. I think I realize that for the most part, sounds are manageable. I just do the best I can to stay away from loud environments, but I don't panic if I accidently run into a loud situation.
        Nov 4, 2022
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    18. twa
      twa
      Just completed my 4th week of the new semester. My second year as a college professor, 22nd year in education!
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      2. twa
        twa
        @Eleanor89 I'm good, thank you for checking. I'm teaching and going to school.
        Oct 19, 2022
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      3. twa
        twa
        @Leila thanks so much! Teaching is hard, but I'm at happy teaching, learning and such.
        Oct 19, 2022
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        twa
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    19. twa
      twa
      I spent the evening at dinner with family. The restaurant was very loud & I wore earplugs. Next time, I'll take breaks and leave the room.
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    20. twa
      twa
      I am at 23 months since my acoustic event that caused loud tinnitus and hyperacusis. Most of my symptoms have gone away, except the T/H.
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      2. twa
        twa
        Still having headaches though.
        Sep 22, 2022
    21. twa
      twa
      Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I passed my Qualifying Exams! I am now a doctoral candidate!
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      3. NYCGuy
        NYCGuy
        Congrats!
        Sep 4, 2022
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      4. Leila
        Leila
        That's wonderful, congratulations!!!
        Sep 4, 2022
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      5. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        Wow! Wow! Wow! Massive congratulations @twa - you clever lady! <3
        Sep 4, 2022
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    22. twa
      twa
      I am completing my Qualifying Exams this week for my doctorate, say a little prayer for me!
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      3. NYCGuy
        NYCGuy
        Good luck!!!
        Aug 13, 2022
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        MindOverMatter
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      5. Charburchar
        Charburchar
        Good luck twa!
        Aug 14, 2022
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    23. twa
      twa
      I've been dizzier lately, difficult to pinpoint the cause. Maybe swimming more with the hotter weather. I did put my ears in the water.
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      3. Damocles
        Damocles
        For real Steph, you are a lizard! I should have remembered your future move to Italy, eh.

        But yes, there is definitely a limit, even for those of us who enjoy the heat, and that sounds like it.

        Don't get the refrigerated chocolate thing though. Have family who are into that too. Only chocolate that should be coming out of a fridge/freezer is a Mars ice-cream, if you ask me.
        Jul 27, 2022
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      4. twa
        twa
        @Damocles , @Steph1710 we have had 100+ degrees F since the 1st of July. We are breaking records and Texas is in a drought. It drains all your energy. I've started drinking Vitamin water to replenish electrolytes. I feel dizzy every day. Swimming helps some. We are going into the dreaded allergy season combined with the 100+ degree heat. Ugh.
        Aug 1, 2022
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      5. twa
        twa
        @Damocles, I am also of Mediterranean descent and lived here most of my life, but this heat is terrible. We try to stay inside from 10-2, even swimming earlier or later.
        Aug 1, 2022
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    24. twa
      twa
      Right before I went to the university my T was much calmer, almost a soft buzz at times. I am at 20-21 months out from my acoustic event.
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      3. BrOKeN_1
        BrOKeN_1
        Sometime I wish I had a particular event to blame.. just general oblivious living is the culprit for this guy. Glad the T is being mellow for ya
        Jul 21, 2022
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      4. twa
        twa
        @Wrfortiscue I've had some louder days lately. I think because I back to living with my two loud guys. I've also been going out and about, to dinners and parties. Swimming at the pool can be loud also. Its was nice staying the hotel by myself while taking classes.
        Jul 26, 2022
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      5. twa
        twa
        @BrOKeN_1 I know what you mean, it's hard to place my initial soft tinnitus. After my acoustic event, there was definitely a life-altering change. Thank you, hopefully it will continue to mellow.
        Jul 26, 2022
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    25. twa
      twa
      T has been louder since coming home from my trip to the university. A big difference is that I went to the hotel after class & was in quiet.
    26. twa
      twa
      It's been a year since I took summer classes on campus for a yearly residency (just a week). This year is much better with the hyperacusis!
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      3. Leila
        Leila
        That's great and what's even greater is that you didn't allow your hyperacusis to stop you from reaching your goals!
        Jul 12, 2022
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      4. Eleanor89
        Eleanor89
        Hello @twa are you still wearing plugs…. Whilst out etc
        So glad your doing well
        In what ways have you improved with hyperacusis x
        Jul 12, 2022
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      5. twa
        twa
        @Eleanor yes I wear musician's earplugs when outside the house. This year in class, I took them out for brief amounts of time because we were in class from 8-5.
        Jul 18, 2022
    27. twa
      twa
      So fireworks celebrations here in the US for the 4th of July! I drove to the end of my street and watched from inside my car with earplugs.
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      3. twa
        twa
        @Damocles love it! You made me laugh. :-) Thank you! Hope you are doing well. Take care~
        Jul 12, 2022
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      4. Eleanor89
        Eleanor89
        Hello @twa
        How have you felt removing them in class and for how long ….
        Do you not wear them driving. Supermarkets etc x

        Thankyou x
        Jul 18, 2022
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      5. twa
        twa
        Hi @Eleanor89 I would remove them for 20-30 minutes at a time, just to give my ears a break. I do wear them in the car and at the grocery store. I have found grocery stores to be some of the loudest environments during my day, also family dinners with my extended family are very loud. I also have a rough day after having dinner with my extended family.
        Jul 21, 2022
    28. twa
      twa
      When my acoustic event happened 18 months ago, I felt isolated from family & life in general. It's been 18 months & I'm doing most things.
      1. BrysonKingMe
        BrysonKingMe
        How's your T now? Faded since then?
        May 23, 2022
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      2. twa
        twa
        I have good days when I can focus on other things like work, school and family. Days with constant ringing tone are more difficult. I would not say it has faded, maybe 10-20%. Mainly, my hyperacusis is better. I am careful, but can tolerate much more.
        May 23, 2022
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    29. twa
      twa
      Has anyone gone to see a movie at the movie theater with tinnitus and hyperacusis, that is with ear protection?
      1. Rockman
        Rockman
        I haven't been to the movies but I was able to have conversations and watch TV. All changed from just a door slamming. I didn't think it could get worse
        May 20, 2022
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      2. Shelbylynn
        Shelbylynn
        Not yet, but i'd eventually like to work my way up to seeing one and seeing if it bothers me/my tinnitus. I did go to a drive in theater the other night and it was fun. Nice to be able to control the volume.
        May 21, 2022
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    30. Ngo13
      Ngo13
      Hi @twa, hope you're well! I'm struggling 3.5 mo after tinnitus & hyperacusis caused by baby screaming in my ear, possibly made worse by dental work. I saw that you had a similar incident. I'm having a tough time being around my son, worried about loud noise & it's making me depressed. I feel like a bad mom. Do you have any tips for how to feel better around my baby? Do you still struggle around your child?
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      2. twa
        twa
        My child is older, but yes I do. I take time for me everyday to go to a quiet place. For me quiet helps. I wear earplugs outside the house, always. I walk when I get stressed with my T/H. Wear you earplugs around your child, if needed. I do sometimes. It will get better, it took about a year to 15 months. I still have moments, but it is much more tolerable.
        May 17, 2022
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    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    US
    Occupation:
    Education
    Tinnitus Since:
    2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
    Cause of Tinnitus:
    meds/acoustic trauma