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Just completed my 4th week of the new semester. My second year as a college professor, 22nd year in education! Sep 16, 2022

    1. 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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      3. Forever hopeful
        Forever hopeful
        Congrats. You seem to be doing well. I am so happy for you. I am struggling. Acoustic trauma
        Sep 16, 2022
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      4. CRGC
        CRGC
        Congratulations! What field are you teaching in?
        Sep 16, 2022
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      5. twa
        twa
        @CRGC Integrated Reading & Writing, and Education.
        Sep 28, 2022 at 2:01 AM
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    2. 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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    3. 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
    4. 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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    5. 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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      4. MindOverMatter
        MindOverMatter
        Aug 13, 2022
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      5. Charburchar
        Charburchar
        Good luck twa!
        Aug 14, 2022
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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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.
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. twa
      twa
      1 in 50,000 people have hyperacusis. It is a rare condition. Leave it to me to be the outlier.
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      2. Leila
        Leila
        Same here.
        Apr 23, 2022
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      3. kingsfan
        kingsfan
        My cubicle-mate at my last job always used to check volume levels on his apple watch. He always said things sounded too loud to him, so I think I may have met someone with a very mild form of it. This was when my tinnitus was mild and I didn't pay much attention to it.
        Apr 23, 2022
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      4. Foamearplugssuck
        Foamearplugssuck
        I feel like it's underreported but more common than we think....at least that's what I choose to believe so I don't feel so unlucky lol
        Apr 23, 2022
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    15. twa
      twa
      Missing being able to do normal things like going to the movie with my son, going to a baseball game or sitting in church during the music.
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      2. Wrfortiscue
        Wrfortiscue
        I thought you were doing stuff like that? How are you these days
        Apr 23, 2022
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      3. twa
        twa
        Hey W, I am careful about what I do. I go many places and try not to let it interfere with my life, but I don't do risky loud environments like games, movies, and church music.
        Apr 23, 2022
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      4. Wrfortiscue
        Wrfortiscue
        @twa you’re smart. It sucks but not worth it… maybe we get a happy medium soon. <3
        Apr 25, 2022
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    16. twa
      twa
      Brief check-in. I am almost finished with my 1st year doctoral program & my 1st year teaching college after tinnitus & hyperacusis began.
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      2. Eleanor89
        Eleanor89
        Hello @twa
        So glad your doing well x
        Happy achievement x
        Apr 19, 2022
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      3. Leila
        Leila
        Hey, so good to hear from you again and congratulations on all that you have achieved! It's great that you stuck with your plans and refused to let tinnitus and hyperacusis drag you down!
        Apr 19, 2022
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      4. twa
        twa
        @Damocles, thank you, that really is encouraging knowing I might be able to encourage others.
        Jul 12, 2022
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    17. Eleanor89
      Eleanor89
      Hello @twa
      I’m improving slowly, little steps
      Although I try to not wear my plugs now while I’m out,,,,
      And I try to immerse myself in sound everyday….
      I’m so pleased your getting there, and yes there is a huge fear factor associated with this. I’m also having Counselling and wear in ear sound generators off the NHS a few hours a day
      Sending healing prayers
      1. twa
        twa
        Thanks so much! Glad to hear you are improving! Praying for both our recovery and healing.
        Mar 24, 2022
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    18. Eleanor89
      Eleanor89
      Hello @twa
      Lovely to hear your doing well….
      How’s your tinnitus
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      2. twa
        twa
        It's about the same. Some days it buzzing and not bad. Today I've had ringing all day. Those days are harder. Overall, I'm much better. I try to stay very busy and that helps. Blessings to you~ hope you are doing well.
        Mar 23, 2022
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      3. catchthebus
        catchthebus
        @twa I also try to stay busy too especially when it’s bothering me more. Glad you’re doing better! Stay strong!
        Mar 26, 2022
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    19. IntotheBlue03
      IntotheBlue03
      Hi TWA I’m 2 mo in and struggling and u seem to have a positive story. If u don’t mind me asking are u habituated and if so when did that start to occur? Has hyperacusis improved? I have reactivity I believe is tied to hyperacusis
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      3. IntotheBlue03
        IntotheBlue03
        No worries so very happy to hear that! I am doing better at month 3 of T & H.
        Mar 12, 2022
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      4. Eleanor89
        Eleanor89
        Hello @twa
        Do you not get sensitivity at all now….or does it still go up and down….
        Glad your improving
        Mar 13, 2022
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      5. twa
        twa
        Hi @Eleanor89, I do still have sensitivity and wear earplugs, but my ability to tolerate most sounds is much better. I still do not saturate myself in loud sounds, but I do not walk in fear like I did before.
        Mar 22, 2022
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    20. Eleanor89
      Eleanor89
      Hello @twa hope your feeling better soon….
      Are you still wearing ear protection whilst out or have you stopped using it
      Sending prayers x
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      2. twa
        twa
        Hi there! I still wear my musician's earplugs everywhere I go. I'm confident, but only take them out at home. I get plenty of time at home listening naturally.
        Feb 12, 2022
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    21. twa
      twa
      It's been 5 weeks and I have a bit of a cough, but mostly recovered except for the fatigue after having Covid.
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      3. Damocles
        Damocles
        Well done @twa! You pulled through!

        Now welcome to the natural immunity club! ⧹(⦁ᴗ⦁)⧸
        Feb 6, 2022
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      4. kingsfan
        kingsfan
        My ears are still ringing so bad since covid =(
        Feb 6, 2022
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      5. twa
        twa
        @Robster I talked to my dr, who usually has no opinion and he agreed that I should not get the booster. I still have vertigo and dizziness from both shots. @kingsfan, so sorry, me too, more clicking. @Damocles thank you! Yay!
        Feb 12, 2022
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    22. twa
      twa
      Day 24 with Covid, starting breathing treatments and antibiotic today to help with cough. Feeling better overall though. :-)
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      2. Forever hopeful
        Forever hopeful
        Oh no. Sorry to hear. Feel better.
        Jan 28, 2022
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      3. twa
        twa
        Thank you all! I feel much better, I have a slight cough still and the back of my head hurts. Weird, isn't it? @kingsfan I also have mild asthma. The dr prescribed Budesonide with a nebulizer. Drinking lots of liquids and Mucinex like clockwork with a humidifier helped too.
        Feb 6, 2022
      4. kingsfan
        kingsfan
        I take Trelegy and singulair daily. Doctor has me on a short course of prednisone right now. Wanted me to take Levoflaxin in case I have pneumonia but I'm not risking my tinnitus with that nasty drug. Also got a chest x-ray which I'll get the results for tomorrow.
        Feb 6, 2022
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    23. Eleanor89
      Eleanor89
      Hello @twa
      Yes improvement is slow…. But I’m getting there I’m eight months in now…. There have been improvements but I don’t think negativity helps especially on the forum with hyperacusis….
      I’m so pleased your improving,,,, I am still working from home…..
      And I am pleased your able to navigate through this…..
      How’s has your hyperacusis improved….. “””” I hope you get well soon,
      Sending prayers x
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    24. twa
      twa
      Day 21 with Covid. Today T is a soft electric buzz, interesting.
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      2. Guywithapug
        Guywithapug
        Day 21?? By day 14 I was almost back to normal. I wish you the best in your recovery.
        Jan 21, 2022
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    25. Eleanor89
      Eleanor89
      Hello @twa how’s the hyperacusis any improvements
      Do you feel much improvement after all this time
      I’m nearly eight months in
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      2. twa
        twa
        Hi Eleanor89. Sorry for the delay in responding. Still battling Covid. I'm about 15 months in, I'd say some improvement, especially in the area of hyperacusis. The first 10 months were difficult with a loud family and friends just couldn't understand. I think overall my ability to tolerate both T/H is better on most days. Prayers you are improving.
        Jan 21, 2022
    26. Eleanor89
      Eleanor89
      Hello @twa
      Sorry to here about that…. A lot of my friends have had it….
      How has your t and h been…. I hope it’s getting better for you
      Sending prayers
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      2. twa
        twa
        Thank you for the prayers!
        Jan 10, 2022
    27. twa
      twa
      I’ve had Covid for the last week. T/H have been up and down. Stay home, wear a mask, wash and distance. Take care!
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      2. Leila
        Leila
        Hope you'll be feeling better and that your tinnitus and hyperacusis will be back to baseline soon!!!
        Jan 10, 2022
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      3. twa
        twa
        Thank you! My classes are starting and I'm still coughing, not fun. Thank you for the kind words.
        Jan 10, 2022
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    28. Eleanor89
      Eleanor89
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      2. twa
        twa
        I’m good, recovering from 3 weeks of grading and finals. I finished my statistics class! After that holiday events were in full swing. Hope you are doing well!
        Dec 23, 2021
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    29. Eleanor89
      Eleanor89
      @twa
      Totally agree, you need to stay positive and immerse yourself in positive stories…. And look forward, that’s what I do…. And stay off websites if they heighten your anxiety….
      It won’t help your recovery psychologically….
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    30. twa
      twa
      I mean this in all kindness. If you are suffering with your T/H, get off the forum & work toward your goals. It was the best thing I did!
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      3. Damocles
        Damocles
        Have to say, it helped for me, that when I got my tinnitus, there weren't any support forums as friendly or positive as Tinnitus Talk. All I had was the RNID tinnitus forum; and f*ck me was that a scary and depressing place to spend your time. Pretty much had no choice but to stay off forums and learn to habituate elsewhere.
        Dec 8, 2021
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      4. Guywithapug
        Guywithapug
        That's exactly what I did several months ago and it was very liberating. Now I just check back every once in a while.
        Dec 8, 2021
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      5. Wrfortiscue
        Wrfortiscue
        Great advice
        Dec 8, 2021
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    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    US
    Occupation:
    Education
    Tinnitus Since:
    2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
    Cause of Tinnitus:
    meds/acoustic trauma