18 Months In and Suffering — Is It Possible to Habituate to Tinnitus with PTSD and Anxiety?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Bevann, Jun 1, 2021.

    1. Bevann

      Bevann Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 27,2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hi, I’m wondering if there’s anyone out there that has had a diagnosis of PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder that has been able to habituate.

      I’ve had anxiety for 30 years. Tinnitus started 18 months ago. I have mild high frequency hearing loss.

      I do have occasional days where I can barely hear the tinnitus but, for the most part, it’s loud and so high pitched. I’m taking Klonopin 1.5 mg per day but I feel like it’s not working much anymore.

      Tired of feeling panicked all of the time. I’d appreciate any recommendations. Thanks so much.
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    2. Vicki14

      Vicki14 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hey, so sorry you too feel like this. I too have this and feel exactly the same as you xxx
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    3. Óscar PP

      Óscar PP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      My suggestion would be getting rid of the Klonopin slowly but surely. Benzos are the devil in form of a pill.

      For anxiety and PTSD there should be better options like antidepressants but you have to find one that works well for you. For me, Mirtazapine has been a godsend mainly because without it I wouldn't be able to sleep at all.
    4. Derek26

      Derek26 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Celexa/Noise Exposure
      I'm in the same boat. No hearing loss to mild hearing loss in the high frequencies and it's gut wrenching. I do have severe anxiety becasue of it I can't cope with the noise and hyperacusis. I've been taking ativan for a long time but it's not working as good anymore and i'm now addicted to it. I am now starting to toy with antidepressents unfortunatly. You are not alone.
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    5. erebus

      erebus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise
      Hey, I have C-PTSD and also used to be very anxious and depressive. Ironically, I've got tinnitus when I got better due to a combination of exposure to loud noise and stress of uncovering some hidden memories. I've only had tinnitus for a couple of month, but I think it correlates very much with the stress of dealing with my past. It also fluctuates in loudness. Right now, I can live with it. But sometimes it's very loud and prevents me from sleeping.
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    6. Meagan G.
      No Mood

      Meagan G. Member

      Portland, OR
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety disorder
      Hi, my mild tinnitus started during a period of my life when I developed a severe anxiety disorder in my 30s. I had anxiety attacks daily back then and the whole thing drastically affected my life and who I was. I refused medication and instead threw all my efforts at understanding what panic attacks were, what the mental cause of the anxiety was, and slowly brought my disorder to an end. I can’t imagine how habituation could occur while you are still dealing with anxiety. The ability to habituate would be blocked by being in an anxious state, regardless of the cause of the anxiety.

      Also, have you looked into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy specifically for managing tinnitus? Calming the mind is paramount in coexisting peacefully with tinnitus.

      I wish you the best.

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