2 Weeks and 2 Days with Tinnitus

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    1. wtftinnitus

      wtftinnitus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music exposure
      Having tinnitus the last 2 weeks and 2 days, I decided to share my experience and hopefully find some people that might be in the same state of mind as mine, and could give me some valuable tips... Let me just say that I'm 28 years old and living in Europe.

      So, three weeks ago after a 4 hours exposure to very loud music, my ears felt a bit weird (like I'm in the water) and most of sounds seemed louder than they should be... I thought that a good sleep would help getting them back to normal but next day the "fullness" was still there... However, after a couple of days my hearing was back to normal and only a minor sensitivity in some sounds remained and a very very low ringing in the back of my head, which at that point I thought, was nothing to worry about... That's why, a week after that, I decided to go to a hip-hop concert, where the music was again incredible loud and I had again no earplugs.. So I decided to stay as far as possible from the speakers (literally sitting in the entrance of the music hall) and put some tissue paper in my ears (at that point it seemed to help)

      But when the concert was finished, I realized that my ears were completely fucked up, since I could hear a clear ringing in my left ear. After two days I visited an ENT, had an hearing test (Up to 8Khz) where no hearing loss was found and she prescribed me prednisolone for 10 days and told me that there are high chances the problem will get away and just not to think about it...

      However, that was the point, where the slippery slope started... Having stress disorder and depression for almost two years along with minor hypochondria, and being currently under an extremely stressful situation and mild-severe depressive episode, I could do nothing else but think about my tinnitus... Within the week after the concert, I started experiencing extreme sensitivity in everyday sounds, whereas the tinnitus was becoming louder and louder (especially at nights) and the pills didn't seem to make any difference at all. My mental state was deteriorating rapidly accompanied with panic attacks, suicidal thoughts and generally loosing control of everything... I wasn't anymore sure what part of my tinnitus and hyperacusis due to the noise exposure and what due to my mental breakdown...

      So, I decided to visit both an Audiologist/Neurootologist and my Psychiatrist. The former one made several tests, including a hearing test up to 12.5Khz, where it was found that I do have a hear loss (however not that significant) as well a minor balance and vertigo problem, which I can't percieve (since its not serious)... He told me that hair in the cochlea were irritated but this time at a higher extent compared to the past incidents and will take some time (a month or more) but will eventually fade away. He also prescribed me betahistine along with many vitamin pills for 35 days. He also told me not to think about it and relax, since being stressed increases my perception towards the problem (which according to him is not that serious).

      On the other hand, the Psychiatrist told me that I am in the so called "fight or flight mode" and prescribed me Prazepam, in order to be able to relax and have some sleep, whereas he suggested to start taking antidepressants as soon as possible. Prazepam did actually help and I can now easily sleep even without the need of trying to mask tinnitus using music, whereas the hyperacusis symptoms seem to fade away day by day (although I still can't tolerate medium noise exposure for long period of time.

      I can now say that I'm not experiencing a severe tinnitus problem, nevertheless I realize that I can't get it out of my head no matter what I do. No matter how loud is the music or where I am there is always this constant ringing in the back of my head, that (awkwardly) seems to get louder when I hear noises.

      To conclude (since I already wrote more than enough), I would like to know if there is anybody out there, whose tinnitus came along with such a mental state as mine and, if yes, any tips on how to cope with the situation...
    2. awbw8

      awbw8 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Hey there,

      I'm glad you found TT, but I'm so sorry you're experiencing this - I think you'll find most people here know how you feel. I was 25 when I got T, also from loud music exposure - I also deal with depression and anxiety (before T as well), and experienced a lot of what you say you have - panic attacks, lack of sleep, suicidal thoughts, an inability to focus on anything other than the T etc.

      You did all the right things going to your list of specialists and your psychiatrist - it sounds like you're definitely on the right path. Make sure to wear earplugs in loud places from now on and take care of your body as best you can now - it will make it easier to deal with the anxiety etc.

      Yoga helped me a lot in the beginning and helped me eventually be able to go to bed without any assistance from drugs, this woman has a very short, calming and non-sweaty series of yoga I did every night before bed: http://www.amazon.com/Namaste-The-Five-Elements-Yoga/dp/B005JEKBUQ

      In my non-medical opinion, your psychiatrist was right - you're in fight or flight mode - your brain is focused on the T - that's why it may seem louder when you hear other sounds. I also encountered this phenomenon - you turn up other noise to try and mask it and your brain turns up the T because it's looking for the signal - which it can always find because it's in your head. Once T is classified as a non-threatening background noise, this wont happen anymore - at least that's how it worked for me.

      If it's any help, I wrote my success story some time ago, which has more detail: https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/the-light.5969/

      Hang in there, things get better and we're all here for you!
    3. AUTHOR

      wtftinnitus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music exposure
      hey, thanks for the reply!

      Right now I can't really see how I could cope with this for the rest of my life (in case my tinnitus is permanent), but I guess it's still my depressive side that "controls" the way I see the future/ my future... I read your success story and I hope at some point I would be able to see things by your perspective... I know that there are much worse things that can happen in life than what I'm experiencing, nevertheless it is still quite difficult to rationalize the whole issue... I also thought of starting once again yoga (I tried it last year, at a similar "peak" of my stress disorder and helped me a lot), or any kind of exercise but still find it difficult to motivate myself.. Nevertheless, your reply and success story were really helpful... :)

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