40 Years with Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Terje Larsson, Nov 22, 2015.

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    1. Terje Larsson

      Terje Larsson Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1975
      I think it started with a mild concusion and that I started noticing the sound when I was about 6 years old.Taht's 41 years ago so it's hard to remember exactly. Of course I've done things since then that weren't all that helpful. Like sitting in front of the speakers when my friend's punk rock band played so everyones' eardrums were bleeding, playing with fire crackers, playing electric guitar too loud :)

      Overall thoguh, I've been fairly careful with my ears throughout life. Simply because I don't enjoy loud sounds very much. 41 years with the same tone in my head, I'm used to it. It doesn't stop me from going to sleep and I don't worry about it for the most part.

      Ah, what else? I work as a social worker and enjoy playing blues and jazz in my free time as well as canoeing and drawing my own comics (nothing for Commercial publishing or anything like that). I live with my wife in a small apartment in Stockholm, not too far from the water.
       
    2. hoper
      Happy

      hoper Member

      Location:
      AUSTRIA
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Sorry Sweden for 4:1
      Greetings from Austria
      I will buy you a Beer if you ever visit us.
       
    3. Terje Larsson

      Terje Larsson Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1975
      Hey, thanks! I drink mostly the non-alcoholic kind but I guess you havce those too in Austria! :)
       
    4. Richard zurowski

      Richard zurowski Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      27/12/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection.
    5. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      I agree. 41 years is as long as I Who Loves Music who writes us the BTS method in the success stories forum. And you seem doing fine. So people can learn from these folks with long history of T and be reassured that one can live with loud T even for long term.
       
    6. Terje Larsson

      Terje Larsson Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1975
      41 years is so long that, well basically I don't miss any silence because I've never really experienced. In a way that makes it easier. If I got the T I have now at the mature age of 47 I'd probably freak out. Now, it's one of the most familiar sounds I know.

      Most likely I'd freak out if it stopped :)

      It has been getting a bit more noticeable over the last ten years and I think it's my hearing going down. Recently went to see an audiologist and she suggested a hearing aid. Might be the next logical step because I do have some hearing loss as well.
       
    7. Hunszi
      Alone

      Hunszi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2007, I don`t really know, got worse in April 2015 after a party.
    8. Terje Larsson

      Terje Larsson Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1975
      I don't have a figure on that but let's say I can almost always hear it through most noise. Not because it's louder so much as the fact that it occupies frequencies that I don't hear very well. The shower kills it, but that's about the only thing that does.

      It's a high frequency hissing sound, not very loud but always there. Silence brings it down, noise brings it up, bpth just temporarily.
       
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    9. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Mine is very similar to what you describe, and it is inspiring to hear that yours has been stable for so long... if I knew that mine wouldn't be a lot worse in another 20 years, it would lose some of the power that it still has over me.
       
    10. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      well, perhaps Terje is our guiding light of T stability over long term. Those of us with much younger T age can look up to him for a stable life with T. The future doesn't have to be bad or getting worse.
       
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    11. Terje Larsson

      Terje Larsson Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1975
      The first 25 years I didn't know that it was tinnitus. All I knew was that silence had a sound and some how I'm almost sad I learned about tinnitus :)

      I think this type of T that you and I have is the kind that stays very stable and is mainly caused by some sort of hearing loss in the upper register. Don't worry too much about it.
       

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