6 Months & Tinnitus Still Going Strong But So Am I :)

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Jade, Jan 22, 2014.

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    1. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work
      Hello all you Beauties & Boy's

      Just thought I'd share a little hope with you all especially the newbies who are still fretting & thinking they can't handle this new curve ball life has thrown them.

      As some of you know my chronic T started in early July last year (2013) & much to my disappointment my new annoying neighbour is going strong and doesn't look like she will be vacating anytime soon lol.

      However I myself I'm good, I'm not in the "panic state" about my T anymore & if your sitting there thinking "oh she must be one of the lucky ones who has to put her fingers in her ears or has to be in a quiet room to hear it" your wrong... I hear mine even when I'm driving the biggest earthmoving machine's on the planet, I hear mine while operating an 800 tonne dump truck, I hear mine when I'm in the shower, outside when all the crazy neighbourhood kids are screaming and playing loudly around me, I hear mine everywhere, every moment of every day, I just don't let it control me anymore.
      I used to be (pre T days) an outgoing, turn the music up as loud as it can go kind of girl....then one day I noticed this ringing in my ear's... of course I consulted Dr Goggle & found millions of search results on T and all this doom and gloom, not the kind of stuff you want to hear when your heart is already in your throat, but you know what I didn't find ANYTHING, ANYTHING positive, the only success stories I found were scams trying to sell me some bullshit to make it all go away and well if your sitting here reading this you know they don't. So I stopped, I stopped listening to music, started wearing these terrible fluro orange hi-vis earplugs like all the time at work ( I know what your thinking hottie right? lol) and plugging my ears when ever I was around even moderately noisy environments. By doing this I made my ears even more sensitive...... So I started asking, I asked anyone who I trusted at work (as industrial deafness & T is not something you want to promote in my industry) & I found 70% of the guys I asked had it & had had it for years! But they didn't let it ruin them or their social lives, It didn't bother them??! Even blokes younger then me! I was dumbfounded, I couldn't believe that these boys & men were not as effected as I was about this ringing in my ears, they still go to festivals, concerts, listen to crazy loud music but they just didn't have the "emotion" (panic, dread, fear)attached to it like I did. So I thought... fuck it, that's it no more. Little by little I started introducing things back into my life, music was first, then going to the movies (hair down with earplugs) and I am now starting to use my Beats headphones again, I fly twice every 5 days ( for work) so that hasn't affected my T for better or worse & when I hear my T or shall I say when I give it attention I am just like "pffft you again" and just go about what I am doing. This in no way doesn't mean I don't still have my bad days where I cant sleep or my T is louder then normal but unfortunately that's just how its going to roll but at least I am having so many more good days then bad & you will too. This forum has been a godsend to me, I truly am so thankful to the administrator's of tinnitustalk.com I can not thank them enough, I don't come on here that much anymore but I pop in maybe once every 1 to 2 weeks just to see some of the beautiful faces I have met along this journey, I hope you all find a happy medium like I have & habituate.

      So that is it, I just wanted to share with you that it does get better, you get better, life goes on and you can do all those fun things again, maybe just with some new furo hi-vis earplugs lol

      Peace out xxx
       
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    2. EdnaLegume
      Cheeky

      EdnaLegume Member

      Location:
      Maryland
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1999
      Posts like this are so vital for everyone to read! Love reading this!!!
       
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    3. Tenna
      Anime

      Tenna Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      We need this in the success section too! :giggle: Bookmarking
       
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    4. Denny

      Denny Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2013
      Great post jade. To continue working in the same industry after what you
      Have been thru is sheer willpower. How do you do it considering how loud your
      Job must be?
       
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    5. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      Rock on, girl. Glad you stopped constantly wearing the plugs... it really can make you more sensitive to noise.
      Thanks for popping in and letting us know what's up.
       
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    6. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Thank you so much for this post ... you have given me hope for my future, bless you!!!
       
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    7. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Great success story and you did it within a year. Congrats. That is a wonderful story for the newer sufferers. I have similar experience finding out that many people in my social circle had T or still having it but not affected aversely like I did. The specialist who prescribed me anti-depressant said he has T since a young man. Yet he made it to medical school without letting T ruin his life. The janitor couple of our office told me they both had T many years ago. It hurt them to the point that they went to see their family doctors for it and was told to just live with it (what else is new). They somehow managed to live decades with T. They told me they just put a sound generator machine in their bedroom. I guess that is their form of masking. A family friend who was known to have fiery temper somehow seems to have no problem with her T. You would think her T must be mild. Not from her description. She said her T was so loud she sometimes couldn't hear what people were saying to her. She joked that once she couldn't even hear the siren of a fire truck approaching her apartment block because of a false fire alarm. She somehow could handle the loud ringing and told me she trusts she would get used to the ringing, which she obviously did as she is quite socially active attending parties and social functions. Some people seem to have different DNA which either immunize them from extreme reaction with T or they seem to have the gifted herding attitude to flow with life's challenges without strong emotions. LOL. But we surely can borrow strength from these folks and learn to moderate our reactions to T as Jade obviously does. The result can be quite drastic. Without the negative emotions, T ringing is just a irritation and can be tolerated.
       
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    8. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      You're a shining example of victory.
       
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    9. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work
      Hi @Denny,

      Unfortunately I have 3 mortgages, 2 car loans & support my family off my income so the will power comes from a financial angle, however I work 12.5hrs a day only 6 months of the year on a even time roster & earn great money so @ least my ears sort have a break, sort of lol. How are you going with your T? do you know how you got your?

      Great hearing from you

      Jade xx
       
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    10. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work
      Good morning @EdnaLegume ,

      Thank you very much I'm glad you liked my post :LOL:

      Have a wonderful day xx
       
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    11. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work
      Hello Beauty @LadyDi !!

      How are you going? How is your journey with T?

      Talk to you soon have a great day

      xx
       
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    12. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work
      Hello @carol kane ,

      I don't believe I have met you before, thank you for you lovely reply :p. How are you going with your T ? Do you know how you developed it?

      Look forward to hearing from you, have a great day

      xx
       
    13. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work

      Good morning @billie48 ,

      Great post, you are spot on about the way different people react to new situations like T, that poor lady you mentioned in your post with the super loud T :oops:..... we are all so different on the journey but all so similar if that makes sense?

      Hope you are having a quiet T day and look forward to seeing more of you on here

      Jade xx
       
    14. Miss lavender

      Miss lavender Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/01/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus
      Good on you Jade! Such an inspiration... I remember when you first came on board TT. You have come such a long way. Bless. Xx
       
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    15. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work

      Hello there @I who love music,

      Nawww thank you so much for you lovely post, we are all victorious on here trying to make little victories one step at a time to recover and regain our lives back, How are your "little victories" going?

      Look forward to hearing from you

      Jade xx
       
    16. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work
      Hahahah good morning @Miss lavender,

      Oh I'm sure you do lol every 10mins or so I was glued to this forum, reading EVERRRRYTHING..... asking all of you T guru's 20 questions about anything to do with T. Hope you are well and wonderful Miss Lavender as you deserve nothing less

      Mwah xxxx
       
    17. Denny

      Denny Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2013

      Jade I cannot pick one specific thing that may have caused my t it maybe from
      Stress,medications or noise exposure
       
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    18. Jeff M.
      Cowabunga

      Jeff M. Member Benefactor

      Location:
      La Jolla, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct. 2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      What's up Jade?! Great post!! Some of the newbies in the "Introduce Yourself" thread NEED to read this! I am so stoked you've "made it to the other side"!!! I just recent arrived as well. My T freakin sucks, but I am moving on. Thanks for sharing and, as you mentioned, so thankful for TT so we can all share our ups and downs (hopefully more and more ups!!)!!

      Peace
       
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    19. Amelia
      Daring

      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      So good to hear from you @Jade!
      I felt a bit of an affinity with you - both our T onset around the same time, we are of the same age and I'm from a mining background also (although Id say you are much cooler than me haha)

      I'm thrilled you are doing so well! And it's very true what you say about industrial deafness and T not being spoken about in the mining industry, but the more you talk to people the moreyou realize the industry is rife with it :(
       
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    20. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      40 years of T, Jade. Seems like everyone I know, friends and family have some degree of it.
       
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    21. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Hi Jade, no we haven't met before i'm new 11 weeks in, i'm still not accepting t as part of my life and i still feel devastated by it!!! reading your post gave me hope that maybe i do still have a future if i can learn to ignore it and not let it rule me, but i'm not doing great on that score, it's all i think about each and every day. The cause i think came from Citalopram AD, i had taken for some years low dose, i then started taking low dose aspirin as i'm a smoker and thought i need to keep my blood thin to ward off strokes etc, i think the mixture of those two drugs weakened my ears i didn't know anything about t then, and to finish me off my husband done some very loud drilling in the house the drill bit was blunt and the sound was horrific, but still i had no idea about ear protection etc. 36hrs after the drilling i woke up with ringing and drumming in my ears and it's been like that ever since. Thanks for asking, and have a fantastic day.
       
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    22. patty

      patty Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      This is really uplifting to hear your success story. It helps a lot to new folks with this like myself. I seem to be pretty good during the day, but sleeping at night is my challenge. On meds right now, hoping that will change in time. Have a great day.
       
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    23. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Jade -- Thanks for the wonderful post!! I'm so proud of you, and how far you've come in only 6 months. You definitely have the right attitude, and I'm glad you came back to post this for others. Beautiful story, beautiful lady!!

      Best wishes and hugs,
      Karen
       
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    24. Per

      Per Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Thanks for sharing. And this is what my ENT and my audiologist don't want me to read. Can you believe that? They're so ignorant. The all so familiar "stay away from forums" line is so provocative. I got that again on my last assessment, this time I returned an honest reply.
       
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    25. Kimbo Slice
      Balanced

      Kimbo Slice Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Hey, us boy's are beautiful too you know. Look at my sexy beard. ;)
       
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    26. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work
      Hey @Jeff M. !
      Congratulations, the d├ęcor on the "habituated side" is so much more pleasing isn't it lol. Glad you could join me, it feels so good to not be, plugging my ears 24/7 just to make sure that awful sound was coming from inside my head not externally.

      Hope your having a great day & great to hear from you

      xx
       
    27. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work

      Hello @Amelia ,

      How are you lovely? Yes you are so right in saying that about the mining industry & how T is rife in it, what do you do in the mines? It's so nice to meet another female out here as well as around the same age ( how old are you if you don't mind me asking Amelia?):D

      Hope you are having a great day, look forward to hearing from you xo
       
    28. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work

      Well lovely to meet you @carol kane ( even under the circumstances)

      11 weeks in gosh I was still checking this forum a hundred times a day trying to find some form of normality and calm..... How are you coping? Do you have T in both ears and what would you say your sounds like? As we are all different with what we hear some have it one ear some have it in both like myself.

      Hope to hear from you soon xo
       
    29. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work

      Well hello there lovely lady @Karen
      So good to hear from you and thank you for your beautiful words, hope you are doing fabulously as for the "beautiful faces I have met along the way" you are one of them & thank you for all your support during my darkest days with T, they are certainly not forgotten

      Mwah Jade xo
       
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    30. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work
      Hahaha @Kimbo Slice your beard is deffo impressive, nothing better then a man with dapper facial hair ;)
       
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