Already Struggled with Depression and Anxiety — And Now Tinnitus for Several Weeks

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Gen61, Nov 26, 2020.

    1. Gen61

      Gen61 Member

      Location:
      Arizona
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/6/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hello. I'm Gen and I've been struggling with tinnitus for several weeks now. Saw an ENT and it seems that I am just going to have to learn to deal with this. Has anyone tried anything that has helped? I already struggle with anxiety and depression and this has made it much worse. Any suggestions would be so much appreciated!
       
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    2. TrevorSanders

      TrevorSanders Member

      Location:
      Ohio
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure/Ototoxic Medication
      Hey! I’m pretty new to tinnitus as well (~3 months), but here are some tips.

      1. Use masking sounds to get throughout the day. Maybe invest in an in-ear masker or hearing aid.

      2. Stay active to get your mind off of it.

      3. Exercise. A healthy body is a healthy mind.

      4. This is controversial, but maybe ask your PCP for a benzo to help you on the bad days.

      5. Lastly, stay hopeful. We live in a blessed time for tinnitus sufferers. It is almost guaranteed we will see a treatment in our lifetime.
       
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    3. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @Gen61,

      Do you have any idea what might have caused the tinnitus? Do you regularly use headphones, earbuds or wear a headset? Have you been working in a noisy environment or listening to loud music through speakers or in the car? Have you experienced tinnitus before even for a short while?

      If yes to any of the above please let me know and will try and help you further.

      Michael
       
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    4. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      There is still a chance that in about a month your tinnitus will begin fading. If that happens, it ought to continue to fade.

      You will want to make sure that you don't hurt your ears during this period of vulnerability as your body is healing. You will want to avoid taking ototoxic drugs, avoid microsuction or syringing (performed when you need to clean wax out of your ears; a manual tool should be used), and not let your dental hygienist use an ultrasonic scaling tool on you (a manual tool should be used). For more details, see

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/thread...eone-else-who-has-tinnitus.26850/#post-307822
       
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      Gen61

      Gen61 Member

      Location:
      Arizona
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/6/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you for all the responses. I really do appreciate it.

      Michael - I don't really know what caused it. I was slightly ill when it started and thought I was coming down with something but it may have just been allergies.
       
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    6. sabrina.t
      Panicky

      sabrina.t Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/07/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely TMJ Dysfunction from clenching and wisdom teeth
      Hey Gen! I also struggle with both anxiety/panic and depression. Tinnitus did make it so much worse, but I guess the only thing I can tell you to keep you going is that it gets better. My tinnitus started over 4 months ago and it has improved a LOT. The first week it was insanely loud. Now, it does not bother me nearly as much and I guess I just got habituated to it. That's another thing... if your tinnitus ends up not improving very much you can and probably will habituate and get used to it. It used to scare and worry me but now it's just more annoying and frustrating and I wish it would just go away. I wish the best of luck with you and your tinnitus journey <3 Everything will be ok. If you need anything, do not hesitate to message me. I know how depressed tinnitus can make you.
       
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      Gen61

      Gen61 Member

      Location:
      Arizona
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/6/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thanks so much Sabrina. It's nice to know I'm not alone.
       
    8. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @Gen61

      Using headphones or earbuds are common causes of tinnitus. If you use them even at low volume this is likely the cause of your tinnitus.

      Please click on the links below and read my posts. If you use headphones or earbuds, I advise you to stop using them immediately.

      Michael

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/new-to-tinnitus-what-to-do.12558/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-a-personal-view.18668/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/hyperacusis-as-i-see-it.19174/
       
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      AUTHOR
      Gen61

      Gen61 Member

      Location:
      Arizona
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/6/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thanks Michael. I don't wear earbuds often but I do have to wear headphones 4-5 hours a week to provide my services virtually. Maybe that is the cause.
       
    10. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Sorry to tell you @Gen61 Headphones, earbuds are the most common cause of tinnitus. I suspected this already but decided to go through the motions. Many people in this forum have noise induced tinnitus caused by headphones. Please read my articles in the link.

      Take care
      Michael
       
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