And I Thought This Was Normal.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by tinny_jim, Apr 8, 2014.

    1. tinny_jim

      tinny_jim Member

      Mid-Atlantic, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      can't remember not having it
      Hi all, I am so glad to find this support forum. My name is Jim and I am in my late 30's. I can't remember not having tinnitus. At least since my early adolescence, perhaps earlier.

      For me it manifests as a sound like a high-pitched cicada or high-voltage hum. It is equal in both ears evenly. The kicker is it does not affect my hearing. I got a hearing test a few years ago after visiting an ENT doc about sinus issues. He happened to have an audiologist in his office and had me take a hearing screening. I passed with flying colors. I am also learning to play the cello and my instructor tells me I have a good ear, better than his sometimes.

      I have learned to ignore the ringing. When I think about it, like now, it drives me crazy. I haven't read through many threads on this forum yet but it is great to know I am not alone. The little bit of research that I have done into this led me down a dead end when having no hearing loss with this condition is not fixable.

      Thanks again for this forum and I look forward to getting to know and supporting one another.
    2. Cassidy

      Cassidy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress Overdrive
      Hi jim,

      yes this really is one of the best forums! so much useful information and people who are willing to help and share their experiences :) you are definitely not alone! I only woke up with tinnitus 4 years ago and now it has increased in volume recently. My hearing is also fine, which is frustrating since you just wish you could explain this noise somehow... Great o hear you are able to play and learn an instrument :) although I guess like everyone on this forum will tell you - careful with your hearing! Do you have trouble with sleeping sometimes? How do you deal with it when it starts to bother you?



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