Andy Timmons

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    1. AnxiousJon
      Magical

      AnxiousJon Member

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety, Insomnia, and a Fan at Night
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    2. Sebastians

      Sebastians Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13/10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Guitars, loud girls and guns
      Saw Andy play a tiny club near my city a few months ago. He warned people to wear earplugs and not stand too close to the PA system. He is such a gifted player and a very humble guy, always making time for his fans.
      I was one of the few actually wearing earplugs and enjoying the show from afar. Little did i know a couple of months later, i'd end up with tinnitus due to an unfortunate accident..
      Life can be cruel at times!
      But his story is inspiring and proves one can overcome the burden of tinnitus, given time and proper healing.
       
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    3. DudeMannDude
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      ROVA
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      ??/????
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      Wow, he can play. I cannot believe I have never heard of him before!
       
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    4. Rina
      Energetic

      Rina Member

      Location:
      florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/18/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Really don't know
      Excellent post! There is hope at the end of the tunnel!!! Thanks for sharing
       
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    5. Dana
      Chicken

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      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      Wonderful!
       
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    6. AnxiousJon
      Magical

      AnxiousJon Member

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety, Insomnia, and a Fan at Night
      'Didn't think I'd get to meet another Andy Timmons fan; I'm so isolated. And you saw him in concert; so cool! He really does seem like one of the sweetest guys in the world; great to hear a confirmation of that from someone who has been around him in person.
      Though tinnitus is always tragic, I guess you and Andy are now bound togther by your love of guitars and a common hearing condition. It makes me feel little better knowing he's in our boat.
      If you're out there Andy, thanks for making my world a little brighter with your music and your story.
       
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    7. noisebox
      Loved

      noisebox Member

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      Thats a good interview. hes lucky guy to find a good specialist and that treatment helped him, also having a specialist who contacted him. In the UK we have nothing.
       
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    8. snow86
      Surrender

      snow86 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006 - Extreme T since 12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      see "information" on profile page. Crippled by extreme T
      Another one here...used to play electric gypsy (on guitar) back then when my ears could take it.
       
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    9. Sailboardman
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      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/21/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      Been a Beck and Carlton fan for a long time. Timmons has that combination, but injects his own style quite nicely. Hope he's wearing earplugs? He doesn't want to end up like Jeff Beck, who's another T victim in music.
       
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    10. Sebastians

      Sebastians Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13/10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Guitars, loud girls and guns
      Found this excerpt online where paul gilbert and andy timmons discuss their hearing issues. Seems AT did succesfully overcome his hyperacusis:


      AT: I want to say a quick thank you to you for taking some time to talk about and go public with your hearing issues. First and foremost, thank you for being so forward – I know some people can be so private about personal issues. Pete Townsend did it back in the eighties. I remember seeing him on MTV warning kids with their Walkmen about volume because he had tinnitus back then.
      As you know, I’ve had tinnitus for many years, but it really ramped up at one point, along with hyperacusis. And, the combination of those two things prevented me from listening to any music for a while there. To say that was a depressing time in my life would be the understatement of all time.

      I reached out to you because I knew you’d had some experience, and you’d respond with these very thoughtful emails. It meant a lot to me. I really appreciate the fact that you shared some insight and some wisdom. It helped me get through that time.
      Like everything, you kind of have to figure out your own path with whatever your issues are, but sometimes it’s nice to hear from somebody who’s having similar stuff to deal with, and know that you’re not alone. So, thank you. You were very kind, and I appreciate it

      PG: Oh, you’re very welcome.

      AT: I’m very lucky that I did this one re-habituation with white noise generators planted behind my ear. They generated a low-level white noise in the frequencies that had been diminished in my hearing spectrum. The thought there being that by listening to that for seven, eight hours a day, you’d kind of train your brain not to listen to the ringing.

      I did it for months, and it, coupled with some lifestyle changes – I was taking prescription medications for a variety of things and mixing them with alcohol, not a good idea – I’ve gotten to a point where I couldn’t be happier.

      The biggest struggle was the hyperacusis. For those that don’t know, it’s the sensitivity to loud sounds. With that I had to basically seal my ears completely for a gig. I had to ask my bass player to barely be on, and ask the drummer to lightly tap [laughs].

      I had two weeks booked in Japan, and that was rough. I got through it, but it was hard. So, I’m just happy you’re out there being honest; telling people to wear hearing protection because you think it’s never going to happen to you. You could talk to any guitar player our age, and almost guaranteed, they’d have similar problems – everybody from Eric Johnson to [Eric] Clapton to [Jeff] Beck. They’ve all dealt with these things.

      But, when someone like you can say, “Hey, protect your ears,” it’s great. Especially around the drums. I think the drums have actually done more damage than the guitars, believe it or not; or the headphones. It’s always shocking when you head back into the cutting room and listen to your headphone level from across the room [laughs].
       

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