Anna, a newbie again.

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    1. Apenape

      Apenape Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/13
      Hey! I´m a 23 year old girl from Sweden (so my english spelling might not be the best)

      Until 2 weeks ago I lived a perfectly happy life, studying at the university, riding my horses, hanging out with friends and family and just being normal.
      Unfortunetly so is not the case anymore,

      My story:
      I developed my first T about 10 years ago, I really don´t know how, but it might have been from a concert in a church. It hit me really hard since I was only 13 years old, i remember being really scared and crying alot, filled with anxiety. But some how I habituated after I while, don´t remember how long. And my life moved on, I´ve been to many concerts since then, always with earplugs though, I´ve been clubing and going to parties since I was 16-17, never any problem with T. Maybe some louder ringing on the night when coming home from the club, but always like normal the day after.

      Then, 2 weeks ago a friend of mine asked if I would like to work a shift at the student clubs bar, and I said yes (and you can imagine how much I regret that now.) With no thoughts in the T for severeal years I went to the club, worked in the bar for 5 hours without earplugs, when I came home that night my ears where ringing like after "a normal night out" and I fell a sleep after a while. Waking up the next morning with an awful high-pitched sound in both of my ears. Since than it has been there, and another more low sound has arrived on the right ear.I can hear over almost everything since its so high-pitched, worst is it when I try to whatch the TV, it increases with the level of other sounds.

      I paniced, got bad anxiety attacks during the week who came, had to move to my parents temporary cause i was climing the walls in my student apartment. The anxiety, panic and regret (over working at that club even that I knew I had tinnitus since before) went so bad that my parents (who are the most understanding and supporting ever) took me to the doctor, I got some Atarax 10 mg, who should help with the anxiety, maybe they did a bit since I became totally listless. I could´nt sleep for over a week, just short periods, then the T woke my up.

      Now, I don´t feel so panicy anymore, just hopeless, I have to live with this my hole life, I can´t focus on my studies, cause I can´t concentrate on reading, I have a big exam coming up friday, and I know I will fail.I can´t eat which makes me so tired, but then I can´t sleep. - I probably don´t have to tell any of you here how that feels, cause you all know it

      I´m just so scared, I wan´t my life back, and I so affraid that wont happen, I´ve gotten suicide thoughts over the last couple of days, and that has never ever happened to me before.
      I don´t care if I cant go to concerts anymore, or clubing, it´s not important, i just want to be able to sleep, eat, study, watch the TV,hang with my friends, and live a normal life as possible.
      I more or less see this like the end of my life, I really really wan´t to live but I can´t, beacuse of the T.

      I know 2 weeks with T isnt anything at all compared to what many of you has been through, and I have the biggest respect for all you who are living with this.

      I would really appriciate some advice, and something to hold on to that will make me stay alive, since it´s getting harder each day. How do you get through your days? Is there any chance my T will be better since it has´nt been that long?

      Sorry for essay, just needed to put it all down in words.

      /Anna
       
    2. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      I don't like to give predictions, it's impossible to guess whether it goes or stays. :(

      It definitely is possible it subsides to the level you were used to before.

      Even if the worst happened and it didn't, your brain will adjust to it and it will not be that annoying after a while.

      Since it is noise induced, maybe take a look at Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO). It should be started right away.
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy.211/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/thread...er-the-onset-of-tinnitus-acoustic-trauma.813/

      I also would suggest not to concentrate on the ringing at this time. Easier said than done, I know, but if at all possible try and go outside, participate in activities other than sitting at home. Use sound enrichment. Two suggestions: http://www.simplynoise.com and http://www.mytinnitusmasking.com

      Also atarax isn't probably the best drug at this point. For anxiousness you could ask your doctor for Alprazolam (Xanor, Xanax) or maybe more preferably Clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivatril). These two benzos have helped many in the beginning. Just remember they are addictive (clonazepam less although it can as well cause tolerance, alprazolam is highly addictive) so if possible use sparingly.

      Suicide isn't an option. Don't even give it a thought. Trust me when I say that x months/years from now you will be happy you continued your life. If you are feeling suicidal, contact a professional. They'll help you, it's their job. Also know that for most the first months are the hardest. Endure. You are loved, your parents love you, your friends love you. Now you only need to be there for yourself and hang in there.

      Sköt om dig!
       
    3. Apenape

      Apenape Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/13
      Thank you so much for your answer, I will try to use the masking sound!
      Is there anything I should avoid from now on? I understand that i cant go to concerts, clubs etc.
      But can I go to à noisy resturant, the cinema, or fly on airplane?
      Or should I always use earplugs for those kind of activitice??

      I sucks so bad that My life feels over at 23! How old were you when you got it? How long did your habituaton take? Is your life back to "normal" now?

      Sorry for all the questions, just feeling so lost!
       
    4. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      No, you don't need to avoid anything. Tinnitus doesn't really limit activities. You do need to wear earplugs though! Hearing damage can be cumulative. Don't go overboard on earplugs, though. You don't need to wear them 24/7. Have a pair of plugs with you at all times (like in a purse), and put them in while around loud noises. If you've been around loud noises (bars, clubs) a lot, then it's possible you might have a skewed view on what loud is. Check this: http://www.dangerousdecibels.org/education/information-center/decibel-exposure-time-guidelines/
      Generally you should always wear plugs to concerts, gigs, clubs, maybe the movie theater too (some movies are very loud), some construction sites, motorcycling... etc... any loud places.

      If you enjoy concerts and gigs, then I'd suggest investing in a good pair of musician earplugs, like Elacin's ER25. These are custom fitted and the music will sound a lot better with these than with standard generic foam plugs. Custom plugs are expensive (like 1700 SEK and up), but one pair lasts years.

      If you have a smartphone, there are dB meters applications available for those with which you can measure. They aren't as accurate as dedicated dB meters, but still give a good idea of the dB.

      I'm now 27 and I was 24 when I got tinnitus. It took me a while to habituate, but it did happen, and nowadays it's a nuisance, but it doesn't anymore feel like the life is over. That feeling goes away, and it will for you too. The beginning was easier for me than maybe for some others because I had this feeling that it will go away. I waited months for it to go away, but it never did, and so it became a part of me and acceptance became naturally. For some tinnitus disappears altogether even after a long while, so there's always hope though.

      My life is pretty much back to normal. I can hear the ringing whenever I want, but it doesn't cause the feelings of no-escape, depression or anxiety any more. It definitely was harder to concentrate on anything in the beginning, but after a couple of months or so I could again concentrate. Your studies might suffer a bit right now, but trust me that you will be able to concentrate again and study, and hopefully it only takes a while until you are pretty much your old self. All this varies case by case, people are mentally built so differently. Others can continue their life really soon, for others it takes longer, but they'll get there too.

      By the way, have you had a hearing test done? Or has an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor checked out your ears? It would probably be a good idea to get a hearing test done, but you should opt for one that tests the higher frequencies also (the basic hearing test only goes up to 8kHz, but it's possible to test the higher frequencies too).


      Markku
       
    5. Apenape

      Apenape Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/13
      Thank you so much for your answers, i will definiatly use such earplugs if I go to a concert!

      Do you have any good advices for habitating? What to do and maybe wath i shouldnt do?

      I had a hearing test today, perfect hearing, dont know if that is good or bad?

      Did you also get your T from sound trauma?

      /Anna
       
    6. Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012
      Hi Anna, when you say 'perfect hearing' was there no decibel loss at all? I'm always wary when people are told by the audiologist that they have 'perfect hearing' because the first audiologist I went to said something similar, he said 'you have the hearing of someone in their twenties'. NO I dont. When I pushed him and asked to actually see the test results and print them for me I saw that I have a loss at 4khz & 6khz with 6khz measuring at 25db on his test (its measured more on subsequent tests). Upon further research I saw that the loss I have is a 'typical pattern' for noise damage hearing loss.
      The NHS guidelines here in the UK for 'normal hearing' are any loss up to 20db. But that only means that you can still hear adequately without needing hearing aids really. It doesnt mean that you dont have hearing loss. Just another annoying example about lack of tinnitus expertise in the NHS.
       
    7. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Do you know if the hearing test measured up to 8kHz or higher? If to 8kHz, it's possible you have hearing loss at higher frequencies, since you described your tinnitus as very high pitched, it could then be more than that.

      Perfect hearing is a good sign however I think. You want to avoid hearing loss, well, that's a no-brainer :)

      I got mine from having ears syringed. It started right after that. Non-stop ever since.

      Well, tips for habituation...

      Some would advise to stay away from tinnitus forums. Visiting them can draw attention to your tinnitus. Our own Jim has experience of this. I'm hoping he'd come around some time soon and give an update on how he's doing.

      Masking helps. The important thing here is to keep the masking volume at a level where you can still hear your tinnitus. That helps habituation. I earlier suggested the sites SimplyNoise and MyTinnitusMasking (Jim's site), check them out :)

      Hopefully you soon reach the point where you don't dread the condition all the time. Try and meet friends, go out to eat, go bowling and simply have some extracurriculars you enjoy doing.

      Continue your life and habituation will happen on the side. These are only simple suggestions, but truthfully that's all there is to habituation! :) Now the ringing can seem very loud to you, but as time goes by, it will ease off! Lycka till :)

      Markku
       
    8. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      ^^ Oh and up there Louise has a point. If you have or are able to get the hearing test's results on paper, you could scan them and paste the scanned image here (redacting any personal information). There are some savvy people here who could give you pointers.

      Markku
       
    9. Apenape

      Apenape Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/13
      Thank you so much for the advices!
      Is it dangerous to have the masking sound at the level so you dont hear your T?

      Dont now on which level the hearing test was, bit does it really matter if I have a hearing loss? I Will still have the T?

      I've got a remiss to the ENT aparment in the hospital and the have a special Tinnitus-team, i hopp that I will get a time there as soon as possible!

      Trying to ger through every day right now, its so hard, I sat on à lecture at uni today and thought "Why am I even being here, i am not even going to work when im finnished, cause My life is over".. That was a hard thought to cope With!


      Anna
       
    10. Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012
      Knowing if you have hearing loss would give an indication as to whether hearing aids could help you. I know you are young and they sound like the last thing you would want but some people do get relief from their T with aids.

      About the masking sound level, the rule is to always have it just below the T so that you can still hear the T as hearing it is the only way to habituate it, "you cannot habituate something you cant hear" is the quote.

      I'm really sorry you're feeling so bad. I understand those thoughts completely. I hope the specialist team will be able to help you.
       
    11. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Usually not. Some people's T is very loud though and also some people's T can seem to increase as external sound increases, so it's not necessarily easy to completely mask it. In these cases the volume can become too loud if trying to completely mask. Don't ever put your hearing at risk ever again. Be cautious.

      However, the reason for not completely masking your T is that it would hinder the habituation process. It's important you use masking only at volumes where you can still hear your T - if you listened to it. That is, if you want to do everything you can to help the habituation process go smoother.

      Yeah you will still have T. Knowing if you have hearing loss would maybe help if you got hearing aids. Unfortunately there are no hearing aids that handle frequencies over 8kHz (and I suppose your tinnitus is higher than 8kHz, and your possible hearing loss also somewhere there).

      That is good. Especially the part of there being a special tinnitus team. I think they will do more tests, maybe a new hearing test etc. Let us know what they say once you get to go there!

      These are thoughts that many come upon at first. Rest assured things are bound to improve.
       
    12. Apenape

      Apenape Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/13
      I had it on the lowest volume on my iPhone, the T started to move around in my head, really scary!

      I Will def tell you when i've been to the tinnitus-team!

      I hope it Will feel à little bit easier soon, right now its emberable!

      Thank you so much for your answers and support!

      /Anna
       
    13. Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012
      There are some aids that go to 10khz but thats the highest I know of. Presumably the people that fit these aids are also able to test your hearing above 8khz.
       
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    14. Apenape

      Apenape Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/13
      I´ve will ask the tinnitus-team about that when I meet them, but how would a hearing aid make my T any better?

      Another question i hope someone might have som exprience from is:

      I´ve been listening to Jim´s soundmasking tracks for two nights now, just short periods in earphones, on the second lowest volume on my iphone, i cant hear the lower of my T sounds when I´m listening but the highfrequency ones in both my ears are still there, but when I take the earphones of the lower tone is changed,for quite a while and then it goes back to normal, how the hell can that happen, and is that a dangerous for my T? Maybe someone has own experience of this)

      / Anna
       
    15. Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012
      I dont know how aids help T when a person gets the 'suppression effect' when all they have to do is put them on. Some people do experience this, (Carlover on here is one such). But longer term they are giving the brain back sound at the frequencies which have been lost so that should then cause the neurons to again listen in to that sound instead of misfiring etc etc. The brain should reorganise tonotopically. I think that's more long term. I wanted the instant suppression effect but I dont get it.

      I've had the T mimmick sounds that's Ive been listening to. It did it sometimes when I sued the Soundcure device. Also I was trying to pitch-match for a long time one day and after I'd finished, all night I could hear those pitch tones in my ear. Its very odd and I've no idea why or what it means.
       
    16. topaz

      topaz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/1996
      Anna, The only thing I ever found to help with really loud tinnitus was very high-pitched sound, such as one finds on the Moses-Lang cd (from the Oregon Hearing Research Center). The 8kHz-14kHz whistling pitch cuts right through roaring tinnitus, and you don't have to make the cd very loud to get relief. I was able to listen to it for awhile, get some relief, and then I'd feel more hopeful and would have the energy to go out and do something. Knowing you can find some relief for your tinnitus makes it easier to cope with.

      Noise cancelling headphones work better than earplugs and are suitable to loud environments that can't be avoided. Ear plugs, when used, should always be custom made or they don't provide enough protection. Most people with tinnitus find they can no longer go to concerts or night clubs. Motorcycles are out of the question. It's not the end of the world, however! There are still so many social things you can do, eating out with friends, skiing and swimming, plays, sports.

      Most of us go through a period when we blame ourselves for what caused our tinnitus. It's only human to want to hang out with friends. We don't deliberately bring harm to ourselves. Be kind to yourself. With time you will adapt to your tinnitus. Give yourself time off from school if you feel you need it. Distraction is important, but you have to be ready for it. With tinnitus, the grieving process is very important. You don't have to be superwoman. In time, you will again experience life's joys, with more appreciation than ever before.
       
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    17. Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012
      That's the first time I've heard someone mention the grieving process. It seems very logical that there will be one. After all, we have lost something. For myself I hope I'm in the grieving process and that I will come out the other side. Doesn't feel that way of course, it feels like this is it forever.
       
    18. PingoJack
      Spaced

      PingoJack Member

      Location:
      Gothenburg, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2000
      Hej Anna!

      I am Swedish too so pardon my English :) My T was also introduced during my unversity studies, right before I was about to begin my B.Sc thesis. The thesis was mostly practical so I managed. The blow came during my master studies. I could hardly open a text book during that year. I was too worried and scared about not being able to live my life as I had before. I beat myself up really hard with thoughts about "what if I hadn't...". Anxiety, anger and all the attention to T took all my focus and I could not concentrate reading. I passed somehow by paying extra attention during class and practicals. However, this was all because I had not habituated yet. That was then, today my T is actually a bit worse despite all my precautions, but my feelings towards it has changed dramatically. I do enjoy everything I did before, with ear plugs if necessery (but who cares:). You do worry about your future occupation, as did I. I could never have imagined I could work as I do today. After the master degree I became a PhD student in a subject I felt so much for that it motivated me to overcome my fear of reading. Luckily I can concentrate amongst people so for one thing I started reading at cafés (with moderate noise level) which worked for me. After about a year I took a step to read in libraries also, and it worked. I finished my PhD last year and today I work as a fulltime researcher. I fly frequently long distances and take a mandatory gun handling course for security reasons in the Arctic each year. I double up my ear protection then but it works (though I sometimes nod comfirmly to the instructor despite not hearing a word his saying. But I know the drill quite well:). When the topic of T came up during a beer session on one of my field work trips, it turned out that all of my fellow researchers have T to some degree as well. If they can do it, I can do it and if I can do it, then you definetaly can do want to do :) Best wishes!
       
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    19. Ellen

      Ellen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2013
      Markku, a friend got really bad T after having his ears syringed. His was an assortment of loud and angry sounds. It suddenly went off completely after a year or more.
       
    20. click
      Busy

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Ellen, by 'went off' - do you mean his tinnitus completely went away? If so... that's great news!
       
    21. Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012
      Is that another Markku that got T through ear-syringing? Thats uncanny.
       
    22. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Yeah, I'm not definitely the only one whose tinnitus started after ear syringing, but if you check these statistics, I've hit the jackpot of tinnitus, so to speak!
      Chronic Tinnitus Resulting from Cerumen Removal Procedures

      It's soon been 3 years in my case though, so I'm more than chronic by now. Still wishing it would some day just spontaneously go away.
       

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