Back Again, Unfortunately: Tinnitus Left My Perception Twice, Returned After Using In-Ear Headphones

Discussion in 'Support' started by eldudebro, May 31, 2022.

    1. eldudebro
      Doh

      eldudebro Member

      Location:
      Glasgow, United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      31/07/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma/Loud Music.
      Sadly making a post I hoped I never would have had to make.

      I developed tinnitus in 2014, after a bad six months or so, it calmed down and I returned to normal.

      After a loud concert in 2016, I was thrown straight back to where I was with obtrusive tinnitus however again after 6 months it seemed to have calmed down and then left my perception. I had my tinnitus free life back and life was good.

      Fast forward to just over 2 weeks ago. Last couple of years I have taken up running and now with hindsight being a stupid move I would run to music with in-ear headphones. After a session I noticed the ringing was back and now it's very obtrusive again and I'm quickly sliding into the bad place with suicidal thoughts.

      I'm so angry at myself for letting this happen. The truth is for the most part I "forgot" about tinnitus and the suffering that came with it. I realise now I had totally blanked those previous two times from my memory. However, I should have known better. Far better.

      My tinnitus is back to how it was when I suffered from it, perhaps worse, I can't be sure, and I don't know how to cope. I know it's very early in but I'm convincing myself this is never going to go back to how it was and right now I feel I can't live with it.

      If anyone can reach out and support I really need it right now. Success stories from people who have been through similar would be really appreciated right now.

      I am quite frankly, in tears and terrified. In my mind I'm convinced I've damaged my ears beyond a point they wont recover like before.

      Thank you.
       
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    2. Bennl

      Bennl Member

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      I had the same experience, I got it twice from headphones. The first time I got it, it was mild now considering but still felt devastating. I vowed to never use headphones again but slowly after 6 months it got quieter and quieter. I thought well, I should be fine now.

      I used headphones for a year with no problem till one day a friend bought me new wireless ones and they could go way louder than my previous ones. No problem since I listened on half volume but then accidentally one day I clicked my music on without checking volume and they were on loudest setting. I was on my bicycle so I couldn't turn it off right away through my phone. It took 15 seconds of that volume to set me back and even worse.

      I'm now 8 months in and must say it became less intrusive again but the sound is still there.

      Try to remain hopeful, the 1st 3 months are the worst but after that it became more manageable for me. Good luck.
       
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    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      eldudebro
      Doh

      eldudebro Member

      Location:
      Glasgow, United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      31/07/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma/Loud Music.
      Three weeks and no improvement.

      I don't know what to do, I desperately want my tinnitus to go back to its previous baseline level. I'm really beginning to panic.

      Has anyone got any positive stories of noise-induced tinnitus being increased and going back to its previous level? I need to believe there's still hope.

      Really need some support.
       
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    4. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Hi eludedebro,

      Talk to your GP and ask to be referred to ENT. Since you've had tinnitus for quite a while and I'll assume you have previously been seen under the care of NHS for tinnitus? Once ENT are satisfied there is no underlying medical problem causing the increase in your tinnitus, it's likely you will be referred to Audiology and see either a hearing therapist or audiologist that specialises in tinnitus and hyperacusis treatment.

      For now I suggest you start using low level sound enrichment at home, and use a sound machine by your bedside at night.

      All the best,
      Michael
       
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    5. forum_user

      forum_user Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSRI, Noise, ??
    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      eldudebro
      Doh

      eldudebro Member

      Location:
      Glasgow, United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      31/07/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma/Loud Music.
      No improvement yet, though it’s coming up to just six weeks.

      Still early days, not giving up hope yet it’ll improve.
       
    7. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Just ringing still?
       
    8. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Still early, hang in there.
       
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