Be Honest. Do You Still Enjoy Life?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Rich, Feb 27, 2013.

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Do you enjoy your life despite having tinnitus?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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    1. Simon85

      Simon85 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise exposure, but unknown.
      @F-u-T I know this is very difficult. I usually put on heavy duty earmuffs when playing with my son (around 4 years old). Hyperacusis just makes it difficult to be around other people, especially when they’re noisy.

      I try to explain it to my boy at a whisper. Sometimes he’ll copy me and we’ll make it part of the game. This doesn’t always work, of course. Boys like to bash and make loud noises. Although, they won’t be 3 forever and will have less of an impulse to make sudden loud noises.
       
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    2. F-u-T

      F-u-T Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      AZ USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trama
      I am so sorry you are dealing with this too.

      I can tell you that my boys went through a similar phase of screaming/squeals and they don’t do it as often now. I do feel things will get better as they get older. The hard days are just really hard sometimes and today was one of them. I pray one of these new treatments is successful and we all find the relief we so deserve!
       
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    3. Psych
      Wishful

      Psych Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Many moons...
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Sorry to hear you had an increase. Hope it stays away! Mine got a lot louder last night, and is still loud today. I really hate the wondering of "Is this going to stay loud or attenuate?" And my increases always seem apropos of nothing! May we all find satisfactory answers soon. <3
       
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    4. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg dose of (anticholinergic) drug Promethazine
      Hi @serendipity1996 -- You may want to consider looking into ozone therapy. It can be very effective in treating chronic infections such as the ones you describe. Some health care practitioners specialize in using these therapies, which have been proven to be very safe as well.

      Anyone can purchase the equipment necessary to do their own ozone therapy at home, which would end up being very cost efficient in the long run, as well as providing lifelong preventative treatment. The videos available at the above linked website gives detailed instructions on how to do that. -- Ozone therapy can apparently do wonders for all kinds of heart and cardiovascular diorders as well.

      @Steph1710 Below is the link to a prominent ozone organization.

      American Academy of Ozonotherapy
       
    5. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Started with a cold, possibly worsened by medication/noise
      Acute, how are you doing?
       
    6. acute
      Depressed

      acute Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music
      Hi @Chinmoku, thanks for caring about me.

      It's very kind of you.

      I'm not doing well.

      I hope you feel better :( I read your posts in the Suicidal thread and it breaks my heart. I am in the same boat.
       
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    7. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud live music show
      Things have taken a big positive turn for me ever since getting hearing aids / wearable white noise generators. Previously I would have answered "sometimes, usually not," but now I would answer "yes."
       
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    8. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Started with a cold, possibly worsened by medication/noise
      I'm sorry to hear you are still suffering a lot, but I'm relieved to know you are safe. For some reason I was worried. Let's hope things get better at some point.
       
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    9. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      ?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ?
      How are you doing now? Did you get checked out thoroughly? I went to Mayo Rochester Thursday, but the doctor said very little about my left TMJ. He said to see an ENT there. Driving drove my noise nuts... screechy sounds. I seem better today.
       
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    10. gregmech26
      Torturous

      gregmech26 Member

      Location:
      Commerce Township, Michigan - USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Neuroma vestibular schwannoma brain tumor
      My life has effectively ended when I was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma in May 2015 with high-pitched relentless tinnitus.

      Nearly 6 years later, and nothing new has been developed to help me with my tinnitus. I don't see much promise for the next 6 years either, as my tinnitus was caused by an acoustic neuroma and then treated by Gamma Knife.

      My primary care doctor was shocked when I told him I was suicidal. He actually said to me "so your ENT basically told you nothing can be done?" And the answer to that question, for me, is YES.

      Apparently there are some things medical science can't fix/treat/cure.

      Most people with an acoustic neuroma who have Gamma Knife lose all their hearing after 10 years. The more hearing they lose, the worse their tinnitus gets. I haven't habituated to my severe high-pitched tinnitus in 6 years, so why would I habituate in the next 6 years or the rest of my life?

      My tinnitus is strong and severe and relentless. It's impossible to work or enjoy life with this alarm going off in my ear. And what makes it even worse is nobody can see or hear it except me. I feel like I'm a burden complaining about it since nothing can be done. So why even mention it? Kill yourself or move on.

      I've tried all the hearing aids, maskers, vitamins, ringing bells, diet, distractions, anything trying to habituate, TRT and trust me nothing has worked. Not for me. I know a lot of people here are in the same situation or worse.

      My audiologist says people with tinnitus should seek therapy with a psychologist. HaHa. What a joke.
      What is cognitive behavior therapy going to do? "Hey doctor my ear is a 5-alarm bell nonstop", or "my arm is on fire"... "tell me how you feel about it...?"

      There is no amount of mental gimmicks that will help me. I think it's kind of insulting to even suggest a shrink can help with severe tinnitus.

      So to answer my primary care doctor's question, "YES" my ENT basically said "live with it" as there's nothing that can be done. I don't blame him. This is the truth. He not sending me on some endless goose chase.

      There is no cure, and the treatments are pathetic. They offer little to zero relief. It's very stressful and frustrating. Anyone with a brain knows there is no good outcome.
      This is my truth, and my sadness. I know people love to always give (false) hope, but this is my truth. At least for me. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. The only reason I'm still here is because I've seen the pain suicide can cause to others, even those you barely thought you knew. I couldn't put my mother through that. But as I've said, if my mother goes then I will be shortly behind.
       
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    11. roy1159
      Suicidal

      roy1159 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise from working in a cafe' for 2 years
      I can't seem to enjoy anything I used to enjoy pre tinnitus and hearing problems.

      I can't watch movies or anything whatsoever without getting depressed that I can't understand everything that is said (I hear half words and mainly 'sh', 's', and 'tz' sounds although all tests came back normal). Playing the piano is not the same as before as well. Exercising outside sucks as well because the reactivity of the tinnitus and the mild hyperacusis which causes it I guess.

      This doesn't resemble life anymore and I really don't know know what's the point of hanging on at this point.
       
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    12. Ava Lugo
      Gloomy

      Ava Lugo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus
      What happens if you wear earplugs? Do you think earplugs would make the reactivity not noticeable?

      I also want to add, I definitely understand. I feel like I can’t listen to music unless I’m intoxicated.
       
    13. roy1159
      Suicidal

      roy1159 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise from working in a cafe' for 2 years
      Earplugs reduce the reactivity but then the tinnitus is SCREAMING like crazy. Even outside there is no break from it. As for music it's horrible at the same time to hear the tinnitus reacts to it as it takes all the joy off of listening. I don't even know why it's so reactive and loud.
       
    14. FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      Part of your issue might be middle ear or even jaw/TMJ. Artificial speaker audio can make some ears more touchy, too, in some of those cases and I think you are especially sensitive to that. I would at least examine if it may be a co-factor. You ever get jaw or face pain, ear fluttering or ear fullness?
       
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    15. roy1159
      Suicidal

      roy1159 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise from working in a cafe' for 2 years
      I have had TMJ issues for more than 3 years. I have Condylar hyperplasia which means my right jaw condyle has grown more than the left one causing jaw misalignment. I will soon have surgery in order to stop the growth. I did have these problems before the tinnitus so I and the doctors as well doubt it has anything to do with it.
       
    16. FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      Those issues can be progressive and eventually affect middle ear function while still having "normal" hearing.

      I doubt their doubts :). At least as far as being a severity cofactor.
       
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    17. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg dose of (anticholinergic) drug Promethazine
      Me too!
       
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    18. roy1159
      Suicidal

      roy1159 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise from working in a cafe' for 2 years
      Indeed it's progressive. The growth ceased when I first checked it 3 years ago and then it recurred... I wonder if it has any effect on the symptoms. I hoped it would but was discouraged after doctors assuring me it's never seen in other patients. I also never found any reference for a connection between the two in the medical literature. I will undergo the surgery in about 2 months so no way of knowing what effect it will have until I go under the knife.
       
    19. FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      Well, Condylar Hyperplasia itself (which varies a lot in severity) wouldn't be the cause, the secondary misalignment would be. Keep that in mind in your web searches. Yours is also still changing and not stable, so this would put abnormal stress on the interconnected muscles and nerves around the jaw and ear.

      As an aside, the reason your surgeon might not see a change in their patients following surgery alone is because it's likely imo that surgery will need to be followed up with muscle retraining. I would look for a TMJ specialist to work with your surgeon if you haven't already.

      Jaw issues are especially linked to *severe* tinnitus in particular:

      Impact of Temporomandibular Joint Complaints on Tinnitus-Related Distress
       
    20. roy1159
      Suicidal

      roy1159 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise from working in a cafe' for 2 years
      Thanks for the insight. I can only hope for the surgery to better the symptoms. I always wondered because my tinnitus is severe, reactive and multi-tonal... it could be the reason.
       
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    21. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing + Somatic tinnitus from dental work
      @roy1159 You probably need Condylar Hyperplasia surgery as your doctors would know there's no condylar facture. There's little study on Condylar Hyperplasia and tinnitus, but indications have been made to indicate the shenomandibular ligament and the anterior malleolar ligament causes the ear to react with CH - muscles and nerves. Surgery should help with pressure release to these ligaments.

      Wishing you the best.
       
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    22. roy1159
      Suicidal

      roy1159 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise from working in a cafe' for 2 years
      Thanks Greg. I will undergo the surgery a month from now.

      Do you know of any evidence between auditory processing and TMJ issues/condylar hyperplasia?

      I know it's probably not connected but it's my last chance regarding my baffling speech comprehension problems that are not explained by peripheral problems in the ear.
       
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    23. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      I'm sorry you aren't doing any better. What have you been up to these days?
       
    24. guenguer

      guenguer Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden hearing loss 2004/12/14/15
      Sorry it took me so long to respond.

      No, they have no idea what caused the SSNHL. It's like with tinnitus itself, they don't have a clue.

      At some point they thought that it's maybe Meniere's disease, but it isn't. Then Hydrops, but it isn't that either.

      While I had no SSNHL since then, hearing is still getting worse but slowly. Tinnitus is still worsening, even faster than ever. I feel like the tinnitus gets worse every few weeks. Permanently. Plus the occasional spikes and fleeting tinnitus episodes. It's hell right now to be honest.
       
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    25. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      I doubt a chronic worsening problem "wouldn't" have downstream effects. If you have active bone remodeling going on you should probably think about otosclerosis, or your auditory nerve is somehow getting pinched.

      At any rate post surgery should be interesting.

      Me, for example, an autoimmune or infection related problem makes sense as I've had those my whole life as well.
       
    26. Pharz

      Pharz Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Exposure to loud noise
      No.
       
    27. roy1159
      Suicidal

      roy1159 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise from working in a cafe' for 2 years
      Hey, I think you mixed that up. We are talking about overgrowth of the right TMJ (regarding you mentioning otosclerosis). It doesn't affect hearing apparatus per se but, because of the discrepancy between left TMJ and right TMJ, I have TMJD so theoretically the surgery which returns full function of TMJ should diminish the severity of tinnitus, assuming it has anything to do with it.
       
    28. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      True it could be a direct cause, but "why" is your bone remodeling in the first place?

      That might extend into a more systemic problem, which would include your middle ear bones / cochlea remodeling.

      Fluoride treatment has been suggested as a fairly safe way to stop the damage, and the testing is easy enough for it.
       
    29. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      How long do you have to wait after surgery to see whether it has a beneficial effect on tinnitus?
       
    30. roy1159
      Suicidal

      roy1159 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise from working in a cafe' for 2 years
      It can be immediate but to restore TMJ function I will need some physiotherapy.To be honest, I don't know if I can hold on for a month. My hearing problems are too severe at the moment and I'm seriously considering applying for VAD in Pegasos.
      The etiology of the problem is poorly understood. Bone scintigraphy showed anomaly only in jaw condyles so it's not systemic.
       
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