Can Stress Increase/Worsen Tinnitus Permanently?

Discussion in 'Support' started by acute, Sep 22, 2019.

    1. acute
      Depressed

      acute Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music. Stress, meds, Invisalign ?
      I'm going back to work soon, maybe it's a very bad idea. I work in a quiet office as a web developer, but it is a job that requires a lot of concentration and there is also a lot of stress.

      I'm scared of a possible permanent spike in my tinnitus due to getting back to work. I'm still very very depressed and my tinnitus is very loud and intrusive.

      I don't know if maybe going back to work could help me keep my mind busy and don't focus on tinnitus or if it's going to be a complete disaster and a bad idea. It is advisable? What should I do? Maybe I should wait a little longer to come back. But I don't know, I'm in a terrible despair because tinnitus do not disappear. I'm in a depressive loop.

      I seek for any advice and personal experiences. Thank you.
       
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    2. John Mahan

      John Mahan Member

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      My personal view is your thinking is precisely correct. Unknowable. Do we ever know when to dive into the water and what the outcome will be. No.

      What you can do however is try. What is your relationship with the management of this company? Do you plan to tell them about your health challenge?

      Can you describe what you call a stressful work environment and why? Is it time compression to implement web changes? Difficulty tailoring the web page to customer expectations? What about your work environment is stressful.

      I personally wouldn't obsess about making your tinnitus worse. It may in fact make your tinnitus much better because you will focused on something other than your tinnitus. When tinnitus comes into our life, we obsess about it. All we can think of. WTF is this invader?...will it stay?....will it get worse? Mine has stayed but on balance is more livable because I have grown used to it. It sometimes even softens but I often wake to loud tinnitus which is disconcerting but I expect it will go back down again and it does.

      You might want to give it a try. You may want to share your health challenge with your manager and close friends though so they understand where you are at.

      Only you know if its time. Thing about tinnitus after a while is...we get sick of being sick and then decide to move on and branch out. You are thinking about that right now. Turning the train around after licking your wounds and getting back to living. Many great people have tinnitus at varying degrees. Sitting around and thinking about tinnitus is about as bad as it can get and of course many here are in the early stages. But many have left Tinnitus Talk and lead productive lives.

      A last note you will appreciate. Fuck tinnitus.
       
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    3. Ruse
      No Mood

      Ruse Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NIHL & TMJ
      I have very high pitched tinnitus that cuts through everything else so I'm almost always aware of it.

      If you are anything like me I have always found that the more I am alone and the more time I have to think about my tinnitus, then the more it affects me. Going back to work allowed me to completely snap out of overthinking about everything and begin to habituate.

      If you wait "a little longer" is anything really going to change? If it's too much after a few weeks then there's no reason you can't change your mind.
       
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    4. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      I think it may be a good idea to go back to work. It will take you focus off tinnitus. Tinnitus reacts to loud sounds so as far as your workplace is not loud you should be ok. Buena suerte!
       
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    5. JohnAdams
      Greedy

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      they say stress can cause it so, yeah
       
    6. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I can't imagine it ending up being permanent.
       
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    7. Star64
      Kick ass

      Star64 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I led a very productive life yesterday, I went into Melbourne city and did what I used to do before tinnitus and benzo withdrawal got the better of me, I shopped till I dropped so to speak. I Still had both issues going on especially the non stop high screeching tinnitus in both ears, but when all the sales assistants asked "how are you today," I replied "good thanks" and I am, because I am sick of being sick. I even gave myself the day off my keto diet and had Coffee (decaff) and cake....

      So Yeah I appreciate the F...tinnitus, keeping it lady like LOL even though I could match a fishmongers wife at times;)
       
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    8. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      temporarily banished from this plane of existence.
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      @acute this is in the realm of "things that only get worse, the more you think about them". The more you worry about something like this, the more stress you're under.

      Stress is inevitable. I think the best plan is to engage in whatever stress management you can (meditation, yoga, kickboxing, medication, some combination) and then just live your life.

      Also, one dev to another -- tinnitus has, if anything, made it easier for me to distance myself from the sort of ego-and-resume-driven arguments about tooling or particular ways of doing OOP or whatever, that some people seem prone to. People create stress for themselves by becoming emotionally attached to languages or applications or other transient things.

      When you have a serious problem in your life, I think it's easier to think "huh, this team really wants to use Java for this and these other people really wanna use Python, but actually both of these things are Turing complete and a hammer is a hammer, so I'm going to sit this one out until the children settle down, or an engineering manager makes the decision for us". I know another guy who seems to have achieved an even calmer level of detachment than me without the tinnitus (at least, his is very mild), but that dude meditates a lot.
       
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    9. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      I am not routinely exposed to noise at work, yet I seem to get a temporary spike after going there. It usually takes a day or two to go down after working a day. I was not sure if it was from the 40 min car commute, but wearing earplugs while driving did not make any difference. I believe at this point that the increase in T is due to the stress of work.

      I do not find that thinking about T increases the volume of it for me.
       
    10. alex1975

      alex1975 Member

      Location:
      Las Vegas
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound induced
      Going back to work sounds like the better idea. The more you can get your mind off it the better. But, I would definitely do some meditation on stressful days and maybe even on the not so stressful ones as well. I used to do about 20-30 min of guided meditation I found on YouTube. There are hundreds if not thousands of great meditation videos on YT. Good luck!
       
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    11. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Incompetency of GP! Own naivety!
      Do you think if stress can cause it that it can also damage the ear, ie hair cells etc, and cause hearing loss?

      A relative of mine said she had three weeks of panic attacks and then shortly after became partially blind.
       
    12. John Mahan

      John Mahan Member

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Stress kills the body overall. It breaks down the immune system. Some people due to predisposition fold under stress and for some it feeds them and their energy.

      Take our US president so many love to hate. He feeds on stress that would crush a different man or woman. He loves chaos. In fact, steady state is likely more stressful for him. He needs the apple cart upside down to feel comfortable. Vast majority of others are wired much differently and require the opposite for a sense of calmness.

      Temperament and mental health are big components of not only contracting tinnitus but also managing it.
      Psychologists have understood memory imprinting of the brain under stress for decades. Its the basis for PTSD.
      Increased cortisol, adrenaline and other hormones likely forges neural pathways deeper than a more relaxed person.
      Stands to reason that tinnitus may be more readily contracted by somebody with more marginal mental health.
       
    13. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Incompetency of GP! Own naivety!
      Probably all true. I'm pretty sure my tinnitus was brought on by medication as the timing was spot on, but I wouldn't be surprised if the underlying stress I was going through made things easier for the meds to act in the way they did.
      I had the same stress before the tinnitus for many weeks but not the meds, but it only came on once the meds were in place.

      As you know I have OCD etc, and I feel managing this affliction is made many time harder because of this. It wouldn't surprise me if my tinnitus was considered only moderate, but my reaction to it is severe. My psychological makeup was definitely not made for this.
       
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    14. JohnAdams
      Greedy

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      that's horrible. yes I think so.
       
    15. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      BS. Lots of people have stress and don't get tinnitus. Of all the material out there, I can't recall a definitive link.

      Yes, it impacts the immune system but to cause malfunctioning of the brain causing tinnitus or hearing loss?

      Can you try to find a web developer job at home? You could try going to the current job and see how it goes? But, I think some web developers jobs offer work at home for some of it?
       
    16. Tex

      Tex Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      My work gets my mind off of T.
       
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    17. John Mahan

      John Mahan Member

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      You don't know how profound her stress levels were. 3 weeks of panic attacks is pretty rough on the system. Many if not most here contracted tinnitus when undergoing a lot of stress in their lives. For some, stress causes heart attacks. Depends what your weak link is.

      No doubt, you were under stress. I have never seen a bigger mess on the forum. I have to give you a pass a bit, and you are entertaining with your hyperbolic threats of ending it all. Clear your objectivity is gone if you ever had any in the first place. You are the boy that cried wolf.
       

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