Coming to Grips with Tinnitus

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    1. Liui7

      Liui7 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2014
      Hi there....

      I found this forum from researching the internet to find out what has happened to me. Anyway here is my story.....

      I went to an outdoor shooting range with a friend whilst on Holiday. I was given ear plugs and placed them in my ears before I started. I had never shot before and fired off approx 200 rounds using a glock and also an AR15. At no point whilst shooting for that 30 minutes did I experience any pain or discomfort, nor did I think it was excessively loud (bearing in mind I had plugs in).

      As soon as I finished and came away from the range my ears started ringing quite loudly and I had a fullness feeling in my ears and could not hear people talk properly. I just thought this was normal maybe due to the loud sound exposure I had experienced. I just thought it would go away after a few hours, similar to when you maybe go to a nightclub and you get the same feeling when you come away from loud music.

      Well 3 weeks have now passed and I'm still experiencing loud T constantly. I have been to my doctor who says he cannot see any damage to my drum and performed some basic tests which he says are normal. Anyway he has referred me to an ENT with the appointment in 8 days time for a hearing test etc. I am currently off work as hearing is crucial for the role I do. My hearing has slightly improved since day 0 but I am currently having difficulty with the TV and also high frequencies. Background noise from driving etc is also very noisy.

      I have experienced the full range of emotions since this occurred, from despair through to anger, thinking will I ever be able to live a normal life again. I am so stressed by it all. Will I make any sort of recovery?

      Thanks for reading and any sort of response will be greatly appreciated.
       
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    2. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Hi Liui7, i'm sorry to read your story Tinnitus is cruel and unforgiving as all we done was make a mistake by being around loud sounds, or take a medication that we did not know would damage us in anyway. I'm surprised that your ears got damaged as you were wearing plugs to protect your ears and that should have lightened the sound exposure from the gun fire. All i can say to you at this early stage is protect your ears for a long time to come, don't expose them to anymore punishment at the moment, they are broken right now and as with a broken bone you wouldn't keep abusing it, your ears need time to try and recover and this can take a very, very long time. As i'm often told don't over protect, but be sure to keep away from loud sounds ie, bars, restaurants, night clubs, machinery, DIY tools, heavy traffic, always plug around these type of dangers to ensure your poor ears dont take more abuse. The fact that your hearing has slightly improved already is a very good sign ... you will see improvements but this will take time and patience, wait and see what your hearing test reveals and try not to panic, not easy i know, take care and let us know how you get on.
       
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    3. James
      No Mood

      James Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      Pulsing 03/2013
      Welcome to the forum @Liui7
      Sorry to read that you’re experiencing T. Good to see you’re going to the doctor. I rushed to my doctor, with some relief I finally got to the ENT's apt. I was disappointed the medical profession had no cure for me. If you went back to work- it’s a good thing to keep you busy, a distraction from T. I wish you better results and hope your improvement continues.
       
    4. Liui7

      Liui7 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2014
      Hi Carol. Thanks so much for your reply.

      My GP has said he expects me to make a recovery based on what I have done however he appreciates he is not a specialist in this field. Many people have told me that I just need to give it time. I'm generally a fit and active person who loves playing football and going the gym. This has completely knocked me for six though and I have no motivation to do anything or to go anywhere which is making me even more depressed. My mood is so up and down at the moment and I am greatfull I have a caring and supportive family. I just want my hearing to recover enough for me to return to work.

      The one solace I do have which others on this forum do not is that my tinnitus seems quieter of a night time when I am lying down. I generally have been able to sleep quite well.

      Many thanks
       
    5. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Hi again, your reaction is totally normal, something has happened to you that you don't want or understand, it is shocking and alarming and has knocked you for six, i know how this feels i've been listening to this shit for 9 months now and absolutely hate it !!! depression and anxiety levels were off the chart for me so i had to turn to medication just to get through these darkest of times ... i'm now improving and starting to go places again ( i always take plugs with me ) as i said it's a long process, i'm glad you have a good support network around you, that helps so much, try not to get too down things will get better, just take things slowly and allow your ears to rest and recover, stay strong and the best of luck to you.
       
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    6. jazz
      No Mood

      jazz Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      eardrum rupture from virus; barotrauma from ETD
      @Liui7 I'd start with NAC 600 mg and 200 mg magnesium. See the thread below. It might help calm any inflammation caused by the noise exposure. You could take these twice a day for a few weeks; but then reduce to once a day. You don't want to overload your system either.

      You are still early into this and I'd ask the ENT if he'd consider a brief round of oral steroids. They won't hurt you and they might help you.

      And if you're still ringing, download some nature sounds or use the masking sounds from this site. The latter are very good and convenient when you're on the computer. It's important you keep masking sounds on 24/7. This is also preven ent your from focusing on your noise. If you have a smart phone, there are many free apps with nature sounds or white noise. I prefer water sounds, but white and pink noise are also good.

      This is one of the best. They have one app for white, pink, and brown noise; and they have another app with rain sounds. Don't play the sounds loudly; they should be background noise.

      There's lots of good advice on the site, everything from sleeping to supplements that help with tinnitus.

      You're early into the tinnitus and that's the best news. Most people's noise goes away within six months. But I'd be as proactive as possible. And, if possible, see if you qualify for the AM 101 trial. That's the best thing for acute tinnitus.

      Good luck and keep us posted!:)
       
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    7. Liui7

      Liui7 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2014
      Thanks for all your advice.
       
    8. Liui7

      Liui7 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2014
      Hey...

      Thought i would post an update as i struggle to battle my T 5 weeks on.

      Had some bad news at the ENT as he told me i had likely lost 30 to 40 percent of my hearing. Devastated. Had hearing aids fitted already. The T still continues to be so so loud in both ears. I can barely function during the day. Was prescribed sleeping tablets by the GP but dont seem to help. Not eating much as so depressed and on anti depressants.

      Need some help even if its just to help me sleep.
       
    9. attheedgeofscience
      Uninvolved

      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      If your tinnitus is so intrusive that sleeping tablets do not work, then you definitely have severe tinnitus. You should have been prescribed a course of steriods in your case (without question). Steroids are most effective during the first 24/48 hours after onset when tinnitus is caused by acoustic trauma that results in hearing loss (these are the 3 conditions). However, since your tinnitus is so severe, I would - if I were you - try to find an ENT and perhaps have a go at intratympanic steroid injections.

      Alternatively, look into the AM101 clinical trial. The results are not perfect - far from - but it is worth a try.

      Act with haste and determination.
       
    10. Danza
      Fine

      Danza Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2014
      @Liui7 I am so sorry to hear this. With T we have to take baby steps, It is important that you get some sleep, go back to your doc as many times it takes - and also try to eat. Give your ears time to rest and get better. I have had T for 7 months and my situation is much better that in the beginning. I wrote on my introduction all the things that helped me. Did some masking during the nights. I still take melatonin also. (I did HBO, took betaserc, vitamins etc). You are not alone! Hang in there!
       

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