Coping for Almost 30 Years, But Had Enough!

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    1. PeteFD

      PeteFD Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Guns, explosions, loud noises
      Hi all fellow sufferers, I first got tinnitus when serving in HM Forces back in 1980's. It wasn't too bad back then, but to cut a long story short, it has got progressively worse over the years, not helped by a protracted use of firearms over a fairly long period of time. For the last 15 years, att least, I haves suffered from very high pitched ringing in both ears, 24/7. Getting to sleep is always difficult and although I can sometimes zone out during the day, it is always there. At 55 years old, I've had enough and really want to tackle it properly. So, here I am joining this forum to read the hundreds of posts and try to glean some useful info. Anyone with a miracle cure, please write back.
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    2. Sarah Russett

      Sarah Russett Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      No miracle cue.No treatments.I don't want to get you down but that's just the idea of it. Your best bet if it's causing you lots of distress is to get a whitenoise generating hearing aid to mask it, using masking tracks in quiet places, ec.
    3. Sound Wave

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      Find a thread 'back to silence' and read it
    4. i.m

      i.m Member

      The "Lack of English" Land: Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      For me: Aspartame Poisoning. For Ent: L: TMJD / R: Dunno
    5. glynis-harbron

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi @PeteFD ,
      I would get your hearing checked and see if you can be fitted with White noise generators or hearing aids to help mask your tinnitus as you have had it a good while...good luck ...glynis
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    6. Richard zurowski

      Richard zurowski Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection.
      @PeteFD . Hi the best treatment for tinnitus is stress management . I find stress makes my tinnitus a whole lot worse. I have been having Bowen therapy sessions and I'm sure it's working my T volume has gone down considerably after treatment. It hasn't stopped the noise but the volume has gone down to a level that I can manage more effectively.
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    7. Karen

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      I agree, @Richard zurowski

      Limiting stress really does help. So does getting a good night's sleep, following a healthy diet, and keeping one's blood pressure as low as possible.

      I'm glad to hear that the Bowen therapy sessions are working well for you!

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    8. Tommi_boi

      Tommi_boi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      I totally agree with everyone that says stress is a contributing factor.. I believe it was strongly linked whenever mine flared up.

      Not long ago, I used to work in a job and in my line of work (marketing) there was a lot of pressure to deliver to clients.

      I used to be one of those workaholics who was usually first in the office and last to go home as I wanted to go the extra mile in my job - what I didnt realise was that I was kind of my own worst enemy because -

      1. I never got enough sleep as I worked quite late
      2. The job was highly pressurised, with a lot of deadlines to deliver on
      3. I drank a lot of coffee (stimulant)
      4. Did not really relax even on weekends, as to cope with the demands of the job I would sometimes work then too.

      Ultimately it took a few times for me to notice that this contributed to "spikes" in my Tinnitus so to speak. I used to have it quite intrusive - the last time it happened, I had planned to go away with the Mrs for a few days but prior to that, the week was mega stressful. I let it kind of get to me and it spoiled my weekend as all I could think about was my raging T.

      Eventually, with time, the spike wore off, but I continued having it intermittently.

      To the present, I left my job to take a few weeks out and I've been relaxing a lot more. I'm happy to say I'm not feeling any kind of stress I used to in my job and guess what, my T has really really improved. So believe me what these people are saying - If you take care of yourself, dont stress out over it - sleep lots , I believe it really is an effective way of minimising / controlling your T a little more :).

      I hope this helps

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