Did You Know What Tinnitus Was Before You Got It?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Tinnitus Talk, Feb 27, 2013.


Did you know what tinnitus was or that a condition like that existed before you got tinnitus?

  1. I had never heard about tinnitus before

    21 vote(s)
  2. I had experienced disco tinnitus, but never imagined it could become chronic

    11 vote(s)
  3. I knew what tinnitus was, but I didn't think it could happen to me

    8 vote(s)
  4. I knew what tinnitus was, and took good care of my hearing, but got it anyway

    8 vote(s)
    1. Tinnitus Talk

      Tinnitus Talk Knowledge Base

      Sometimes it feels like tinnitus is a well-kept secret. Before getting tinnitus, many weren't aware of there being such a chronic condition.

      The poll is anonymous, but feel free to elaborate your answer in comments below.

      (Credit goes to our member Emma for this poll, thanks!)
    2. mock turtle

      mock turtle Member

      puget sound
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/26/1992...habituated after 2 years; 11/04/11 new outbreak
      i heard a passing news story many years before i got T and only remembered it after getting tinnitus an thinking about what it could be, the news story did not attribute causes as i recall, (loud noise or medications) just reported that some people have incessant noise and no known treatment
    3. Emma

      Emma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I never knew tinnitus existed before I got it. I might have seen some ad on tv for "ringing ears" (like some "snake oil" commercials) but I didnt even know what ringing ears meant. And I did not know what tinnitus was.
    4. Markku

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I did know. The Finnish school curriculum that everybody goes through here includes "health sciences" where both hearing loss and tinnitus are mentioned several times during the school years.

      In my case I've always been protective of my hearing and haven't appreciated loud noises.
    5. Mahdi
      No Mood

      Mahdi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      to me it happened in a fraction of a second. actually it turned my life upside down. what can i do now? save, grin and bear it..........
    6. Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012 worsened Jan 2017 & Dec 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      I knew what it was from about my 20's when I read an article on it. The thoughts that went through my head then were "Oh my God, if I ever got that I'd kill myself". I literally thought that. And here I am with it.
      Its something I feared when I read about it and if the word ever cropped up throughout the years I'd shudder a bit and think how ghastly it must be. It takes a lot to overturn a fear like that but it's what I'm trying to do!
    7. stantheman

      stantheman Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Yes, I knew about tinnitus before it became chronic. I had short bouts with it whenever I had a wax build up in my ears. This last time I thought that when I had my ears syringed at the doctors office it would go away like before. Nope, no such luck. Fifteen months now. What a life changer! Did not think it could be forever!
    8. Shuffle

      Shuffle Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Heavy Metal & Machinery
      I knew about it. I was always a big rock music fan, and a truck driver warned me once when I was about 18, to "Always wear plugs, or you're ears will never leave the gig". It took me 3 years to finally take his advice and get get plugs. I then forgot them for one gig which had some bad harmonics and bang, here I am. I beleive it was made worse by years on loud tractors with whining gearboxes too. I used plugs on them, after I noticed it made my ears ring. I did my best, it was too little too late.
    9. Lisa Lindel

      Lisa Lindel Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      My husband has tinnitus without hearing lost. He has had it since his childhood. So I thought your born with it. I thought harming your hearing with loud noises will just cause deafness. I thought you would just not hear anything like silence. I did not think ringing result. We need to educate people about the condition especially the young people who use those earbuds. They say one out five students will have hearing damage from playing their music loud with earbuds.
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    10. aliglitter

      aliglitter Member

      I didn't know what tinnitus was before I got it...if I had I'd think I'd taken better care of my hearing. :/
    11. driven insane

      driven insane Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      In a previous thread I stated my belief that the most important thing for any nascent tinnitus movement is, above all else, the development of some sort of media campaign to inform or educate people about the dangers of tinnitus. That opinion hinges on the assumption that people are basically entirely uninformed about the nature of tinnitus in the first place.

      Now, I created this thread to gauge whether or not this assumption is correct or not. If you would, please fill out the poll above, and if you feel like it, post any personal stories you think would illustrate the prevalence or lack of tinnitus education you have experienced in your own life.

      For me personally the story is somewhat ironic. As a child I always instinctively covered my ears when loud noises were around. Unfortunately due to peer pressure and what not, I eventually began to purposefully expose my ears to loud music just to "prove I could handle it." One notable incident I recall was during a fireworks display a group of adults were mocking another adult for wearing earplugs, and implying he was a coward using not quite as polite terminology. After that I resolved to no longer cover my ears if I expected to hear loud noises assuming wrongly that no actual damage could be done to the ear from noise exposure.

      Anyway I think warning people about tinnitus before they get it is the best "cure" for tinnitus out there, so if my guess is accurate, and most people aren't warned beforehand then I think prior notification on the dangers of tinnitus is one of the biggest problems in terms of prevention that needs correction.
    12. LadyDi

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      You make a great point and I agree... There is almost no public education about tinnitus or hearing loss. For example: I did not know you risked severe ear trauma and hearing loss if you flew on an airplane with a sinus infection. Hence, I thought nothing about taking a long plane flight ... and got T.
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    13. Amelia

      Amelia Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I knew about it as my father also suffers.

      What I didn't know was that you can get T other ways besides noise exposure. I just assumed that because I always took care of my hearing it wouldn't happen to me
    14. Catarina
      Old hag

      Catarina Member

      Lund, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      The first I heard of it I think was in the 1980's when a woman here in Sweden who called herself Tinnitussan wrote about her tinnitus and there was quite a bit about it in the papers. She used to hang big balls of wrapped up paper on her ears to try and mask it. Guess there weren't so many other options then. Like Amelia I also thought you only got it from noise exposure. Surprise, surprise!
    15. demi
      No Mood

      demi Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      I had never heard of T, I thought with loud concerts/music I had a possibility of losing my hearing, and as bad as it sounds, I never cared because I always thought "but there's hearing aids!". If I would of known T was a thing, I would of protected my ears, before it was too late.
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    16. Stina

      Stina Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Im excactly the same. Ironically I read about it a month earlier. Also ironically, I had stopped listening to loud music a month before I got it. I had never experienced any ringing before either. :(
    17. GMac14

      GMac14 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 30, 2013
      I had experienced T after concerts but had no idea what it was called or that it could become permanent. 4 doctors misdiagnosed me as having Eustachian tube disfunction when really I was going through rapid temporary threshold shift. (4 different occasions during a two week span of ear fullness and ringing that eventually would subside.) one doctor even made me do an Audiogram that showed a 30 decibel dip in my normal hearing and told me to wait it out. The following week I woke up to constant tinnitus. Had any of them just put me on Predisone it would have likely saved my hearing.
    18. michela

      michela Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      not only did i know it- since i was a little girl i always said to my mother: mom,the worst of all illnesses has to be ringing in the ears:bag:.now,20 years later,i got it:mad:
    19. pef

      pef Member

      Georgia, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      I knew about it. I've had fleeting tinnitus all my life. Not often, just a 10 - 15 second ring and then it was gone. Maybe once every six months or so. Never had any hearing problems.

      I was aware that tinnitus could be permanent, but never read up on it, as it did not affect me, and the people that I do know that have it never mentioned it (they are "habituated").

      Odd. Two years ago if you had put a 11 kHz tone in my left ear and a 7 kHz square wave in my right ear I would have been shaking my head and swatting at invisible flies. Now, it just "is." The mind is an amazing thing.
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    20. I who love music

      I who love music Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      As a musician (and 55 years old) I've seen LOUD music become the norm. Little old ladies sitting at a wedding reception and can't visit ... insane.
      No, I didn't know what tinnitus was in the 70's when I was a kid. I was only warned about "Losing your hearing" listening to loud music. I didn't know any better.
    21. christine kauhane

      christine kauhane Member

      honolulu hawaii
      Tinnitus Since:
      june 9th 2013
      Never hard about T I have had short ringing for like a few seconds people say when you get ringing someone is talking about you lol... if that's the case someone has a lot of shit to say about me hahaha...
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