Do You Think Tinnitus Can Turn Us Into Negative People?

Discussion in 'Support' started by derpytia, Nov 22, 2015.

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    1. derpytia
      Pooptoast

      derpytia Member

      Location:
      Rescue, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss / ETD
      I find that since I've gotten T people say that sometimes I get a little... negative to be around? I find myself being kinda pessimistic and down and it upsets some people on here and out in the real world. I never used to be this way pre-T. It feels like I'm always caught between that pesky feeling of almost hope and being grouchy in a way that would scream "everyone needs to just stop hoping there's nothing to be done for us" or "why are people so happy all the time" or just negative thoughts in general. some people would say that T has just turned them into a 'realist' but as for me i'm not so sure. :(
       
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    2. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      Yes, most certainly it can. This is, however, something we must battle against.
       
    3. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Yeah for sure. I think if you are being punished 24 7 and your quality of life has been taken away, staying positive about anything In life is a challenge. But yeah, you try.
       
    4. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Derpyia,

      Life is problematic and there is no doubt that tinnitus can make one have a negative outlook on life when it's loud and intrusive. Although you have had tinnitus just over 1.5 years, in real terms this is not long although I’m sure it feels quite the opposite for you. The majority of people do learn to habituate to tinnitus and go on to lead a fulfilling life. Believe me it will happen but it takes time.

      It also depends what caused your tinnitus? If it was exposure to loud noise, then I suggest you refrain from being around loud sounds and it would be prudent not to listen to audio through headphones even at low volume.

      If you are not under the care of an ENT clinic/Hearing Therapist, then I suggest you have a word with your GP and asked to be referred. Please read my post Positivity and Tinnitus. An Introduction to Tinnitus, further down in the forum as you may find them helpful.

      Michael
       
    5. Atlantis

      Atlantis Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2014
      Source for this please. Headphones at low/moderate volume doesn't cause damage as far as I know.
       
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    6. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Everyone is different. And if a person's tinnitus was caused by exposure to loud noise then the hairs around the cochlear are already damaged. It is up to the individual if they want to take the risk. If one feels lucky then go ahead, just remember, it is that individual that will have to live with the tinnitus should it become more intrusive. Despite what an ENT Dr might say that headphone use doesn't cause further damage to one's hearing. Remember, they are Doctors that know about the anatomy of the ear but the majority of them have never experienced tinnitus. It is true, normal headphone use in most cases wont cause tinnitus, however, if listening to audio through headphones was the innitual cause of the tinnitus or exposure to loud noise, then it would be prudent not to listen to audio through headphones even at low volumes in my opinion.
       
    7. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      What is your opinion on in ear noise generators? Bad idea?
       
    8. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      I wear in-ear white noise generators for many years. I have written an article on Headphone use and white noise generators, which if you haven't read I will post it. In ear white noise generators are completely different from music through headphones I will post it shortly and you can read it and make up your own mind. Just remember, Drs know about the anatomy of the ear but the majority of them have never experienced tinnitus. It is true everyone is different, but ask yourself, do you really want to take the risk of making your tinnitus worse? I certainly won't.
       
    9. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cool, yes I would like to read. What about noise gens that produce other sounds? Not just white noise
       
    10. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      In my opinion, the only safe sound that I would put into my ear is a prescribed white noise generator WNG given to me by my ENT clinic. I have been wearing them for years without any adverse effects. I suppose, pink, noise, brown noise etc would be ok but not the kind of sounds that you can download from the internet and listen to through headphones. You should be under the care a Hearing Therapist if you want white noise generators, then you can be examined for suitability.
       
    11. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Well some of the generators use chimes etc, that's kind of what I was refurring to. I'm still curious as to why you think music directly in the ear ( vs white noise) is potentially more dangerous.
       
    12. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      I didn't say it was dangerous to listen to audio through headphones. I said it's risky. I have posted my article in the forum so you can read it and make up your own mind. With 20 years experience having tinnitus I wouldn't go near a pair of headphones for all the tea in china...
      Michael
       
    13. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      You you kindly give us the link to that article, cause it's kinda difficult to open all your posts and look for it.
       
    14. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      I have just posted it on the forum titled Headphone, white noise generator and tinnitus
       
    15. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
    16. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      Ok, thanks.
       
    17. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
    18. uae96
      Thinking

      uae96 Member

      Location:
      Dubai, UAE
      Tinnitus Since:
      6/14/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
    19. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      You have answered your own question. When your tinnitus was caused by exposure to loud noise then you have to be more careful especially low frequency bass sounds. Keep the volume low. I find an article that I've writeen on tinnitus helpful. It is a project still in progress. The link is below.

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/an-introduction-to-tinnitus.12100/
       
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    20. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      Car speakers put on high volume are one of the worst cases of loud noise exposures, as the sound waves in that little enclosed space have nowhere to escape and are bounced back by the interior of the car.
       
    21. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Well said Dana. Many people that are listening to their music at high volume in their cars and through personal headphones do not realise what is going to happen if they continue.
       
    22. uae96
      Thinking

      uae96 Member

      Location:
      Dubai, UAE
      Tinnitus Since:
      6/14/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Wish I knew that before
       
    23. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Chronic illnesses across the board force us to reevaluate our lives and come to terms with the nature of suffering.

      For me, this process has definitely changed me, but on the whole I'd say I have a much more positive view of the world than I did when I was 15 or 20. I'm sure it can go the other way, and perhaps it does so a large amount of the time.
       
    24. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I've only been dealing with this for about4 weeks am pregnant and am overly emotional and grouchy. I start off the day with lots of anxiety about how my T will be today.. Then I kind of taper off and try to focus on being positive and I'm okay for a few hours then by the evening I'm exhausted emotionally/mentally and the noise is driving me crazy so I have a short fuse and am frustrated and irritable. I have 2 kids and by 7pm or so I'm finding myself just being a jerk in general about my life and this stupid noise. Also, I get random bouts of panic which cause me to be more negative. Its a struggle to get through each day and try to be positive but I do make an effort with positive reaffirmations / meditation throughout the day. I can tell you this.. If my T goes away, I will never take "being healthy" for granted again.
       
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    25. derpytia
      Pooptoast

      derpytia Member

      Location:
      Rescue, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss / ETD
      Bringing this back on topic. I also find myself constantly warning my fellow musicians and peers at school to protect protect protect and sometimes they agree but then don't protect anyway and some of them are polite but you can tell they get annoyed. And more than a few people have commented that I'm being overly fearful of life and negative. I just want to protect my friends and not have them go through what I am. :(
       
    26. Blackbird26

      Blackbird26 Member

      Although kind, stop wasting your energy.
       
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