Does Anyone Else Feel 'Out of It' / Drunk With Ringing Ears?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Kay Double U, May 21, 2015.

    1. Kay Double U

      Kay Double U Member

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      My feelings of being utterly 'out of it' / not feeling myself / drunk or 'high' feeling with brain fog seemed to come at the same time as the ringing ears.. also balance is an issue and nothing looks right around me, I wouldn't say vertigo but my eyes just cant focus...

      Had an MRI and CAT scan both clear..

      Really want to be my old self again.. Any advice or info would be great x
    2. Kopesy

      Kopesy Member Benefactor

      East Midlands, England, United Kingdom
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      I'll never know
      I think I know what you're trying to say. It's not vertigo but it's a weird sensation, as if you're not really yourself or looking through someone elses eyes.. at least for me.

      I too have had an MRI with everything coming back clear. My ENT told me it's a form of depression, possibly derealization of a sort & that my brain is having trouble focusing because of the intrusiveness of the T & my stress levels.
    3. SleeplessSoul

      SleeplessSoul Member

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      November 2014
      I have balance issues and pressure in the back of my head. I used to think it was because of my neck having so many problems but now wonder with the t if it's inner ear.
      When I am walking its like I am constantly trying to steady or right myself. It's happened in the past but never concurrent with the t.
    4. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      Drugs barotrauma
      At T onset I could barely walk in the dark. I would get up at night, fall or smash into a wall to catch myself. I also took a couple of falls in the shower. This along with audio halusinations (listening to something and my brain would duplicate and loop over and over, i thought I had lost my mind). These two things went away in time but I was left with extreem T. I also had a tough time turning my head in bed, I would feel like I was spinning until it made me sick. All gone, just left will bad T and H. Yeah definitely a drunk feeling but without the fun night out :(
    5. dan

      dan Member

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      May I make a suggestion- its worth a shot.
      Try bicycling. Its recalibrates your sense of balance.
    6. JacktheDog

      JacktheDog Member

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      sudden sensorineural hearing loss

      can you elaborate as I have never heard this and am actually afraid to ride my bike as I too suffer from a sort of loose dizziness, not vertigo just kind of like being really fatigued and almost bonking.
    7. Alek

      Alek Member

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      October 15, 2014
      Friend what you have stated I could not have reworded it better myself!

      Since tinnitus onset I have experienced a constant haze/fog over my mind/body/and soul!

      I feel like I am drunk all the time and I explain to those who care that what my life is like is like this:
      -"you have a couple of beers with the fact that you know when you wake up you will more or less wake up from your haze and get on with your life...well picture never waking up from that haze and every day trying to figure out how you will function today/tomorrow/in the future not to mention the desire to wake up sober!!"

      I cannot agree with you more with the eyes. Since T onset I focus on individuals in conversation, they are in focus but the canvas behind them is in great distortion. When I focus on moving objects (I.E moving people or cars) the objects are in focus while the rest of the picture is in great disarray.

      I also recently posted on the phenomena recently as well (

      There is no such thing as rest. My energy has been cut in half and getting out of bed takes time! Anxiety and depression I have to confess are by far the worse (although the fatigue is on the same level as well).

      Life has turning into a ZOO and more often than not I feel as if I have become a helplessly sedated and disabled individual reaching to the one and only who can save me, God.
    8. linearb

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

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      any chance that you live someplace that has lots of Lyme disease?
    9. Tamika
      No Mood

      Tamika Member Benefactor

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      One loud indoor concert
      I’ve been having the same feelings and have not mentioned it to anybody. I just presumed it must be a side effect of all the stress, anxiety and depression. Now I’m on meds so guessing that contributes as well. I also found my vision felt strange and blurry. I wear contact lenses and I checked them because I thought maybe I’d been given the wrong script. Amazing what all this anxiety does to your body and perceptions.
    10. jeannie

      jeannie Member

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced, Ear Infection, Medication... Who knows?
      I feel like I cant think right or remember things since developing tinnitus...
    11. John G

      John G Member

      I have the exact same symptoms as everybody here. Plus my ears always has that plugged up feeling,due to etd.

      I can so relate to the waking up with that drunk feeling. Also the fatigue,and cant even think properly. Even simple basic tasks are hard because of not being able to concentrate.

      Last month I went for an interview for a job. I had to do a written test.Man, it was so hard to even do the test because I couldnt even think properly.

      I can deal with the T , but not the brain fog and ears feelling plugged up.
    12. glynis

      glynis Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
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      Meniere's Disease
      Tinnitus can make you a little off balance and if in both ears or head you can have a wuzzy head and hard to concentrate and we call it brain fog ...lots of love glynis
    13. Zora
      Kick ass

      Zora Member

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      1st time: Megaphone ;2nd time: headphones too loud
      Thats is DEREALIZATION. the feeling of being unreal. Life feels like a dream. looking in the mirror, feeling like ur not looking at urself
    14. AnxiousJon

      AnxiousJon Member

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      Anxiety, Insomnia, and a Fan at Night
      AKA depersonalization.
      By Mayo Clinic Staff
      Depersonalization-derealization disorder occurs when you persistently or repeatedly have the feeling that you're observing yourself from outside your body or you have a sense that things around you aren't real, or both. Feelings of depersonalization and derealization can be very disturbing and may feel like you're living in a dream.
      Many people have a passing experience of depersonalization or derealization at some point. But when these feelings keep occurring or never completely go away, it's considered depersonalization-derealization disorder. This disorder is more common in people who've had traumatic experiences.
      Depersonalization-derealization disorder can be severe and may interfere with relationships, work and other daily activities. The main treatment for depersonalization-derealization disorder is talk therapy (psychotherapy), although sometimes medications also are used.
      When to see a doctor
      Passing feelings of depersonalization or derealization are common and aren't necessarily a cause for concern. But ongoing or severe feelings of detachment and distortion of your surroundings can be a sign of depersonalization-derealization disorder or another physical or mental health disorder.
      See a doctor if you have feelings of depersonalization or derealization that:
      • Are disturbing you or are emotionally disruptive
      • Don't go away or keep coming back
      • Interfere with work, relationships or daily activities
    15. Zora
      Kick ass

      Zora Member

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      1st time: Megaphone ;2nd time: headphones too loud
      I thought I was already suffering when only had DR....pfff.. Now I have T AND Derealization. --> what Did I learn from that? - It can always get worse.
      Sorry I dont want to drag anyone down.....but uugghh. This combination just kills me :arghh: :banghead:
    16. marc weinstein

      marc weinstein Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 29, 2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cochlear rupture w/ congenical nerve loss of 75%
      This could be: depersonalization-dissociative disorder. Tinnitus is connected with this psych disorder.
      Been suffering 23 yrs now. I have always had the 'feeling' since childhood that I wasn't of 'this world.' My congenital (birth defect) nerve hearing loss of 75% deficit. Until today, I never understood why I would feel disconnected with people even in a crowded room, or convention halls would really bowl me over...feel like a zombie after an hour or so. Take me hours to recuperate and at that time taking Xanax or Klonopin.
      Lately in the last few years it seems a bit worst and began a search.
      The anxiety that T. ('vestibular stimulation') creates affects the brain and our psyche of course. Why the authors didn't use "Tinnitus" Here is a summary:

      Depersonalization and derealization are common symptoms reported in the general population.

      Objective. The aim of the present study was to establish the relationship between anxiety and depersonalization and derealization symptoms in patients with peripheral vestibular disorders.
      Twenty-four vestibular patients with anxiety and 18 vestibular patients without anxiety were examined for depersonalization and derealization symptoms. They were also compared to healthy controls.
      Results. The results revealed that anxiety consistently changes depersonalization and derealization symptoms in vestibular patients. They are more frequent, more severe, and qualitatively different in vestibular patients with anxiety than in those without anxiety.

      Conclusion: Anxiety has an effect on depersonalization and derealization symptoms in vestibular patients. The various hypotheses about the underlying mechanism of this effect were discussed.

      Found this article doing a google search: vestibular stimulation +tinnitus noise +depersonalization dissociative disorder There are 6 excellent articles. You may want to terms to suit your symptoms.
      But here are 3 good ones:

      Question about head noise - : Dissociative Identity Disorder Forum ...

      Identity Disorder Ringing in Ears, Extreme Photophobia, Sensitive to ...

      I sure hope this will help you find relief and not have to suffer decades to find. May the L-rd Bless you and others for relief. Shalom marc822

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