Don't Know Who to Believe About Tinnitus Being Temporary / Permanent

Discussion in 'Support' started by Jason37, Dec 25, 2017.

    1. Jason37

      Jason37 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      Had ENT tell me tinnitus can go away even after hearing loss occurred from acoustic trauma... read multiple accounts of shooters having slight hearing loss and tinnitus going away after 6 months, 9 months, 15 months and even 2 1/2 years.

      And I had another ENT tell me after three weeks it's permanent... as well as reading a few posters saying there is no hope because of hearing loss.

      Which one is it? I don't know how to approach it. Give up hope that it can or just accept it's here forever which literally terrifies me to no end.
       
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    2. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Not sure this belongs in Success Stories... but to answer you: nobody can really tell you for sure. We can just go by statistics, and it turns out that for a good amount of people, T just fades away in time. For a small minority, it persists.
       
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    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Jason37

      Jason37 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      thought i was in general
       
    4. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      The person above is right. Check out
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/spontaneous-recovery-stats-over-70-recover-3-studies.21441/

      This person has no clue what he or she is talking about.
       
    5. fishbone
      Shitfaced

      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      I been at this 30 years and there is no guarantee if tinnitus will stay or go away. Time will only tell what happens. You can adjust and live your life, even with tinnitus. Takes patience and practice, but it can be done.
       
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    6. yborleevoor
      Artistic

      yborleevoor Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/12/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, maybe stress, maybe depression
      It could take years, you've had it for quite awhile. Have you habituated at all to the sound?
       
    7. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      My two friends had it for 20 years, they are totally habituated and dont get any spikes. One wears ear protection while going to concerts/cinema, the other dosent lol
       
    8. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      You said they said they had habituated right away. It is possible this happened because their T is very quiet. Ask them how loud it is now.
       
    9. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      They can still hear it, but mostly in quiet places. They dont have spikes though.
       
    10. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      That's good to know.

      Did they have spikes during their first year after onset?
       
    11. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      No
       
    12. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      They didnt have H or ear fullness, we are more severe cases, hence why we are on this forum :)
       
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    13. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Jason37

      Jason37 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      I didn't have H and I can't tell any difference with my hearing. But I am finding it hard to habituated to this wavering intermentant electrical sound. The other tone I can't even hear at night most of the time unless i plug my ears. The electrical sound speeds up and down...sometimes so soft it's not there. I probobly shouldn't be on here and not worry so much...but honestly thus site is the only place I have found any hope and good advice on dealing with it. Regular folks just look at me like I'm stupid and I only have one real support person in real life. I should not check TT so much though as I tend to get anxious as T takes up 98 percent of my thought.
       
    14. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      When did you begin hearing this electrical sound?
       
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      AUTHOR
      Jason37

      Jason37 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      it was a washer sound then it turned into intermentant electrical sound 4 months ago
       
    16. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Have you been protecting your ears from moderate sounds like that of a vacuum cleaner?
       
    17. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Jason37

      Jason37 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      yes...it was covered up by the tone sound until it went away. the electrical sound is really soft hiss but intermetant. Also it kind of really goes to almost nothing but just sticks around
       
    18. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Oh, in THAT case, it is a sign that your body is healing. After a severe acoustic trauma one gets to listen to loud crickets. As one heals, the sound changes to a high pitch tone, and then to a hiss (first to an intense, high pitch hiss, and then to a soft hiss). If one were to get a new acoustic trauma, then one's hiss will change to one of the other types of sounds. The fact that it is intermittent is also a sign that you are more healed than someone whose sound is steady and relentless. Hopefully as time passes, you will be experiencing more and more improvement.
       
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    19. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Jason37

      Jason37 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      Well I really hope so. I feel fortunate it is mild but I still struggle with the fact I made such a mistake and did it to myself after always being so careful. I just am so mad I may have damaged myself permanently. But I am praying for the best and maybe there is a chance for it to leave.
       
    20. Rohit Saluja
      Alienated

      Rohit Saluja Member

      Location:
      India
      Tinnitus Since:
      2 weeks
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced and sinus infection
      Agree i also experience the same my sound is changed from high pitched to static tv/hiss kind of.
       
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    21. john paul
      English

      john paul Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Its very confusing, even the term chronic in medicine basically just means in it for the long haul. Most of the time anyone suffering for more than 3 months is considered chronic but this does not mean permanent. When your ENT says after 3 weeks its permanant they probably sort of mean its not going away anytime soon and using a bad choice of words. Maybe a pessimistic person with not much experience is my guess.
       

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