From Darkness to Light, How I Recovered from Tinnitus & Hyperacusis

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by billie48, Jan 17, 2014.

    1. AUTHOR
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Thanks Jazzer. Glad that the post has been helping to you. Keep being positive and calm and try living life as normal and give it time. Take care. God bless.
       
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Thank you very much, Dr Hubbard. I am so honored and yet humbled by your kind words. I am merely one among many here on TT trying to help others. You have written a wonderful success story too crediting CBT for saving you from your severe tinnitus. I often refer to it and recommend people to read your excellent post. In fact I have just updated my success story to include a reference to you and your success story in the section dealing with 'Beware of Distorted Thoughts'. Thank you for helping out the suffering members in your column at the Doctor's Corner. Your contribution as a doctor to the TT forum is just so precious. God bless you.

      Thanks again,
      Billie
       
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    3. Dr. Hubbard

      Dr. Hubbard Member Clinician

      Location:
      New York City
      Tinnitus Since:
      1991
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Thank you for your kind words!
       
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    4. Bishop

      Bishop Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure, but I think it was a reaction to Medication
      Hi Billie:
      Your words hit the nail on the head. Everything you've mentioned I've done, and each one was instrumental on my Habituation process. I too am a firm believer that being positive, is a huge asset in getting habituated. I also believe that when you compare your T to other ailments (ie Blindness) you can really put things into perspective, and your mind begins to realize just how minimal your T really is. For example, during my 4th month of my T, I had severe pain in my stomach and had to get an operation. Well, during that whole ordeal, my T took a back seat to my stomach pain, and I realized just how un-important my Tinnitus was in comparison to my stomach pain. Everything is relative, and once you minimize your T and truly believe it is unimportant and not a threat, everything else falls into place, and you truly begin to habituate.

      Thank you,
      Bishop
       
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    5. AUTHOR
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Hi @Bishop, thank you for your kind words and the affirmation of some of the points I was making in my posts. Yes, we need to play a smart game with the mind to not let T dominate and traumatize it as much as possible. Some of the strategies and exercises I did are designed to minimize T to convince the brain to not react so negatively to save the body of all the other unpleasant symptoms from anxiety, panic attacks, depression etc. Once we are dealing with T only as a sound, the path to habituation is open and sooner or later, the brain will tell T to take a ticket when it is busy with something. Thanks again for your comment. Have a great day!
       
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    6. Graindorge

      Graindorge Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure and deafness
      Thank you brother. For taking the time to consolidate all this truth here. I am feeling more hopeful about overcoming this affliction. Peace to you.
       
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Peace to you too brother. Keep up the hope irregardless of the present trials and tribulations of T. If we keep positive and learn to ignore T, it will eventually wear down its tyranny on us. I was at its mercy before but today I kick its butt. Keep up the faith. You can do it brother. Take good care. God bless your recovery.
       
    8. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      Billie48 remarkable story,I have only one question.How do you succeed in ignoring your T so that id does not bother you anymore.I could easily do that when my T was very low but how can you ignore it when it is high? Do you just pretend it is not there?Or do you just say I don't care anymore?
       
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      That is basically what I said mentally to my T if I ever have to respond to it,something like the 'Back to Silence' approach. This is a form of 'mindfulness' when we say 'I hear it but I don't care' and the heck with T by ignoring it. Often when we do that habitually, the brain will learn to fade T out of consciousness when you don't pay attention to it anymore, and it will be even easier if your mind is busy with something. This will take time though.
       
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    10. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      Thanks Billie48 You are an inspiration to all of us .God bless you.
       
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Thanks @Tony for the kind word. Just doing what I can like others to help those in need of some encouragement. God bless you too brother.
       
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    12. TLion

      TLion Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      stress/loud concert
      Billie48, in all honesty THANK YOU. Your post managed to get me out of my deep hole yesterday. Today's not as good as yesterday was but to see that there can be days like yesterday is SO ENCOURAGING. After reading your post my T almost completely went away. It's all in our mindsets. And God's grace is still there, even if we are not in our minds .
       
    13. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      Loud noises make me feel very uncomfortable and scary without any pain . Is that Hyperacusis or phonophobia@ Does anybody know?
      Even people talking loud in cafeterias make me uncomfortablle .
       
    14. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Perhaps you could create a thread with this very question rather than post the same question multiple time across multiple threads?
       
    15. Mystery Reader

      Mystery Reader Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still Under Investigation
      @billie48
      What a fantastic thread! Thank you for posting it.

      Mystery Reader
       
    16. AUTHOR
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Sorry I missed your message. Thanks for the kind words. Wish that your condition has improved. Take care. God bless.
       
    17. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      I would gladly give all the money I have in the bank,my life savings if somebody would make me how I was a few years ago free me from this torture called Tinnitus and Hyperacusis.
       
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      I have deep empathy for your suffering, brother. Let's just hope that the medical world will come up with something in foreseeable future that can reduce or eliminate intrusive tinnitus, one that doesn't have to break our bank. But in the mean time, we just have to find whatever means that work to reduce the suffering or to achieve some level of habituation. God bless.
       
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    19. MHall

      MHall Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      Billie48, I am in dire need of some help with my hyperacusis + tinnitus. I have been struggling for 5 months and I feel as though my case is severe but understand it is subjective. The next part that I am struggling with is the fact that I am a dentist. My T and hyperacusis is so loud that I can indeed hear it above the drill. Although I have managed to still provide services to the public, I am indeed struggling to make it through each day. My audiologist told me that it was worst she had seen in 20 years. I know I worship and awesome God and he hasn't provided me with an awesome family yet somehow I don't understand how I will make it through this thing. I would like to reach out and speak to someone who has suffered and survived this beast. My heart goes out to your loss and though I have never lost a son, I did lose a wife in 2009 which God graciously helped me through. At any rate I am in dire need and appreciate all you have shared on the forum.
       
    20. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      Hi Billie 48.I hope you dont mind me asking you a personal question.Because all the stories I have heard from people who recovered from hyperacusis were from fairly young people in their twenties , at what age did your H go?If it is too personal you dont have to answer.Thank you.
       
    21. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      Another thing when I try to get used to normal everyday sounds my T spikes for weeks.I suppose I should do it more gently.
       
    22. AUTHOR
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      @MHall ,
      Sorry I am late in replying. I didn't know you have a comment. If you had tagged me with @billie48 instead of just Billie48, I would have been notified that you have tagged me and I would be able to respond faster. Sorry to hear you are suffering so much with your T and H. But you are still relatively new to the 'life' of T & H. So there is no need to rush yourself on recovery. When I was in the first year, I was relying on taking meds such as Ativan & Prozac plus sleeping pills just to get by each day. I was under relentless anxiety and panic attacks most of the time due to my prior condition of anxiety and panic disorder plus PTSD. So you are doing much better than me at 5 months as you don't seem to be needing drugs to function. Don't count on one audiologist's statement as if his/her opinion on your condition is bible. There are many people with severe condition of T & H and have recovered or regained the ability to live a normal life after some time. But it is quite common for sufferers of intrusive T & H to be in quite a lot of mental and emotional struggle some of whom may not even be able to work. A while ago, we have Dr. Charlie White who is a retired ENT with T & H and he seems to be doing well. You can search his name to see if you can re-read his posts and what he did for his H. Here is his first post on this forum:

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/dr-charlie-—-ent-specialist-with-tinnitus.6935/

      You may also want to read Dr. Hubbard's success story to get some idea how he has gotten better with his severe condition. I provide the link to his story below:

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/how-cbt-helped-me-live-again-dr-hubbards-story.4608/

      There is also Dr. Ancill's earlier post in which he shares what works for him. Both of these two doctors are in the Doctor's Corner and can answer members' questions.

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/curing-tinnitus.4136/page-5#post-40854

      Personally I find that CBT/Mindfulness is a good way to help us moderate our reaction to T & H. It may not eliminate the condition but it does help to relax us so the stress level is not too excessive to trigger the limbic system and the Amygdala to take over and make things worse. The rest is just time plus some strategies. Reading the success stories will give us some idea of the common strategies out there for T & H.

      With respect to your situation, having H and needing to use the dentist drill may present a problem. Perhaps you can seek out the best professional grade earplugs or earmuffs to help. If you have to hear the drill noise to some extent, then musician earplugs can help to buffer the exposure of the drill noise and yet filter out the extreme ranges. I do have deep empathy to your dilemma and pain dealing with the initial months of T & H. Hopefully, like most people who get both T & H, that the H will slowly fade over time. Protect yourself reasonably against loud noises or venues but do try to take in the normal, ambient sounds of the environment so you won't be over-protecting which can risk developing sound sensitivity issue. Take good care. God bless.
       
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Hi Tony, let's just say that I am not young now as I am a grandfather. Lol. Suffice to say I developed my T & H beyond 50. It seems that H would come from developing T due to acoustic trauma and a really high pitched T will usually be accompanied by H soon after. I suppose we have to use wisdom on a personal basis. While we advise people to protect from the loud noises or venues, but not to over-protect to avoid developing sound sensitivity, only you will know how much your ears can take before it hurts. Use prudence to try to achieve progress in a pace that your ears can handle. Some may take more time than others to get more hardened to sounds without getting H worse.
       
    24. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      Thank you Billie48 you are a lifesaver.Iam also a grandfather and that gives me hope because I thought only very young people manage to overcome H.Lol.and God bless you brother.
       
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Thank you Tony for the good words. I am not a lifesaver, just someone sharing my experience with T and H, hopefully helpful for others to cope better. Hope you are doing better.
       
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    26. gorzakus

      gorzakus Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss ?
      @billie48 I know it's an old thread but this one is timeless, i accidently stumbled on your post and it's one of the best guides written for overcoming anxiety, tinnitus and hyperacusis and actually every chronic illness there is and I've read a lot!
      Tons of respect to you and what you have gone through and accomplished!
      It makes me think about a book I read which helped me intensely when going through the depths of anxiety : at last a life by Paul David.
       
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    27. Damiano

      Damiano Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection, possibly medication
      Very encouraging and heartening. Thank you for this, @billie48
       
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