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
      Do you still have the hyperacusis?

      My hyperacusis from the SSHL has subsided. It didn't fade overnight. It is a gradual process. Someone told me his therapist told him to not wear earplugs all the time and that the more he was willing to expose to normal sounds, the faster his recovery. So I didn't protect my ears with earplugs as often this 2nd time around with hyperacusis. So it seems to have faded away sooner this time.

      But everyone is different. Use prudence with your own situation.

      Best wishes. God bless.
       
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    2. Athens

      Athens Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/27/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Have you had hyperacusis on two different occasions?

      Yes, I still have hyperacusis. I have exposed myself to normal, everyday sounds, but I am not really experiencing any improvement. I know that some people have taken two to four years to improve and I am 57 so it might take longer. I am still listening to pink noise through above the ear sound generators. I have started jogging long distances again, but only during a very quiet time of the night. I have this belief that my jogging/running was very beneficial to my mental health and brain functioning back when I was running seven miles each day. I started walking instead and it just doesn’t give me the same relaxed feeling. I am hoping that it will result in some change to my brain chemistry and result in my brain adjusting to normal sound again. It has always resulted in a sedating effect so this should help as well. Please send me any encouraging guidance.
       
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      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Yes I had the 1st hyperacusis over a decade ago when I first had high pitched tinnitus. That subsided in a year or so. Then over a year ago, I had SSHL on my left ear and a 2nd hyperacusis episode hit me again. It subsided also.

      Keeping your jogging will help you stay positive and happy as exercise has a calming effect on the nerves. Good on you.
       
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    4. Athens

      Athens Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/27/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have heard that jogging and the strenuous nature of it causing the head to be moved in a somewhat jarring way might not be good for tinnitus, but not certain about hyperacusis. I have read something about crystals in the ear being adversely impacted. Please let me know if you or anyone else has any thoughts on this issue. I have found long distance jogging/running to be very beneficial to mental and physical health, but this was before I had tinnitus and hyperacusis.
       
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    5. Sofia

      Sofia Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Are you able to go to cinemas/concerts again? I’ m scared to never go back to those beloved places...
       
    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Sorry for the delay in replying as I haven't checked the success story for a long time. I personally don't find jogging affecting my tinnitus. Perhaps you can post this question to the main support forum. I hope your condition has improved. God bless.
       
    7. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Sorry for the late reply as I have not checked the success story for a long while. I personally have no problem going to cinemas. I don't attend concerts. For loud movies I usually just use my fingers during the loud scenes. Best wishes and God bless.
       
    8. Joe Cuber
      Curious

      Joe Cuber Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gradual hearing loss + a huge amount of stress
      What an epic post, thanks for compiling all that wisdom. I have taken CBT/DBT classes, and I see a lot of it woven into your advice. I recently started the Back to Silence method, and it turned my attitude around pretty quickly. Your post here deepens the perspective for me, so thanks. And also, by the way, thanks for sticking around on the forum. I see this post was from 2014, so I'm glad to see you're still helping others today :)
       
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