Habituation?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Tom Cnyc, Aug 12, 2016.

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    1. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      It's early stages for me still. Just hit 3 months. To say I'm habituated would be nonsense. That said, I do have good, happy days. I think this is legitimately due to low symptoms levels on those days.

      I can't help but be mildly depressed by how often many of the "habituated" veterans are still on the forums daily, if not multiple times a day. Every time I read a success story I click to see that user's last active date and think the worst.

      If truly habituated, why stay? Maybe I still don't grasp what this term means.
       
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    2. Mentos

      Mentos Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      I think even if habituated people still miss silence and would prefer not to have T. I even don't know what full habituation means, I have days / hours when I am not bothered by my tinnitus and I can live my life, but I still have moments when it botheres me and I would definitely prefer to have silence instead of being habituated. So in my opinion being habituated means being able not to react emotionally or with anxiety to your T, even if you would definitely prefer not to have it.
       
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    3. AlecP
      Procrastinating

      AlecP Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma (I think)
      @Tom Cnyc I can safely say that I am 100% habituated - I haven't been active on TT for ages but drop back in every now and again to check on research news and such. In fairness, I've just today experienced a new sound in my right ear that I wanted to get some advice on but it doesn't bother me - just wanted some clarification as to what it is and what may have caused it.

      Just fyi, my path to habituation required a whole lot of acceptance with my situation and I've now reached a point where, even though my T is here to stay, I've embraced it as part of me and my life. Now I don't see it as alien sounds in my ears/head but simply something that I don't think about, like the hair growing on my head. It took me more than a year to get here with plenty of setbacks along the way, but each time I cared less and less and now my brain really just doesn't care at all :) Good luck
       
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    4. Jomo

      Jomo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/4/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      going for a rim shot on the snare drum.
      my uncle is 70 and has had it for 35 years...he tells me you just learn to adapt to it...i never knew he had it until i got mine. I am amazed at how well he has handled it. No websites and no drugs. I asked him if he wanted to try the whole residual inhibition type stuff i have been using and he had no desire to try it. Thats what i call habituated lol I feel like even when i get to that point i will still come on the forums to help out new members so that could possibly be why many of these guys are still active.
       
    5. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      @Tom Cnyc You raise an interesting point about "Habituation" and if one is truly habituated why do they visit tinnitus forums. I have had this condition for 20 years and habituated to it twice. The 2nd time took me 4 years to habituate. Habituation is different for everyone, but basically it means to live with tinnitus without it impacting too much on your life or stopping whatever you want to do. This doesn't mean you won't have down times; this is particularly relevant to those people that have variable tinnitus like me. From: complete silence to mild, moderate, severe and extremely severe. Some people habituate to a point where the tinnitus is near silent or moderate for most of the time.

      Why do people visit internet forums if they have habituated to their tinnitus? In my opinion, some people may think they have habituated but haven't so are still finding their way. I recently wrote a post: What is Reactive Tinnitus? . Some people may have habituated to their tinnitus but their hyperacusis hasn't been treated and therefore still acute, which can react to sounds causing spikes in the tinnitus. Some people like myself, have habituated to their tinnitus but want to try and help others as they were once helped because we know how distressing this condition can be.

      @DebInAustralia wrote two posts yesterday and I'm still thinking about them. She wrote to a person that is in a lot of distress with his tinnitus and wants to put an end to it all if you get my meaning. DebinAustralia wrote with so much understanding of his plight and at the same time showing him with time, and patience he will find a way through the turmoil that he's in. Life is problematic for everyone. If it were not for people like her and there are quite a few at tinnitus talk what would people do who are in distress?

      Michael
       
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    6. Lorac

      Lorac Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden profound hearing loss in left ear.
      After three years, I am not 100% habituated but I am not depressed and I don't stress about my tinnitus anymore. I choose to frequent this site regularly but not daily. I do find that some gaps in between visits to the forum are better for my own health.

      There are many smart people here who contribute to the research section on the forum and I appreciate their efforts. Even though I am making good progress with habituation, I like to stay informed of medical treatments and cures on the horizon.

      I hope that some of the new sufferers can benefit from my story, since I have been where they are now with the pain, anger, anxiety, suicidal thoughts. I can really relate to some of the introductory stories and possibly help some new people. I still find it helpful to know that I am not alone with this, even though I do a pretty good job of living with it now.
       
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    7. Dante500

      Dante500 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2009
      I'm 100% habituated, had it since 2009 and sometimes just visit here just to see how my fellow T buddys are doing. I think that we all have some kind of connection and understand each other. I mainly come here to cheer people up and support them with words. But do not misunderstand me - I've been through that hell on earth, I've suffered greatly and extensively. Right now I'm at a point where I don't even care about any cures, treatments etc. yet I still hear my T every day. It just becomes a part of you, like you had it your whole life and and it stops having any negative effect. I'm more stressed and anxious about my receding hariline at the moment to be honest lol :D. You will get there too, it just takes time.
       
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    8. MikeL1972

      MikeL1972 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Uknown
      I've only had tinnitus (in my left ear) for 7 months. I went through all the phases: anxiety, anger, frustration, and finally acceptance. At first, I had very stupid thoughts, then took control of the situation approximately two weeks later. That was the key! It is not easy, but it can and needs to be done. Tinnitus is like a bully... you need to stand up to it and put it in its place! That is the start of habituation.

      As for why I return to this forum? Because I'd like to learn about new studies/treatments and also to offer words of hope for those who have severe and debilitating tinnitus and other issues.

      In closing, remember this axiom: your health is your wealth!
       
    9. undecided
      Fine

      undecided Member

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown.
      I also feel habituated, for the most part. BUT!
      Habituation is a relative term for tinnitus.

      If you've got some loud shit going on, you will eventually get to terms with it but its impossible to forget and totally ignore an unceasing noise in your head. You're bound to be annoyed by it at times. So, for some of us, including myself, this is as good as it gets.

      If you've got some less loud stuff to deal with, I would believe that in time you'll probably stop meddling with it, move on and never visit this forum again.

      This has been said time and time again: loudness and intensity matter.
      I have never read any success stories because another person's tinnitus is his/hers own deal. It is not representative of my character, my age, the cause of my tinnitus, the way I deal with problems, it has nothing to do with me. I don't feel better because someone else has beaten their t: i don't relate. And you shouldn't either.
      If you're indeed feeling better, get off this forum and never think of it again or be depressed because people seem to be coming back to it. And if your t keeps fading, thank your lucky stars, feel extremely privileged and be generous and compassionate to everyone around you.
       
    10. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      I have devoted my life to tinnitus and Menieres Disease sufferers and here always to give support to anyone and at the Support group Dot and I run.
      I have tough times like others when I need to take a few days time out for myself but I'm always back to hope help members with positive tinnitus support and understanding and emotional support too .....lots of love glynis
       
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    11. Lorac

      Lorac Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden profound hearing loss in left ear.
      Maybe the habituated veterans keep coming back out of curiosity........they want to find out who would dance with hoper if his tinnitus went away.
       
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    12. Tyler Montgomery
      Fine

      Tyler Montgomery Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/12/15
      People tend to throw this habituation term around and make it seem like they are 100% cured and don't even hear the tinnitus. I doubt that is true. In my opinion, habituation basically means you have given up trying to battle the tinnitus and you accept it as part of you, instead of considering it a foreign threat. It rarely ever goes away, or gets softer, or any other healing crap. The true healing is that you forget what it sounds like to not have tinnitus, and so you stop hoping to return to that state. I don't even remember what silence sounds like. To my brain, the ringing sound IS silence. Once the ringing becomes your true baseline, and actual silence is totally forgotten...you're pretty much habituated.
       
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    13. vegasjon

      vegasjon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      I hate this word and the concept. I read it as accepting your handicap and pain. I'm not habituated, I'm pissed off. Not that it accomplishes anything. I guess it's just my nature (and those who can acclimate are surely better off).
       
    14. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      @vegasjon Please read the post below it might be of some help.
      All the best
      Michael

      Is habituation Possible?

      I have often been asked this question by many people that are new to tinnitus and those that have habituated for some time but have noticed a resurgence in it’s severity, which hasn’t calmed down and cast some doubt on whether it will return to it’s manageable levels. I believe it is possible to habituate but it does depend on certain criteria. We are all different so no two people will experience tinnitus the same. It also comes in different forms and intensities, which will affect how a person relates to it and what their expectations are for the future, can make or break the habituation process.

      It is not unusual for the newbie to want a complete cure from the cacophony of noise that has suddenly invaded their life like an unwanted interloper. Perhaps their Doctor has said those familiar words: There is no cure you’ll have to get used to it. As far as the patient is concerned they're out to prove otherwise and will throw everything at it that they possibly can. The Internet is a vast source of information and they will endeavour to research tinnitus to the hilt leaving no stone unturned. Depending on where one lives in the world and the accessibility for suitable treatment is another factor.

      Many people don’t realize how complex and delicate the ear is until something goes wrong with it. Tinnitus is just one of many conditions that can affect the auditory system. It is for this reason, some ENT Drs are reluctant to intervene too early and prefer to wait for up to six months before offering treatment like TRT, CBT and white noise generators. Unless a person is experiencing additional symptoms such as dizziness, balance problems or deafness which could be an indication of another problem associated with the ear. Therefore, the most a person might be offered in the form of treatment is antidepressants, a sleeping draft or some counselling.

      On the positive front: Tinnitus has been known to go away within six months sometimes a little longer and many people do habituate within this time and therefore, it’s no longer seen so much of problem. The early stages of tinnitus can cause a lot of upheaval in a person’s life, often making them emotionally unequipped to take on the treatments that I’ve mentioned, because they do require some calm, positive approach and the willingness to be patient.

      By all means research tinnitus and gain as much knowledge about it as possible if that is your choice, but try not to put too much pressure on yourself or setting goals that at the moment might not be achievable. In the early stages, tinnitus can feel like you’re riding a rollercoaster. One day you're up and the next day down. Enthusiasm can quickly turn into disappointment and despair. It is advisable in this instance to take things slow and easy.

      To the person that has habituated for a while and noticed a tinnitus spike is lasting longer than usual and is showing no signs of settling down as it would normally. Try not to panic. As you know stress can cause this, for life is problematic and few of us go through it without having problems. On the other hand some people habituate to the point where their tinnitus is hardly heard. Under these circumstances it’s easy to forget and throw caution to the wind. Have you been attending clubs, bars or gigs where music has been played loud and you haven’t been using noise reducing earplugs? It is something to consider.

      Have you been listening to music through headphones? Although the tinnitus hasn’t bothered you passed, there’s no guarantee that you wont be affected now even when played at low volume. Whilst it’s good that a person habituates and carries on to lead a fulfilling life, it would be prudent to remember to protect one’s hearing at all times or at least be conscious of it. I have been contacted by many people having habituated for a while and stopped using sound enrichment at night and noticed their tinnitus becoming intrusive again over a period of time. Others attending venues where music is played loud, and those using headphones.

      My advice is to be careful in whatever you decided to do. If the tinnitus doesn’t calm down after three weeks then I think it’s time to ask your Doctor to refer you to ENT. Hopefully, you’ll be put on a treatment plan. Since you have the experience of habituation and what this entails, it wont be long before you’ll feel like yourself again.

      I have habituated twice in the twenty years that I’ve had tinnitus, although the second time was more difficult and took longer it was still possible.
       
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    15. Jomo

      Jomo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/4/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      going for a rim shot on the snare drum.
      @Michael Leigh

      Thx for that post...i have read ur posts before but it is nice to see it again especially after a new sound appeared...seems to have disappeared but it came on out of nowhere yesterday as well for a lil...i have been handiling this fine but that new sound really put me back a lil.

      Quick question..in the shower do you let the water spray into your ears? Thx
       
    16. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      @Jomo
      Thank you. I try not to make the water go into my ears when taking a shower. Tinnitus can fluctuate a lot and different sounds occasionally appear and disappear. Providing you keep away from loud noise and my advice is not to use headphones, then your tinnitus shouldn't get any worse, it might actually improve with time.
      Take care
      Michael
       
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