Have a Referral to See a Specialist

Discussion in 'Support' started by rhull, Feb 8, 2016.

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    1. rhull
      Alone

      rhull Member

      Location:
      NJ
      Tinnitus Since:
      1974
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Guess I was born with it. Never not known life without T
      Going to set up an appointment (hope he takes my insurance).

      But do they really help? What sort of thing can I expect from a specialist?

      Am I best of just trying things from here?

      I saw my doc who prescribed me with Ambian sleeping tablets on the nights I struggle. Haven't taken one yet, as I'm not a big pill fan, but as a last resort to getting to sleep, I'll take one.

      I'm also taking notes of how bad my T is each day, and it seems to get worse by evening. maybe it's because my ears are worn out after being used during the day?

      It's so annoying. I sometimes get a distorting noise when speaking on the phone. My T is a horrible high pitch noise in both ears.

      So how have others found the experts?
       
    2. Lorac

      Lorac Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden profound hearing loss in left ear.
      Hi @rhull and welcome!
      What type of specialist are you scheduled to see? Are you seeing an ENT? Do you have hearing loss that you know of?
       
    3. ady

      ady Member

      Specialists have very limited means to help us. Most are ignorant about tinnitus.
       
    4. rhull
      Alone

      rhull Member

      Location:
      NJ
      Tinnitus Since:
      1974
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Guess I was born with it. Never not known life without T
      It's an ent, but with a great deal of tinnitus experience apparently. However looking deeper it seems treatment is mostly therapy related, and I'm not sure would be anymore beneficial than the info here.

      I went for a hearing check a few weeks back and was advised to get hearing aids.

      As for hearing loss, my high frequency range is shot.
       
    5. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      I'd say this is by far the worst thing you can do. Do not monitor your tinnitus! The only time you should ever really monitor your T is during a clinical trial. It's justifiable then.

      By actively listening to your T, you are making it more important to your limbic system and brain. You are teaching yourself to keep the sound in your conscious mind which is exactly the opposite of what you want.

      Try to ignore it as best as you can. When you hear it screaming, try not to have any emotional reaction to it. It would be even better if you could find something to do that you really enjoy. Make yourself as happy as possible whilst T is ringing away. It's no easy feat, but not impossible and is the best thing you can do.

      My experience with ENTs in the UK so far has been very poor. Hopefully you might get some tests done, and they may even find a cause. Remember that tinnitus is only a symptom, it's just rare that we find the cause.

      My ENT gave me an audiogram and then looked in my ear with an otoscope. That's it. I paid £150 for something I could have had for free at the local Specsavers.

      I wish you all the luck and hope you get more success than me.
       
    6. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Sounds like you've done the right thing, picking an ENT with tinnitus experience. He will probably offer you TRT or another form of counselling.

      Just make sure you get some tests done.
       
    7. 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
      @rhull,
      Welcome to the forum.
      Good luck with your ENT appointment and hope it helps.
      Great to hear they a geared up in tinnitus help...lots of love glynis
       
    8. rhull
      Alone

      rhull Member

      Location:
      NJ
      Tinnitus Since:
      1974
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Guess I was born with it. Never not known life without T
      Thanks. I am rather dubious about going though. I can see spending thousands and getting nothing or little out that I could find on here.

      Has anyone tried this? http://www.audionotch.com
       

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