Have You Named Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Larry OT, Nov 20, 2014.

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    1. Larry OT
      No Mood

      Larry OT Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NJ
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Volume, meds and motorcycles
      My therapist wants me to give my tinnitus a name.
      Anyone name theirs? Do I really want to personalize it with an identity?
      Other than "bitch" (not a female reference). I can't imagine a suitable name.
       
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    2. Lisa Robinson
      Depressed

      Lisa Robinson Member

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      19/09/2013
      Annoying as hell. Lol I couldn't name it really well maybe Pest!
       
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    3. RaZaH
      Not amused

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      I call it Satan. :p
       
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    4. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      Calgary
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      11/2013
      And how is this supposed to help?
       
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    5. Larry OT
      No Mood

      Larry OT Member Benefactor

      Location:
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      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Volume, meds and motorcycles
      @Telis

      I can find some humor in the process but I will let you know my therapists response to giving it a name next week.
      I suppose I'm supposed to have some inner dialogue with "iT", who knows...
       
    6. OddV
      Assassinator

      OddV Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
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      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      F***er
       
    7. SoulStation
      No Mood

      SoulStation Member Ambassador Team Tech

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / Possible Medication
      Earbola
       
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    8. Zam

      Zam Member Team Tech

      I'd have to come up with about a dozen names.... no thanks
       
    9. kenny
      English

      kenny Member

      Location:
      london uk
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      10/2013
      A pain in the arse, although its in my head!
       
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    10. Martin69
      Artistic

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      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      (Health) Anxiety
      RINGO

      But maybe name it friend, since it should become your friend. LOL
       
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    11. Asian

      Asian Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4 weeks
      Justin bieber
       
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    12. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Wilson.....he keeps me company! :ROFL:
       
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    13. Luca
      Amused

      Luca Member

      Location:
      Vienna, Austria
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck injury
      a friend gave my T the name "Alberto". Whenever I bring something up that lacks political correctness I blame it on him.
       
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    14. LadyDi
      Busy

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      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      I have heard of this naming thing before, which seems pretty silly to me. Not to mention gives tinnitus more authority than it deserves, IMHO. But who knows, maybe it helps and I should try it.
      Keep us posted, @Larry OT!
       
    15. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

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      Childhood
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      :banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead: :blackeye:

      No.

      No.

      No, but you could try and say it out loud the next time you are with your therapist, provided he/she asks.

      Expect a differentiated response depending on the sex of your therapist.

      Neither can I.

      Consider if therapy is the right option for you.

      Consider enlisting the help from the psychologists on this board, if you haven't already.

      Dr. Gans has provided a worthwhile explanation of the role of psychotherapy and tinnitus in this post...

      ...and it is not often that I use the words "worthwhile" and "psychotherapy" in the same sentence when the topic is about tinnitus.

      Finally, consider doing a search on "neuropsychology" instead of "psychology" when/if scanning the Internet for ideas.

      My suggestion.
       
    16. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

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      Denmark
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      Childhood
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      Head Injury
      Personally, I find it difficult to have a dialogue with "someone" screaming at me.
       
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    17. I would maybe change therapist or do something else(n). I tried CBT in my early T days but i can´t say that it helped me anything at all. The lady told me that everything was just fine and that i should enjoy every moment still. But it wasn´t fine and i couldn´t enjoy any moment whatever she said. Maybe i visited the wrong therapist but it was just waste of money and time for me.
       
    18. Larry OT
      No Mood

      Larry OT Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NJ
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Volume, meds and motorcycles
      @attheedgeofscience

      So for you T is a meaningless experience that you have habituated to?
      Sometimes I can think it meaningless and keep moving on my day.
      But when I'm overwhelmed, meditating it away as meaningless is a bit daunting.

      Sometimes I simply accept it as fighting it only makes it worse.
      That's half way to making it meaningless.

      Sometimes I have to prove I am stronger and show it who's in control by simply not caving in.
      My actions rather than re-actions to T make it happen.

      These are all different approaches that have been effective depending on my mood and abilities at any given time.

      How do you get by with it? What's your mindset?

      When I am not distracted by it, a dialogue comes into play whatever the terms.
       
    19. jimH
      No Mood

      jimH Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      30 years+
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      :dohanimation:....Find yourself a new therapist.
       
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    20. Kopesy
      Balanced

      Kopesy Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England, United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      19/09/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma'?' (Unknown)
      Big T.
       
    21. Larry OT
      No Mood

      Larry OT Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NJ
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Volume, meds and motorcycles
      after careful consideration, I believe nameless is best.
      It should have no meaning or defining entitlement.
      It's not a friend or foe, it is just is something that I will continue to try and make meaningless...in some way, to give myself the strength to see clearly and hear...well, through the maze.
      At least that's how it seems to suit me for now.

      But isn't this process part of the approach to how we deal with it. I'm still getting to the place called Habituation. I'm just looking for the path that works in my head, and I am open to anything that May fit in that process.

      Thanks for the dialogue on this. I appreciate the input.
       
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    22. attheedgeofscience
      Uninvolved

      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      Habituated? Not exactly. Quote from the report from the Swiss professor of neurosurgery I saw two weeks ago: "Acceptance of tinnitus is absent".

      I don't. On the other hand I have been keeping busy by looking for real treatment options during the past year or so.

      I have an all-or-nothing personality; a life without quality of life, is not a life at all. That's how I see it.

      I believe there are at least some potential treatments coming our way within the foreseeable future. One mindset is to just get along until some of these opportunities present themselves.

      Regarding psychology and tinnitus: tinnitus is not a disease of the mind; it is a disease of the brain. Psychotherapy will therefore not work. Just like antidepressants will not work against an ingrown toenail.
       
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    23. Larry OT
      No Mood

      Larry OT Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NJ
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Volume, meds and motorcycles
      Well, somewhere between all or nothing there is some help that gets me though a day...sometimes.
      "All" is not here yet and "nothing" is a long way down.
      Way not try Trobalt? Seems to help others here.

      I hope you find some comfort in between the waiting. Being bitter has gotten me nowhere but down and out.
       
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    24. MattL
      Jaded

      MattL Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's
      Hmm mine is called Damian, coz it has possessed my soul :blackalien:
       
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    25. Mark McDill
      Curious

      Mark McDill Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Papillion, NE
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely stress, anxiety, an antibiotic and nsaids
      Cousin It

      cousinIt.jpg
       
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    26. Sean

      Sean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01-01-2011
      I just called it my "girl friend t " ..girl friend who never leaves you ..
       
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    27. RaZaH
      Not amused

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      mr-t.jpeg
       
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    28. Mr. Cartman
      Artistic

      Mr. Cartman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      I agree.. May my tinnitus rot and burn in hell, and may I live to tell!
       
    29. Relic Hunter
      Cynical

      Relic Hunter Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/1990
      I second that comment !!!!!!
       
    30. Gabrielle
      No Mood

      Gabrielle Member

      Location:
      Netherlands, Utrecht
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, maybe bad syringing
      I miss you Larry
       
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