Hello Everyone! I'm an Idiot!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by ahegg, Sep 16, 2017.

    1. ahegg
      Dumb

      ahegg Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Firearm
      Hello,
      My name is Alec, I've been living with tinnitus in my left ear for the last week. For those of you that have been suffering for years I do not envy you, this last week has been really rough but I do deserve it. My own idiotic actions caused this spout of tinnitus, I decided I didn't need ear protection while firing a 9mm handgun. I hadn't any experience with handguns before this point due to personal belief (against handguns) and I wish it had remained that way but it isn't so. I shot the gun and now I'm paying the consequences.

      Those of you that caused your tinnitus via similar methods, how long did your's last before healing? Or did it heal? I don't think I want to live the rest of my life like this, music sounds like it's being played through a blown speaker, general speech directed at my left ear is hard to decode due to tinny sound and loud noises cause loud ringing for a few minutes. I hate this.
       
    2. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Hi @ahegg

      Your tinnitus will improve and clam down. Please read the post below and click on the links at the bottom of the page and read my articles. Try to read them in full and not skim through them.

      All the best
      Michael

      New to tinnitus what to do?

      The onset of loud intrusive tinnitus can be very traumatic for most people. I use the words loud and intrusive, because tinnitus comes in many forms and intensities. When it is mild, moderate or occasionally heard in quiet surroundings it is usually not too bothersome and a person can go about their daily affairs quite happily and unperturbed by this anomaly. This type of tinnitus usually comes on gradually and in some cases it’s associated with hearing loss, as we get older and the usual treatment is the wearing of hearing aid/s.

      Tinnitus can be caused by other things: an underlining medical problem, build up of ear wax (cerumen). Jaw problems. Some medications and even irregular blood flow through the body causing Pulsatile tinnitus. There are a plethora of other conditions that can be responsible. However, the most common cause is exposure to loud noise or music that has been played at high levels causing some damage to the cochlear in the inner ear.

      This type of tinnitus can be loud, intrusive and very debilitating. Often leaving a person at a loss and not knowing which way to turn to escape the nightmare that has suddenly come upon them. Your Dr has probably told you, it’s tinnitus and nothing can be done, you’ll just have to learn to live with it. I remember those words as if it were yesterday resonating through my mind and thinking, live with this for the rest of my life, impossible. So I fully understand how difficult it can be for someone new to this condition to take this in and believe it to be factual.

      If you are having difficulty sleeping you might have been advised to try a night time sedation or an ant-depressant to help cope with the stress and anxiety that often accompanies tinnitus. These medications can be helpful especially in the early stages and they don’t have to be taken long term, so it’s something to consider. They can act as a safety net so you don’t become too down.

      A referral to ENT will usually be recommended. In the mean time try to keep occupied with something you like doing, as it helps to distract the brain from focusing on the tinnitus. Avoiding quiet rooms during the day by playing low level non intrusive music such as classical in the background can be helpful.

      At night a sound machine placed by the bedside playing nature sounds or listening to favourite mp3 tracks or Cds are good. Keeping the volume just below the tinnitus is ideal and set to play throughout the night until morning. It takes time to get used to sound therapy so please stay with it. Whilst in a deep sleep it supplies the brain and auditory system with sound enrichment. Over time the tinnitus is pushed further into the background helping to make its perception less noticeable during waking hours.

      In the early stages of tinnitus, if one chooses not to use sound enrichment sleeping can sometimes be difficult and there’s also the chance of the tinnitus becoming more intrusive as sleeping in a quiet room can allow the brain to increase it’s own background activity. In doing so it will also increase the tinnitus making it more intrusive during waking hours.

      There is a tendency for newbies to try and cure their tinnitus which is quite understandable. There are many remedies, treatments and concoctions out there. Some affordable others quite expensive. I am not adverse to trying to help myself but want to say, there are charlatans and con artists eager to relieve someone in distress of their money so please be careful. Even tried and tested treatments I wouldn’t recommend a person try until they have been seen at ENT. Often a person after been seen at ENT is advised to wait a while.

      The reason being. Many people habituate to tinnitus within six months sometimes a little longer and it has been known to go away. The ear is a very delicate organ and many Drs prefer to wait before investigating further and then suggesting a treatment. If other problems are experienced such as: pain in the ears, deafness, dizziness or balance problems this is of more concern and a person will usually been seen quicker.

      It is best to have a word with your GP if you’re feeling stressed or depressed in any way, as previously mentioned there are treatments available. Leaving things alone until ENT advise you of the next step is the best thing to do in my opinion. Don’t try to fix anything or throw large sums of money at treatments that you have no way of knowing whether you’ll get any relief.

      It is not advisable to listen to audio through headphones even at low volume and keep away from loud sounds. By all means go out but anywhere that plays loud music then wear noise reducing earplugs.
      Take things slowly and one day at a time. Read some of the positivity threads and ask other members for advice. Many people eventually habituate to their tinnitus and go on to lead a happy and fulfilling life even though it may take a little time.

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-a-personal-view.18668/

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/hyperacusis-as-i-see-it.19174/
       
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    3. Wheels73

      Wheels73 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Hi...
      I feel what you are going through... but as hard as it is to believe... you will learn to live with it. You won't feel this way forever. Yes it will be annoying and some days will be worse than others... but that feeling of dred and anxiety will go away..

      I've just started with a humming noise and those feelings of anxiety came rushing back. I now have 2 high pitched ringing ears and a rumbling head which seems to be interrupted by low frequency sounds from the tv.. this gives it the impression of the rumbling switching on and off.

      That aside... I got used too the first noises and I know ill get used to this... and that's what you have to tell yourself. It's not life threatening... it's just annoying... and that annoyance decreases with time.

      Good luck!
       
    4. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
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      AUTHOR
      ahegg
      Dumb

      ahegg Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Firearm
      It might take 3-24 months before it heals or fades.

      Oh God. I've made a big mistake, I really don't want to be like this for 2 years... I love music so much but it sounds so terrible.
       
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    6. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      There is a high chance that after 6 months you will feel better compared to how you are feeling now. Having said this, you might consider listening to music only at moderate volume, to give you ears a chance to heal.
       
    7. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      Also age plays a role

      How old are you ?

      A bunch of us got T firing firearms - the ear cannot protect itself as it's too fast unlike a loud event/ club etc

      How many shots

      Indoor ?
       
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      AUTHOR
      ahegg
      Dumb

      ahegg Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Firearm
      I’m 22, I fired 17 rounds of 9mm outdoors.
       
    9. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      you are still very young, and outdoor isn't going to be as bad as indoor

      based on that you have a very good chance of a full recovery PROVIDED you don't re-expose your ears to sound above 70db for the next few months. Lay off the music for a while or listen at very low volume only

      wear ear muffs or plugs for noisy commute/public places etc..
       
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