Hello, Here's My Story

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Mattw89, Feb 8, 2017.

    1. Mattw89

      Mattw89 Member

      Location:
      Maidstone
      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear problems since child, used to be a flight attendant...
      hello guys. I am a 27 year old male, I have been suffering with tinnitus for about 2 years now and its recently taken a turn for the worse. I wouldn't say that I am suicidal, however I won't say I haven't thought about it, I feel that my thoughts may turn to intent if this level of tinnitus persists for years to come. Going through with it is something that I couldn't do, for one reason being a mental health nurse myself, the main reason my family and my girlfriend who I couldn't bare leave with the grief of me passing, especially via suicide. I haven't told my family of my tinnitus due to embarrassment, my girlfriend has an idea but does not know the suffering. I feel telling them would only upset them, there is no good to come from that.

      I guess I am now finally seeking advice. I'm sure you can guess I have been to see Dr's and have been referred to ENT specialists with an appointment on 3rd March. I just don't know what to do about this noise any more. I had an operation in 2015 which reconstructed my left ear drum, however I get tinnitus in both ears (rarely at the same time). It started as an inner vibration feeling, now the right ear has decided it's going to start 'shouting' in a weird way. Anyway I hope everyone is well and I am more than happy to help and share advice, I'm not here just to take.

      Kind regards

      Matthew Ward
       
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    2. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Hi Matt

      Welcome to Tinnitus Talk. I am also 27 and have had T for a couple of years now. I'm doing okay these days but the noise still bothers me from time to time, more so when tired. What does yours sound like?
       
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      Mattw89

      Mattw89 Member

      Location:
      Maidstone
      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear problems since child, used to be a flight attendant...
      Hi Sam, thanks for the welcome. The best way I can describe it is my ear is vibrating, I can feel it slightly too. It differs as to how loud it is, sometimes it's barely noticeable, at other times it's unbearable. Is yours similar?
       
    4. Liana

      Liana Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I'm impressed you've had it so long and haven't talked to people about it. I've been experiencing this since Jan 28th and pretty much everyone I know knows about it. Sometimes talking helps. Although they keep telling me it's going to get better...I'm no so sure though
       
    5. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure

      Welcome to the forum. You are never alone here. We understand your struggle as most of us were where you are including the suicide ideations which are actually quite common. You read that even from success stories where posters describe their incredible suffering initially.

      The initial struggle with T is always tough for anybody because the body is facing this new and alien sensation which can't be shaken off nor treated. When we feel stuck, trapped, and when there seems to be no available medical solution, then stress and anxiety build up to a point the limbic system takes over, and we function in fight or flight mode, making any irritation from T much worse and the brain zooms in on T all day. Also the brain may be flooded with many distorted thoughts called cognitive distortions in CBT, and very often the brain is fooled into believing that living with T for life is a total catastrophe. Hence the immense mental sufferings, many even have suicidal ideations.

      Try do something active to help yourself, such as masking T, living & enjoying life again as much as possible. It will take some time but T is not an end game and good days will be back. I was in a mess initially with ultra high pitch dog whistle T. I also had severe H which caused all noises too loud and piercingly hurtful. Worst, I had relentless anxiety and panic attack from T & H due to prior condition of anxiety and panic disorder and PTSD. The sufferings were so bad that I thought I never would have good life again nor even to survive for long as suicide ideations just dangled in front of my exhausted and stressed out mind. But never say never. I am back to living a normal, productive, happy and absolutely enjoyable life. I wrote my success story and listed some important points helpful to my recovery. Here is my success story if you have time to read it. Don't give up. Better days will come. Just believe it. Take care and God bless.

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/thread...w-i-recovered-from-tinnitus-hyperacusis.3148/
       
    6. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Hi Matt

      Mine is like a buzz/hiss. Its not really high pitch so i handle it okay in silence. Still annoying though.
       
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