Hello... I'm the Spouse and Looking for Hope and Support

Discussion in 'Support' started by rhondarxo, Apr 13, 2017.

    1. rhondarxo

      rhondarxo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      One loud sound via earbuds at high volume
      Hello. I am new and I found this forum as I was searching on how I can support my spouse. What I thought was just a phase, I am finding is really a beast called "tinnitus" and it doesnt go away very fast. And it takes a toll on a household :(

      I want to be supportive but I realize I need to understand what is happening. I want to "fix" it becuase it pains me to see my formerly very active, athletic husband, seemingly debilitated by something like his ears bothering him? I get home from work and he is wearing noise canceling headphones and it is hard to engage in conversations that are hard t hear. It is frustrating as a spouse but I know he is frustrated but I keep looking for other options than what the ENT presented. Which is pretty much... wait and see if it gets better.

      In 2012, he wore his earbuds with his iphone. Once he pressed a game app, the phone was somehow set on the highest volume and as a result a loud sound pierced his left ear.

      That was the start. He had a few weeks of intense ringing and after about a month he went to an ENT. given a tinnitus dx and Found to have hearing loss in the low frequencies. Follow up in 3 months.

      Within 3 months it got better and he didnt follow up. He would have occasional flare ups but nothing too uncomfortable.

      In Feb of 2017, he went on a plane trip. Since then he has had fullness, constant buzzing, ringing. Went back to ENT and the PA said he had low frequency hearing loss, reverse slope audiogram, and she thought may be cochlear hydrops. Prescribed diuretics, and low salt diet. My husband is an active runner and usually with long runs, needs to replenish with salt tabs and electrolytes. So currently he is watching his salt intake and has not taken the diuretics. I considered making appointments for accupuncture and chiropractor but wasnt sure what else to consider.

      Thanks for this forum and just for listening to me vent. First time I have really articulated any of these emotions since I really thought the ringing would just go away. Don't we all want it to go away??
       
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    2. glynis
      Feminine

      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Welcome to Tinnitus Talk.
      So lovely see you here after information for your husband.
      Hope you both can have a read around the boards and get to understand tinnitus and the unwanted emotions.
      You will find information to help cope better and share stories and gain confidence and not feel alone with this condition.
      We are here around the clock to help so ask any questions and I'm sure you will get some helpful replies.

      Love glynis
       
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    3. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      Yup it takes its toll, we've all had a challenging year in our household too. Not sure about diuretics side effects, is that why he's not taking them? There should be some people here with hydrops who can advise.
      I know hydrops can get better...it sucks, so much frustration, little awareness and strangely few people who want to raise it...take care.
       
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    4. glynis
      Feminine

      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Diuretics reduce water retention and should reduce fluid in your ears.
      I have Menieres and a low salt diet and diuretics and medications are the first line of defence.
      Steroid injections in the ear is next.
      Gent injections destroy middle ear functions and hearing.
      Sac decompression,
      Balance rehabilitation physio

      Are what is used in the UK.

      Love glynis
       
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    5. Jomo

      Jomo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/4/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      going for a rim shot on the snare drum.
      Srry to hear it got worse after the plane...now im scared to fly smh
       
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      rhondarxo

      rhondarxo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      One loud sound via earbuds at high volume
      Thank you all for the responses and for the support. This is such a supportive forum. Reading around the boards has helped. And re: the plane ride, sorry to bum you out about that. But the ENT did tell my husband for next time he should try a decongestant or wear earplugs specifically for plane rides which he will definitely do for next time.
       
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