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    1. Zimichael

      Zimichael Member Benefactor

      Location:
      N. California
      Tinnitus Since:
      (1956) > 1980 > 2006 > 2012 > (2015)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ac. Trauma & Ac.Trauma + Meds.
      Hello everyone/anyone...

      I was born and raised in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia then). I first got tinnitus when my brother threw a fire-cracker at me at age 6, but adapted to it (Ah, the resilience of youth!). It did not bother me much until some noisy construction work I was helping with nearly 30 years later in early 1980's. Uh-oh...that was the real beginning! Bi-aural tinnitus, worse on the left = the side where that darn fire-cracker went off. Earplugs and earmuffs in noise zones became du jour from then on, though I still lived a pretty normal and vibrant life.

      Hyperacusis and louder ringing joined the party (sic) in 2006 thanks to a cocktail of ototoxic meds which made me feel like my head was getting blown off inside. That was a mistake on the part of my docs, but I was really ill and they were doing their best. It was one of those 'irreversible mistakes' unfortunately. [Maybe I will write up some observations and warnings about meds and tinnitus at a future time, as I have done a lot of research and asking around about it. My confirmed suspicion, is that I bet a LOT of tinnitus is unknowingly caused by 'harmless meds' - Ibuprofen for instance, AND exposure to loud sound while taking the meds. It's remarkable how much correlation I have turned up just among people I know]. Anyway...I could hardly handle this new hyperacusis-louder tinnitus combo for years. Depressed, scared, life turned upside down...a mess. The added hyperacusis makes it so much more difficult.

      However, over then next 6 years things calmed a bit, but despite high vigilance I got re-triggered by exposure I could not even tell was affecting me at the time. It felt/sounded safe (a small meeting in room with hard acoustics) but it was not, and I walked out with an even higher level of tinnitus. Gaaaaaaaaarh!!!

      I try to not wear plugs all the time like we're supposed to not, but the world is a noisy place, and wearing them just amplifies the inside-my-head sound of it, so...Sigh!

      Now I'm pretty reclusive and can't do 95% of the things I would like to be doing (travel, dance, dinner with a group of friends, etc., etc.) and feeling pretty lonely, isolated, fighting to keep positive and figure out what to do with this the rest of my life.
      No doubt, I'm not actually alone as we all know there are millions of people have this affliction. Thus I figured I would join this board and try to get out of my shell a bit. Plus after all this time I do have a good amount of experience under my belt about the subject!

      Best to all, Zimichael
       
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    2. gary
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      gary Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Macomb, MI. USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who Knows
      Hi Zimichae, nice to have you aboard. Interesting story, we will be looking forward to hearing more on your insight regarding T
       
    3. Tenna
      Anime

      Tenna Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Hello Zimichael (pretty cool name ^^) welcome to the forum :)
      You're definitely not alone. This forum is great for support in these tough times, many experienced tinnituscarriers in here = )
       
    4. Zimichael

      Zimichael Member Benefactor

      Location:
      N. California
      Tinnitus Since:
      (1956) > 1980 > 2006 > 2012 > (2015)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ac. Trauma & Ac.Trauma + Meds.
      Thanks for the welcome! Still clicking around trying to find all the in's and out's of this site...There's a lot here and some research stuff I had not come across too. However, no 'silver bullet' yet it seems. Sigh!
      Appears to be a great, active membership as well, for a relatively "obscure" affliction - well, not obscure to us who have it! I'm sure I will slowly get to know who's who in due course, though not sure what exactly shows up for members who click on another member/their icon-picture, etc. I have a whole winter ahead so no rush, and there's only so many books I can read before I get 'dingy'!
      Thanks again...Take care, Zimichael
       
    5. gary
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      gary Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Macomb, MI. USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who Knows
      Theres a ton of stuff to go through here, but as you say no magic bullit, yet. You will find most of the latest research going on regarding T here. Kick back, put on some soothing music and have a look around...
       
    6. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Welcome to Tinnitus Talk, Zimichael! We're glad you joined us, and look forward to hearing more from you soon. Thanks for telling us your tinnitus story. I can definitely relate to you regarding the ototoxic meds; that's what happened to me, too. I don't have hyperacusis, but I do have both tinnitus and pulsatile tinnitus (since 2010).

      Take care, and let us know if we can help or support you in any way!

      Best wishes,
      Karen
       

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