Hi, I'm Lisa!

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    1. lisalovesbacon
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      lisalovesbacon Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concerts.
      Hello! My name is Lisa, I'm from the Land Down Under (Australia) and I have had T since I was a teenager due to excessive noise. At first it drove me crazy but now (at 24) I'm used to it. I am a very positive person when it comes to this condition as I believe that we all face challenges in life and this is mine!
      I have managed to ignore it for the better part of 3 years now, that or I got used to it :p

      Anyway, I am just here to meet others with the condition and talk to those in need as I am proof that you can still live life to the fullest even with T.
       
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    2. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Love your username. Welcome! :)

      Always great to have success stories and positive spirits on board!

      Woo-hoo,
      Markku
       
    3. steveb

      steveb Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/25/2013
      Hi Lisa, Thanks for the post. I need all the positive reinforcement I can get. Mine started two weeks ago and it is really driving me crazy. How did you get through those first weeks and months. I'm having a really hard time.
       
    4. lisalovesbacon
      Cool

      lisalovesbacon Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concerts.
      Hi Steve! As others have mentioned on other parts of the forum, the first few weeks/years are quite difficult, but I have honestly managed to become accustomed to it! I think if I had complete silence I wouldn't know what to do with myself :p positivity is the key. Like I mentioned in my post, I have gone long periods without even taking notice. I knew it was there, but my mind seemed to completely ignore it. I suffer from extreme anxiety too, so you can imagine how hard it all was to overcome.
      I only have a mild buzzing noise and an occasional high pitched 5 second noise, so I guess compared to others I have it quite well.
      I manage it so well that you may not see me return to the forums for a long time :p
       
    5. lisalovesbacon
      Cool

      lisalovesbacon Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concerts.
      My point is, do not despair, do not succumb to any anxiety or depression over this, it is not the end. My positive thinking has definitely helped me overcome this.
       
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    6. Miss lavender

      Miss lavender Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/01/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus
      Hi Lisa,
      I am from Australia also(Melbourne) to be exact. I have had my tinnitus for 2.5 years. I still have bad days but the good days are becoming more frequent. I am thankful for this. Anyhow thank you for your positive and encouraging post, it has just made my day a little better. Every little bit helps. Please stay on this forum, I think you will make a big difference to all of us.

      Take care. ML.
       
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    7. lisalovesbacon
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      lisalovesbacon Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concerts.
      Good to hear, Miss Lavender. We all have our horrible days, don't we? But we cope. I know it sounds bad but I try to think of people with worse conditions, then I feel quite silly worrying about something like this.
       
    8. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      Hey Lisa: For whatever reason, I am having a bad T day today, after having a good one yesterday. I am trying everything to keep my spirits up, improve my health habits, be open to different treatments. But hearing from someone like you is the best treatment of all. So please, keep checking in. And thanks.

      Oh, and I LOVE bacon too!
       
    9. lisalovesbacon
      Cool

      lisalovesbacon Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concerts.
      Hi LadyDi! I see you are new to this so I can understand why you're upset. But trust me, once you accept it and start to get used to it, you won't notice it. I truly believe you can do this! If I can, anyone can. We only get one life to live, so are you going to let T dictate yours?
      I am always available via message to talk to anyone in need. There is no reason you should ever be contemplating anything horrible.
      Bacon is my favourite! Hehe. It is breakfast time here in Australia so I could make some.
       
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    10. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      Awesome to see some other aussies floating about on here, welcome!
       
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    11. Miss lavender

      Miss lavender Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/01/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus
      Where abouts in Melbourne Yonkapin?
       
    12. Jade
      Lucky

      Jade Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sunshine Coast, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/07/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics, Beats by Dre, Work
      Im in Australia too so good to know there is ppl wih T so close to home!

      Love your post Lisa, loving your optimistic and positive attitude x
       
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    13. Cher69
      Fine

      Cher69 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      York, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      20/5/2013
      Hi Lisa - I get the high pitched sudden tone thing and asked about this on the forum the other day 'Fleeting T' I now understand its called so again reassuring to find others experience this and Im normal and we all learn to cope eventually.

      @steveb - Hi Steve those first few weeks are so hard I remember it well as I was in your shoes in May / June this year - and like others on here I am learning to cope and live again. Hang in there - sleep is so important and at the beginning I think most people are robbed from a good nights sleep - if you need help for this go ask the doctor for some advise - I truely believe once you learn to sleep again you will start to have the strength to cope and move forward. Im still very new to this and was well on the road to getting the old me back - this last week Ive had a wobbly in my life - it knocked my sleep and I was up all night listening to the annoying 'loud' tone - again..... BUT a couple of days past - gathered myself together - did some relaxing stuff I like and managed to get a nights sleep - guess what ...... Today I feel SO much better and my T is defo less annoying and Im sure not as loud. We all appear to have good and bad days but at the beginning it feels like you will never have a good one - YOU WILL - I promise - Cher xx

      @LadyDi - Sorry your having a bad day hun - I was like that the past 2-3 days but today Im back feeling positive - a good nights sleep helped as Ive said above to Steve - How did you get on at the appointment you spoke about with an ENT doc ? Fingers crossed tomorrow brings you a better day - try and do something nice today ;) x

      @lisalovesbacon - I had a ham sandwich for lunch - almost bacon lol - Cher x
       
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    14. ShiningStar

      ShiningStar Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4/2013
      I agree with all of this! It is SO SO hard in the beginning, and I remember thinking like so many others-- there is no way that this going to get better. But it does!!!!
       
    15. lisalovesbacon
      Cool

      lisalovesbacon Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concerts.
      It was hard at first, but honestly I got used to it. I need to keep reinforcing positive thinking and I am fine :)
       
    16. steveb

      steveb Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/25/2013
      Thanks so much for the continued support, you guys are great!!!
       
    17. James White
      Anime

      James White Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Toulouse, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe loud music. Not sure.
      I think i'm gonna get a refuel on bacon tomorrow for breakfast, yummy :)
       
    18. lisalovesbacon
      Cool

      lisalovesbacon Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concerts.
      Hey guys, I've decided after a brief and great experience here that I won't be returning. My habituation was so good in ignoring T and when I started Zoloft this week I noticed T and caved in and googled forums, what I'm trying to say is reading or talking about it makes me worse. So off I go, back on the road to habituation :) I was completely ignorant towards this for 2 years! Now one small thing set me off. Anyway, I wish you all the best, it's been a fun learning experience, goodbye :)
       
    19. Danny
      Fine

      Danny Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Near Toronto Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      OK hey you welcome to the site...My only real question to that really should matter is.....Do you like Canadian Bacon.
       
    20. Danny
      Fine

      Danny Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Near Toronto Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Dust in the wind......whoosh...gone just like that, so many question to ask you, but now you"ve left my life forever, how fleeting our chance meeting has been....Go lisaloves bacon, go to the habituation gods above....enjoy the peace and serenity of silence in your head...bye bye my lisalovesbacon:whistle:
       
    21. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      You know, I do have to say I get what @lisalovesbacon is saying. Sometimes, I worry that doing too much research, and spending too much time on the boards, makes me focus too much on the T and drives up the anxiety. (My hubby keeps telling me so, too). On the other hand: I have so appreciated the support and feel good helping others. So... double-edged sword.

      I wish her happiness and crisply cooked bacon. She was a brief but sweet breeze in our lives.
       
    22. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      Hey Cher, so sweet of you to ask.
      It was a a real rollercoaster: Was anxious in advance, then euphoric about finally being able to talk to him (he was great, gave me over an hour and a half of his time), then a little depressed on the ride home back to reality. Bottom line, as I expected, is there is no magic pill or surgery he can do. And like the other specialist, he said he could not even tell me for sure my T was caused by barotrauma and the plane flight -- and even if he could, it wouldn't matter.

      The good news:

      He said he felt very confident I would habituate and I just needed to be patient. He even advised I wait on the Neuromonics and see if I habituate on my own, although I am not sure I'll do that.
      He confirmed my benzo treatment was appropriate and the dose very low.

      And the most amazing thing: At some point, when I was telling him how I was surprised I was struggling with the anxiety and the tinnitus when I usually cope so well, he said. "Well, I do understand how it feels. You know, I have tinnitus. Had it for years. I guess you haven't noticed that I have hearing aids in both ears."

      I was totally stunned. I mean, this guy is a very well known inner ear surgeon. If can cope with tinnitus, and do the amazing work he does, then dammit: so can I.

      Thanks for being there for me. Made a big difference.
       
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    23. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      I'm in the south east suburbs (Dingley) - how about yourself!? Good to see someone else from Melbourne on here!
       
    24. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      Yeah I understand it too, but this board puts me in a pretty good place most of the time - there's a bunch of great people here that I've seen progress tremendously, and I always get a great sense of postivity on here. I can't say the same for many of the other T forums I've come accross though, I definitely avoid those.
       
    25. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      To Lisa, I think you made the right decision. Followed your intuition. I wish you only the best. :)

      I think it somewhat depends on the person how avoiding tinnitus boards may affect them.

      If one is the sort of person who wants to check whether their tinnitus is still there, or just otherwise tends to start paying more attention to their noise when they are actively participating in something related to tinnitus, then I think that's a definite sign where one probably should try & forget conversing tinnitus on the internet.

      I always bring up Jim, who was like the #2 member after me here, and he was such an integral piece of this site for over a year. However, Jim noticed on his sailing trips and other vacations that when he wasn't around tinnitus sites, he felt a lot better and tinnitus wasn't that much of a problem.

      So he decided to try & take some time off. This ended up confirming his hypothesis, and he no longer visits this site frequently.

      I'm very happy that he eventually found out that discussing tinnitus actually adversely affected him. He's doing great now!

      Then I always bring up myself after that story. I don't notice a difference between hanging around here and doing something completely else. It just doesn't affect my noise. And I love being here and trying my best to help others & provide this platform for discussion.


      Anyway, regarding this subject, I suggest you read this thread:
      The benefits of staying away from tinnitus related websites?
       
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