How Can You Cope with Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Nathaniel Teposo, Jan 29, 2014.

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    1. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      Speak your mind with tinnitus
       
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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 Nathaniel welcome to this forum. Have you seen a ENT Dr yet? if not that is the first thing I would recommend you do. He will be able to to give you something to settle you down. Could you tell us a little more about yourself and tinnitus....
       
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    3. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      Yeah, I already talk to my ENT doctor in the beginning that I have this condition and my tinnitus started on new years eve, caused by a loud bang of a fire cracker.
       
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    4. gary
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      gary Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Macomb, MI. USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who Knows
      OK, did he tell you there is a good chance it would go away. Do you have another Dr appointment. Can you call his office so he can prescribe medicine to calm you down. Did he say if there was any ear damage...
       
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    5. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      i can hear perfectly fine, i dont have any hearing lose and my doctor give me some meds but it doesn't help to make it go away. Well, maybe i just to deal with it and live with while waiting for the real cure for us sufferer.
       
    6. pef

      pef Member

      Location:
      Georgia, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/16/2013
      Your ability to cope gets better over time. Right now your mind is "reacting" to the T, because it doesn't know what it is. Eventually it will realize it is not a threat and you won't be drawn to the noise.

      Your T is still relatively new, so it may go still go away. But if it does not, you will get to the point where it does not control you anymore. Trust in time. Focus on the positive things in your life. Realize that many people have many more serious and life threating issues than you, and yet they carry on. So can you, with time.
       
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    7. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      I know that my T is not my worst enemy but the depression, stress and anxiety, that's makes me feel like my life is worthless but still, I will not let tinnitus consume my life and I still hoping that the cure for this is close as we know.
       
    8. I who love music
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      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      Perfect answer. I agree.
       
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    9. Jeff M.
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      Jeff M. Member Benefactor

      Location:
      La Jolla, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct. 2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      Nathaniel,

      dude, I so get where you are, and totally agree with pef!! I also wish I had found TT when I was at your stage/point in T! You should be very encouraged to be among people who know what you are going through, and are here to help you through!!! WHICH YOU WILL !!! Hang in man! It will happen!!!! HOPE is real!!
       
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    10. AnneG
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      AnneG Member

      Location:
      Philippines
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/13
      Kuya! wag ka mag aalala! Chill, Nagpandaan ko din po yan. I've had T since september. And recently I got the colds for the first time since September. As some people here on TT said, Tinnitus spike can happen during colds. and they were right xD Pero Ok lang kuya, malalampasan naten to.

      Mabuhay!!!
      Xoxo
      Anne
       
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    11. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      Thanks AnneG
      Kala KO ako many using pinoy dito sa TT. XD
      4kHz frequency many akin, musta any say?


      God is great
       
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    12. Jeff M.
      Cowabunga

      Jeff M. Member Benefactor

      Location:
      La Jolla, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct. 2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      I agree with AnneG (I Think ;))!!
       
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    13. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      :thankyousign::);)
       
    14. billie48
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      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009

      I agree perfectly with pef. Those are words of wisdom indeed on living and coping with tinnitus. As others have pointed out, you are so new to tinnitus that it may just go away or fade, especially when you don't have hearing loss. So take easy, brother. Relax and keep calm. Give it a few months for the body to do its healing.
       
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    15. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      @billie48

      Thank you bro, I hope that someday that this may fade or go away as you said, I really really hope soo


      Thank you for the support guys, having T in the first is like hell to me but days and days I feel kinda better now.
      :):thankyousign::huganimation::huganimation:
       
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    16. EdnaLegume
      Cheeky

      EdnaLegume Member

      Location:
      Maryland
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1999
      How do I cope with tinnitus? I tell my tinnitus "I don't care about you". Sometimes I do it literally out loud.
      I use masking when I need it and try to distract myself so I'm not focusing on it constantly.
       
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    17. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      I think listening to some praise and worship songs and playing the sim3 helps me to not think of it.
      But I think ginkgo biloba helps also.
       
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    18. Myg

      Myg Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Hi Nathaniel, How are you doing?
       
    19. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      Here, after 4 months living with T, i just think i dont have it. Its there but i dont give a damn now. i just dont think of it and focus on T. now its just faint in the background but when im in a really really quite room, i can hear it. but it just dont bother me anymore :)

      How are you doing Myg?

      :huganimation::huganimation::huganimation:
       
    20. Myg

      Myg Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      I just got this 4 days ago and I recently visit ENT. They haven't tell me anything about T but with research I think this is what I have now. I am really sad, I thought that I am going to die early
       
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    21. Nathaniel Teposo
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      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      that okay, its natural to feel depress and anxious because you dont know what to do and what will gonna happen to you after having T. since the first day i got T, my life is full of sadness and unexplained feelings, i dont know what T was and after doing research in the web. know and learn that T can be worse when you are stress. do you have any hearing loss or did you suffer from noise induce trauma? mine cause by a blast incident. it was really scary that time when ringing didn't stop. but feel to share your story on the forum so that we can help you with the future.:huganimation:
       
    22. MattK

      MattK Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/13/2014
      Nathaniel, glad to hear that you're doing better and even to the point where it doesn't bother you at all. Stories like yours always give hope to the rest of us. I'm 2 months in, and it doesn't affect me for the most part, but I can't exactly say it doesn't bother me.
       
    23. fatz1126

      fatz1126 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2014
      Thanks for this! It's inspiring! Thanks!
       
    24. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      I don't....I have gotten used to living a sub par shity life where each day is a torture test. It scared me the first few months, now I wake up prepared to endure hell.
       
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    25. RicoS
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      RicoS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress or Acoustic trauma
      @Telis... I know what you mean. For me somedays are a blessing when it's low and some days are a test of hell to see if you can keep your act together. I had a few months that realy were ok, but last couple of days it was very loud. Today is ok though. I don't know how I deal with it on average ....I just take it day by day, but I still do the things I do when I did not have it. Feeling sorry for myself and sitting at home won't help me...so I keep continue doing what I doing. And use the app on my phone that I explained in an other post that gives me silence for 5 minutes or so.
       
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    26. Mal
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      Mal Member Team Tech

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cinema speakers
      Those words. Though they might sound harsh to some people, it helps me understand that I'm not alone in this.
       
    27. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Thanks for the encouragement. Problem is I don't have good days...they are all bad. I have severe T and H. My T is so loud it's painful, and my H is to a point where peoples voices hurt. My ears feel like they are bleeding and in pain all the time....like someone is constantly digging deep within them with something sharp. Just surviving the day is tough. I push myself to get out and do things but I find zero enjoyment out of the things I once loved. I do it more to pass the day. I don't relate to any of my friends anymore, I don't know anyone personally that's being tortured 24 7 until they die. I look forward to sleep, I get away from the pain for a bit. This is now what I now live for. Maybe I can have a dream of how things used to be...Pretty pathetic I know (those are my good moments).

      I've always practiced PMA ( Positive mental attitude). No amount of PMA will help me here, believe me.

      My ears are fried from a terrible combo of ototoxic drugs...I'm sure there are a few on here with the severity I experience, but I guarantee not many. And for the few of us that do have it to this extreme, it makes it tough to relate to most the people here at TT. Although I do appreciate this site and all the great people on it, sometimes it's hard to hear about all the minor cases and a few bad days here and there. Man what I would give for this!!

      Feel lucky man! You have good days...trust me, some of us have none, and it's not from a lack of effort or a lousy attitude. A person can only handle so much and go on living life normally.

      Telis
       
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    28. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Yup...definitely not alone. I couldn't imagine suffering like this in my wildest nightmares! Part of the suffering is people not taking you serious...You end up looking like a useless complaining sack of shit with mental issues.
       
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    29. MichaelM
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      MichaelM Member

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      mild since ´90 ´s. severe ->2013 on
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere´s Disease/acoustic trauma?
      I dont cope with tinnitus. As Telis said, for some of us this is pretty much survival game.
      Those nice word i keep hearing "you will get use to it" and "it will get better over time" doesnt mean anything to me, i am sorry about that. I had relatively tolerable T for some 15 years or so and then the real hell begun with Meniere´s disease. But that is another story.
      I think of my ears about some 1000 times a day. starting immediately when i wake up all the way until i fall to sleep. Survival, indeed.
       
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    30. RicoS
      Confused

      RicoS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress or Acoustic trauma
      I cannot compare my T with yours but I feel a bit ashamed when I complain when I know it can get much worse. But the panic that we encountered the first time is for us all the same in some way. When mine started my T also did hurt my ears and I could not hear a thing except my T. That became lower in a view months....At that time I almost could not take it anymore. But I have a son of now almost 2 years old so quiting is not an option but it crossed my mind in the beginning.
      Yesterday 2 people at work made a joke about my ears and they thought they were funny but nobody was laughing and everybody was looking at me how I would respond...... I stayed calm and put on the app on my phone but not through my earphone so everbody could hear it. I turned it on I left it on for 2 minutes and after that I said...that is what I hear all the time..... so if you think you are funny making jokes about that...your a complete @ssh$l3 so don't expect me to react so calm the next time.
      They understood they were not funny and did not know how to behave so the message was clear.

      I knowI can habitate but I also no I'm a type of person not easy to let go of stuff and always want to find a cure.
      But I respect all of you that you continue with life itself....because for me it feels like I'm living.....but i'm not part of the world anymore. Like I'm looking from out of a zone.... the T zone or something...into the world and just participate never feeling truely happy again. Except moment with my son and wife when I see them being happy.
      But!!!!! Talking with people who know how it feels helps to deal a littlte bit more with it.....because if that was not the case I would not be here.

      MichaelM and Telis and all others who have it very loud....from the bottom of my heart I respect your will to survive,deal, fight, try to accept...you name it and wish you and all of us the best to deal/accept this thing.
       
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