How Did You Learn To Not Let Your Tinnitus Affect Your Concentration?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Dawn Whinetaker, Sep 3, 2015.

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    1. Dawn Whinetaker

      Dawn Whinetaker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      It took me a long time to get used to my Tinnitus. Especially when I was in a place that had no other background noise- it was very difficult for me to concentrate. I work in an office setting now and it's extremely difficult to focus when it's quiet in there. With that being said- I can't have background noise going that would affect other people's work. I noticed that having a small desktop fan on my desk helped a little with background noise, and I'd also play the radio on a very low setting with earphones. I just needed something to help me concentrate- and background noise seemed to do that. How did you learn to concentrate, even with the constant sound happening?
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    2. erik

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      I think once I focus on a task, I tend to mostly forget about my T or even if I hear it, I can ignore it. That level took a while to get to. The first year to 15 months was rough as far as ignoring my T goes. But now I can easily forget about it if I heavily involved in a project. I work in an office setting which can be quiet. However, because I have my own office, I always have Pandora or something playing which also helps.

      I think having a fan on and low headphone music should help you. Ignoring T is kinda of skill that develops over time. I don't have it 100% perfected and it is still a work on progress. There are times when it is harder to ignore but I don't let it affect my work.
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