How Long Have You Gone Not Thinking About Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by BobDigi, Nov 18, 2014.

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    1. BobDigi
      Kick ass

      BobDigi Member

      Location:
      UK, Fareham
      Tinnitus Since:
      5.6.14
      Today i woke up at 6:00am, got straight up, got dressed, coffee etc, got on bike, rode, got to work, had some breakfast then looked at the clock. Not only did i realize it was 8:30am. But more importantly i realized i hadn't even thought about my tinnitus for two and a half hours.

      There was a time it was the first thing i thought about when i woke up was tinnitus. Today was a mile stone. Now i i can extend that two and a half hours by another fifteen, that will be a whole day. One step at a time.
       
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    2. Zam

      Zam Member Team Tech

      Despite my tinnitus being really loud, the fact that I've had some form of T my entire life makes it that I can sometimes go several hours without noticing it. But when I do hear it, it is a nightmare.
       
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    3. Kopesy
      Balanced

      Kopesy Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England, United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      19/09/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma'?' (Unknown)
      Hmm, if sleep doesn't count, prolly an hour or two :p Even when I had my 'silent days' I was constantly thinking about it. I'm just so in love with T :D
       
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    4. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      Same here!
      Never tear us apart......
       
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    5. Dirk

      Dirk Member

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2013
      I have some days where I am so extremely focused on work and/or studying that I hardly notice it, but it always reminds that it's there at night.
       
    6. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      "T Love."
      Sounds like a new song.
       
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    7. Kopesy
      Balanced

      Kopesy Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England, United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      19/09/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma'?' (Unknown)
      You're the music man, it's up to you to make this a hit ^_^
       
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    8. wagonwheel
      Brooding

      wagonwheel Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2014
      I notice it every morning so never more than a full day
       
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    9. Martin Jensen
      Fine

      Martin Jensen Member

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Before april of this year I wouldnt hear it for 99% of the time. Only if I decided to listen out for it. This was despite the fact that I could hear it, even in noisy environments.
       
    10. Ricky81
      Worried

      Ricky81 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 14, 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Assault/Contusion/Ear Infection
      My T is a low whooshing sound in both ears. So i only hear it in quite rooms or if I put on head phones on a plane or few times I go to shooting range.
      I don't hear it at work unless room gets quite sometimes. When I sleep, I sleep like a pig so i dont hear my T when I sleep. If I'm out shopping, driving, or working out I don't hear T.
       
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    11. Tamar
      Curious

      Tamar Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      I can go for a few hours at a time without thinking about my tinnitus if I'm busy, focused or social. But at night when I'm reading or on my computer... Ouch, it's so loud it hurts. I have 2 completely different sounds. One is a high pitched electrical type sound about 12,000 hz (I think) and the other is a thunderous rumble, vibrating motor-type sound, a mix between an ominous thunderstorm and a garbage truck... Hard to describe and anxiety provoking. The point is both sounds are deafening (literally), obnoxiously loud and real quite impossible to ignore unless I'm otherwise (very) occupied. I used to really enjoy silence and serenity and that is what I miss the most. I also miss being able to eat popcorn in front of the TV, or any food for that matter. Now I can barely hear dialogue so I've taken to using the subtitles for the hearing impaired. I do have actual hearing loss, especially in my left ear and on both sides in the upper and lower frequencies. Ok nuff said. If you have mild or moderate tinnitus and only contend with one sound, consider yourself lucky. Still I empathize with all of you and I don't mean to claim that mine is worse, but it's been a year and half and it's never improved, it's 24/7 and it's always increasing. What will I do? I will live with it and adapt and adjust as their is no other choice in the matter. I very much appreciate being able to vent a bit. Thank you all very much for your posts, tips, advise and honesty.
       
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    12. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      Sometimes from going to work up until late evening.
       
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    13. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Only when I'm sleeping, but even then, sometimes I hear it in my dreams.
       
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    14. jazz
      No Mood

      jazz Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      eardrum rupture from virus; barotrauma from ETD
      Yes, being distracted is a well known tinnitus relief strategy! :)

      About nighttime tinnitus, are you using masking sounds? Often, they will serve to direct your attention away from your noise and onto what you're currently doing; thus, you can be free (or nearly free) of your tinnitus perception. Of course, masking does not always work, and using these sounds may irritate people with hyperacusis--either by causing them ear pain or by making their tinnitus temporarily spike. That said, masking is generally beneficial, for it helps deflect our attention away from our noise.

      The use of masking for tinnitus is best exemplified by the candle analogy. Specifically, if you are sitting in the dark and you light one candle, then the brilliance of that candle is all you notice. But if you light a hundred candles, then the brilliance of your initial candle is less obvious and blends in with the other lights.

      take care!
       
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    15. Tamar
      Curious

      Tamar Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Thank you Jazz and all, I will try my masking apps again. I really like to read on my kindle app or just read articles and news on the net but I find that the silence is a problem because my T sounds act up. Unfortunately I can't concentrate with music. I'm going to experiement with the masking and report back.
       
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    16. Mark McDill
      Curious

      Mark McDill Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Papillion, NE
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely stress, anxiety, an antibiotic and nsaids
      If I'm at work I routinely go about 4-6 hours without it on my mind
       
    17. conbsgc

      conbsgc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      october
      weeks!!! its only when I hear the word tinnitus or get stressed that I refocus on it
       
    18. Cor

      Cor Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      @conbsgc Then it seems counterproductive to be on a tinnitus forum right?

      I can go at most a few hours without thinking about it. It depends on the volume since mine fluctuates a lot.
       
    19. conbsgc

      conbsgc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      october
      no, because I am trying to teach myself to not fear tinnitus to completely get rid of it.
       
    20. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I remember a day last fall when I realized at ~3pm that I was thinking about it for the first time that day. So, that's about 8 hours... and the really mind boggling part for me is that I spent part of that day wearing earplugs because I was on my motorcycle :D
       
    21. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      I find that if I work really hard, I can go hours without noticing it.

      I think one of the best things to get through the initial stage is to live your life as you would (avoiding loud sounds still). But this way it can be filled with other things to take your mind off it. A bad habit I had was wanting to be at home alone, you have to focus on it then!
       
    22. ampumpkin
      Amused

      ampumpkin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Montreal
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset: 12/2007 Increase: 04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2007: Meds(Antidepressant) 2014: Meds(Antibiotics)
      from 2007 until 2014: I spent months not hearing my T

      since May 2014 (relapse and increase), I have spent 2-3 days not noticing it.
       
    23. CarolinaGuy
      Wishful

      CarolinaGuy Member

      Location:
      Virginia
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely ototoxicity
      I'm pushing five months since onset.
      My record so far is about four hours without noticing it.
       
    24. HiThere

      HiThere Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/01/1975
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Delivery by forceps? Childhood ear infections?
      I've had it all my life. I believe on a nervous system level we're never disassociated from our T completely. Our nervous systems are on high alert 24/7/365/lifetime.

      However, I've gone days without being aware of it consciously; so for those periods of time being able to forget that it's there. When I am conscious of it again after a period of "forgetting" about it, I just acknowledge it and move on with whatever I'm doing. "Wow, I haven't noticed my T for a few days........" then move on.

      Generally though, I'm conscious of it many times daily.

      Chris
       
    25. ShaunR

      ShaunR Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert + Motorbike
      Hey,
      I don't notice it at all unless i consciously listen for it or like recently something else is happening like ETD etc .I've habituated very well. I can tune in and out of my T even though its fairly loud.

      I've fully accepted that ill never have complete silence its actually now become normal.

      Cheers,
      Shaun.
       
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