Howdy! Long-Time Adapter Here, and Strong Proponent of Podcasts

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by smel, Mar 1, 2014.

    1. smel

      smel Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Hi all!

      I've been lurking here for a few years and am glad to know I'm not alone with my T struggles although I wish none of us would have to deal with it at all.

      I've had T steadily for probably over a decade. I don't know why it started as I've never been into loud music and have always had what I consider to be sensitive hearing, and a hearing test last year indicated my hearing was fine.

      The past decade or so has been spent learning how to not let T take over my life. I don't have a choice when it comes to getting rid of T, but I do have a choice as to how I deal with it. Over the years I've noticed that there are certain times when I often don't hear it, such as when I'm in the shower, when I'm driving, and often when I'm talking to people and listening to others speaking. I can't shower or drive 24x7, but I *can* listen to voices most of the day via podcasts and audiobooks.

      So I started listening to podcasts years ago and that's been my main method of "treatment." It gives my brain something to focus on since conversations (even one-sided) usually require some degree of concentration. Music doesn't require that, and I've noticed I tend to hear my high-pitched T more often when listening to music than when listening to spoken word. There are times like this when I'm thinking about T due to writing this post, and in those times I do hear it, but much of the time when I'm focused on the voices in the podcast, I don't realize the T is there despite it being quite loud some days.

      If music doesn't work for you, try spoken word throughout the day. Most podcasts are free, and if you don't know anything about them, google for "what are podcasts" to find some helpful links.

      We all suffer from this sometimes debilitating condition, but we all have choices as to how we deal with it. The key is finding what works for you.

      (sorry for the long post! I get carried away sometimes)
    2. Saif

      Saif Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Hello 'smel' and welcome. it's nice to see someone with T and not bothered by it that much and you shared your story .
      You have tinnitus since I was born, so you have many experience with T.
      If you don't mind but with all these years you live with T and your hearing still normal ?
      Thanks for your story and by your avatar it's look like we have another positive T suffer. :)

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