I Admit It, I'm Not the Same Before and After Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by Strife_84, Jul 4, 2019.

    1. Strife_84
      Energetic

      Strife_84 Member

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Mixing music for long hours and too loud I guess.
      There was me before tinnitus and after tinnitu.

      Ever since I got tinnitus, I've had much more problems concentrating.

      I used to have plenty of ideas and my thoughts were clear...
       
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    2. annV
      Fine

      annV Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown - possibly hereditary
      But you just got accepted to engineering school? So tinnitus doesn't affect your life too much?
       
    3. TheDanishGirl
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      TheDanishGirl Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017 (H since 06/2017)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term noise exposure (headphones), maybe some stress.
      I don't think any of us are the same as before. It IS a life changing thing, getting chronic tinnitus (and hyperacusis). I also see myself as two persons. The one pre-tinnitus and the one post-tinnitus.
       
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    4. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Strife you've been a story that I've followed because of similar onset and circumstances. Monday I had a spike. Wednesday I had the quietest day I may have had since onset. Lastnight it picked back up very bothersome.

      If anything, it ebbs and flows a lot. I can't figure the reason, as I am very protective of my ears when using tools, and limit exposure.

      The only joy I have, is that we are early on. Many find relief within a year. Peace to you.
       
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    5. Don Tinny

      Don Tinny Member

      Location:
      Argentina
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017 (worsening)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert with ear plugs
      I think it's normal. I used to search on the Web about hotels, restaurants, funny places to go... Now I read about neuromodulation, GABA, limbic system, etc.
       
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    6. AUTHOR
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      Strife_84
      Energetic

      Strife_84 Member

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Mixing music for long hours and too loud I guess.
      It does. Trust me. I am still unable to do music which I love the most.

      I would've done better in test without this.. But I lost huge part of my creativity...

      I am not the same anymore. I try to visualize these ideas in my head but it's all a fuzz.

      I lost my creativity... It feels like tinnitus is blocking it.

      That's why I am not the same anymore.
       
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    7. Starthrower
      Wtf

      Starthrower Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dental Surgery
      I understand and felt the same way in the first few years of getting severe tinnitus.
       
    8. eagerUser

      eagerUser Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress, Pressure
      In case of concentration, why don't you try Neurofeedback? I guess you will benefit from it and it may also reduce T. Or you may wanna share your exprience if you already did!

      Good Luck
       
    9. MBH

      MBH Member

      Location:
      Upstate NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Overloaded stress
      I also looked thru a mirror not knowing who I was. And it took me over a year to get one body. I kept working with taking breaks, I also do fine motor puzzles to help with concentrating. It takes a while to get yourself back together.
       
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    10. Mister Muso
      Wishful

      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 and spiking since April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Pre-tinnitus, I was a keen amateur musician. I'd just got back into playing the acoustic piano again.

      Post-tinnitus, I am an ex-musician. Tinnitus sufferers who are not musicians, we share many of the same trials and problems it's true. But if you've had to give up your musical passions, it's a particularly cruel twist. One can only hope and believe that it's not forever.

      Mindfulness does help. Also I'm learning to appreciate the beauty of natural masking sounds (rivers, birdsong etc.) My wife says I am a more calm person too.
       
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    11. Flamingo1

      Flamingo1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      4-15-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I've changed too. I was a lot stupider about protecting my hearing before tinnitus! Now I realize how fragile ALL of our senses are and take much better care of myself and avoid damaging situations. I am also more empathetic with people who have hearing problems and finally understand why old people are afraid to go out.
       
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