I Have 12 Months to Recover from Tinnitus: What Treatments Can I Try? Budget $450,000.

Discussion in 'Support' started by GBB, Sep 14, 2020 at 3:07 AM.

    1. morgothaod

      morgothaod Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      @GBB

      The sooner you quit trying to fight tinnitus; the better off you'll be. Most of us were like you and tried all sorts of things and just ended up wasting money. I think you'll be in a better place mentally if you can reduce the amount of time that you think about your tinnitus. It is not easy and you will have bad days but distracting yourself through activities that you enjoy does help.

      Buy a fan that is noisy to help mask the tinnitus. I find keeping music on is a good distraction as well.

      There are some drugs going through some trials that may help us in the future. Hang in there.

      You should also donate a big chunk of money to Tinnitus Talk, @Hazel and @Markku deserve the support for their hard work.
       
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    2. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      Take into account that if a 800 USD laser cured tinnitus, then all clinics in the world, all ENTs, all hospitals would have it... and you know what? No respectable hospital would offer this "treatment" because it is just a scam.
       
    3. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      My advice would be not to take the job unless you know you can cope with it. If you are new to hearing problems, and tinnitus, your chances of recovery are better than when it gets chronic.

      Stress plays a major role in these conditions, and also noise exposure, so you want to reduce those variables.

      As for treatments, let me be brutally honest: there is nothing really effective. There are supplements and drugs that may produce temporary relief, and work for some people but not for others, or make you feel better for a week, and then things are as bad as always...

      If your tinnitus is noise induced and recent you can give Prednisone or Deflazacort a go, to see if it helps...
       
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      I understand - maybe it will induce a placebo effect - maybe it will do nothing. I’d still like to try. It will be another datapoint for the community here in any case.
      Mine is noise induced, coming up on two months. I’m aware generally nothing reliably works. That being said I need to try - perhaps as part of the mourning process but also because my situation is juxtaposed against my dream job. I’ve already done a round of prednisone but appreciate the suggestion.
       
    5. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      For how long have you had prednisone? A long course lasts over a month...
       
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      I was on it for two weeks, although the dose was beneath what is recommended in clinical literature. I should have had 60 mg, but at most got 30 mg (even less in the second week which was spent tapering). I went to 4 different ENT and none would prescribe the full 60 mg, even when I insisted - one, the first ENT I saw, actually refused to prescribe any prednisone at all.

      The intractability of the ENT community at large has been distressing to me to say the least...
       
    7. ginger_cat

      ginger_cat Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I am not being funny, but if I were you, I would try method promoted by Liam Boehm. He posts free advice to start with. It won’t harm you to try. I know many people say he’s a scammer, but if you have a year and are desperate to get better, why not to. Take care, I hope you will feel better
       
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    8. rei

      rei Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006 but not a problem till 10/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music spiked with lyme disease
      Buy some FREQ shares and wait. My tinnitus started screaming 10 months ago, 4 months in i started getting used to it. I still hate it but my life is back to almost normal. If i had that much money I'd probably try to bribe someone at the Hough Ear Institute.
       
    9. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      I would give Deflazacort a go... 30 mg, one pill a day for 10 days, is what I used to take. For me itworks better than Prednisone, although in theory Deflazacort is less powerful.
       
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    10. AUTHOR
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      Thanks, I genuinely appreciate this and will try to get my hands on some ASAP.
       
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    11. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      Yes, people have tried, I was briefly involved in a working group once, and someone on here made a device that they posted specs for and oscilloscope testing steps, but then I think they vanished.

      It would certainly be possible to engineer this, the actual technology is relatively simple. Doing it safely requires a level of biomedical understanding I lack.
      In the trials, yes. The clinicians also told me that incorrect timing would be expected to make tinnitus worse, but that this should be a temporary effect.
      Generally it reduced my self-reported distress rating average from 6-7/10 to 2-3/10, and my self-reported volume rating from 4-6/10 to 2-3/10 as well.

      This thread has a lot of info; I believe i did the trial in February-June of 2015 so my posts around that era should show it. Or maybe it was 2014?
       
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      That’s great honestly. It’s just disheartening this took place so long ago and we are still sitting around waiting for it.
       
    13. GlennS

      GlennS Member Podcast Patron Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      I could only dream of being as charismatic as Archer. Archer is the only fictional character I know of who has tinnitus. I don't really write in his vernacular but I probably could if I tried.

      "Tinnitus, you are a cruel mistress!"
       
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    14. Watasha
      No Mood

      Watasha Member Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      With a $450K budget, go the doctor rule out anything else. Then use a few thousand and work with Dr. Bruce Hubbard out of New York, habituation is possible with varying levels of tinnitus. It will get better with time believe it or not.

      With the remaining $440K, start an endowment for tinnitus research, I am not even joking. Right now that's our best chance.
       
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      I appreciate what you're saying but my tinnitus is reactive and unmaskable, playing a fan or music spikes it, and I get head pressure from something nerve related from hyperacusis. I will try everything I can before I simply "get used to it". Maybe that's a therapy.
      Thanks, I’m 28 and that’s my life savings, so not willing to cede it to the collective just yet, but I do intend to do some kind of giving once my health is a bit more stable.
       
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      Already in index funds but thx.
       
    17. Zugzug

      Zugzug Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease; Sjogren's Syndrome
      The answers to this are all over the place (as they should be, since this is highly situational) so I will inject my perspective. I have severe, and importantly progressive, T and H, and it is caused by a disease that requires immunosuppressant medication. Naturally, I have a bias towards "figure it out" since my problem is not caused by a noise exposure. With this being said, there's no way $450k is going to solve this thing. I have spent many months researching T and H, trying every vitamin/supplement under the sun, trying sound therapy, multiple rounds of steroids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, benzos, doxycycline (for possible lyme, don't try this). I have seen many doctors. I haven't tallied the costs, but it is safe to say it doesn't touch anywhere near the ballpark of $450k, and yet I feel exhausted with trying things.

      On the other hand, that money is really important for the mental health side of this. It gives you a massive security blanket in case your disability and/or mental health problems progresses.

      I recommend a hybrid approach. You have enough financial security to try things. Try all of the usual things to try with the understanding that it may not help.

      Since your listed cause is from one-off things, you are likely in the same boat as most people on here. That is to say, give habituation a really serious try, reduce stress, reduce salt, increase sleep (may need help with this), and hold out for regenerative medicine. Although extremely shitty, there isn't much one can do for one-off things except give it time. I do recommend, however, finding a way to obtain prednisone instantly (within hours) if you do experience another trauma.

      I do not recommend going for a high stress job, but again, I have a bias because I have a disease that is worsened by stress. If staying busy at work is your escape, then go for it. However, I think it's smarter to take advantage of your financial security and channel the extra time and less stress into hobbies. If you are a workaholic (I am), then find hobbies that are difficult.
       
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    18. all to gain
      No Mood

      all to gain Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

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      -
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      -
      Some dubious types in your position would almost certainly try and give a gift to one or more of the drug companies currently trialling current and promising drugs for hearing loss and tinnitus.

      Just saying... :whistle:;)
       
    19. AUTHOR
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      That’s totally fair. I just want to recover because this really is my dream job, think software engineer at Google but another industry. Therefore I’m just fielding any and all suggestions.

      I appreciate most of of us are stuck hence why we have arrived here and remain here.

      I’m sure you’re familiar but there is one stem cell success story from someone who had an autoimmune disorder. I appreciate it’s anecdotal but thought I would highlight just in case.
       
    20. Watasha
      No Mood

      Watasha Member Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Is your avatar Jim Cornette?
       
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    21. AUTHOR
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      Quick update - Konftec seems to have really spiked my tinnitus. I can’t continue with it if the tinnitus remains this elevated, it’s simply more than I can stand. so may have to call it quits on that.
       
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    22. Elmer B Fuddled

      Elmer B Fuddled Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      plugged nasal eustachian tube
      There's no cure for tinnitus. I'm right here where the Neuromod's Lenire was invented and trials on people who've had tinnitus for 20 to 30 years and their answer, "it didn't do a thing for tinnitus."
       
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      I gotta find something to help. It isn't an option for me - it either eventually gets softer/more bearable or I will not last. It is so high pitched and reactive, literally every day has been a profound level of suffering. You may be right, but I pray to god with every fiber of my being you are not.
       
    24. ehrfried

      ehrfried Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Club
      Hello GBB,

      I didn't expect that this forum is so negative. Maybe I didn't notice it back when I was active here.
      My personal experience is that wearing earplugs whenever it feels too loud, sleeping in a quiet place (windows closed, not next to the street), taking vitamins (B12, B1, B6, D, C, Q10, essential amino acids, Phospholipids) and LLLT (in my opinion best: Amon Kaiser in Baden-Baden, Robert Kroll in Hamburg) worked extremely well for me.

      Altogether, I am free from tinnitus now for ~four years

      LLLT and the supplements improved my hearing to a level better than before my tinnitus started due to noise trauma.

      My personal experience is that the effects of LLLT, if implemented right (Amon Kaiser uses ~25000mW and infrared combined with visible red wavelengths) works extremely well. It improves hearing significantly and also tinnitus slowly vanishes until it's gone completely.

      This is my experience. I am happy to tell that it can work well and that my personal impression is that many here are more negative than the reality is.
       
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    25. Nobody19

      Nobody19 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Clubbing
      If you really are prepared to spend that much money on things that are most likely a scam, why not donate a small bit of your budget to research? There is very little money going to tinnitus research, every dollar helps. You can find some interesting researchers on this forum.

      With that amount of money, you could actually convince people to start a tinnitus research project.
       
    26. AUTHOR
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      Thanks very much and congratulations! May I ask how long you had tinnitus for, and for how long you were treated? For me this topic is as serious as my life, so I appreciate the info.
       
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      Truthfully if this doesn’t lessen/abate I fear I will need that money and more just to live.
       
    28. Nobody19

      Nobody19 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Clubbing
      Why wouldn't you be able to continue your current job?

      Btw, nobody is asking you to donate $450k. Even if you donate $10, that would be great.
       
    29. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      GBB

      GBB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Virus / Acoustic Trauma in one month
      I can barely function - I am eking out each day as is... aside from not being able to speak on the phone because it makes my ringing go crazy and hurt my ears, my laptop fan sounds like a piercing tone, and the tinnitus itself means I am getting 3-4 hours of sleep in spite of mirtazapine and melatonin.

      I was going to say maybe I am just weak-willed but that is not the case - this shit is an affliction and very severe. I am completely unsure of what my future entails in any meaningful sense.
       
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