If Tinnitus Is Equally Loud to a Human's Voice, How Do People Cope?

Discussion in 'Support' started by eric_michaels, May 5, 2023.

    1. eric_michaels

      eric_michaels Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music
      I can't imagine that. In terms of volume, my tinnitus is softer than most things. A fridge is probably louder. But I always hear it, over everything, except the shower. That's why it's so awful, it's always there.

      Some of the examples I see on YouTube, how do people live? I'm falling apart due to my tinnitus, yet people with it much worse say "I just live with it." How?
    2. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      I can only speak from my experience, and that is after so long, it's like your brain just becomes uninterested in it. I used to be obsessed with it because it’s there nonstop, but now I rarely think about it.
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    3. Ben Winders

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Same exact reason why some people have OCD and hyperfocus and others don't - some brains are just better wired to cope with afflictions that are thrown at them than others.
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    4. Joe Cuber

      Joe Cuber Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gradual hearing loss + a huge amount of stress
      What really changed things for me was acceptance. Once I started to accept that my tinnitus was a part of me now, at least for the foreseeable future, I stopped resisting it and started to think, "Okay, now that it's a part of my daily experience, what do I do next?" That's when I began to not see it as an intrusion, and I started to focus on things beyond it, like my hobbies again, and just living life again. It took a long while to accept. It wasn't a one-and-done thing. I had to practice it daily, convincing myself to accept, and then it got easier over the course of a few months. Now, my anxiety toward it is pretty low. I still get annoyed by it on the louder days, but I don't react negatively to it, and I very often focus on other things.
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