More Than a Decade with Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by A.A, Dec 27, 2015.

    1. A.A

      A.A Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I've come across this forum just recently, and I wanted to share my story of how I've lived with tinnitus for over a decade now.

      So from the start. I got T. when I was about 13 years old (I'm 24 now). And at the time my parents took me to more than 15 ENT specialists, I heard every diagnosis you could think off and had every investigation you could think of, including CT scans and MRI on my brain when one doctor suspected a brain tumor. I was told it was allergies, ear trauma, chronic infection and was referred to a psychiatrist at one point. Eventually, after months of doctor visits, I had one very old and very wise doctor tell me that it was subjective idiopathic tinnitus. It had no reason, no cure and I had to learn to live with it. I am almost thankful that I got T. when I was this young because I don't think I would have handled it as well had I gotten it now. I am also very blessed that my tinnitus isn't loud or pulsatile, so I can ignore it most of the time.

      I don't know if saying that my tinnitus hasn't gone away after nearly 11 years would seem like a positive thing for most people. But I lived a very good life during these years. I graduated high school and got into Med. school which was my dream. I survived 7 years of Med. school and graduated last year with a good degree and I'm on my way to become a pediatrician.

      I won't lie and say that it's always been good. I have my bad days, sometimes when I get a cold or a sore throat my T. becomes a bit louder and I might have trouble sleeping for a night or two, but eventually I go back to sleeping normally again. I was under a great deal of stress lately and my T. got a lot louder (Or I became much more aware of it) and I felt desperate and hopeless and cried myself to sleep one too many nights, which is when I came upon this great forum. But it was just a bad phase, it passed and now I'm back to normal.

      So I guess what I wanted to get across is that tinnitus wasn't the end of my life, at most it's just an inconvenience. And it takes a hold of me only when I am vulnerable and drained enough to let it. So that's what I always focus on, not letting it take control of my life. It's a challenge, but it all it took was time, even when I have a bad phase or a bad couple of days, I just know so it'll only be a matter of time before I can feel good and normal again.
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    2. Cheza

      Cheza Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
      Thanks for sharing your story. It's positive encouragement for those who have only recently developed tinnitus.
    3. Sailboardman

      Sailboardman Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      Good post and I hope your T stays at a manageable level.
    4. Natalie Roberts

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Great post! Thank you for sharing. It does give hope to those of us who are younger and experiencing this beast now for the first time. You have come very far and seem to be doing very well. :)

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