My Battle with Tinnitus Was Over

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Rick Garner, Apr 3, 2017.

    1. Mia211

      Mia211 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Etd
      Hi rick my name is mia and I have read all your post you have given me hope and inspired me that I actually have a chance to get rid of this if you could just answer a couple questions I would only be so thankful. I have etd my ent says my Eustachian tubes are inflamed and swollen and that could be the reason y my T has appeared out of nowhere I did a hereing test and my hereing is fine I also did a allergy test and I am allergic to a lot of pollen, I am taking dymista nasal spray since a month I don't feel no relief, how did you get etd do u know what caused it did they put that little camera that goes in the nose, also before you started taking the nasal spray did you feel like your t was already going away or was it after the spray and if so how long after you took the nasal spray did u feel relief. And you said you was popping your eyes very often should I do that with a inflamed ET. All advise would be the most helpful please thank you.
       
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Mia,

      I got my ETD due to excessive ear wax in my tinnitus ear (left). My ear drum was totally attached and was not opening and closing at all. That is what caused my ETD. Right after the wax was removed, my hearing became very clear but the tinnitus continued. And yes, the my third ENT inserted an endoscope into both nostrils to evaluate the nasal and sinus passages.

      I started to use the spray at the beginning of third month, at the end of third month the high pitched noise that I had became a hissing and continued till it disappeared after another two and a half months. I never had spikes or any reaction to loud sound, food or drinks. I used the spray everyday. As per my ENT's advice, I popped up my ears very gently every hour by doing Valsalva maneuver for about 4 months.

      It seems like your case is quite different from mine. Because, in my case, my inner ear pressure was negative due to the blockage of ET. My ENT immediately found this out and he was very positive that was what causing my tinnitus. But in your case, it is an inflamed ET, and your tinnitus will most probably fade away once your ET is fully healed. I have a fried of mine who had tinnitus for nearly 6 months due to inflamed ET, and the tinnitus eventually went away after the treatment of ET. Hang in there, it takes a lot of time. BTW, if you have anxiety/depression, try some AD, and it did help me at the beginning.
       
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Okay folks, I think I have provided all the information that cured my tinnitus. I don't have much time to visit here as I have to get on with my busy life. This forum helped me a lot when I was in pure hell in the first two months with tinnitus. Thanks to the members who have posted great encouraging and informative posts here. I hope every sufferer will get better as time goes by. Once again, thanks everyone who has contributed.
       
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    4. Mia211

      Mia211 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Etd
      Hi and thank you for the reply I'm wondering if you can tell me more about your friend I'm suffering anything you can tell me would help me. Thank you once again, if you just told your friend had the some problem to make me feel better I understand also
       
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Mia,

      My friend had tinnitus like 5 years ago due to a sinus infection with a bad cold which had inflamed his ET. The doctor had given him oral medication and a kind of nasal spray which he couldn't remember. I knew his story only after I told him about my tinnitus back in last November. He told me that his tinnitus was not so bad and only heard in bed at night but it lasted about 6 months. Hope this helps.

      BTW, are you sure you have ETD? Can you pop your ears by doing Valsalva maneuver? Do you have ear fullness with muffled hearing? Can you open your ET by yawning or chewing ? Do you have pressure equalizing issues with your inner ear? These things answer if you have ETD or not.
       
    6. Mia211

      Mia211 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Etd
      Hi rick thank you for replying I know you don't have to but it means a lot because I am almost 6weeks in and I am at my worst time in life right now but I am able to pop my ears by doing the valsalva move my ent told me that my tubes are very inflamed has she put the camera in there my left nostril she wasn't able to get the camera inside because she said the inflammation was to bad and the right side was inflamed also she said, but when I burp and swallow I here my ears popping but the real problem is the tinnitus is the only symptoms I have I really don't have any other symptoms I don't have ear fullness and they don't feel muffled so what you think can this be my cause for tinnitus in you experience
       
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Mia,

      Please don't hesitate to ask because I know how just a few words could ease up someone's mind who is going through this nightmare. Anyway, judging by the description you provided, your ET condition is completely different from mine but it pretty much matches to the one that my friend had. It seems like you have a serious sinus infection rather than a clogged ET. If the spray doesn't help to improve your condition, try a different ENT like I did. Only my 3rd ENT correctly identify my ETD. My 1st ENT did a great job by removing a huge wax build up in my left ear. The 2nd one told me to stay calm and it would eventually go away. Keep in mind that an inflamed ET takes a considerable amount of time to heal, so give it time. I know how you feel right now but there is nothing we could do to immediately stop the tinnitus. It took me 3 months to get over with my anxiety and depression (Xanax helped me). Once you get your anxiety and depression under control, from then on, your tinnitus will start to improve. Hang in there.
       
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    8. Mia211

      Mia211 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Etd
      Hi rick thank you for the replying again I have went to gp today who prescribed me xanax I did not want to take them but I don't have a choice as I am feeling so depressed and so much anxiety. I have tinnitus in both ears and my left ear I think is pulsating tinnitus which my gp said that also has signs of etd amongs a lot of other things. I am also able to increase the volume of my tinnitus by moving my jaw turning my neck and also when applying pressure in my head I just at my wits end I could hope is my etd because if it's not I don't what else it can be, I have a 2nd opinion coming this Monday and hopefully this could give me some more answers. I thank your time it means so much to me at this point in my life, do u think my situation from what I said is possible to caused this tinnitus.
       
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Mia,

      Once again, judging by your description, I don't think you have ETD but a serious sinus infection which is causing an inflammation of your ET. Please note that I ain't an ENT. You still have to diagnose the actual cause of your tinnitus which is somewhat difficult at times. However I would advise you to take Xanax at this point because it would greatly help you to reduce your anxiety levels. I had a very hard time sleeping at the beginning. That is where Xanax came to the rescue. I had it exactly for two weeks which helped me to sleep like a baby.

      BTW, if you could increase the tinnitus volume by clenching jaws and turning your head to the extreme left or right, then, that is not pulsatile tinnitus but somatic tinnitus, and it is a very common symptom among the most sufferers.

      Good luck with the battle.
       
    10. Mia211

      Mia211 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Etd
      Thank you so much rick I have a second opinion coming up this Monday it's suppose to be a really good ent in NYC will keep you updated I am going to try my hardest to get to the bottom of this there must be a way out keep me in your prayers gb. Btw I took the xanax and you are right is has calmed me down and lowered my ringing also...
       
    11. Mia211

      Mia211 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Etd
      Hi rick I went to my 2nd opinion ent who was not much help didn't do any testing just said to continue taking the nasal spray, he did say my ears looked retracted a lil bit but did not want to perform any test also my t has bin really low the past week could be due to the xanax but yesterday I did get a spike which is still goin even now, just a couple questions did u get spikes if so how long they lasted u I'm still hoping it's my etd both ent told me that is likely the problem of course with no promises though. I am goin to tmj specialist today to see if there is a problem there please let me know if you got any spikes at the 7 week I'm in almost 7 weeks now I've bin on my new nasal spray since 3weeks
       
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Mia,
      Yes, the first two months I struggled a lot , and had good days-bad days mixed up. Something like 2 bad days then 3 good days like that . In the 3rd month I had more good days than bad days. Starting 3rd month, it became a hiss and never had any spikes till it stopped. Even I had 3~4 nights it was gone.

      It is a good sign that you are starting to have low volume days. Since your tinnitus is not noise induced, there is a very high chance that it will fade away like mine. Now you can start to focus on the things you really love to do and not to pay much attention to tinnitus.
       
    13. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      syringing and now somatic T dental work
      @Mia211
      Continue to use that mouth spilt. Have you had any dental work done just before onset on tinnitus?
       
    14. Mkc28

      Mkc28 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown maybe TMJ
      @Rick Garner, I've read your thread over and over at least three times the last month, and I have a couple a questions if you don't mind? Your hissing, did Xanax ever take the noise almost 95% away? Did you ever use a muscle relaxer like cyclobenzaprine? Did the hissing noise ever leave the ear and sound like it was sometimes in the head? Did you have any sinus, allergy problems in the past? My family physician said it looks like pressure in ear because ear looks flat. And practically my whole life I've had sinus/allergy problems and been on decongestions, antihistamines, steriods on and off for years too. But ent. i went to said no pressure but probably TMJ. Dentist said not sure about TMJ and going to another ent. on Thursday who my physician referred me to because she didn't agree with ent. Actually this second ent. I seen him 10 years ago and he wanted to do surgery on my turbinates for stuffiness and sometimes mouth breathing when my allergies was bad. It didn't sound appealing so I didn't go back. You can't chew gum if you have tmj or other things that would help with ear pressure because makes tmj worse. So I need to know what it is if either of the two. But anyways, benzo's take my hissing 95% away for most of day and a one time muscle relaxer I took last Sunday night took it completely away the next morning but thru out day it gradual came back. Thank you!
       
    15. Mkc28

      Mkc28 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown maybe TMJ
      P.s. I had alot of wax in ear which was removed. T started right before that. And alot of other things like going on two vacations in late April where we drove thru the mountains in 3 states and my ears popping like crazy. And was in 80/90 degree weather and came home to 50/60 degree and the cold air made my ears hurt.
       
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Mkc,

      Xanax did help me with the sleep, and I think that good sleep I had for two weeks made my tinnitus volume lower. That being said, Benzo's are likely to help some people's tinnitus as they enhance the effects of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. Benzo's will calm nerves and if tinnitus is due to over-excitation of nerves within the auditory pathways of the brain then it makes sense that they could help.

      I did not take any muscle relaxers but did a lot of shoulder and neck exercises and boxed my heavy bag at least 5 days a week. I usually do boxing and resistance training as part of my life for years. Yes, in the first two months, when I had spikes, I could hear the noise moves over my head to the right ear slightly.

      I think I have had a stuffy nose since I was a kid for all of my life. I never had any specific treatment for that other than doing heavy workouts. Boxing and jogging did help me with clearing up my nose.
       
    17. Mkc28

      Mkc28 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown maybe TMJ
      @Rick Garner, I can understand you wanting to move on and not spend that much time here anymore, so thank you so much for replying to me. I was mostly concerned about my hissing getting louder at night and moving into the middle of my head, that scared me and now relieved that yours did the same thing. Gives me hope mine too will go away. Not sure why the benzos and muscle relaxers quiets my hissing noise so much. I'm sure the hissing in my head is probably anxiety but what started the tinnitus I don't know yet. Probably the ears, nose and tmj. I wouldn't be surprised if it was all three! Thx you again!
       
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Mkc,

      I got rid of my tinnitus for some reason which I sometimes even can't believe. May be I got lucky. I posted my success here so when fellow members here need information, I would really love to help with my experience. So, I decided to stick around here some more time.
       
    19. Mkc28

      Mkc28 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown maybe TMJ
      @Rick Garner, you're braver than me lol. I would be afraid if I stayed around to long I would get my T back. But it's nice that you decided to stay for awhile. People need to hear success stories like yours. And if you would have left even a month after you posted your success story on April 3rd, I wouldn't be talking to you right now because my T started on May 11th. There were so many posts that I wanted to reply to but they were over a year old and I assumed the original poster was long gone. And yes maybe you were lucky, but I think it was you finally finding someone who told you what you had, etd. Then you knew the reason why you had T and hope it would go away if you did exactly what the Ent. told you to do. That, to me, would be a big relief right there, and took your anxiety away which I'm sure made a big difference in you recovery too!! And you stuck with the treatment for 3 months plus did some extra things. I've been on and off, mostly off, of steroid sprays for maybe 10 years. My drs. would say if you just use the sprays for longer than a few weeks your allergies will be so much better, but I hate those sprays and didn't use them again until I was miserable and antihistamines wouldn't even stop my sneezing and runny nose. But anyways, after this T started, believe me, I've been using them religiously! Well it's late, I better stop! Thanks for sticking around!!
       
    20. Applejuice

      Applejuice Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      20-3-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Great to see your story @Rick Garner . my T also started with earwax but I'm not improving after 3,5 months now.

      But still great to see someone got rid of his T.
       
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Applejuice,

      Your tinnitus is still so new, give it time, you will definitely notice gradual improvement as yours is not long term sound induced. Earwax contributed to my tinnitus somewhat but ETD was the main reason. It took five months to clear up the tubes. Hang in there!
       
    22. Matt C
      Inspired

      Matt C Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD?
      Hi @Rick Garner,

      Just want to say that this post really helped me a lot to know that there is hope!

      I am in week 6 of what I believe to be a blocked ET due to allergies. It started with the T and off balance feeling and then I noticed my ears felt full and had some aches in my neck. Went to the doctor and they noticed an ear infection right away and prescribed me amoxicillian. Took that for 10 days and cleared the infection but my T remained! Needless to say I was feeling depressed and hopeless but the more informed I made myself the better I felt. I have read so much online and compared my symptoms and I am positive that my tubes were inflamed due to my seasonal allergies which had caused an infection and trapped the fluid that remains. I have followed up with my doctor every week since the beginning and have confirmed that the fluid remains in my T ear and I want to ensure the infection doesn't return. If you have ear effusion post infection there is a risk of re-infection. Anyway, I have been staying positive for the most part that this will clear in time. I have been sticking with a routine that I believe is helping since my symptoms have been slowly improving. There is bad days but I have more good days now.

      What have I been doing?

      -steroid nasal spray (Flonase)
      -Advil cold and sinus, but only when I have a lot of pressure in sinuses
      -steam treatment for 10-15 mins every night
      -Doc also prescribed me a nasal spray that is meant to dry up fluid for colds but I didn't find this was doing much after 3 weeks

      Anyway, just wanted to chime in on this thread. Most I have come across are years old.

      Quick question if anyway can relate....did you find a spike in T while driving? Assuming that it has something do to with outside pressure on ear.

      Thanks!
       
    23. AUTHOR
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Matt,

      Nope, my tinnitus is totally non-reactive. I took two 12 hour flights while having tinnitus, never had any particular spike or any negative reactions. After 3 months, it became a barely noticeable hiss. BTW, Keep doing the steam inhalation which will definitely help to clear up the tubes fast. Your tinnitus is not due to noise exposure, hence chances of full recovery is pretty high. Please note that it will take time.
      Glad to hear that you have more good days, and the condition is improving. That really is a good sign, and someday your tinnitus will most probably fade away to the point where you will not hear it for the rest of your life. Good luck and wish you a full recovery soon.

      Some things to consider,

      1. Have positive hope
      2. Always stay busy with something
      3. Avoid quiet places
      4. Never listen for it
      5. Never check the volume level
      6. Stay away from tinnitus forums once you have read enough
      7. Try to sleep without masking with background noises such as nature sounds
      8. Enjoy the things you used to do in the past
       
    24. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I know about coffee and chocolate. But does cheese aggravate T too?!
       
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      AUTHOR
      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Hi Bill,

      Cheese was added to the list by my 3rd ENT. He told me to stay away from 3 Cs (coffee, chocolate, cheese). I stopped those at the very beginning but eventually found out that all of those never changed my tinnitus.
       
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    26. Matt C
      Inspired

      Matt C Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD?
      Some things to consider,

      1. Have positive hope
      2. Always stay busy with something
      3. Avoid quiet places
      4. Never listen for it
      5. Never check the volume level
      6. Stay away from tinnitus forums once you have read enough
      7. Try to sleep without masking with background noises such as nature sounds
      8. Enjoy the things you used to do in the past[/QUOTE]

      @Rick Garner

      Great advice Rick, thank you!

      Went to my doctor again yesterday, she seemed annoyed to see me again but I don't care! There is still excess fluid in my ears but no infection. She said it looks like it should clear soon but I think she was just saying that to get me out of the office. I have an ENT appointment booked but it is still a few months down the road, I am still going to see them regardless and see what they say and hopefully prevent his from happening again. We have free health care in Canada but you sure have to wait for it!

      I think yesterday was one of my best yet (don't want to jinx it!), and I am staying positive. Looking back at the first 2-3 weeks I was a wreck, but I am improving. Reading all the forums had benefits in terms of understanding what was happening but was also scary as hell to read about some of the horror stories. I have been keeping away from the forums with that content and have been reading about stories such as yours.

      I have a 1 year old and 3 year old so staying busy is not an issue! My problem is that I listen for it and check the volume level throughout the day, I am going to work to get past that for sure.

      Just going to keep doing what I am doing, all things must pass!
       
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    27. Matt C
      Inspired

      Matt C Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD?
      Hello,

      Adding to this thread again as an improvement story and seeing if anyone can relate to what I am experiencing.

      It has been about 16 weeks now since it all started.....

      I still suspect allergies are to blame since it kicked off in concert with allergy season, and our area (Toronto, Canada) had a lot of rain in the spring allowing for more pollen in the air.

      Anyway, it all started with the ringing following by ear/neck discomfort. Went to the DR. and he noticed ear infection in my right ear, the left had some excess fluid but he said it seemed fine, it would appear ETD was the culprit here due to allergies. Both ears have had tinnitus, mainly in the right and only really notice the left side at night. Fast forward 16 weeks, ear infection is gone and the ear fluid seems to have cleared up after about 10 weeks. I finally managed to see an ENT last week, they performed a hearing test and everything was fine. They did a test for fluid and it appears to have cleared out. So, he really didn't have an answer at this point (not surprised). I still have 'feelings' of tightness or mild aches in my ears, could this be normal post fluid? Can the T continue after fluid has drained? Can allergies cause swelling in the ears and nasal cavities that might inflame the inner ear?

      I believe the T is still SLOWLY diminishing. There are times when I don't even hear it, until I listen for it :) and good days seem to be winning over the bad days. I still struggle with the anxiety at times and find it hard to concentrate on life during the bad days but i think overall there has been improvement. Could this be habituation, actual improvement or both?

      Per my allergist and I have been using a nasal steroid spray daily and clearing my nose of potential pollen with neti-pot every other day.

      Looking for any insight from anyone who may have or is having a similar experience.

      Thanks!
       
    28. AUTHOR
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      Rick Garner
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      Rick Garner Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/ 2016 (T free since mid March 2017) 
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD (most probably)
      Keep continuing, my guess is you are gradually on the way to recovery. In 16 weeks time you have a good improvement. By the time you get to week no. 24, you will feel much much better. Hang in there, it takes time.
       
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    29. Nina Saleh

      Nina Saleh Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably neck pain, stress, sleep issues
      @Rick Garner your posts are extremely helpful.. Do you recall the medication names that your friend was using during their sinus infection?
       
    30. Matt C
      Inspired

      Matt C Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD?
      Thanks for the words @Rick Garner its pretty spotty at this point. Sometimes I need to listen for it and others it seems to come back. But I truly believe it is getting better, just takes time and lots of it I guess!
       
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