My Positive Story and Insights to Habituation

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by OneTimePoster, May 18, 2017.

    1. Hariz Nonis
      Loved

      Hariz Nonis Member

      Location:
      Singapore
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi OP,

      If you had/have any hearing loss, was it conductive or sensorineural hearing loss?

      And has any of it ever come back?
       
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      AUTHOR
      OneTimePoster

      OneTimePoster Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13 september 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I had my hearing tested and didn't have any hearing loss. In the group of people I did the TRT based therapy with, there were people with hearing loss too. I have no clue what type. The audiologist mentioned that if you hear less external sounds you could hear internal sounds more easily, but this doesn't matter in terms of being able to habituate to those internal sounds. He had examples of patients with hearing loss of deafness habituated to the point where they don't even hear the tinnitus at all anymore.
       
    3. PaulFi

      PaulFi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress/Medication
      @Calimike @OneTimePoster

      I also have this brain vibration/hum feeling at the back of my head. I find it very disconcerting. Don't remember having this the first time I got T 8 years ago. Have you guys had any luck with this easing?
      Going through this relapse after being completely habituated for years is difficult but you guys are keeping my hope up too that we can do this again. I have pulsing headaches this time also and somatic tinnitus and pulsing heartbeat in ears in bed at night. I am guessing it is all linked to the new T and probably hte amount of anxiety I am feeling as a result of the T. Doing as much as I can to stay normal too despite it being a struggle. CintemplConte going on antidepressants for the last three weeks but still have not. It's getting me very down which is making bit harder to deal with it normally. Do we just keep going. I have faith too and believe in a god or higher purpose and friend a and family which give me some hope.
      Thinking of you guys too. Keep the faith :)
       
    4. Lane

      Lane Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic Drug
      @PaulFi -- I would recommend you consider other alternatives before resorting to antidepressants--which have consistently shown to cause or exacerbate tinnitus. After much research (and experimentation), I discovered that HBOT did absolute wonders for my brain, neurological system, and ability to sleep.

      Some businesses rent these out for about $600/month, and you may want to see whether that might work for you. There are many other alternative things to consider as well. I'm convinced that if most people diligently explored these kinds of alternatives, the anti-depressant industry would go out of business.
       
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      AUTHOR
      OneTimePoster

      OneTimePoster Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13 september 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      In my case it is clearly stress related. Only way to get out of the cycle is to allow it, like I explained in my main post. I had migraines, painful neck that I almost couldn't move, a vibrating hum in ears, restless legs, and all kinds of symptoms related to the stress. I handled them the same as my tinnitus, allow it to be, trust my body knows what it's doing. Soon the brain will learn that it's all not a threat and this is the way out of this negative cycle. At the same time be good to yourself to lower stress, feel what you really need and don't forget the stress hormone increasing stuff like caffeine and the inflammation increasing stuff like sugar.

      By the way, I developed a theory myself, don't know how true it is. Caffeine, excessive sugar, addictions, excessive gaming, porn, all cause abnormally high dopamine levels. Soon the things that would normally make you feel good, like meeting a loved one, will feel bland because you are used to much higher dopamine levels. This will make your normal life feel hopeless. Now I read that tinnitus and dopamine are related too. I think all is connected. And every change you make to get away from addiction (any type of addiction) will eventually help you on your way in a big way. Once I quit sugar, caffeine and wheat, I felt amazing after 2,5 months of feeling worse. It was the best I've ever felt in my life. Unshakeable, calm, energetic, clean, able to take on life. I'm not sure how it all ties together, but this has become the path for me.
       
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    6. Calimike

      Calimike Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 24,2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Docs say virus
      Paulfi
      Onetimeposter and Lane have helped me when I was very low. I try to always remember to be kind to myself. This for me is not to feel like I have to rush my healing process or know how it will turn out be ok with the times when things are hard. I drink a lot of water now and I always make sure I get plenty of sleep. I think my brain buzz is from inflammation of my nerves. So I am drinking apple cider vinegar three times a day for about ten days now and using over the counter ear drops Just to feel proactive. My brain buzz has come down and my T level is down from a ten to an eight level so for me this is a feeling of relief . If asked me for sure these are reasons I feel a little better I would say I’m not sure because I’m also moving my life on a little. I don’t mask at all outside my home but I do have a fan on next to my bed but I think some day I will try turning it off. The noise is always with me but I think my brain is starting to make adjustments. But when you have ten really fat people on your back and two get off your back it does make you feel better

      So I been using Ring Relief ear drops in the morning and night two drops only which is nothing else is helping my dry ears stay moist. This has been for five days now. I have eczema and sometimes I get a little in my ears.

      Two teaspoons of Apple cider vinegar with mother in water three times a day.

      Other than that I really try and do nothing about it. I try and just be who I was before.

      Today for me is better than most but a couple weeks ago I just came home tired of the struggle at a loss of what to do. My T level at ten my brain buzz beating me for over a week. I went and sat on my bed and cried quietly. My girl came in the room and just held me.

      For me brain buzz is the worst. It is hard for me to think around. My main approach is still try and do nothing but be myself. At the same time I’m trying to give my body some things that might help it heal itself and if after a little while the two things I’m doing don’t seem to make a difference then it’s back to doing more of nothing

      I really feel for you my friend. If you have read my past post then you know I have had some really bad times. I hope you will make it through this one soon.

      I want to give onetimeposter a thank you for giving me hope in the beginning of my struggle that some how some way things will slowly get better. I’m not where I want to be but I’m not thinking of jumping off a bridge anymore either.

      May peace be with you all
      Mike
       
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      AUTHOR
      OneTimePoster

      OneTimePoster Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13 september 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @Calimike It's difficult, that's for sure. Change is hard, but it is needed to overcome this, and when you get there it will all be worth it. I hope you all get there soon!
       
    8. Calimike

      Calimike Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 24,2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Docs say virus
      T since November 24, 2018
      Update
      My T level is sitting at 7-8 volume sometimes it goes up but when it does I don’t worry anymore or less about it. My sensitivity to noise has gotten very mild because I don’t worry about it. My brain buzz has not been around for weeks yeah.
      I only mask with a fan next to my bed to sleep and let the natural world give me the same noise it would have given me with or without this condition. I started drinking apple cider vinegar a few weeks ago and it is either that is helping me or I’m starting to habituate or both. I feel like my life is slowly coming back to me. I am basically at a 4.5 months in. Today I am going to do some baking and take some kids outside and play games and some Easter egg hunting. Yes I still have good and bad days but the good days I owe to the help I received here. If you’re new don’t give up. I will post another update in a couple of weeks

      Peace be with you all
      Mike
       
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    9. PaulFi

      PaulFi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress/Medication
      Brilliant calimike. Delighted for you to hear this! You will of course habituate
       
    10. Jonstorm

      Jonstorm Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ?anxiety ?dental work
      Good news @Calimike . You sound like me in your course recovering from this and I too found a lot of help from this success story.
      I have had a lot of ups and downs but the last couple months I have been turning a corner. Im 9 months in a little more than you and i feel a lot more able to cope and enjoying normal life again. I expect to have more dips still and sometimes it still pisses me off but it's more annoyances than the more horrible emotions from earlier. Keep on the path. John
       
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    11. Calimike

      Calimike Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 24,2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Docs say virus
      T since November 24 2018
      Update
      It’s been a few weeks since my last update. I have not been looking for a cure like I was in the beginning. When my vinegar bottle is finished I will not buy another. My T noise is a steady 8 level. The noise is annoying still but I have longer moments of time that I’m not thinking of it. I went camping and I forgot the things I was going to use to help me sleep and I got scared. I did not realize I was still scared of this noise. I was scared if I didn’t sleep well it would get worse. 8 is loud but 10 is hard to manage for me. I’m starting to at times think of this noise as the new silence. I guess I’m trying to find a place for it. That way maybe it will become the new normal and I will be bored with it and my brain will let it go. I wish I had more to say but that’s it for now. May peace be with you my brothers and sisters. Mike
       
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      AUTHOR
      OneTimePoster

      OneTimePoster Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13 september 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Sounds like progress to me, keep going you'll get there! When the fear is gone it will go even more to the background and will even more often be filtered out by your brain. Habituation is a weird thing, it happens outside of where we notice it, it's not something you can grab and hold on to. It's something you 'let' your body do while you allow it, and nurture it.
       
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    13. Calimike

      Calimike Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 24,2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Docs say virus
      Update
      My tinnitus is at a constant 7-8 level. I don’t get brain buzz anymore. I don’t get too many spikes. I still use a fan to sleep. I don’t seek out or am I trying any kind of treatments. I just let life roll on. I do the do nothing approach. It’s still at times annoying and I still miss the zen of silence but I’m living. I’m going hiking at Point Reyes today. The best things I have done was to try and be kind to myself and stop trying to mask all day everyday. I think the brain is trying to heal itself and it just takes time. How far will it get too I really don’t know.
       
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