My Success Story — Stress/Burnout Related Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by EmmiEmma, Nov 24, 2020.

    1. EmmiEmma

      EmmiEmma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hi everyone,

      I just wanted to share my story with you guys to give you hope (sorry for the long text, I tried to keep it as short as possible).

      6 months ago, tinnitus and hyperacusis showed up in my life. First lockdown in France, I was under a lot of stress with work and had been mentally exhausted for months before that. I took a medical leave as I felt I couldn’t work properly anymore… and tinnitus started with a feeling of fullness in my ears. At first, I thought it would go away within a few days but it got worse: a super high pitched sound I could hear over everything except when I was in the shower. I was so panicked, I remember crying myself to sleep at nights, thinking I would go crazy and desperately wanting it to stop :(

      I tried a lot of things: Ginkgo Biloba, garlic (and countless other supplements), juice fasting, Acupuncture, Reiki… it didn’t work for me.

      I purchased Julian Cowan Hill’s book « Tinnitus, From Tyrant to Friend » and read something that draw my attention: he said that you should not obsess over trying to stop tinnitus (easier said that done, I know...), but rather focus on being in good health in general, that tinnitus was a symptom and not a threat. So, I started listening more to myself: having good times with my supportive boyfriend, friends and family, going out in a park to meditate or reading a book, going for walks instead of staying on my couch being sad, painting… I remember consulting an ENT specialist who told me my ears were « healthy » and that if tinnitus started with stress, there were no reasons it wouldn’t go away when stress would go away, but that I had to be patient. His optimism helped me a lot as I was in a dark place at the time.

      I also decided to see a chiropractor as I felt so much tension in my body (especially in the neck/head area) and to talk to a psychologist. These are definitely the things that helped me the most.

      About 3 weeks ago, I found out that moving my jaw would impact and lessen the sound. So I started massaging my face, jaw, neck and shoulders on the evening… and it got quieter! Now, I can still hear it when I am in a silent room but don’t hear it anymore when driving my car, walking on the street, etc… and I have hope it will completely go away within the next few months/years. I still have fullness in my ears and hyperacusis (much more bearable that in May though, it's also starting to get better).

      Tinnitus seems to have so many causes, so I know my testimony won’t necessarily help everyone and each of you… but I just wanted to tell you it can get better in some cases (especially stress/tension related ones).

      Tinnitus is such an awful sh*t and I know how bad it affects ours lives… but stay strong, and take care everyone! It can get better :cat:
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    2. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I am pleased for you @EmmiEmma and hope you continue to make improvement. If you use headphones or earbuds, try to keep the volume as low as possible and not wear them for too long.

      Best of luck.
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    3. Mags

      Mags Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mid October 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I so much needed to hear this today Emma.

      6 weeks into a stress induced new tinnitus. Sleepless nights, shock and fear. Doing craniosacral therapy with a therapist and following Julian's videos is helping me to cope.

      Do you sleep ok now? And did your tinnitus fade gradually to the level it is at now?

      Thanks for giving me hope.

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    4. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      So happy for you. Just one question. Did it go away after the first massage? If not, after how many sessions did it go away? Thanks.

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