New Here, Glad for the Support

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by CalebF, Jan 29, 2016.

    1. CalebF

      CalebF Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2015
      I've been reading comments and following discussions on this board for a couple of weeks, wanted to introduce myself.

      My story is similar to many here. Noise induced hearing loss resulting in tinnitus. I've had the tinnitus for about 4-5 weeks now. Went to a hard rock concert in early December without earplugs and ended up in the front row for about half of the show. My ears were ringing later that night, more so than I remember from prior concerts. The next day, still ringing. A couple days later the ringing stopped, so I didn't think much of it. Fast forward about 3 weeks and not sure what caused the ringing to start again, but my ears have been ringing since as though I just got home from the concert.

      Went to an audiologist last week, and they confirmed I have noise induced hearing loss. They said tinnitus wouldn't be diagnosed until it has persisted for 6 months. No suggestions for treatments, other than to prevent any further damage by protecting my ears. I may have a custom fitted ear plug in a few weeks.

      Like most everyone who has this I've been frantically searching for a solution so I bought some recommended supplements, ginko, B-complex, magnesium. I've also started to take arginine and creatine, not sure if any of these will help but I've been lifting weights and would likely take a few of these supplements anyway.

      I've read a few stories here of people who have gotten better in a few months to a year so I remain hopeful that it will get better. I assume many people who do improve may not post again. This is something we'd all like to forget about and move on with.

      I have noticed eating something high in salt spikes the T, likely because of the vasoconstriction the salt creates (same reason salt increases blood pressure). For this reason I'm trying to avoid heavily salted foods.

      The comments I've read on this board have been very helpful, some a leave me kind of worried this may never go away, but other comments have been encouraging.

      My T is probably about a 5 or 6 out of 10, very annoying and present, but not to the point of being debilitating.

      I'll keep you posted on my progress.

      Thank you for reading this.
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    2. AUTHOR

      CalebF Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2015
      Just found out about the AM-101 trial in an article on science daily, I'm going to give it a shot and see if I can enroll. Wish I had known about this sooner.

      I said I was glad for the support in the title of my post, but really - goddamn I feel alone in this.

      This is only my 2nd time posing in this forum, but it's probably a waste of time.

      Good luck to all.
    3. Atlantis

      Atlantis Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Really, all of us suffer alone. The pain cannot be helped by whining together. It's a lonely road no matter how many people support you
    4. AUTHOR

      CalebF Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2015
      I'm not whining dude. Looking for solutions! Period. As is every one else.
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    5. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Good luck with the AM-101. The are closing enrollment soon, so enroll quickly...
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    6. billie48

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Welcome to the forum @CalebF. Hope that you don't feel alone here as many members here had been where you are and understand your suffering more than other people do. We do feel your struggle as the initial phase of T is the hardest. Be patient. This phase will pass and you will be able to enjoy life better in the future.

      Since your tinnitus is so new and may be related to acoustic trauma, you may want to get your doctor/ENT to prescribe a course of prednisone or other corticosteroids. Members here often recommend new T patients to get this treatment as soon as possible. Here is a discussion thread on this treatment:

      It is nice to be able to enroll in AM-101. Hope you can be admitted. Supplements and thing like creatine may help some. I have read a poster in another forum saying that creatine has lowered his T. So you never know.

      In the mean time, moderating your reaction to T is a viable alternative to lessen your suffering from it. Generally staying more calm and positive will help lower T. To do that there are many techniques such as CBT, TRT, mindfulness meditation, etc. Masking is also a good alternative. Have you done any masking yet? If you need some suggestions here are some helpful info. Take care & God bless.

      1) Mask at bed time so you can sleep better. Find whatever sounds/music that are soothing to you. You can use a sound machine or sound pillow for this, or a computer with speakers.

      2) If you need masking on the go, try load an ipad with nature sounds or music using itune, or use smart phone.

      3) If you have computer and speakers, you can try these excellent masking sounds:

      TT's audio player:

      or download free sound generator ‘aire freshener’:

      or make your own rain sound:

      or search youtube with words like 'tinnitus masking sounds', 'white noise', 'rain sound' etc.

      And if you need DIY notched Acoustic Coordinated Reset Neuromodulation (ACRN):
      (please be careful and research the pro and con on ACRN before proceeding with caution)
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