New to This... Need Help Please!

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    1. NewToThis
      Worried

      NewToThis Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2 days ago
      Sorry if this is very long! I'm a college student. I used to only have tinnitus that lasted a few seconds. Yesterday and the night before that, I had tinnitus only in my right ear and it was a high pitched ringing noise that didn't let up. Early this morning I noticed it in both ears. It's still a high pitched ringing, although I can push it to the back of my mind if i try. It also seems to move from ear to ear. Right now, my left ear has no ringing (hope that lasts). I'm not exactly sure what's causing it. However, I do have a history of light-headedness due to neck problems. I usually have acupuncture and cranio sacral therapy appointments once every two weeks which greatly helps alleviate the symptoms, but since september, I've only been able to get in twice. I wonder if it might be related to those neck problems/poor circulation?
      I also listen to loud music, though I turned my music down and stopped listening to it in my right ear as soon as the ringing started. I wasn't listening to any music when i noticed the ringing in both ears.
      On top of my neck problems, I also have high stress and anxiety levels, especially during the school year. My body reacts very badly to stress. I've read that high stress can contribute to tinnitus and I've been very stressed so far since we just got through midterms and i haven't been getting a lot of sleep. I also have the stereotypical terrible college student diet which can also be part of the problem.
      I have let my acupuncturist know about this but I can only get in next week. I don't know if it's good to wait that long. I've also let my cranio sacral therapist know and am waiting for a response. I go to college out of state so I don't know if seeing a doctor is an option for me right now.
      The ringing noise isn't too severe yet and I can mask it with noises like a running faucet or music without headphones. It's only been in both ears for one day so I'm hoping it goes away on its own. If not then I hope acupuncture and cranio sacral therapy help lessen the ringing. I may end up deleting this profile in the future since I'm not comfortable putting myself out here like this but I need somebody to talk to about it for now and get some support/advice. I've been trying not to think about it but I'm totally not used to having to deal with this yet.
       
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    2. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      So, I'm super new here and have only been dealing with the noise for about 3 weeks but I just wanted to say good luck. :) I am also going to see about getting accupuncture to help with anxiety/stress as my ENT referred me and so did my OBGYN. Its hard to say what caused the tinnitus in your case, well it seems like in every case its a little difficult.. Since yours has only been constant a day or so though, I think theres a good chance of it going away on its own. Everyone here has been very supporitve of me over the last week since I joined and provided a lot of insight and positive feedback. The best advise I have been given so far is to try not to stress about the noise and move on with your daily life. Stress makes it worse for me. Yesterday, I was able to get a massage for an hour and didnt even hear the noise at all. I was so relaxed it was amazing.. I will be doing that as often as possible. ALso, I've found working out or spending time outside helps me not focus on what I'm hearing and focus on my body instead. Meditiation has been helping me when I am really extra anxious or having a panic attack... I am sure you will be able to find the same comfort here that I have. :)
       
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    3. NewToThis
      Worried

      NewToThis Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2 days ago
      Thanks for your response, Natalie! Acupuncture is very helpful in dealing with my stress so I would definitely recommend it :) Good luck! I just woke up and it's still mostly in my right ear, ringing as well as a lower tone, though barely there and easy to mask. I'm hoping eating better, getting more sleep, and giving my ears a break from music will eliminate it and hopefully it'll just fade out. If I start listening to music again, I'll probably stay away from in-the-ear earbuds since I've read they're actually pretty bad for your ears. I'll do my best to not stress about this since all that does is just make it worse, of course. Unfortunately, T has made me aware of just how many appliances and machines make loud ringing noises so every time I hear something that sounds like T I get nervous haha
      Hopefully I'll hear back from my cranio sacral therapist today and get some more insight on what to do. I think getting exercise will help as well so I'm going to try keeping myself busy. I've just been in terrible shape lately and this just might be the key to getting me to finally put my health before school!
       
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    4. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I agree with you. :) Stress makes it worse. Today and yesterday I have been having good days and my ringing/white noise is much less then previous. I actually feel pretty good and I think its because I haven't been thinking/stressed out about it. I get it, I notice my ringing louder around the television or radio and everytime I hear a noise I'm worried its my T, when sometimes its just background noise. :) Its a funny thing, dealing with this and it can be very very scary. I've had many panic/anxiety attacks because of it but I'm really trying to control that to feel better overall. Good luck to you :)
       
    5. NewToThis
      Worried

      NewToThis Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2 days ago
      It's good that you've been having good days! I hope you can find an effective way to keep your stress levels as low as possible as often as possible. Massages really are great so it's good you've had good experiences with them. I find that just doing leisure activities with soft music playing in the background helps me too. From what I've read, there's still a chance tinnitus might fade even if it's been months or years so there's always hope! I mask my ringing with white noise so it doesn't make me as anxious since then I can't hear it. Right now it seems to have calmed down. I'm hoping it stays calm from now on (fingers crossed!). I'm going to try to remain positive and hope for the best because that's pretty much all I've got going on for me at the moment :) I guess the important thing to think about is that it's pretty much harmless and I can still do the things I love with or without it. This is the attitude I kept for 4 years with my light-headedness so I know I can definitely apply it to the T. All the best to you too :)
       

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