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    1. Andrew-1010

      Andrew-1010 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1 week
      Hello Everyone, so i was diagnosed with tinnitus and its been a bit overwhelming to say the least. I am now on day 6 of my experience so far. I had finished up a metal show and went home. Next morning its still raining. I have been doing some research madness since I have got this ringing in my ears. I went to see a audiologist the 3rd day of ringing and she said I had some hearing loss and now I should learn to adjust to this tinnitus. I am prone to depression and anxiety even before this so yea my life feels like its going in the wrong direction quick. Im just posting here to get some feelings out, I hadn't known anything about this prior to this experience and I'm so glad there is a outlet for this. I just can't believe there is no real medical treatment for this issue. Please if anyone has any real knowledge to offer I am all ears.

      Btw, im a senior in college and this is making school such a pain. All I know now is to tune it out. At times I feel like I am making progress but then again its always just there. Ringing away....
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    2. billie48

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      Welcome to TT. Members here understand your struggle with T, as many have been where you are now. So you are never alone here. For a new T sufferer, you may wonder what you can do to help your situation. I will try to offer a few suggestions:

      When T is new and the ringing is causing much anxiety and panic, it is advisable to get masking ASAP so you won’t be so anxious and fearful. Stress and anxiety are toxic to T. So try masking if you haven’t done so. Here is a TT thread with an audio player for many good masking sounds. It also comes with nice tips for new sufferers . There are also links to ATA & BTA with loads of more info. The more you understand tinnitus and how it works, the less fearful and stressful you are and which is good for T.
      If you need more masking sounds, here is free ‘aire freshener’:
      Rain sounds are soothing indeed. How about making your own rain sounds with this rain generator:
      And if you need DIY notched Acoustic Coordinated Reset Neuromodulation (ACRN):

      Supplements, diets change and sleeping alternatives:
      Members here often recommend some good supplements, such as NAC, Magnesium, Zinc, B12, D3, etc., and reduce intake of salt, sugar, MSG, caffeine, alcohol etc. You may also want to help yourself to get more sleep. Sleep deprivation is one sure way to fire up T. Get some bed time masking such as a sound machine or a sound pillow etc., so you can fall asleep better. Instead of sleep meds from the doctor, you can try natural alternatives such as Camomile tea, Hops, Valerian tablets, Melatonin etc. Check out this site on using natural herbs for sleep problem:

      Prednisone treatment:
      Since your tinnitus is so new and if it is 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:

      Read success stories:
      Try to read as many success stories as you can. They can help lift your spirit and reduce your anxiety. They also contain insights and wisdom from those who have gotten better. I was in a mess a few years back afflicted with ultra high pitched dog whistle T and severe hyperacusis which turned all normal sounds unbearably loud and piercingly hurtful. I also had relentless anxiety and panic attacks. I never thought I could recover and have a good life again. But here I am living a normal and absolutely enjoyable life (I am actually writing this while enjoying my vacation). My new motto is living life enjoyably and abundantly to compensate for T suffering (if any). I list some pointers on my success story which have helped me greatly. If you wish to read it, here is the link:

      You may want also to read the most read success story ‘Back to Silence’ with a simple effective strategy by IWLM:

      Tinnitus is tough at the start. But it is not the end game. So hopefully, with time, patience and positivity, you will get better. Take good care and God bless your recovery.
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    3. Nicholas Watkins

      Nicholas Watkins Member

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      Great post, Billie48
    4. AUTHOR

      Andrew-1010 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1 week
      Wow, Great to see this kind of feedback. This is all the kind of stuff you would think a doctor would recommend. I am practicing all these methods to control my reactions to this new thing in my life.

      Thank you Billie48!
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    5. STi

      STi Member

      Stay away from metal shows and loud noise in general for now....It might go away.
    6. Linda Bolger

      Linda Bolger Member

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      I was just diagnosed with T. It used to happen intermittently and all of the sudden it's a daily occurrence. I'm glad I found this website.

      I don't know why this is occurring. I don't work around machinery or play loud music because my hearing was sensitive. Never had earaches. I was told by the ENT I will also have hearing loss and there is no cure for this.


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