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    1. Boxdra

      Boxdra Member

      Hello there!

      I have been having tinnitus for about a week now I think, and I have no idea what to do. This was always something I hoped I would never get. This again shows how little we as humans can control in life. I think I got it by earplugs that where to loud and in combinatoin with a loottt of stress.

      Its still pretty soft and I still hope it will go away, but there had been no sign of improvement. Its loud enough for me to have trouble sleeping. When do I know its permanent? I'm going crazy here :(

      All tips are welkom.
       
    2. Tiffytx

      Tiffytx Member

      Location:
      Lott, Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      I feel you.. 2 months now for me.. Thought it would just go away.. But it hasn't .. : (
       
    3. Boxdra

      Boxdra Member

      How did dit you get it? I have a lot of anxiety attacks..
       
    4. Tiffytx

      Tiffytx Member

      Location:
      Lott, Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Not sure why I have it.. Went to ENT Tuesday .. Have MRI scheduled for Monday.. To check for tumor
       
    5. Tiffytx

      Tiffytx Member

      Location:
      Lott, Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      I have tinnitus and hearing loss in left ear..
       
    6. Lynnette
      Blah

      Lynnette Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Aug 2013
      Tiffytx just a suggestion go to Walgreens and get the highest db earplugs (33db I think) and use them along either their headphones during your mri just to protect your hearing and t. The earplugs they offered me were only 13 or 14db so I brought my own.
       
    7. Boxdra

      Boxdra Member

      Really you need that much protection? What are they going to do?
       
    8. Lynnette
      Blah

      Lynnette Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Aug 2013
      Well I'm not sure if you need that much protection but I'm ultra paranoid about my T getting any worse so I'm taking all measures to protect it from the loud noises during an mri! My T spiked for a few hours and then went back down in the evening.
       
    9. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      @Boxdra,

      To answer your question:

      Tinnitus is chronic if it has been over 3 months, and is constant (every day).
      It is considered permanent if you've had it constantly for over a year.

      I'm at the permanent stage myself, but I must admit that mine has (finally!) gotten a lot softer recently. It often takes time to get to this point, but it really can happen. It's called "habituation".

      I wish you well, and please do let us know if you have additional questions.

      Best wishes,
      Karen
       
    10. Boxdra

      Boxdra Member

      Thank you. Where did you get the information that its chronic after 6 months and permanent after a year? I like to read more about that.

      And also, What's the difference between chronic and permanent (sounds the same?)
       

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