Noise-Induced Tinnitus — I Live a Normal Life Now.

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Ichigo, Jun 16, 2016.

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    1. Ichigo
      Cold turkey

      Ichigo Member

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma
      Hi guys! I've had T. for a year since a very loud concert. I had drips back then to help my hearing recover but, unfortunately, the tinnitus nightmare returned a few days later. I had a very hard time back then and I couldn't deal with the fact that my passion- music- might have been gone forever.
      I'm a regular concert goer now and I listen to the music using my headphones. I'm also thinking of getting some drumming lessons. Sometimes my T. does get worse... But I don't really care. As long as T. does not affect me, I don't feel any negative emotions and I don't remember it's still here. Maybe one day it will get worse. Maybe I will fully recover. Who knows?
      The major part of the problem people have with Tinnitus is their anxiety. They are concerned that they won't go to the cinema, attend a concert or even their own prom. They do everything they can so as not to get a spike- avoid going out, being near busy streets... Don't listen to all these people who tell you such things! It all depends on a person and on the protection you use. My T. got worse when I went to see a band with cheap foam earplugs. But it didn't when I stood near the huge speakers a few days ago on a metalcore gig (extremely loud + fangirl screaming around me) wearing custom molded earplugs. Well, maybe it did, I don't remember because I did not care.
      Of course, everyone is different. You may get a spike shortly after a loud music exposure. I still get spikes myself but I don't even think of them. And I think that all that diet and exercise crap is just pointless. It makes you worry much more. Be like me, haha. Not caring about T. but wise. ;)
       
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    2. Hopeful1
      Depressed

      Hopeful1 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      I like your positive attitude though i dont agree with what you said. I guess your T is not reactive to sounds like mine.
       
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    3. another sean
      Studious

      another sean Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Long duration of low audio
      Same here. I find this some what dangerous advice.
       
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    4. John Meyers
      Artistic

      John Meyers Member

      Location:
      Chicago, IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      AC/DC Concert
      I'm at 9 months since one very loud concert.

      While I don't freak out about loud kids and ambulance sirens anymore, I still take precautions like an ear plug in my right ear (where I have my T) during loud movies, ear plugs when I use the blender, eating healthier, and exercise (I didn't workout today as planned and my T is now spiking).

      I'm happy to hear that you are habilitating in your own way, however, I disagree that we shouldn't follow the routines that helped many others.

      I also would recommend ear plugs at loud concerts and, for the love of God, don't stand next to the speakers dude! -- Why possibly make your T even worse just to prove a point?

      Nobody needs to prove that they are willing to "take the bull by the horns". -- Sorry for being Debbie Downer, but we need to stay at a safe distance from the bull!

      Just my 2 cents.. :)
       
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    5. Tamika
      No Mood

      Tamika Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      One loud indoor concert
      I am really pleased for you that you are doing so well emotionally and no longer care if your T gets louder. I do not wish to rain on your success story. However some of your advice is dangerous to others. Previously you said you were not going to stand near speakers again.
      I wish you well. I read you have no measureable hearing loss. Please be aware that other sufferers may be more damaged and vulnerable both physically and psychologically.

      Good luck.
       
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    6. Ichigo
      Cold turkey

      Ichigo Member

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma
      Well, I said it depends on a person, right? My Tinnitus was loud, unbearable and highly reactive to different stuff (music, bars, car ride, alcohol) at first and then it gradually got better. I started going to gigs about half a year after i got T. because I was too scared to do anything, even ride a car or go out. However, it's still here and I know what many of the activities I'm into are dangerous.
      I always use custom molded earplugs that weren't so cheap but they protect my ears properly. Don't do such crazy stuff with regular plugs, dudes. I wouldn't reccommend standing near the speakers like me- there was a loooot of people pushing me forward (stupid fangirls) so I ended up there, umm. If you go to a concert, just stay in the back if you don't want to risk. For the headphones, don't use in-ear ones- they do much more damage. And be prepared for the risk- your T. might get worse even permamently. But it's your life and your choice. I'm just trying to tell that not everyone's Tinnitus will get worse after loud noise exposure. In some cases, it of course can!
      Edit: I think I have some hearing loss at high frequencies. I had it when I last had my hearing tested.
       
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    7. Zora
      Kick ass

      Zora Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st time: Megaphone ;2nd time: headphones too loud
      @Ichigo thank you soo much for that story!! I think everything you said was right and its YOUR success story, so I dont see why people might criticize you, for what YOU are experiencing!!!
      I have noise induced T since 6 months and I am not habituated. But I think it ALWAYS depends on the person. you seem to be strong, outgoing, and enjoying life. And thats proabably the only cure.
      So yeah, great story man.
      how loud would you estimate your T now?
       
    8. drox
      Pacman

      drox Member

      Location:
      Brussels
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Drugs/stress/music/noise ?
      Please don't forget to come back on the forum when you'll have become suicidal because of your imprudence !
      If you really like music my advice is to keep it low !
       
    9. Zora
      Kick ass

      Zora Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st time: Megaphone ;2nd time: headphones too loud
      @drox you are acting very immature and what you are saying is just not nice. He is habituated. You people need to UNDERSTAND that he is habituated. Thats what being habituated fucking sounds like. Only because you,drox, got louder T and became suicidal doesnt mean that he will.
      You should stop acting like that and appreciate his post. And acknowledge that he has accomplished.
       
    10. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      FWIW over the years, in the real world, I've met a lot more people who have told me "oh yeah I've had tinnitus for years so I wear earplugs when I go to concerts or shoot guns, and it hasn't gotten any worse" than people who have told me that they have permanently given up concerts/guns/whatever, or that they've had tinnitus that's been progressive.

      Sample size is not that big, for sure. But, the difference in the way tinnitus is discussed on this forum (ie, a death sentence) is a stark contrast to the way tinnitus threads tend to go on music / motorcycle / gun related forums (ie a pain in the ass that's livable).

      edit: for sake of disclosure, I personally don't go to many concerts, or shoot guns anymore. But, that has as much to do with being older and having other interests, as anything else. I still ride bikes, vrrrm.
       
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    11. GregCA
      Frustrated

      GregCA Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      I think this is due to the severity bias: this forum is generally found by people who find their T very intrusive and debilitating.
      Stats show that most T sufferers don't even mention it to their doctors: they can move on and live with it and manage. But a small fraction of T sufferers is really in distress: they talk to their doctors and that typically doesn't help because they are told there is no answer for them. So they start helping themselves and research it, especially on the internet, and that's how they end up on sites like this one.

      People who aren't bothered by their T aren't even looking for this website.
       
    12. Carlos1

      Carlos1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Root Canal
      @linearb I so agree with you Linearb
      I stay away from the forum sometimes for days and live my life with this beast in my ear but I tell myself this is the worst it will get and of course I protect my ears everywhere i go now and I can of somewhat accept what I have ......But then I come on the Forum and read all the death and gloom and get scared again of what the future will hold for me.
      Its not easy balancing going on with life and having T sometimes...We need more people reassuring us that its a good possibility of what you have now is the worst it will get and that there's a chance it will even improve over time.
      Glad you posted what you did Linearb
       
    13. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      well, the way I look at it, no matter what I do my health is going to get worse, my body is going to fall apart, and eventually fail me entirely. That's just how it works, so getting too worried or angry about that is about as useful as urinating into oncoming wind, or yelling at the ocean to please stop making so many waves...
       
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    14. Carlos1

      Carlos1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Root Canal
      @linearb
      (urinating into oncoming wind, or yelling at the ocean to please stop making so many waves)
      LOL
      yeah I hear you our bodies will fail us over time i get that ...I'm just hoping that when my body fails on me that I don't have loud ass T to go with it...know what I mean.
       
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    15. Mike TerMaaten

      Mike TerMaaten Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 20, 2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2013 GMC Sierra pickup truck
      I agree with Hopeful1, another sean and Drox.

      Was reading your Original Post, and thought Oh My God ( i rarely use that expression ) can't believe what i'm reading.

      I go out plenty........... i'm outside all the time ! ( wear sunscreen ..or you'll suffer the consequences of Damaged Skin )

      i do definately avoid noisey streets.

      FYI...... Your EAR Nerve is much more sensitive ..while your ears are actively ringing. disagree if ya want..

      While your ears are ringing, you have to give them a break. Or close to it as you can..
       
    16. Zaps
      Caffeine

      Zaps Member

      Location:
      South Africa
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      One too many loud concerts
      I appreciate you sharing your story Ichigo :)

      I've got T for the same reasons as you do, and I'm also really passionate about music and love going to concerts. Getting the diagnosis that I have lost the ability to hear certain frequencies and that has caused my T really scared me and made me not want to be around any kind of noise. It really got me down and I took it as the end of my life as I know it.

      However what my doctor explained was that if I wear my custom molded earplugs and avoid loud environments when I can, I can continue living a normal life doing all the things I love to do such as going out to concerts. Since my T responds to loud noises, I noticed that when I was in a loud environment (band practice with loud amps and drums) with my earplugs I had no ringing afterward, which just shows how much damage earplugs prevent.

      That being said I'm still taking it easy, avoiding noise whenever I can and I've stopped using headphones and earphones to listen to music altogether which has been tough but I'm already noticing a reduction in my ringing. I think what is important is to stay positive and not take T as a death sentence, as it should not stop us from living. Preventing damage by avoiding noise if we can and wearing good quality ear plugs means we can live without fear and anxiety. It's a process and a journey but I've accepted it as part of my life now, and I'm glad you've found a positive outlook on it. Being safe is as easy as putting in earplugs so there's no reason not to do it. :)
       
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    17. Lorac

      Lorac Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden profound hearing loss in left ear.
      Where does one obtain custom molded earplugs? (I only need one.)
       
    18. Zaps
      Caffeine

      Zaps Member

      Location:
      South Africa
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      One too many loud concerts
      Lorac unfortunately I don't know where you can purchase them in America as I live in South Africa, however I'm sure if you search for custom molded plugs in your area you will find a place to get them. They should not be unreasonably expensive and I would suggest visiting a specialist who can test your ears and find out what the cause of the issue is. The place I got mine from is called Noise Clippers, they deal with ear health exclusively. So I'm sure you can find such a place in America as well, they're very clued up on tinnitus and ear health but they aren't doctors and refer you to an ENT doctor if necessary.

      Hope you find a good place to go to, good luck :)
       
    19. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      Lorac your Audiologist will sell them almost definitely. Mine are Westone, but I was fitted at the ENT/Aud office. Honestly they're great. I'm yet to go to a concert with them as I'm still VERY new to this (5 weeks) and being prudent - however I've given them a test run with my acoustic guitar and they drop the volume well without destroying the sound the way that foam ones do.

      Not buying these (a measly $200) 10 years ago is one of my biggest regrets in life.
       

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