Noise-Induced Tinnitus Almost Gone

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    1. Seemmkay
      Curious

      Seemmkay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      Hey all,
      Just a message of hope here.
      I was shooting guns the day after Thanksgiving, when an errant shot was fired by a guy next to me (by accident, luckily the gun was pointed away from us...jeeze). I had taken my hearing protection out because we were not *supposed* to firing guns at that time. Any rate, my right ear went almost numb a second after the shot, with significant hearing loss and heavy T for a good six weeks after. Like many of y'all here, I was beside myself with anxiety and frustration. An initial exam by a PA showed no damage to the inner ear, and I was told it would likely resolve in a few weeks.

      It didn't. So I took matters into my own hands. Six visits to a ND/chiropractor gave some relief, but the T remained. I began a daily regimen of a few supplements:

      1. 400 mg magnesium citrate
      2. 500 mg. Vitamin C
      3. 150 mg tocotrienols (uber powerful form of Vitamin E)

      My ear was tender/sensitive for a while, then gradually got better. A month ago, I got a hearing test with an audiologist. All was ok, save for my right ear, which dropped off the table at 5,000 Hz. Perhaps, she said, it would improve.

      I did ask her about supplements, and she told me absolutely to continue the antioxidant regimen, but urged me to include curcumin in the mix. Some new research she had read about, and which some of her grad students had been doing as well (At Western Michigan Univ., one of the best audiology schools in the nation), showed that curcumin's anti-inflammatory effects were very helpful in treating the inflammation in the inner ear caused by traumatic noises (gunshots, firecrackers, etc.). I took her advice, and made my own pills - bought a bag of turmeric at my local co-op, and filled up small sized gelatin capsules myself (much cheaper). Remember to eat some black pepper with the pills (I take two a day) as it significantly improves the body's ability to use the turmeric.

      Now, 10 weeks post-trauma, my T is 75 percent less than is was initially, and getting slowly better. I credit the curcumin for this most recent push toward healing, but who knows. Also, the tincture of time can't be dismissed. It's hard being patient, I know...

      Just wanted to throw this out there.
      Peace.
       
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    2. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      Great !
      I'm so happy to hear that especially since I got my T in a shooting range as well - we need more success stories I'm sure there are tons out there but maybe people refrain from posting those

      Well done sir

      How did you go about protecting your hearing in day to day situations ?
       
    3. Golly
      Bookworm

      Golly Member Benefactor Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      New York City
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2011
      Ernst Junger was a WWI German war hero who famously chronicled his life in the trenches in the book Storm of Steel. In case it is reassuring to anyone, he writes:

      "After a brief stay in the Bavarian field hospital at Montigny, I was put on a hospital train in Douai and taken to Berlin. There, this sixth double-wound of mine healed in a fortnight, just as well as all its predecessors had. The only unpleasant after-effect was an incessant ringing in my ears. As the weeks passed, it grew fainter and finally went away altogether."

      -Golly
       
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    4. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      Lucky for him , Ernst Junger
      Good that he didn't have years of listening to music via earbuds or going to loud clubs prior to his war noise trauma though
       
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    5. Seemmkay
      Curious

      Seemmkay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      Thanks, Bobby B.
      I purchased those foam inserts. They reduce noise by at least 30db.
      I have got to imagine that my healing was helped along by my wearing protection almost every day after the event that caused the NIHL and the T.
      The ear will heal -- slow as molasses -- but it will heal.
      If you treat it tenderly, and provide it with as good of an environment for healing, that is. So, hearing protection is the name of the game post-trauma, IMO.
      Now, I have a set of High-Fidelity earplugs from a brand called 'Downbeats.'
      Whenever I'm in a bar, other noisy place, I just pop them in. Takes the noise down 18db but retains the pureness of sound, so to speak. They are delivered in a small aluminum tube that hooks on your keychain, so it's really convenient. I think they were around ten bucks for a set of two.
      Wishing you well, bud.
       
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    6. John Meyers
      Artistic

      John Meyers Member

      Location:
      Chicago, IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      AC/DC Concert
      All sounds great and I am happy for you, however, I think that noise-induced T from prolonged loud exposure will not vanish like T from a gunshot.

      I tried many supplements and believe that 'time' and a healthy diet seems to be the best medicine, even if you habitualize instead.

      I think that you had temporary T and the supplements were your placebo. -- I'm not trying to be pessimistic and maybe I'm wrong. Just my 2 cents..

      Take care.
       
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