Poll: Would You Choose Complete Deafness Over Tinnitus If It Meant No Tinnitus At All?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Atlantis, Dec 24, 2015.

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Would you choose complete deafness over tinnitus if it meant no tinnitus at all?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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    1. Atlantis

      Atlantis Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2014
      Please answer my poll.
       
    2. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      In a heartbeat!
       
    3. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Hells yeah!
       
    4. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      No I wouldn't.
       
    5. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      No chance!!!

      As annoying as T is how can you give up the chance to hear your loved ones speak and to hear nature around you. To never hear music again would be career ending for me as well.
       
    6. uae96
      Thinking

      uae96 Member

      Location:
      Dubai, UAE
      Tinnitus Since:
      6/14/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      No f***ing way , to stop listening to conversations and music is something I wouldn't give up for anything
       
    7. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Would be tempted as told my doctor that a few times.
      But no I love my life still even though its tough at times...lots of love glynis
       
    8. Jptsr1

      Jptsr1 Member

      Location:
      New Jersey
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/1992
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music, Guns, Q-Tips
      Hell No!!!!!!
       
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    9. truesilence

      truesilence Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2014
      No bloody way!!!
       
    10. terry b

      terry b Member

      Location:
      uk
      Tinnitus Since:
      six months
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      mobile phone held to head wrong way round!! assume emf
      thought about this - mine is totally messed up getting worse and have considered it but when it first happened , on the night i seriously thought i was going deaf and reality of being deaf is scary ..... hard choice
       
    11. Asvalian
      Chatty

      Asvalian Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Barcelona (Spain)
      Tinnitus Since:
      25/10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown at the moment, prob hearing lost/stress.
      No, unless my only deaf ear is my left ear, then I wouldn't might so much.
       
    12. noisebox
      Loved

      noisebox Member

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      I went deaf when I was a teenager for a while, it was awful and so isolating. The day my hearing returned in a shop one Saturday afternoon was such a joy.
      I find wearing earplugs now has the same isolating effect and I hate it.
      I would however sacrifice a leg to have my old hearing back, especially getting rid of sound sensitivity and H.
       
    13. Cheza
      Wishful

      Cheza Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
      Nature around me? My tinnitus gets worse when I go outside, for some odd reason. Are there birds singing? Usually I can't tell because of the metallic hissing and tea kettle duet in my head.

      As for music, it causes my tinnitus to jump a notch or two. If I'm watching a movie or video, I have to turn down the volume to almost nil if there's music because it's so annoying. I used to love music, but now can only listen to it on the rare mild day, and even then I have to be careful.

      Yeah, I think deafness is a better alternative than wanting to put a bullet in my head, which is how tinnitus makes me feel sometimes.
       
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    14. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      T can be awful, there's no doubt about that but wishing you were deaf instead is a whole different animal. Until you can actually compare I don't think anyone can give an honest answer, just one based on the emotion you attach to the T. Being deaf would be horribly isolating having lived a life full of sound.
       
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    15. Cheza
      Wishful

      Cheza Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
      I have always kept things as quiet around me as possible. A deeper level of quiet probably would not bother me as much as it might other people.
       
    16. Sailboardman
      Frustrated

      Sailboardman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/21/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      Since I have unilateral T with severe hearing loss in my right ear only, I can hear things pretty good out of my left ear. With my hearing aid in, I can hear much better and can watch movies, (with a noise machine on low, right next to my head) and listen to low volume music in the car, but not to long. I have reactive T, so the more noise, the worse it gets.

      So, based on that and only being 20 months in with this dreadful condition, I'd have to say no to total deafness. Being completely deaf in my bad ear with no T, maybe? No matter how you slice it and dice it, there is no panacea when it comes to issues regarding our delicate auditory system.
       
    17. not at all..i have adjusted eith my tinnitus
       
    18. attheedgeofscience
      Uninvolved

      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      There have been several of these "would you trade your so-and-so for something else"-threads on TinnitusTalk over the years. I dislike them. The reason is simple: it makes a mockery out of other people's conditions.

      See video below for instance...

      Deaf People Hearing Sound for the First Time...
       
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    19. NineNails

      NineNails Member

      It all boils down to how bad your T really is. Thus highly subjectively. We all feel differently but the same.

      I disagree. It doesn't ridicule other people's conditions for those that are innately deaf never had T to begin with. Moreover, it's a huge difference to gain versus losing something.
       
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    20. RaZaH
      Not amused

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      I went for massage to a blind guy , he told me never to "negotiate" with my condition.
      I feel that is good advice.
       
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    21. NineNails

      NineNails Member

      Should have went for a masseuse.
       
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    22. Michael2013
      Happy

      Michael2013 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2013
      Speaking as someone who is already half deaf--never! If I had a choice to take a pill that would fix my hearing OR eliminate my tinnitus I would fix my hearing.

      It's too bad this question doesn't also break it out by how long each respondent had tinnitus. I would be willing to bet that most of the people in the "yes" camp are fairly new to tinnitus (under 2 years). Over time, as people habituate, they switch from yes to no. IMO anyway.
       
    23. Ricardo1991
      Fine

      Ricardo1991 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Signs seem to point to head/ neck injury!
      Fuck yes.
       
    24. vader888

      vader888 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1991
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      yes i would. i'm almost deaf in the ear i have T. already asked the ENT doctor if i could do it. answer: No
       
    25. Fangen
      Playful

      Fangen Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Stockholm, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2nd, 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (loud concert for 1h)
      As tempted as I might be.. but no, I wouldn't.
      Why? Because I want to hear my loved one's voices, I want to be able to listen to music, I want to still be apart of the world. Going completely deaf (hearing aid wouldn't help etc), that means that you lost a sense completely, you'd walk around on a busy street and hear NOTHING. That would creep me out, or see people laughing at a joke and you cannot understand what they said.
      I don't know, my thoughts just went to how I'd never be able to hear my partner's voice again, or hear him say that he loves me. That would not be worth getting rid of T, it is so annoying and tiresome from day to day but I still hear normally and for that, I am grateful.
       
    26. barnacle
      Worried

      barnacle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise et al.
      If you had asked me two weeks ago, I would have said no. Since then (and major hearing trauma - dont ask!) I have gone from three bearable tones to six louder and unbearable tones. Now I would say yes. I would also throw in my legs if necessary. Hope that doesnt sound flippant. Is just that am pretty low at the moment and would do anything to lessen the T.
       
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    27. NGC891
      Wishful

      NGC891 Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998 > 2008 > 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma, weigh 69kg / size 1.8m
      Just affraid to have both!
       
    28. Richard zurowski

      Richard zurowski Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      27/12/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection.
      NO WAY!!!
       

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