Really in Need of Support

Discussion in 'Support' started by Bertman, Jul 24, 2015.

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    1. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      Hello everyone.
      So I've posted about having a spike after going to my friends for his birthday. But I really need to hear some comforting things right now. I can't get over how dumb I was not to wear ear plugs. My anxiety attacks are getting worse and worse as the days go by without any improvement. It's been about 5 days now. I'm still new to this whole tinnitus thing but I am just losing all hope along with being unbelievably angry with myself. After the initial onset my T was somewhat loud(to me) but within a couple weeks it went down to the point where I would only really hear it in bed and it became more of a hiss rather than a high pitched ring, something I could eventually live with. Since this spike it has become louder than original with the high pitched ring. I can't focus on work, friends, family, tv, anything right now . I know no one can say if this will be a permanent spike or not but I just need some hope that it might change. I can't seem to find any posts similar to my situation that end up improving(so if you have an experience please share!) I've begun to see a counsellor but no matter what I can't change what I did and its so hard to deal with myself for something I knew I should've avoided in the first place. All help will be appreciated. sorry for the multiple threads but I really just need some support.
       
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    2. Rube
      Fine

      Rube Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.A
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Just try to relax and give your ears rest. It came down to a manageable level the first time, it will come back again. Main thing is try to relax, the more you focus and concentrate on it the louder and more annoying it will seem. I know it's easier said than done, go out for a walk, bs with some friends etc.
       
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    3. JohnnyMx
      Sunshine

      JohnnyMx Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Apr/2013
      Hi Bertman, first thing to do is relax. I also failed to protect my ears in a party last christmas. I got a spike, i started to get anxiety, stress, but that just increased the problem.

      First, you are not the only one that failed once to protect your ears in loud place... it just empowers you to don't do it again (in that time i did not used to carry a pair of extra earplugs, now i do). Once you stop to punish your self, you have paved the way to start your recovery.

      You will be ok man,

      Regards!
       
    4. JohnnyMx
      Sunshine

      JohnnyMx Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Apr/2013
      Just for your peace, i also hear my T over my T.V., but in the last months i have read 3 books without a problem. Once you habituate, you can handle your life just as well as before T.
       
    5. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      What would you like to know?
       
    6. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      thanks for the kind words. I usually very hard on myself so I guess it's something i'll have to learn to deal with better. By chance was the spike you experienced a permanent increase or did it go back to your baseline before hand.
       
    7. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      Everything...lol
      but on a more serious note, do you know if these kinds of spikes (noise induced, not just a sharp sound but a couple hours worth of loud racket) generally go back down or are they usually permanent. I feel half the battle mentally is the waiting to see if it will get better, and the other half is being full of regret about the situation.
       
    8. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      What like? Drug treatments?
       
    9. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      Not exactly, Im just trying to find some hope that my T will naturally go back down to where it was before, preferably in a shortish amount of time. With that said I am on a weeks worth of prednisone and taking NAC but I don't think it is doing much.
       
    10. JohnnyMx
      Sunshine

      JohnnyMx Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Apr/2013
      It is hard to know, because i can perceive it still louder than before, but now it bothers me so little just like before the spike... so here again, the brain and habituation comes into play.

      I think that you are fighting the wrong battles, because if you lose those 2 battles you will lose the war, and T should not be like that.

      My advise would be, first, dont punish your self, that makes your sound louder by 10x believe me. And, don't measure too much your level of loudness and wait it to go down. Just start to live your life again, with up and downs, taking care of your ears, give them a rest, also give a rest to your mind, and sonner or later habituation will come.

      Things will settle down believe me.
       
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    11. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      The only way to get rid of spikes is trobalt.
       
    12. Nic1982

      Nic1982 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      28/5/15
      Hi, your story sounds very similar to mine! My T started as a high pitch whistle, then after 5-6 days subsided to a hiss which I could cope with. After 4 weeks the whistle came back for no known reason (no noise exposure) and went again after 2 days. Then a week later the whistle returned but this time it has last 2 weeks. However, on Weds I started a 10 day course of prednisolone, I know it's probably too late but thought it's worth a shot. After 3 sleepless nights I finally managed to sleep last night (with a nightall) and today it's back to a hiss. I'm not going to get my hopes too high as I've read it usually returns when stopping the steroids but I'm praying it doesn't as I'm getting married in 2 weeks.
      Hang in there & give the steroids some time to work.
      PS do you know how your T started? Was it noise exposure? I have no idea why mine started xx
       
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    13. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      good luck! Mine originally started to due a concert
       
    14. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      Unfortunately I can't get that in Canada
       
    15. Nic1982

      Nic1982 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      28/5/15
      There's a success story by someone called Dan I think, who's tinnitus went after 2 mths. Think his was noise induced so there's still hope for you x
       
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    16. Robert44

      Robert44 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud concert
      So what happened at the B day party that caused the spike? Was the music too loud?
       
    17. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      yes, loud music and loud people. I was not drinking though. I was there for approx 3 hours but went outside many times and didn't stand around the music the whole time. Maybe about 1.5-2 hours I was around the noise
       
    18. Robert44

      Robert44 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud concert
      Well, sorry about your spike. You just got T in July? I got mine in April from a concert. It's true we have to always protect our ears. I doing pretty good at this point. If I get a spike I don't know how well I'll be able to cope. Yesterday I was mowing the grass without the ear plugs in. Just forgot to put them in. Lucky nothing happened. We always have to have ear plugs available. We can't make the T go away but we need to not make it any worse.
       
    19. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      This helped me with spikes. It's been proven to work.

      Mozart - Sonata for Two Pianos in D, K. 448...
       
    20. passerby
      Lurking

      passerby Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      God only knows...
      So I can find it on pubmed...?
       
    21. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23025336

      The Mozart effect in patients suffering from tinnitus.
      Attanasio G1, Cartocci G, Covelli E, Ambrosetti E, Martinelli V, Zaccone M, Ponzanetti A, Gueli N, Filipo R, Cacciafesta M.
      Author information

      Abstract
      CONCLUSION:
      The study suggests that Mozart therapy could be a valid alternative to the common sound therapy methods in tinnitus patients.

      OBJECTIVES:
      The aim of the study was to evaluate the presence of the Mozart effect as indexed by a variation in tinnitus intensity and tolerability.

      METHOD:
      Sixty-two individuals aged between 22 and 78 years, reporting tinnitus for at least 1 year, were enrolled for the study. All patients attended a 1 h cognitive behavioral counseling session and listened to Mozart's sonata k448 for 1 h per day for a month. Afterwards patients listened to Beethoven's Für Elise sonata for 1 h per day for a month. To evaluate the general stress level, the impact of tinnitus on patients' quality of life, and the intensity of tinnitus, patients were invited to participate in three tests: the Measure du Stress Psychologique (MSP) questionnaire, the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and a 0 to 10 visual analog scale (VAS).

      RESULTS:
      For all the parameters investigated, MSP, THI, and intensity, there was a general significant improvement between the pre- and post-listening evaluation. A significant improvement, as regards THI and intensity, could already be appreciated after a single exposure to Mozart's sonata.
       
    22. passerby
      Lurking

      passerby Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      God only knows...
      thanks. but I prefer studies which are doubled-blinded...
       
    23. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      This isn't a drug. It's music, just listen and see if it works for you.
       
    24. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      I agree, it is going to be a long journey to be able to try and cope with myself on this one.
       
    25. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      Well it's worth a try I guess. Pretty much willing to do anything at this point. Thanks
       
    26. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      As you said, it's worth a try at the very least.
       
    27. Richard zurowski

      Richard zurowski Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      27/12/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection.
      I'll have to try this Mozart effect Danny at bedtime. I'll let you know how I get on.
       
    28. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Yeah, do let me know. You should listen to it one hour for one month. It really helped me before trobalt and helped me calm down.
       
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