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    1. pianocat

      pianocat Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2012
      Hi all. I have a whole lot of reading to do here, but I wanted to introduce myself first and share my experience with this condition. How I found your forum was a Google search of 'flying with tinnitus'. And here I am.

      I have been a pianist/teacher my entire adult life. Music has always been an essential part of my life. [For the record, I'm 59 y.o. now] I noticed in the Fall of 2012 that there was a subtle, but slight ringing in my left ear. It didn't "suddenly" appear, rather, gradual recognition of its presence. I did a bit of research, and I clearly fit the criteria for work-related onset as I sit at the edge of a grand piano listening to students play on a daily basis. Talked to my Dr. about this, as well as several student parents who are physicians as well. Every one tells me basically the same thing......there's no cure for this. [Naturally I'm looking fwd. to reading the section of the forum about treatments]. So, I've accepted that this is the way it is. Over time, the ringing in the left ear has increased and add to that a sensation in the right ear of the equivalent of holding a shell up to one's ear. My hearing isn't adversely affected, at least in the sense of loss. It's the opposite. I'm ultra sensitive to loud noises, and this, naturally, is affecting my work. Students who are working on pieces marked 'very loud' need to be able to play at that level for me....but I find myself putting a finger in one or both ears at those moments. I bought some very inexpensive foam ear plugs, and that doesn't seem to help much.

      I've felt very isolated and alone in this journey, though when I mention it to various people, they either know someone with similar condition or are experiencing it themselves. That knowledge helps....but a forum is a great place to read with my own eyes about people just like me, who are talking about this....and offering advice about what things might be helpful to learn to live with this condition.

      I look forward to interacting with the board and perhaps offering and grabbing a nugget of hope from other people who face the condition. I'm so glad to have found this place!! Thank you:)
      Pianocat
       
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    2. Teri
      Artistic

      Teri Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      4/2014
      Welcome. We are all on this journey together. You will find great support here. We all "get it". I am a year into T. Mine was very loud initially and at times I could not mask it when it spiked. I am doing MUCH better.
       
    3. pianocat

      pianocat Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2012
      Teri, can you give me some masking ideas? Sometimes I'm successful at that and sometimes not. fortunately I do not have trouble getting to sleep because of a nighttime pill that I take . But sometimes what I lovingly call the screaming Mimi's just seem to take over. !! Thanks for your input!
       
    4. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
    5. Rube
      Fine

      Rube Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.A
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Hello and welcome! By accident I happened to listen to a Sirius XM channel called Symphony Hall, they play classical music and it really masks for me, especially string instruments. You can also search for Mozart, Beethoven etc on YouTube. Works really well for my high pitched t.
       
    6. James Brown
      Sporty

      James Brown Member

      Location:
      Portugal
      Tinnitus Since:
      09-1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposition
      In my early days of T, piano was one of the sounds who messed with my H . It's a piercing sound and people who lost high frequency tends to be affected by it. Such a shame because I love to listen to a loud piano.
       
    7. Cheza
      Wishful

      Cheza Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
    8. Forever hopeful

      Forever hopeful Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2015
      Hi @pianocat,

      I just recently invested on some musicians ear plugs. You might benefit from these. I had an audiologist take molds of my ears so they would fit perfectly. They have two types of plugs that are interchangeable. One plug blocks out all noise and the other filters out the loud noise/volume while allowing you to still hear. That is what I use. They were not cheap( $175.00) but worth the investment.


      Best wishes
      Danielle
       

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