Success Story from Man That Fixed My Car

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Holly1987, Feb 24, 2019.

    1. Holly1987

      Holly1987 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/09/2017
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      Unknown p
      Yesterday my car broke down and I had to call road side assist. Once the man was finished fixing my car I told him I would step away while he shut the bonnet because I have tinnitus and sensitive ears. He was like "oh no way, I have that really bad too"

      He told me his story, when he was in his early 20s he got really into heavy metal bands and went every weekend for years. One night he had a really bad ear infection but didn't think twice about going to a concert, when he woke up the next morning he had a super loud high pitched ringing in both ears, it never went away nor did it improve for him.

      He recalled feeling very distressed for about 2 years and completely gave up all concerts. 12 years has passed and he said he honestly hasn't thought or cared about it for the last 10 years, I asked if he did anything to help and he said "nah I just got used to it and now I don't even notice it" he said he remembers sleeping was very difficult for a long time but he has no problems now.

      We had a bit of a laugh because he did say "you know now that you have mentioned it I can hear it again:android:" I was like "noooo I'm sorry!" But he didn't seem to care.

      Anyway it was quite comforting to hear his story, he really did seem completely fine with it.

      Oh I also asked how loud it was and he said he can still hear it whilst driving down the freeway with all the windows down so I think it was pretty loud.
       
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    2. kmohoruk
      Nerdy

      kmohoruk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise, Ear Infection, TMJ
      That is a real great story @Holly1987. Thank you for posting that!

      It's interesting how we all have different reactions to our tinnitus. Good on that guy! :)
       
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    3. Jazzer

      Jazzer Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Very interesting Holly - thanks for taking the trouble to post.
      Of course, we can never know how loud somebody else’s ‘loud’ is?
       
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    4. JohnAdams
      Bugridden

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Nasty Swamp
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      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      This isn't a success story.
       
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      Holly1987

      Holly1987 Member Benefactor

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      09/09/2017
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      Unknown p
      Should I move it to another section? I wasn't sure where to post.
       
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    6. JohnAdams
      Bugridden

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Nasty Swamp
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      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      It is up to you my friend. I guess habituation could be a form of success. We shouldn't be settling for that though. Not now.
       
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    7. Hazel
      Dreaming

      Hazel Director Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

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      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one-sided hearing loss (of unknown origin)
      Nope, leave it here. Success means whatever the person experiencing it defines it to mean. It's not up to any of us to define what success means for someone else. Thanks for sharing this, Holly!
       
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    8. OnceUponaTime
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      OnceUponaTime Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      New York
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      11/11
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      Allergies or Acoustic Trauma, Stress
      Thanx for sharing hope Holly!

      He apparently does not suffer from hyperacusis (based on his job.)
      It may be easier to come to terms with tinnitus when there's no hyperacusis. My humble opinion.

      Once
       
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    9. emmalee
      No Mood

      emmalee Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Agreed.
       
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    10. TLion

      TLion Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      stress/loud concert
      If he didn't think about it for the last 10 years and lived a completely normal life it IS a success story. The thing about habituation is: it's not just a little better, ignoring bla.., it's like not having Tinnitus at all because you don't notice it. When I was habituated I sometimes thought about if I would take a cure and I came to the conclusion I wouldn't.
       
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    11. Contrast

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Retrovile
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      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      injury from noxious noise
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      Do you have noise induced pain, hearing loss, what caused your tinnitus?
       
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    12. Lane

      Lane Member

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      February, 2018
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      Ototoxic Drug
      Absolutely agree 100%!
      I'd be really curious as to why not. -- Thanks...

      @Holly1987 -- Thanks for sharing!
       
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    13. TLion

      TLion Member

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      stress/loud concert
      Just because I didn't feel the need. It wouldn't have improved anything for me by that time.
       
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    14. magiccat

      magiccat Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2018
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      Noice Induced
      Thanks for sharing!
       
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    15. Julien87
      Happy

      Julien87 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
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      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (concert)
      Poor mechanic. If only he had taken the time to sign up and listen to some advice here he could have lived a life of fear with muffs on all day long, obsessing about how his tinnitus fluctuates.

      Joking aside. Just another great example of why the fear squad's advice don't apply to every case.

      Thank you for sharing this success story.
       
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    16. New Guy
      Doh

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      It's nice to hear a story like that. We all want t to disappear but it's good to know that if it doesn't life goes on for many.
       
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    17. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
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      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      Any comment I had on this, you've already covered with this post. Humorously at that. Kudos!
       
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    18. Rohit Saluja
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      Rohit Saluja Member

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      India
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      2 weeks
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      Noise Induced and sinus infection
      I don't understand how people with no knowledge gets habituated so easily and makes no more mistakes.
       
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      Holly1987

      Holly1987 Member Benefactor

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      I know, it's crazy to me too. I don't think he was lying, he really did seem very unfazed.

      I imagine his job would also be pretty noisy at times, it surprises me it didn't get worse for him?
       
    20. TheDanishGirl
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      TheDanishGirl Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
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      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017 (H since 06/2017)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term noise exposure (headphones), maybe some stress.
      My best friends husband has tinnitus, for many years now. He describes it as mild/moderate. It has never gotten worse for him and this is a guy who goes to concerts very often, plays music himself ect. WITHOUT EAR PLUGS.

      One could wonder how it has never gotten worse for him.......And I have.......But then I came to think what kind of person he: this is a guy who is mellowness personified......nothing seems to shake him......he is the polar opposite of an anxiety prone person like myself. His parents are the same way.......I have met them on several occasions and they are equally mellow and calm.

      Suffice to say I envy him very much. I truly believe that this calmness has kept his tinnitus from getting worse.

      Or the guy is just lucky :D But I doubt his case is only pure luck.
       
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    21. spedgas
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      I think this helped him become habituated. By not dwelling on it or constantly seeking help on internet forums helped him move on. I keep trying to take a break from this site, but I am finding that difficult.
       
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    22. JuneStar
      Sheepish

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      8/18
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      noise induced
      yep. my husband doesnt let him faze him, tunes it out and forgets about it. he does wear earplugs at bars or loud places though. focusing on it, dwelling on it, or obsessing about it only makes it worse. it's like when you are doing stuff and not focusing on it, you dont notice it. But when you do, you hear it.
       
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    23. Bam

      Bam Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      10/2017
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      Still doesn’t solve the problem of sleeping does it? ......I get that you can keep busy and around enough distracting noise during the day to live vaguely normally but how are some of us supposed to ignore 90db of high frequency screeching noise while not ‘doing stuff’ and just trying to fall asleep so we can get through another day of this without being totally exhausted and depressed as shit.
       
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    24. Agrajag364

      Agrajag364 Member Benefactor

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      09/2017
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      Can you hear yours over motorway traffic Bam? Is there anything that masks it?
       
    25. JuneStar
      Sheepish

      JuneStar Member

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      ny
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      8/18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      he's never masked. he just forgets it's there and doesnt hear it anymore. he doesnt obsess over it. but wears earplugs with equipment, bars, concerts etc.
       
    26. Jazzer

      Jazzer Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      His ‘loud’ could easily be our ‘quiet?’
      We can never know by a description.
       
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    27. Hazel
      Dreaming

      Hazel Director Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      the Netherlands
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      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one-sided hearing loss (of unknown origin)
      Exactly. This is why I get so tired over arguments like "my tinnitus is louder than yours." Or claiming that someone else could only be habituated if there tinnitus isn't loud. How can you possibly make such a claim, when there are no objective measures?

      In the end what matters is how much it bothers you, and I personally believe there are many factors beyond loudness that determine this, like: tinnitus variability, whether you have one or more tones, presence of hyperacusis and other co-morbidities like chronic pain and depression, the amount of social support you get, and any other life issues you may be dealing with that just erode your resilience. Plus, some people are just wired to not care about even very loud tinnitus; we can only envy them I suppose.
       
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    28. Jazzer

      Jazzer Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      1/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      We know that Tinnitus occurs when stereo cilia are damaged and there is nerve death.
      The volume depends on the extent of the damage.
      We know that in humans, stereo cilia can not regenerate.
      We know that the damage can not be reversed.

      I am personally not that interested in whether somebody else’s Tinnitus is louder than mine.
      There is no way to compare, anyway.

      But what I am interested in is claims that “Super loud high pitched ringing in both ears that never went away, nor did it improve” can then become undetectable unless one specifically listens for it.”

      Given that stereo cilia do not regenerate, how exactly might that happen I wonder?

      My own inclination is to doubt the ‘super loud’ bit.
       
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      Holly1987

      Holly1987 Member Benefactor

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      09/09/2017
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      Unknown p
      @Jazzer I'm certainly not trying to argue with you and I completely get what you are saying but I genuinely do believe it was super loud for him. He seemed like a pretty practical guy and was very matter of fact when talking about it. When he recalled how hard sleeping was he was grimacing.

      I don't know you may be right... I guess no one can really know how loud anyone's tinnitus is but their own.
       
    30. Jazzer

      Jazzer Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Holly - I understand what you are saying, and like you, I am no longer interested in interminable arguments.
      I simply cannot conceive that ‘super loud’ can go down to ‘undetectable.’
      This is nothing to do with the irrelevant - “who’s is the loudest” - issue, raised above - but just that I cannot understand how this could happen.

      Perhaps I am a sceptic.....xx
       
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