Surprised by How Many People Have Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by Marie79, Apr 2, 2016.

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    1. Marie79

      Marie79 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2/1/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      My T seems to be only audible now in only very quiet environments. I drive myself crazy by checking constantly and they all say that makes it louder (but it's hard to me not to as I'm anxious).

      I recently found out my mom and husband have the same thing.

      I wonder how many of us are "calling" it upon us by checking. Maybe that is a big part of the problem. Well that is what my therapist says anyway. As well as other doctors.
       
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    2. 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
      Probably many, but there are also many like me who hear it above most things and is a far cry from "calling" it as it takes the center stage on the majority of your life.

      If the problem is "calling" it, the solution in my mind is far simpler than for the more severe cases.
       
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    3. Poyraz

      Poyraz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzos, Stress, Anxiety, Loud Music, Jaw Problems. Who knows
      Yes, but I really doubt if we can call theirs as tinnitus. I think we must have it louder than anyone around us has it that it led us to end being a sufferer. But of course everyone is different. Btw my girlfriend and a friend of mine also have it but they say they only hear it when they push themselves to hear it. I don't count something like this as tinnitus.
       
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    4. Marie79

      Marie79 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2/1/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I know and I'm sorry. I don't want to minimize it for anyone who has severe T. I wonder if it's more of the case for people who have it mild.
       
    5. 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
      Always better not to listen out for tinnitus.
      Our brain is very clever and will filter out sounds and over time you will loose the attention to listen for it.
      You will go minutes to hours and even days when your busy or focused on other things and that time will build up to habituation and for some people go on to lead a normal life prior to tinnitus.....lots of love glynis
       
    6. Marie79

      Marie79 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2/1/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      what do you call it?
       
    7. Poyraz

      Poyraz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzos, Stress, Anxiety, Loud Music, Jaw Problems. Who knows
      Tiny-tus.
       
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    8. Marie79

      Marie79 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2/1/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I really don't have it that loud now. I think the extreme anxiety behind it made it so much worse. Don't get me wrong I am still trying to get through all of this and dealing with the anxiety every single day. Here is what I think happened for me personally: I had an ear infection and had loud T. I could hear it outside and in stores etc. I've had that before with an ear infection but this was the first time I really googled it and found that it could be incurable and then I freaked completely out and constantly listened for it. Which of course they say to not do that but silly me I couldn't stop.

      It has gotten lower and lower and lower but because I am so hyper aware of it now I think it was just not getting better. It is enough to drive someone crazy.

      Again this is only for people with mild T not severe T
       
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    9. Jean-Philippe

      Jean-Philippe Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/01
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ear infection
      wow marie
      you just described me. same thing. ear infection. much better but obsessing over it.
       
    10. Nonna
      Barefooter

      Nonna Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/17/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Allergies
      Marie, did the hearing aids help u?
       
    11. Marie79

      Marie79 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2/1/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Yes but one of the audiologists I went to said not to use them as they will hinder my habituation. I think maybe he was meaning that after the habituation time period if I still needed them that would be different.
       

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