The Positivity Thread

Discussion in 'Support' started by demi, Jan 16, 2014.

    1. Flyingsheep
      Sheepish

      Flyingsheep Member

      Location:
      Cleveland, OH
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Just some encouragement for anyone who is new to T. I've just hit my one year anniversary and it's shown huge improvement lately. I still have this baseline hum/static that fluctuates a bit, but the high-pitched hiss and drill sound that was incredibly reactive to anything has been virtually gone. Sometimes it comes back at night a little bit, but every morning I wake up it's like pressing reset and I'm back to baseline every single time. I would say that the high-pitched drill was what always pushed me over the edge, and not having to deal with that everyday is like a heavy burden lifted.

      I also had some level of hyperacusis that was starting to affect me negatively, and was afraid of going to restaurants with friends and doing anything 'normal'. Now I live in Hong Kong, the noisiest city ever, and walk outside everyday through the loudest environments and I'm fine.

      Hold on tight, you can and you will get better. I thought after 6 months it meant I was stuck with it forever, but 6 months is hardly any time at all in this world.
       
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    2. Mister Muso
      Creative

      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
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    3. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
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    4. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      It is that time of the year to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let's have a positive outlook for 2020. May your tinnitus fade or disappear in the coming year. Enjoy the holiday season!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2020 -...
       
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    5. Mister Muso
      Creative

      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or whatever you are celebrating! May all your spikes be short and your blessings be many.

      Me, I'm struggling with my breathing today. Just one of the side effects of my present state which I thought was consigned to the past. And I have a little spike of course from festivities yesterday. But we're not going anywhere for the next 48 hours so it's ok.

      Peace to all.
       
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    6. CAgirl

      CAgirl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      3 M80 Firecrackers
      I just read parts of this thread and it’s really good! I would like to re-ignite it. Was the last post really in December?
       
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    7. Tanni
      Volatile

      Tanni Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ???
      Me too! Didn't even know it was here. It's a great idea.
       
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    8. aot
      Bookworm

      aot Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016. Worsened 11/2019.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound induced, worsened due to noise expouse + flu.
      All up for more Positivity Thread!
       
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    9. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Is positivity important?

      Tinnitus is a complex condition that comes in many forms and intensities and no two people experience it the same. If hyperacausis is present it can cause additional problems depending on how severe it is? I believe if one is able to adopt a positive mindset towards tinnitus and life, they will have the most essential requirement to help them through the habituation process and beyond. This will help to keep negativity at bay even in the downtimes should they arrive.

      Negativity and the belief that nothing can be done for tinnitus can start to take its effect as early as going to Dr. Google or to be told by a GP: “It’s tinnitus, nothing can be done you have to learn to live with it”. It is unfortunate that someone who’s probably very stressed and anxious to have his or her worst fears confirmed by a healthcare professional that should know better. This is negative counselling and it shouldn’t be done.

      Some people will visit a tinnitus forum in an attempt to allay any fears and prove to themselves what they have been told or read about it is wrong, by listening to people that have the condition and hopefully they will be told it does get better and it is curable. The views expressed at forums are often mixed and vary quite a lot. By now a person’s stress level might have increased or decreased Depending on the information they receive either by direct answer to a question or reading members posts. This can induce calm and a feeling of relief, or do the complete opposite and make them feel worse.

      I believe visiting a forum regularly can be helpful for some. The feeling of camaraderie that exists between like-minded people can be reassuring especially when family and friends don’t understand which is often the case. However, it isn’t without its drawbacks. Such a community is open to all and sundry, and thus positive and negative thinking people. Therefore, I believe it is important to try and focus on positivity. Seek advice from members that have had tinnitus for a while and habituated. This is not to say that advice from newbies shouldn’t be sought too. I have read posts from people just a few months in with tinnitus, and been taken aback by the maturity, depth and understanding that they bring and makes a veteran like me smile in approval.

      The thing to try and avoid is negative reinforcement because tinnitus and hyperacusis can be stressful conditions all by themselves without adding to them. Some people are sensitive to sound and take it upon themselves to be wearing: foam earplugs, noise reducing plugs or earmuffs at every opportunity. I have seen what this overuse can do to some people. It can instil fear and if one isn't careful phonophobia. A fear of sound.

      Treating tinnitus and hyperacusis takes time usually many months and should be backed up with positive thinking. Positivity reinforces the belief not to be fearful of tinnitus and hyperacusis. Overuse of hearing protection sadly reinforces negativity and fear. It is for this reason I regularly advise people to read the positive articles that I have written on tinnitus and they are in my “started threads”. They are to be treated as therapy and are a form of counselling and should be read often to reinforce "positive thinking". Without a positive attitude negativity is allowed to get hold and can become overwhelming. I also advise people to read the success stories written by members on the "positivity thread" and there are many. Again, this reinforces positive thinking. One has to work at this if they want to improve and get better.

      Michael

      Life is problematic and with a condition like tinnitus at times it can be overwhelming. This can happen in the early stages of onset but usually improves with time. There is nothing wrong with feeling down and occasionally negative, just try not to make it become all consuming. Always talk to your doctor if you feel your situation is becoming too much.
       
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    10. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Nice points by Michael above. I thank @CAgirl for bringing this thread up again. It is too bad it can't stay as a Sticky thread to stay atop of the support forum as it used to be. The last few posters just reinforce the point that new and struggling members will find the light in reading this Positivity Thread to see that life can still be enjoyed even with tinnitus. It stands out in the Support forum as the rest can be loaded with bad or sad news. This Positivity can help counter that. I appeal to the forum admins to reconsider reinstating this thread to a sticky status.

      @Hazel, is there any reason why this can't remain a sticky thread? If not in the Support forum, perhaps it can be relocated to the Success Stories. This is a long thread loaded with helpful posts and shouldn't be buried in the mountains of other posts. My 2 cents.

      Why positivity will help the recovery process? Because positivity will calm our nerves and reduce stress and anxiety which are bad for tinnitus. Why? Because by staying positive and calm or hopeful, we can prevent the limbic nervous system and the Amygdala from taking over to cause us functioning in fight or flight mode. As such the brain will sensitize all our senses toward the ringing making it sound a lot more intense and worse. In comparison, by staying positive the pre-frontal cortex will take over processing the ringing stimulus. The cortex has the role of suppressing fear and keeping our reaction towards things more normalized than if we are in 'fight or flight' mode. So this gives the brain a chance to habituate to tinnitus faster and easier as the pre-frontal cortex will not treat tinnitus as a threat, and by so doing the brain doesn’t have to magnify the tinnitus sensation and zoom on it all day. Therefore, being positive and hopeful is not just a wishful thing. It actually can affect the way the body and the brain will function, the parasympathetic system and pre-frontal cortex vs the limbic system and amygdala (the fight or flight center). So it makes sense to choose to stay more positive and hopeful as this is a psychosomatic battle we are having with the tinnitus bully. Let’s choose wisely our mental weapon against tinnitus. Take care. God bless.
       
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    11. Jazzer

      Jazzer Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I agree with much of this piece.

      My positivity translates itself into
      ‘searching for a practical way forward.’
      We know there is currently no treatment, much less a cure, or any product that can reduce Tinnitus noise by as much as one single decibel.
      Obviously we need research to continue a pace.
      But where do we look for help in the meantime.

      I explore philosophical concepts.
      In my daily meditations I consciously and subconsciously seek ‘Stillness.’
      I live with a noisy head (electric shaver).
      But I practice a concept of stillness which invariably leads me to a peaceful mind.

      Positivity - ‘I am determined to be positive !! - leads nowhere without a plan of action.
      I have found my way forward.

      Nauseating ‘mumbo-jumbo’ to some perhaps?
      That bothers me not at all.
      Some people apparently find consolation in god.
      Whatever works is good.

      The frustration of unsuccessfully seeking silence is plainly destructive.
      We can all seek calm, stillness, peace of mind.
       
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    12. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      I invite those of you who like the Positivity Thread to be more visible in this support forum to post some positive things you do or experience while living with tinnitus. This will help keep this thread alive and visible to members, especially those newly afflicted with tinnitus, to give them some hope that life is not all lost because of tinnitus.

      What did you do with life restricted by COVID-19?

      I organized a virtual family 'dancercise' event a few nights per week, so all members young and old can see and interact with each other. We just dance with each other virtually, with music videos and exercise ones too. It is great fun. We also once a while organize a family picnic with a few extended families. Each family have their own space and when we interact closely we all wear masks to protect each other. By keeping social distancing, we are still enjoying each other's companionship and staying safe. This is a nice way to get out and to distract from paying attention to the tinnitus.
       
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    13. Steph1710
      Old hag

      Steph1710 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Antibiotics - I think
      Spreading some positive progress:

      I can often forget about my tinnitus for long periods of time.

      When I suddenly remember I have it, I can hear it again.

      Habituation is a beautiful thing! Hang in there all who are new to this.

      Hope everyone is well during these challenging times.

      :) <3
       
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    14. Drachen
      Tired

      Drachen Member

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Currently unknown; awaiting evaluation
      Trying to find some inspiration wherever I can. Thank you for sharing! :love:
       
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    15. Steph1710
      Old hag

      Steph1710 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Antibiotics - I think
      Just glad to be of help! It’s good to share so others know there’s hope - always.

      <3
       
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