Three Months After Onset, My Tinnitus Has Become a Non-Issue

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    1. M1436
      Relaxed

      M1436 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown (Stress? )
      Hi Everyone,

      Back when I got tinnitus, I remember feeling very down about the lack of success stories, so I thought I'd share mine in this section.

      I started to hear my tinnitus in October, and it became completely permanent in November.

      The first two months were atrocious: I couldn't sleep, I had to take Xanax, was completely depressed, and thought the worst. I sincerely thought I would not get better, that my life was over, and so on.

      Now, 3 months after onset, it has become a non-issue. I sleep without masking and have almost no emotional reaction to the sound. Of course, my tinnitus was moderate at its worst (I could hear it over the TV but not outside), but still, it bothered me immensely. The nights were awful because the lying down position made it worst, I felt as if there was a siren in my bed. But I know I'm very lucky to have recovered so quickly.

      What helped was AD medication: it treated my high anxiety and helped me sleep.

      I hope this can help distressed newbies in the freaking out phase!

      Sorry for my English, it's not my first language.
       
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    2. Steph1710
      Old hag

      Steph1710 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Antibiotics - I think
      Haha! Love this! It's so true though. The first three months you think the world has truly ended. BUT it definitely becomes easier - well until you experience your first spike, then you freak out all over again. And then it settles or you become Habituated.

      Ahh the joys of tinnitus.
      Your English is absolutely fantastic. :)

      Steph :)
       
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    3. Mags

      Mags Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mid October 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      Hi and well done to reach this stage in such short time. My tinnitus also started in October, today marks 3 months with actually. I'm still not great to be honest. Mine is on mild/moderate side, can hear it in quiet rooms but I can't get over it and it freaks me out when I hear it. I got it from stress no hearing loss.

      I really would love to stop feeling this way and just move on and be happy again.

      Any tips?
       
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    4. convolution

      convolution Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden - Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      26/11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      White Noise from Headphones (likely)
      This is awesome. Please keep us posted if you further improve!
       
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    5. Bevann

      Bevann Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 27,2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Can I ask what antidepressant you are taking?

      I’ve tried so many over the years that had terrible side effects that I’m afraid to try another one. I’m weaning off of Xanax and will be taking Klonopin but benzodiazepines aren’t helping me enough. I’ve had tinnitus now for 14 months with a 30 year history of anxiety. I don’t feel that I am making much progress toward habituation.
       
    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      M1436
      Relaxed

      M1436 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown (Stress? )
      Well, antidepressants were a game-changer for me, it was like all my anxiety had vanished. I also see a therapist for my anxiety, I think it's important to do both, as medication doesn't work as well alone. But I know it's pricey: where I live meds are free, but therapy is quite expensive.

      Another "tip" would be to stop visiting this forum for a while. It's a great outlet for severe sufferers and it has a lot of information, but for me, it made me think about tinnitus constantly and it created catastrophic thinking. So I tried logging off for a few weeks and it really helped. Other than that, I constantly reminded myself that it was really likely to go away or to fade after a while, and I tried to have hope about the situation.
      Thank you so much!
      I take Deroxat, which is a French brand name for Paroxetine. Side effects were pretty harsh at first, but it faded after two weeks.
       
    7. Mags

      Mags Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mid October 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      Thanks! I take an antidepressant, which helps in some ways. I definitely read too much on tinnitus so maybe I will try to do that less. The Success Stories of course are very helpful.
       
    8. Bevann

      Bevann Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 27,2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you!!
       
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      AUTHOR
      M1436
      Relaxed

      M1436 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown (Stress? )
      Hi everyone!

      I just wanted to make a quick update: almost four months after onset now, and my tinnitus is getting quieter: I even have periods of silence.
       
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    10. twa
      Fine

      twa Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      That's amazing! So happy for you! We have similar timelines, mine started end of September or early October.
       
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    11. cruise

      cruise Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      This is probably the best tip for everyone that is having a difficult time. What I did in the first months was reading as much on this forum as I can, until I was convinced that I knew everything there is to know. Then I left the forum. Once I left I started seeing real progress.

      The point is, tinnitus is only powerful if you give it attention. When you stop giving it attention, it may still demand your attention, but that will slowly fade. At some point you will become insensitive to the sounds so much that even when you think of tinnitus, you can't hold that thought longer than half a minute until you get distracted with something else.
       
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