Tinnitus, A Personal View

Discussion in 'Support' started by Michael Leigh, Nov 24, 2016.

    1. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @JudyM

      Thank you for your kind comments Judy it is much appreciated. It took many months to write this article as I was going through a very difficult time with my tinnitus. I threw the towel in many times but support from some close friends enabled me to finish it. I am working on another project and hopefully be able to complete that too.

      Although you say the cause of your tinnitus is unknown, something usually causes it. Exposure to loud noise is the most common, other things can cause it too. Tinnitus will fluctuate a lot in the early stages which you are in but it will settle down in time.

      Take care and I wish you well.
      Michael
       
    2. pathworker2017
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      pathworker2017 Member

      Location:
      Belfast United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012 approx
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      currently unknown, conductive hearing loss suspected
      @micheal Leigh, although much of the article you wrote is very much familiar territory to me, I think it will definitely serve as a good guidepost for people wo are in the early stages of suffering tinnitus, I have only had t since about 2012 or thereabouts, and as sure as eggs is eggs it can play absolute havoc,( in my case sleep has been the primary casualty but have , after much experimentation found a means of mitigating against its intrusiveness), I would like to recommend a book by Jan L Mayes on the subject, it is entitled"tinnitus toolbox, hyperacusis handbook" this book starts by explaining the mechanism of hearing and how tinnitus plays a role, then goes on to discuss available tools to treat both hyperacusis and Tinnitus. what I particularly like about her book is she clearly advises readers to be very critical of products making wild, unsubstantiated claims, and she also points to scientific papers and relevant research so that people can make informed decisions based on facts instead of the usual BS that is being peddled in some quarters. as a bonus, the pages are peppered with her quirky sense of humour, she is a practicing audiologist in cannabis..
       
    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Thank you for your comments @pathworker2017 My article is as you've mentioned, directed towards people that are new to tinnitus.

      I hadn't heard of Jan L Mayes and will look out for her book: Tinnitus and hyperacusis tool box. Many thanks.

      Take care
      Michael
       
    4. Gansen Moodley

      Gansen Moodley Member

      Location:
      Richards Bay, KwaZul;u Natal
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Through noise induced hearing loss
      Well written Michael, thank you for sharing, your knowledge on tinnitus is amazing, I can relate to so many of them.
       
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      AUTHOR
      Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @Gansen Moodley
      Thank you for your kind comments they are much appreciated.
      Take care
      Michael
       
    6. Gansen Moodley

      Gansen Moodley Member

      Location:
      Richards Bay, KwaZul;u Natal
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Through noise induced hearing loss
      Just to tap on your experience, one of my major concerns right now is that when for whatever reason my sleep is disturbed, I cannot fall of to sleep again. I am at peace with myself when asleep but the moment I am awake, not necessarily eyes open, tinnitus takes over, once again this morning I got up at 03h52 and have been awake since.
       
    7. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @Gansen Moodley

      Tinnitus can affect our sleep for a number of reasons particularly when someone is new to the condition. After a while, perhaps within 6 months their normal sleep pattern returns. Some people may need the help of medication in the form of a sleeping draft or a herbal drink before retiring to help induce sleep.

      Life is problematic and all of us will be affected by stress to various degrees. It is directly linked to tinnitus and can affect it profoundly and therefore has to be managed. Covid 19 is just one example of what stress can do. It has had a huge impact on many peoples lives and will probably continue to do so for quite some time.

      You have had tinnitus for 18 months. If your inability to return to sleep after you have awoken is something that has recently occurred, then stress could be a factor and you may want to try relaxation and deep breathing exercises. You could also try a herbal drink before retiring or have a talk with your doctor who may suggest a sleeping draft. If your tinnitus is noise induced and you have hearing loss? Have you been fitted with a hearing aid/s?

      The above are just a few suggestions and I hope you start to feel better soon.
      All the best

      Michael

      PS: Please remember to use sound enrichment at night and not to sleep in a quiet room.
       

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