Tinnitus and Insomnia for Months — CURED!

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by John Roberts, Apr 15, 2022.

    1. John Roberts

      John Roberts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      Hey, just want to say that I understand what you’re going through if you’re dealing with this. I had horrible tinnitus at night that impacted my sleep for a months on end and I never thought it would end.

      Please understand you will end up beating this. Your brain will adapt to it and it’ll either fade away or become background noise that you don’t even notice.

      I thought my life was over. I was in a living hell. I came back stronger than ever. More successful than ever. With an amazing outlook on life.

      Embrace the pain, anguish, anxiety, and depression you’re feeling right now. I PROMISE you, you will overcome this and become MUCH stronger because of it.
       
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    2. Michelle Baker

      Michelle Baker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      weeks ago
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      dont know
      How long did it take you?
       
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    3. LostinTX
      Angry

      LostinTX Member

      Location:
      Arlington, TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      poss ototoxicity/unknown/BVVP diagnosed first then tinnitus
      So you only had tinnitus at night since 2016? Did you hear it during the day at all? What was your recovery timeline like? Do you hear it anymore at all?
       
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    4. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      This is NOT cured if you just finally habituated to mild to modest tinnitus. If you are, thank your lucky stars you CAN... until it gets worse of course.
       
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    5. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      John Roberts

      John Roberts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      Michelle - It took my about 3 months to eventually move on. What helped me is forcing myself to stick with my daily routine and staying busy. Once you stop giving a fuck about it, it stops being a thing. Trust me.
      Matchbox - you’re wrong. I go to clubs, concerts. Live a normal life. It’s gone completely. I sleep like a baby every night.
      LostinTX - nope, I don’t hear anything anymore. I beat this and all of you can too. NEVER GIVE IN. THERE IS HOPE.
       
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    6. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Some specifics would be nice. I did assume this was a habituation post, as in "you don't hear it", when you actually do, it just doesn't cross your mind, vs. it's absolutely quiet and you hear someone ask about tinnitus and you aren't suddenly aware, it's nowhere to be heard.

      How long did it take to fade and was there anything you specifically did for treatment, meds, or disorders that you figured out? For how long have you been going to clubs giving no shits?
       
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      AUTHOR
      John Roberts

      John Roberts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      Matchbox - I worked out regularly and I find that intense cardio exercise really helped slowly tame the tinnitus over time until it faded away. Zero meds.
       
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    8. LostinTX
      Angry

      LostinTX Member

      Location:
      Arlington, TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      poss ototoxicity/unknown/BVVP diagnosed first then tinnitus
      Thank you. Can you give more details please? How loud and intrusive was your tinnitus? Could you hear it only at night or was it present in day since 2016? It wasn't clear from your original post. Just to understand, you also hear nothing on your pillow at night now? Is that correct? I am 17 months in and the tinnitus has decreased a lot in the past 4 to 5 months, but I am trying to remain hopeful I can be back to myself.

      Thank you so much for coming back here and telling your story. It gives me hope when I see these posts.
       
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    9. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      Let’s hope it doesn’t get worse. That doesn’t happen to everybody.
       
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    10. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      John Roberts

      John Roberts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      I could hear it both day and night. It was always louder at night when trying to sleep. I was in a very dark place. But it made me so much stronger once I snapped out of it. You will too. I’m happy it happened to me, it made me so much more successful in every aspect of my life. When you think you’re life is over, taking big risks don’t matter anymore.

      Has your sleep been impacted by your tinnitus?
       
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    11. LostinTX
      Angry

      LostinTX Member

      Location:
      Arlington, TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      poss ototoxicity/unknown/BVVP diagnosed first then tinnitus
      Yes, I have to take a lot to sleep. Melatonin, CBN and Gabapentin. It's been life altering. Going on 17 months and I can hear it 24/7. It has changed from so many noises to now just high pitch hissing that feels in my left ear or head. I'm trying hard to remain positive since I'm seeing changes. I'd be better to deal with it if I couldn't hear it in the day and could watch TV or work without hearing it. For sleep, it kind of sounds like a white noise to me so that helps. I wish I was a "mild" tinnitus case.
       
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    12. AfroSnowman
      Balanced

      AfroSnowman Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Nonnatural energy source
      How long was it from your onset to full recovery?
       
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      John Roberts

      John Roberts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      LostinTX - I’m so sorry to hear this. You will get better, never lose hope. Have you tried exercise? Running/cardio is really good for the blood flow and made a huge difference for me. Try some kind of exercise routine. Even if it’s just something minor. Wish you the best of luck. You will recover.
       
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      AUTHOR
      John Roberts

      John Roberts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      AfroSnowman - It took me about 3-6 months to completely shake it off. First couple months really sucked. Never lose hope. Ever.
       
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    15. LostinTX
      Angry

      LostinTX Member

      Location:
      Arlington, TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      poss ototoxicity/unknown/BVVP diagnosed first then tinnitus
      I'm still very confused since your info says you had tinnitus since 2016, but "took 3-6 months to get rid of?"

      What happened between 2016 and 2021?
       
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    16. Geatly

      Geatly Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, by jackhammering into concrete on constructio
      Was yours noise-induced or how did it start?

      Also, if you are going to gigs and concerts, does the tinnitus come back or is silence your new reality?
       
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    17. IAmCalifornia
      Wishful

      IAmCalifornia Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Pennsylvania
      Tinnitus Since:
      this year
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      i wish i knew
      My GOD, the replies on this post are upsetting. This is an amazing story of positivity and hope, and OP is being bombarded by a million pessimistic and triggering questions, questioning the validity of OP's claim. He got better. That's amazing and worth celebrating.
       
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    18. 8958464854
      No Mood

      8958464854 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Most people that got over their tinnitus don't really use the forum. No wonder lots of people here are so pessimistic.
       
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    19. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg dose of (anticholinergic) drug Promethazine
      @IAmCalifornia -- Unfortunately, I fully understand some of the replies. The story is fairly familiar to a number of others that have shown up on this forum. A fairly vague story, accompanied by all kinds of guarantees that things will get better for everybody. If only that were true! There are no guarantees in life, and I find it a bit disconcerting to have somebody tell me there is, especially about something as complex as tinnitus.

      I'm truly delighted @John Roberts has (apparently) gotten rid of his tinnitus, and this is not a habituation story. But I have to say, testimonials of complete cessation of tinnitus on this forum are extremely rare, and is just not going to be the case for most of us. Will most of us have our tinnitus improve, or our ability to cope with it improve? I'd say yes. And I agree with John that the journey out of catastrophic tinnitus can make us stronger.

      But are there any guarantees about any of the innumerable probabilities that may play out? I'd say no. As they say, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes.
       
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    20. blamingeverything

      blamingeverything Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      high frequency hearing loss
      I really don’t know what the point of that reply was.
       
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    21. AnthonyMcDonald
      Confused

      AnthonyMcDonald Member

      Location:
      Russia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Sounds like the typical story of someone with mild/stable tinnitus.
       
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    22. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      While mainly true there are objectively severe folks living and loving life, @MindOverMatter @fishbone @billie48 to name a few. I’m trying to be the next one to “make it through” but I’m still struggling. Some may also call my tinnitus mild, who knows lol. I’m sorry you’re suffering so much but it’s not over for you. Glad you’re still fighting the fight.
       
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    23. AnthonyMcDonald
      Confused

      AnthonyMcDonald Member

      Location:
      Russia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I really appreciate the kind words ❤️

      In my opinion, stability is key. Having tinnitus that spikes/changes daily from mundane noises (or no reason at all) puts us through hell and high water.

      I have recently been having bouts of stability (whereas before I was spiking from *everything*) and it is much, much easier to cope if it stays the same, even while on full blast.
       
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    24. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      I agree. Mine is unstable as well and it’s frustrating... and yours is more severe so I get you. So based on what I’ve read from past members who were similar to yours, it seems lots of time it will stabilize. Remember you will have mini relapses, don’t fret, it’s part of the process that I’ve seen. With stability and time your brain can eventually adapt and your quality of life should improve. <3
       
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    25. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      How have you achieved this stability and how long since your last permanent increase did it stabilize?
       
    26. AnthonyMcDonald
      Confused

      AnthonyMcDonald Member

      Location:
      Russia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I don't know. I honestly wish I had an answer, but this bullshit condition doesn't have any rhyme or reason. Time, I guess. I changed apartment to a quieter one, too.

      I had a permanent increase after my idiot neighbor used an angle grinder and hammered on his balcony. I also have an increase if I talk for longer than 20-30 minutes or have long conversations without letting my ears rest.
       
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    27. AnthonyMcDonald
      Confused

      AnthonyMcDonald Member

      Location:
      Russia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Thanks for the positive words!

      My QoL is royally f*cked anyways because of my catastrophic hyperacusis. It's getting a bit better maybe but nowhere fast enough. Gonna be stuck with this shit for years.
       
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    28. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Maybe, maybe not. It’s going to be a battle for sure but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. Something to look forward to even if it takes a long time.
       
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    29. twa
      Busy

      twa Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      @Matchbox, you are always a ray of sunshine!
       
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    30. LD Sea

      LD Sea Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gabapentin
      Gabapentin is highly ototoxic. I bet your high pitched tinnitus is between 3600-4000 Hz. Most people who get tinnitus from Gabapentin have it in that range. I took Gabapentin for one month, and I've had tinnitus since April 19th. CNB is also ototoxic.
       
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