Tinnitus Can Make Life Hell — My Tinnitus Story

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    1. Crazyputer
      Alone

      Crazyputer Member

      Location:
      New Zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Machinery
      Hi Everyone

      My Tinnitus started one day in 1988 when I used a concrete cutting machine inside a small but empty tin shed without hearing protection. At first the Tinnitus was a very low volume very high pitched noise that I could block most of the time and earmuffs made the Tinnitus worse by blocking other masking noises. I was in my early 20’s I had been working in the construction industry for about 6 years, in those days if you wore any safety equipment you were a wimp (most of the guys I worked with now have hearing problems).

      All my working life I have continually work around very loud and noisy machinery, still do so today. Also in my 20’s I rode motorbikes, raced cars & motorbikes, worked as a DJ/sound-man in night clubs and bars and worked on big engines many times with no exhausts, all not great to enhance hearing.

      With that history it’s no surprise that I have hearing issues.

      As I got older and age/environment related hearing loss started to kick in I couldn't hear the tinnitus at all, that blissful silence lasted only for about 2 years. But then in 2009 I had an accident where I slipped a disc in my neck and needed neck surgery. I needed to take a range of pain, nerve blocking and anti-inflammatory drugs. Straight after the surgery the Tinnitus went really loud and hasn’t gone away. I’ve compared the Tinnitus to a hearing test machine generated noise and my Tinnitus is approximately 4500Hz @ 85db so if it was external it would be considered an unsafe working environment. And it is right in the voice range making it hard for me to hear people talking to me.

      I work operating very noisy machinery (99db peak) where I must use hearing protection devices. I’ve spent $1,000’s trying to find a solution that doesn’t include finding a different job. I found that good hearing protection that muffles most of the noise makes the Tinnitus seem worse by having no distraction noise and bad hearing protection that doesn’t muffle enough noise makes my hearing and Tinnitus worse. Many days I’ve gone home with screaming Tinnitus, a headache and unable to hear anything.

      Three months ago I spent $1775 on a intrinsically safe hearing protection headset with blue-tooth. So far they great they block almost all noise but then allow me to listen to background music that provides the distraction from the Tinnitus. As an added bonus I can communicate with my mobile phone better than trying to use the phone directly I can actuality hear it ring now and talk to people. That are so good my boss has ordered 24 sets one for everyone in the company.

      My message to anyone who has just developed Tinnitus is don’t give keep trying ideas that are recommended, some will help many won’t help but you must keep trying.

      Cheers Tony
       
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    2. sleepy

      sleepy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music and gaming via headphones, earbuds and headset
      Thanks for posting. It seems my tinnitus is insignificant compared to yours, haha! Cheers!
       
    3. Foncky
      Tired

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music. Balloon. Genes.
      You have to try that one, finding a different job.
      Noisy machinery + music under earmuffs : your hearing is already quite damaged, you're not going to get better if you go on on this path.

      This is just my opinion but you should at least try to reconsider all this. I know this is not easy : I had to quit my job and find something else.

      Keep trying indeed ;)
      Hearing protection is great but it can't completely protect you around noisy machines when you already have damage.
       
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    4. Jim51042

      Jim51042 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/28/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headphone use
      @Crazyputer How did you become T free from I'm guessing 2007-2009? You couldn't hear it in a quite room at night? Did you have exclusively high frequency hearing loss up to that point?

      Also what is causing your headaches? Does your T vibrate your head? Is it ringing or high intensity static?
       
    5. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Crazyputer
      Alone

      Crazyputer Member

      Location:
      New Zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Machinery
      I have found that loud noises and complete quite will set off my Tinnitus. So the only to live in any form of comfort is to listen to music almost all the time.

      I lost my high frequency hearing around 2005. My Tinnitus is the cause of most of my headaches. My Tinnitus is like listening to a car alarm inside a carpark building and it's continuous, never stops.

      I am changing jobs in 3 years I've got a contract to good to pass up to finish first.
       
    6. Jim51042

      Jim51042 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/28/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headphone use
      Sorry I also meant to ask you what frequency your Tinnitus was prior to your high frequency hearing loss.

      How do you sleep? I'm presuming with music but do you mask your Tinnitus at night?
       
    7. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Crazyputer
      Alone

      Crazyputer Member

      Location:
      New Zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Machinery
      My Tinnitus before my high frequency hearing loss was in the region of 15 - 20 khz. I can't hear anything over 14.5 khz anymore. So thankful I can't hear crickets, 2 stroke motors or whingeing teenagers, maybe that one nothing to do with hearing loss.

      Yes I listen to music all night to help sleep usually with a Bluetooth headband.
       

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