Tinnitus Caused by Walking, Driving Suicidal Thoughts

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    1. meeb

      meeb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud clubs initially.
      I have always had higher pitched tinnitus which was noise induced a long time ago and it never got better, always worse but still coping, up until this...


      I had to quit a job which I enjoyed a few months ago due to a new loud lower pitched humming one of my ears, (the ear which was always the worse for tinnitus), caused by road noise/vibrations, although I did have a wisdom tooth removed from that side of my mouth and a drill forced into my jaw drilling away which may have messed up something in my ear more.

      I have had to quit a job in the past, about 2 years ago because my tinnitus was worse from walking around all day (that humming sound I just mentioned), I have started a new job and I am walking on hard concrete all day and I am wearing trainers/sneakers so they are comfortable, the floor is obviously just too hard.

      After doing some research myself online it seems that my walking and driving is causing the cochlear to vibrate continuously which is causing the liquid to move about constantly and perhaps constantly go through the hair cells in the ear, I think this is how noise induced tinnitus is caused, basically I am ****ed for life and am limited to local drives and a job where I will have to sit down all day which isn't physically healthy and I don't want to do that but I have no choice, people say to not let tinnitus ruin or control you but for me it is and the evidence is there.

      I have only been in this job a few weeks and I find myself losing sleep and sometimes crying to myself, I am miserable and not enjoying life, I don't see any point to life when you can't enjoy it and you can't even do the simplest of things like walk/drive/work, I will have to get a boring crappy desk job, I don't even like the people in the office environment.

      I have bills to pay and am buying presents for Christmas but I know that each day I go to work, I am making my tinnitus worse and worse.

      Is there really nothing they can do for tinnitus caused by vibration in my ear, something is obviously loose in my ear somewhere for this to happen as it never used to be like this, I could drive for hours, now I can't drive on the motorway as it makes the humming worse.

      There is not help for people with tinnitus as it is not recognised as disability where I live.

      I would most likely of ended it by now if I didn't have a family.
       
    2. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Tinnitus is hard going and finding the low drone hard to adjust too.
      Try not to let it make you low and try get help to sleep better as it helps.

      I would see ENT to get your ears checked again in case you find your balance off a little and noticed when walking .
      Give your job a little more time as could be stress related and Christmas on the way.
      You are doing well getting out to work and try go at your own pace and take a break when needed .
      You will I'm sure find the best job for you if do need to change your job.
      May be hearing aids or maskers might help you cope better.
      Stay positive life will get better and ask your doctor for help if needed and emotional support like counselling etc.

      I find sleep hard at the moment and ears being naughty but it's got to get better again as time alows to adjust....
      Chin up .....lots of love glynis
       
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    3. meeb

      meeb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud clubs initially.
      Thank you for your kind response, unfortunately it is getting worse every day, it is a shame that it is robbing me of my life so quickly and suddenly. I am trying my best to cope and stick with a job I enjoy, I'm afraid I may have to ask if I can be laid off for medical reasons, I have experienced this in the past but not severe up until my last job wh n it was either due to the wisdom tooth being drilled out or the constanr vibrations from my last job I had to quit. I think I won't be able to last much longer again. It's also a shame that this post has attracted over 100 views but nobody has any advice, it just proves that there is nothing to be done for me now.
       
    4. danieluk

      danieluk Member

      Location:
      Birmingham, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      If you believe working is making you worse id personally stop asap, easier said than done depending on your circumstances. Also maybe try and get medication for anxiety, it wont help with the tinnitus but might calm you down a bit.

      Im at the same stage as you, mine just keeps on getting worse and i have no answers either, im 32 now and i very much doubt ill see 33. Tinnitus is so cruel. Luckily i have no family or friends to complicate things. People try to be helpful and tell you you will adjust, but for some of us its not possible as it either very variable or gets progressively worse.
       
    5. meeb

      meeb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud clubs initially.
      I've always adjusted to my original high pitched tinnitus, it has only gotten worse over the years and I found it last time to be very difficult to adjust to, I did but this new ringing that started in my last job which I quit, it did go away for just over a day until I drove a whole 4 miles in my car. Big wow right?! I since habituated to it, getting the train instead of driving on the motorway and started this new job but within the first two days of work it got worse again, the week after it got bad and into my fourth week now and it is unbearable, it's the sounded that noise the emergency broadcast makes and I just cried after getting into bed not only is the new ringing tone so loud but there are one or two other tones I've never had, there's something seriously wrong and I think I may have to quit before Christmas, I have only two and a half months worth of cash unless my employee lays me off on medical grounds but I doubts gets be happy about any of it. I'm contemplating attempted suicide so people realise how bad I have it and for help whilst I'm off work as I can't afford to not work but if I continue I think ill end up doing something stupid.
       
    6. MikeL1972

      MikeL1972 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Uknown
      Hi Meeb,

      I think having a daily routine (like a job) is very beneficial because it (a) gives you something to do and have a purpose; (b) you get paid for it; (c) it distracts you from the ringing.

      I too had suicidal thoughts back in March when I first got tinnitus, but then took control of myself. Did you know that around 30 million people in America alone have tinnitus? They are living their lives by going to work, raising families, and just enjoying life. You can do the same! :)
       
    7. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      I personally refuse to give in to tinnitus.

      That means, inspite of how annoyed and frustrated i feel at times, i refuse to stop doing things that i love. That includes my job.

      I would advise you to press on with life and your job, have a look at the bts thread, and rest assured that your brain will eventually grow bored with listening to your t.
       
    8. meeb

      meeb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud clubs initially.
      I don't think that going back to work will help things at all, I just woke up and it is as loud as ever, worse idea ever at the moment. Hence, what I said in my last post. It seems that danieluk understands and is listening to what I'm saying.
       
    9. MikeL1972

      MikeL1972 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Uknown
      Wise words! There is so much more to life than tinnitus!
       
    10. Samantha R

      Samantha R Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geelong Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @meeb we all understand what you are going through and we don't want you to give in and let tinnitus control your life.
       
    11. meeb

      meeb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud clubs initially.
      But it's exactly the same in telling me to continue going to a nightclub, my body is telling me not to. I will have to talk to my manager as this can't continue .
       
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    12. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      For some time I have suspected certain exercises can make tinnitus worse particularly running on a treadmill or on hard ground. I walk regularly but haven't noticed it has made my tinnitus worse or driving. However, that is not to say that it can't happen.

      When tinnitus was caused by "exposure to loud noise" a person has to be careful as the cochlear is more sensitive to sound. If the tinnitus is getting worse over a period of time, the usual cause is: attending places where loud music is played without using ear protection. This is likely to be: nightclubs, concerts, cinema. Listening to music through headphones can make the tinnitus worse "for some people" even at low volume.

      Michael
       
    13. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Your positivity and drive is an inspiration to many that have a difficult time coping with tinnitus @DebInAustralia and because of this, I like reading your posts. Unfortunately, there is a serious side to tinnitus that isn't often talked about. Therefore, I hope you and others on this thread don't mind if I give my opinion on this, as I have personal experience of where @meeb is coming from.

      Tinnitus comes in many forms and intensities and no two people experience it the same. It can be: mild, moderate, severe or extremely severe. It can fluctuate in intensity daily or remain constant. When tinnitus is severe and this level of intensity is sustained, it can become very debilitating making it extremely difficult for a person to function properly. I was medically retired from my job many years ago because of my severe tinnitus. Whilst I advocate being positive with tinnitus; many of my posts are based on "having a positive out-look on life" and tinnitus. I want to stress, there is a limit to how far positivity can stretch - if tinnitus is loud and intrusive enough, it can affect a person in such a way they are unable to work.

      Michael
       
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