Tinnitus from a Young Age — Where I Am Now...

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Zeneth, Jun 3, 2021.

    1. Zeneth

      Zeneth Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe noise?
      Long story short, I developed tinnitus & hyperacusis in 2016 when I was 13. Whether people think I was overreacting or not, I could not cope at all. I developed bad insomnia and anxiety, never really got depression but my life certainly took a turn for the worse. I asked to be switched from public school to online because middle school was loud! I slowly stopped going out due to the constant fear of any loud/sudden noise.

      Over the course of 5 years I developed a few of the other things you commonly see with tinnitus: Visual Snow, Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, Brain Fog (worst thing ever), etc... Everything seemed to be slowly getting worse and still is.

      Today I just graduated from high school (if online school wasn't so easy to cheat on, I definitely wouldn't have honestly). I know I'm expected to get a job but I genuinely don't know what I could functionally do. I don't want to become that guy that lives with his parents without a job, or a life. Although it seems I'm already at this point. I feel like I missed out on the best years of my life and don't know where to go from here.
      • Hug Hug x 4
    2. Simon85

      Simon85 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise exposure, but unknown.
      It seems a lot more employers are open to working remotely which should be a positive for people with sensitivity to noise. I’ve been working remotely for over a year now.

      Job searching can be a very long process, so try not to feel discouraged. If you can apply for a couple each day, regardless of whether you get positive responses back, then you’re doing well.
    3. Mary97

      Mary97 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic trauma but diagnosed with otosclerosis
      Zenith, I'm so sorry for what you had to endure at such a young age. Congratulations on finishing high school! Try not to put too much pressure on yourself. You've been through a lot already and although it's a cliche, I've learned in my 51 years of life that what will be, will be, despite all of our worrying. Just do the best you can. I'll bet you're pretty good on a computer and you'll find a job that's a good fit for you in a quiet environment.

      Keep us updated...

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