Tinnitus Gone

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by norwaygirl, Mar 2, 2018.

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      norwaygirl
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      norwaygirl Member

      Location:
      Oslo
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress/pressure/high volume on music
      Hi Virginia girl :) I can relate. I was on the floor crying as well, or limping around the living room, shaking with anxiousness and pulling at the curtain because I couldn't stand up. It was a constant realisation that I'd never get my life back. If you feel any hope at all after my story then that's more than I can say I felt during tinnitus, where nothing anyone did or said made me feel optimistic.

      I'm not sure why it goes up and down, blood pressure or god knows, but mine varied as well. It came in different loud/low tones and pitches. You can't forget about the sound, and you can't push it away. It exists, just like it always has (only not in your awareness) like all the other signals in your brain. The "job" is to force your focus onto other sounds. You will still hear the tinnitus because forcing your focus on something else is an extremely mental and strenuous task, and it will take the brain quite a while to create neuron pathways strong enough to manage to focus 100% on something else. Even when you start to manage it, it will only be for a few seconds at the time. With a continuous focus, despite failing and despite having days you will want to die, you'll create a strong enough focus for the brain to put tinnitus at a lower alarm level. Right now it is regarded as crucial for you to be made alert of. You have the capacity to inform/teach your brain to place its attention elsewhere, but you have to do it as much as you possibly can and you have to do it over and over again, no matter how long it takes.

      * To both deal with tinnitus AND working hard mentally to focus onto other sounds (be it a song or a train or whatever) will be very tiring. It will feel like you are never mentally relaxed, and lack of sleep doesn't help either. So remember that it will be hard times ahead. I put focus on a song some place once for instance, but still heard tinnitus through it. So don't feel the need to be optimistic. Quite contrary, you'll feel nothing is working, which isn't that strange since it seemingly isn't, so...

      * Once you successfully manage a few seconds here and there of laying the attention onto something else entirely, it will vanish as soon as it came - and you'll feel defeated because the tinnitus is still there. Besides, you didn't actually manage to hear silence, you only managed to shift focus onto another audible source. Baby steps.

      * After endlessly working on the shift of focus, the pathways will have grown solid enough for them to take over, meaning it has become an automatic response to tinnitus. It no longer needs to be forced by you. The shift of focus happens more and more 'of its own'. This is when silence appears, reading a book without the bout of anxiety that tinnitus is ever present, going for a walk to pick up groceries and not recalling until mid-trip that you were supposed to do focusing exercises.

      During bouts of silence or just in general realising, hey, I went a whole day without hearing the tinnitus today, will probably make it become audible again since the whole process is so fragile. The awareness of silence is awareness of tinnitus being absent --> which in itself will place your focus back to tinnitus. Again, shift focus. Don't worry, and I mean that! The pathways has no choice but growing stronger for every time you do it.

      A major, major thing is realising how vulnerable your mind is during this period. Anything can trigger back tinnitus during the first few months of feeling rid of it. It doesn't matter if it's triggered back, since it will be easier every time to shift focus like I wrote above, but it's still worth mentioning that you shouldn't google tinnitus or be in online forums. Remember also the significance of focus. The focus can't both be on No Tinnitus, as well as Tinnitus. You need to make a huge effort in eliminating negative stories that in entirity will cause you to spiral into the massive darkness that hopelessness is. I'm not saying you have to be happy or positive, I managed neither, but you do have to actively choose away tinnitus related things. I wasn't always successful with that myself, but I tried. The days were so lonely and horrible. I didn't manage to live life, and I had no other choice. 'Focusing exercises', as I call them, were new to me and I had no way to manouvre through them. It was touch and go, not an interesting experiment. It just had no end. It was crazy. The point is not to bring you down, but the exact opposite. You don't have to hope or pray or be one of the few lucky ones. You don't have to be strong. You can feel whatever you feel and you can give up every single day, that's OK. Desperation is a valuable force with huge power. I so understand what you're going through. I get every word. I wish someone could've held my hand and told me it'll be fine but it was no one (or if someone did, I didn't believe them), so I'll mentally reach out to hold yours if that can help for anything. <3
       
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    2. MarkX

      MarkX Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you for your post. Im at 3 months and really suffering with it. I know you said that it’s gone but you may pick it back up. Just wanted to confirm if it’s still completely gone for you? You can’t hear anything in quiet room?
       
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      norwaygirl
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      norwaygirl Member

      Location:
      Oslo
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress/pressure/high volume on music
      Hi! Yes, it is completely gone for me. By picking it back up I mean it tended to be triggered here and there after I thought I was rid of it. It was triggered by tinnitus related things which brought my awareness back to it. When that happens, it's nothing to worry about because the focus training starts to become so ingrained. So no, I don't hear tinnitus at all now.
       
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    4. MarkX

      MarkX Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I’m so happy for you. This has really affected me. I have kids and my wife is pregnant and due in 2 weeks and I can barely function. I’m an engineer and make most of our income and my work is severely affected. So you had it for about 7 months and it started to get better at 3/4 months in. I know you answered some of this already. Just nice to talk to someone who’s it’s actually went away.
       
    5. Lurius
      Wishful

      Lurius Member

      Location:
      Oslo, Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, but probably stress
      Hey @norwaygirl, I really wanted to talk to you as I'm also from Oslo. Norway. Trying to send you a private message, but can't figure out how. Any chance you could send me a message and then I can just respond?
       
    6. MarkX

      MarkX Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Yes same with me. I wanted to send private message and can’t figure out how either?
       
    7. acute
      Depressed

      acute Member

      Location:
      Spain
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music. Stress, long taking meds ?
      Congrats Norway girl, could not be happier for you :)

      Do you think that your Tinnitus finally disappeared due to ignoring it?

      How many months were you with it until it was faded?
       
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      norwaygirl
      Blah

      norwaygirl Member

      Location:
      Oslo
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress/pressure/high volume on music
      Lurius managed to :) Try contacting admin, I'm not sure why you don't see it. If you push on my photo then Start a conversation should appear. If not, I'm not sure why.
       
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      norwaygirl
      Blah

      norwaygirl Member

      Location:
      Oslo
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress/pressure/high volume on music
      No, I think it's impossible to ignore tinnitus. The thing is more to practice your concentration onto something else 100%, even though you may manage 2% in the beginning :) That way, the brain learns that the signal of tinnitus is not of importance, and it can start to re-adapt (if that's a word) into considering other impressions/sounds as more relevant and in the end let go of tinnitus entirely. I think it took about 4 months for me, but that's individual so how long it took for me is no indication for how it is for anyone else :)
       
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    10. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

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      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Have you tried wearing earplugs in a quiet room? Might you hear it if you were to do that?
       
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      norwaygirl
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      norwaygirl Member

      Location:
      Oslo
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress/pressure/high volume on music
      Hi, yes I do that at night because of my shared housing living situation. Don't hear it then. Tried that for experiment several months ago, and was really scared I'd hear something. I decided to not try it since I was still so anxious even though not hearing it on a day to day basis. Now I "dare to" and I don't hear tinnitus.
       
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    12. MarkX

      MarkX Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Norwaygirl that is amazing. I’m so happy for you. I think mine is stress related since it happened while remodeling my kitchen and the first contractor wasn’t good and we had some issues. This maybe has a better chance of going away. I’m trying so hard to not focus on it but it’s difficult. Mine seems lower in morning and seems to of reduce slightly since three months ago.
       

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