Tinnitus Since Birth

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    1. Slayton Peale
      Depressed

      Slayton Peale Member

      Location:
      Vermont
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/16/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hello, I am a teen who's had tinnitus since birth, and I don't know why. We've visited neurologists, ENT's, pediatricians, had MRI's, CAT scans, X-rays, blood tests, basically if you can name it, it's been done. Nothing.

      In January 2016 I experienced a dramatic increase in volume, (3-4 times louder) and I am getting to the point where I can't sleep or concentrate anymore. It's worsening my already bad depression, (also since birth) and I feel as if it's slowly driving me insane. Does ANYONE have tips to reduce the volume?

      I've tried many supposed "remedies" but all have failed.

      At this point, I'm desperate for anything to help.
       
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    2. bill 112
      Studious

      bill 112 Member

      Location:
      Republic Of Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      The only advice that anyone can give is this,
      -Reduce your stress and anxiety
      -Protect your ears
      -Try masking find something that suits you
      -Keep busy and focus your attention elsewhere

      All the usual bull you've probably heard a thousand times by now

      I suggest you look up Julian Cowan Hill on YouTube for good tips and info,I hope this helps but at the moment there is still no effective treatment or cure.
       
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    3. Karl28
      Wishful

      Karl28 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 bad since 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music via headphones
      Damn what was it like as a small child?
      Im just curious
       
    4. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      how is your hearing ?
       
    5. Slayton Peale
      Depressed

      Slayton Peale Member

      Location:
      Vermont
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/16/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      My hearing is actually fine, oddly enough. Since the spike it's been harder to focus on quieter sounds, but other than that no issue.
      It was... Interesting. To say the least. I would always ask my parents what the ringing was, and I wondered why they acted confused. I asked why they were confused and was told they didn't hear it. It was only in the past few years I brought it up again because I thought it was normal, and only recently (3-4 years ago) was told it wasn't.
       
    6. HiThere

      HiThere Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/01/1975
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Delivery by forceps? Childhood ear infections?
      I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I too have had T since birth. I am 46 now. I found out as a young child when I asked someone if the ringing was louder for them at night in bed. "What ringing?" I assumed everyone's ears were like mine. Like you, I've never experienced life without ringing (mine is around 7500hz).

      bill 112 gave great advice.

      I also have hyperacusis.

      I find being in loud environments jacks up the volume of my T for days afterward.

      I am much more aware of my T during times of stress.

      Enjoy life as much as you can; easy to say, hard to do....

      Relaxing is harder for tinnitus sufferers. It was a true revelation for me when an audiologist explained that tinnitus is tied into or triggers the fight or flight response. Our brains are continually on high alert. How does a person feel when they hear a high pitched smoke alarm humming their ears? It's similar for us on some level 24/7.

      Relieving stress and relaxing in healthy ways is huge.
       

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