Tinnitus Stopped Mattering to Me

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by jp1995, May 19, 2018.

    1. jp1995
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      jp1995 Member

      Location:
      Gloucester MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music
      FULL DISCLOSURE: I still hear tinnitus. But I need to be honest, tinnitus eventually becomes nothing. I know the exact date I got tinnitus, November 20, 2017. It was noise exposure, I play and continue to play in a band. I took a few months off because tinnitus scared me a lot, I was afraid to go to bed, hang out with friends, play in my band, I was even afraid to go to bed. I was becoming an alcoholic for a while. I stopped drinking, I had a CRT television which played a hum, this may have helped me habituate.

      To me, tinnitus eventually stopped mattering. The only reason I come here still is to check the success stories to see how other people eventually over came their tinnitus. It isn't a miracle to overcome tinnitus, your brain will filter it, it could take months or years, but it will happen.
       
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    2. IvanRus

      IvanRus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxicity
      Specify please, your tinnitus really disappeared, or are you just used to it and it is perceived simply as a background?

      What with your audiogram, do you have hearing loss?
       
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    3. Apolonia
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      Apolonia Member

      Location:
      Croatia
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, acoustic trauma
      He says: I still hear tinnitus but it stopped mattering to me.
       
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    4. AUTHOR
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      jp1995
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      jp1995 Member

      Location:
      Gloucester MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music
      I did not have an audiogram, but I definitely have hearing loss, I am 22 and have been playing in a band since I was 15.

      I do still hear tinnitus but it is perceived as part of who I am. Silence is a buzzing sound and that’s alright.

      That being said, it’s quieter, and I believe habituation makes it quieter, and I believe it’s really more mental than physical. For instance, I play in a band. For a while, I was like, no more, after every practice it gets worse. Only after I habituated did I realize that is not true, but I do wear earplugs as to not make it worse.
       
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    5. AngelZ
      Shitfaced

      AngelZ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      T from HL is for life, trust me!
      13 years in!
      Do you hear it above Airplane Engine?
       
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    6. Apolonia
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      Apolonia Member

      Location:
      Croatia
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, acoustic trauma
      I think it is more physical than mental. My tinnitus worsens after anything loud... And then it goes back to normal after a couple of hours ... It is all neurons.. and when we mess them up.. then we are screwed.. and in my opinion no diet can influence this...
       
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    7. Apolonia
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      Apolonia Member

      Location:
      Croatia
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, acoustic trauma
      Not to mention the psychologists .. I really hate them and I truly believe they have no real purpose...However, I appreciate psychiatrists and neurologists because they do look into your brain and try to help you...
       
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    8. MeBeSurfer

      MeBeSurfer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSRI Medication, Movie Theaters, or Gaming Headphones
      Could not disagree with you more. Also, not helpful to your fellow sufferers. Nobody knows the true extent of what causes Tinnitus. And if your neurons in your brain were truly screwed up, you would likely have other issues and not hear of any recovery stories. I've read lots and lots of full recovery stories, and to me this means you just need to give your ears time to heal.
       
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    9. John_415

      John_415 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      20-12-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Hey, I got T a month after you got it.
      Nice to hear your dealing with it by not caring anymore. Im still afraid that im going to be afraid like when it just started for me. But then again I can sleep well now if I want. Then again im somewhat afraid im going to be afraid of it flairing up again. Kinda odd. Then again its mostly not much of an issue for me at the moment.
      If you have action-step, book, meditation, life philosophy or something that got you to where you are I would be interessted to hear it.
      For now, I just hope for another night in which im not in the mental headspace I was in when it started, and then tomorrow, same thing and onwards. Like I stop carring after I wake up, then when the end of the day comes im still not completely over it. Anyways, great to hear your over it. Do take care.
       
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    10. AUTHOR
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      jp1995
      No Mood

      jp1995 Member

      Location:
      Gloucester MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music
      Hey John,

      For me it, as cliched as it sounds, I just tried occupying my time with other things, rather than just sit around worrying. I was declining to do really anything that involved me leaving my house. Since that was where I was mentally, I figured that I needed to find a way to occupy my time within my own house and not just constantly searching about tinnitus and worrying about sleeping. As strange as it sounds, I got into speedrunning on the nintendo 64, which required me to find an old CRT television. CRT's emit like a tinnitus sounding like hum when its on. I partially attribute this to my habituation, but playing N64 in my room like a nerd got me involved with also watching people do the same thing on Twitch, so not only was I distracted by the game itself and the hum, but I also began talking to people in the chatrooms and talking to the streamers themselves, which in turn boosted my confidence that I could talk to people, because as I said, all I was doing was sitting around worrying, and that worry spread to other parts of my life, such as the social aspect.

      Finally, after about a month of playing N64, I started really hanging out with my friends again, and bringing people together who didn't know each other, and that keeps happening and I keep meeting more and more people. I mentioned I had tinnitus once to them offhand, only for a few of them to also talk about how they had it but they eventually just learned to forget about it, which made me feel really good.

      I know that T can be really bad for people but I really think its a mental thing. Like when I realized I had it, I was in a bad place regarding things that weren't T, and T just elevated everything and made it worse. Now that I have friends I hang out with almost daily, a job again, my hobbies back, things to look forward to, and people to meet, I've just told myself to let whatever happens to you happen.

      Sorry I just rambled on, but thats what I honestly helped me in getting over it, thus far.

      Good luck John, I know you can do it.
       
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    11. dayma
      Frustrated

      dayma Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/6/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      UNKNOWN
      @John_415 and @jp1995 I am almost 6 months in and I struggle with it albeit less now than 3 months ago. I do agree that keeping yourself busy is very important.
       
    12. Rajin

      Rajin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      9/7/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss ,noise
      Can you explain this a little more in detail, I taught it your nervous system. Coffee,Alcohol, salt , sugar. Etc . Set off the neurons to fire more. How does noise set off the neurons.
       
    13. dpdx
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      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      Do you have Mild Tinnitus or Severe? When I had mild tinnitus it took 2 months to have it go down so much that i only heard it in a quiet room. Now that I have Severe Tinnitus I can pretty much hear it all the time, everywhere just not the shower. It depends what intensity and hek even tone you have. My Tinnitus is so bad it gives me headaches. I am actually worse off now then i was when i got Tinnitus.
       
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    14. housemzk

      housemzk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 18, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concussions, wisdom teeth removal, neck, jaw, stress, noise?
      This can't be an accurate measure of whether or not you have mild or severe tinnitus. I have 24/7 tinnitus with ear pain. If I listen for it I hear it in the shower. I consider this mild compared to what I heard 4 months ago though. I'm seeing that the psychological aspect of tinnitus is a serious factor in what we determine mild and severe.
       
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    15. dpdx
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      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      Speak for yourself. I know very well what Mild Tinnitus and Severe Tinnitus are. When I had mild tinnitus I was able to hear it only in a quiet room. it didnt bother me nor did it keep me awake. I habtituated and move on, then i did the stupid caloric test and Tinnitus skyrocketed to Severe-Extreme, now the volume is louder and I have a more intrusive tones. I cant sleep no more and I can hear it everywhere it is very loud. Sometimes my left eye hurts how loud tinnitus is.
       
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    16. threefirefour
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      threefirefour Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      140dB B R U H moment
      dpdx is objectively right here. Mild and severe are grades of tinnitus volume.
       
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    17. dpdx
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      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      My audiologist told me I am a severe case and I need to do TRT asap. I dont think TRT will help. I am waiting for the Susan Shore device to help me.
       
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    18. housemzk

      housemzk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 18, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concussions, wisdom teeth removal, neck, jaw, stress, noise?
      I disagree. He's asking OP to measure mild and severe tinnitus based on his own experiences.
       
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    19. threefirefour
      Rebellious

      threefirefour Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      140dB B R U H moment
      Yes his own experiences with sound... Which he's right about. Hearing it only in quiet rooms=mild. Hearing it everywhere=severe.
       
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    20. housemzk

      housemzk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 18, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concussions, wisdom teeth removal, neck, jaw, stress, noise?
      I hope her device helps us all.

      Also, please understand I'm not trying to discount what you're going through. We're in this together.
       
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    21. dpdx
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      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      I am not going to argue with you. I have my own experiences and I can def see how it changed.
      MILD TINNITUS is not repeat, I say not repeat when you can hear it over the freeway traffic...
       
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    22. housemzk

      housemzk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 18, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concussions, wisdom teeth removal, neck, jaw, stress, noise?
      Right. His experience. Which the OP should not use as a measure.
       
    23. threefirefour
      Rebellious

      threefirefour Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      140dB B R U H moment
      I agree here. Sadly it won't help us all, but it's a start. When it helps us somatics, we're still in this together, and I know i'll still be demanding a cure for the rest of us.
       
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    24. dpdx
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      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      When I had Mild Tinnitus I was only able to hear it in a quiet room. When I was outside I was not able to hear it. Everyday sounds MASKED IT. It didnt go over the TV or freeway traffic or running water. It is is not the case anymore now it does all those things.
       
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    25. threefirefour
      Rebellious

      threefirefour Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      140dB B R U H moment
      Well if you want an objective measurement then maybe OP can describe his level here:

      TLoudnessScale.png

      It's not truly "objective" but it's the standard the site's been using for a while.
       
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    26. threefirefour
      Rebellious

      threefirefour Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      140dB B R U H moment
      You need a new audiologist TRT has been obsolete for a while. If you REALLY wanted a therapy I would recommend CBT, but you're probably aware it's a waste. I'm glad you have the willpower to wait I felt with my minor tinnitus that it was a long wait. You're stronger than I.
       
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    27. jay777

      jay777 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      benzo/ headphones
      great a scale,but what difference does it make,when no one differentiate
       
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    28. MeBeSurfer

      MeBeSurfer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSRI Medication, Movie Theaters, or Gaming Headphones
      What a bunch of BS, are you people kidding me? C'mon. First of all, most people's like mine, fluctuates in volume. Second of all, I hear mine over a shower, and if I listen for it, over a freeway. I still consider mine mild. If you talk to people on here, there are people that describe their T as a jet engine. I consider THAT to be a severe case of T. The chart someone posted above would put me at an 8, objectively. But subjectively, I feel that I'm at a 3. You really can't measure T, its based on so many variables, including your reaction to it.

      Next, TRT is NOT obsolete. That is misinformation. It is very much alive and well and it has helped a lot of people. Spreading misinformation is not helpful to anyone here.

      Lastly, someone said hear in quiet rooms = mild, everywhere = severe. Measuring T is not that black and white. Like I said, I hear mine everywhere, but I still consider it a 3/10. Its just a high pitched sound that I'm focused on because its still so new.

      And judging from most people on this thread, most people here are 2 years or less into their T, and haven't given themselves enough time to habituate.

      So, everyone, please calm down and quit freaking people out.
       
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    29. Holly1987

      Holly1987 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/09/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown p
      I totally agree, mild and severe tinnitus is like night and day. Like you I started with mild and then it became severe after a spike. When it was mild it pissed me off a bit but I got over it after a while. When it was severe I genuinely wanted my life to end and wasn't sure I would make it. It's currently somewhere in the middle and I'm going OK.

      I'm so sorry yours is so bad.
       
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    30. dpdx
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      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      I am a 9 on this scale.
       
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