Trying to see a pattern

Discussion in 'Support' started by Sybs, May 3, 2014.

    1. Sybs

      Sybs Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I have been keeping a diary lately - not solely for T - but I just put a little entry in each day that says "loud t" or "t hardly noticeable", etc, and I find it helps me to see all the times that it has been so much better so that when I get a spike I can be reassured that I can have periods of hardly noticing it as well. Also I look at what I was doing during whatever was happening with the T to see if I can find any pattern/connection.
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    2. carol kane

      carol kane Member

      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      I do exactly the same thing Sybs ...
    3. Kathi

      Kathi Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      HFHL and stress
      I tried to keep track--I'd put a 'g' for good day on my calendar, a 'b' for bad day and an 'nsb' for not so bad. It seems I have two low t days a week--once I had 3. There is no rhyme or reason to it though as I hadn't changed anything. One week I did try some of the 'forbidden foods/drinks' and it didn't make a difference either. Yesterday my T was extremely low but on Thursday it was buzzing--nothing was different. I slept the same, did the same routine, etc. I honestly can't find a pattern so I'm going to stop keeping track and just get on with things. My T is loud today and I have to go to a yard party--I don't feel like going but I am going as the sunshine and warm will help.
    4. Denny

      Denny Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2013
      This is a lot of effort and keeps your focus on T. People that have
      habituated say it does not matter what kind of days or pattern you have??
    5. cullenbohannon

      cullenbohannon Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      I agree 100 percent with this Denny. I think this can be very counterproductive. By doing this you're associating loud t days with bad days and low t days with good days. This could be a bad thing down the road. Working on reaction has been much more beneficial for me. I have tried this as well and in my opinion when trying to habituate I would steer clear of anything that unnecessarily reminds you of t.
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    6. erik

      erik Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012 or earlier?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Keep a log of your T is not a good idea. Keeping note of something that may make it worse is ok but may be irrelevant over time. As Denny said keeping a log keeps your focus on it. Also, more than likely you will not find any real useful information. What you thought might make your T worse one day, may not the next day. Also, over time your ears/brain adapts and changes itself so things that you know for sure used to bother you might not any longer. Most of us who have had T for a while, have tried to track our T only to fail. It would be better to put your time into doing other things.
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