What Has Tinnitus Taught You?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Sgguy46, Jan 31, 2016.

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    1. Sgguy46
      Jaded

      Sgguy46 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      a. there is no known cure
      b. patience.. lots of patience
      c. how to tolerate imperfections
      d. how to be brave and face the day
      e. how to keep my problems to myself
      f. its possible to suffer and be happy at the same time
      g. ...

      what has it taught u?
       
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    2. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      It has taught me what an absolute crock of shit it is to have tinnitus.
       
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    3. Sgguy46
      Jaded

      Sgguy46 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      yes that too !!!!
       
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    4. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      To stay calm and push hard to stay happy .

      Its ok to shed a few tears at times but make extra effort to get out and enjoy life.

      Don't let tinnitus take away your smile and laughter as depression is a tough road to travel. ......lots of love glynis
       
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    5. Charlie396

      Charlie396 Member

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      don't know whatcha got, till it's gone.
       
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    6. snow86
      Surrender

      snow86 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006 - Extreme T since 12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      see "information" on profile page. Crippled by extreme T
      Since my T is always worsening and multiplying

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    7. Fangen
      Monday blues

      Fangen Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Stockholm, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2nd, 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (loud concert for 1h)
      Well it's a rather depressing atmosphere here..
      I have learned to not let small issues affect me anymore and that I appreciate the small things in life that makes you happy. I have taken that for granted or just overlooked that before T. :)
       
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    8. LeQuack
      Scared

      LeQuack Member Benefactor

      Location:
      United States of Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad luck and bad genes
      That people without T don't care about loud noises or hearing loss even if you warn them about it.
       
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    9. daniel1111
      Shitfaced

      daniel1111 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, repeated exposure with loud headphones.
      How to appreciate what I have.

      Before tinnitus, I didn't appreciate silence. Now I think about all those other things in life we take for granted, but would miss dearly if they were gone.
       
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    10. RaZaH
      Not amused

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      I have learned that I was unaware and unappreciative of my life before T.
      I had an awesome life and kind of blew it.
      If I ever get over T and get my life back that will not happen again.
      Until then I am making the best of it :)
       
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    11. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      - That everybody has a battle of their own we don't know about
      - How to detec and manage stress in your body and mind
      - Life is ultimatelly about coping
      - One can not continue from where they were, but where they are now
       
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    12. baz 22
      Alone

      baz 22 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      You don't realize how much you loved something in life until it's gone....silence.
       
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    13. Sgguy46
      Jaded

      Sgguy46 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      i have always loved silence. my favorite holiday destinations are moutains
       
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    14. Sailboardman
      Frustrated

      Sailboardman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/21/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      Loud music, is the gateway to Hell!
       
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    15. Hotaru
      Depressed

      Hotaru Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12-15-15
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      URI/ETD
      Death is no longer to be feared.
       
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    16. eric peterson
      Sporty

      eric peterson Member

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset: 10/2003 Increase: 4/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      who knows? who cares?
      If you're new to T, this is quite often one of the worst places that you can go to. Concentrate on the success stories. (Even those here can devolve into some depressing stuff) Just know that support sites for T are not at all indicative of the larger distribution of people who have T. (I have very loud T) Most people (myself included) with T are happy as clams and have gotten on with our lives. But because of that, many of us spend precious little time on sites like this helping out newbies. (Which is a shame) If you need any help with anything, don't hesitate to ask.

      Good luck,

      Eric
       
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    17. Zorro!
      Wtf

      Zorro! Member

      Yes, it is, but I gotta admit I had a lot of fun on the way. ;)
       
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    18. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015

      And being a rock musician gets you there sooner!
       
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    19. eric peterson
      Sporty

      eric peterson Member

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset: 10/2003 Increase: 4/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      who knows? who cares?
      At some point in the future, you will look back at this time (when you were new to Tinnitus) and wonder why you ever worried about it so much. Getting to that time is (of course) incredibly difficult. Overcoming intrusive tinnitus is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. But I did it, and so can you.

      Good luck,

      Eric
       
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    20. Zorro!
      Wtf

      Zorro! Member

      I wonder why this isn't talked about more. I mean, there has to be countless musicians with severe hearing problems nowadays.
       
    21. InfiniteLoop
      Sunshine

      InfiniteLoop Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Redwood City, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure. Long-term microbial overgrowth?
      -Human beings are extremely fragile.
      -The medical establishment is a big corporation selling mostly fake products.
      -The human brain was designed by engineers that did not know about failure mode analysis.
       
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    22. zeroday
      Mellow

      zeroday Member

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Driving Truck
      I have learned the awesome power of the mind...to be able to adapt to incredible adversities...I don't know what it is like to live without a limb etc but I do know how to live in a world with no silence...
       
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    23. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      That going to see a doctor could be extremely dangerous.
       
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    24. John G

      John G Member

      Tinnitus has taught me nothing positive. Class dismissed.


      Even when I called the T help line...it just kept ringing and ringing. :joyful:
       
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    25. Cheza
      Wishful

      Cheza Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
      It has taught me that taking care of your health and staying away from traditional noise exposure (guns, loud music, etc.) makes no difference if you don't understand how tinnitus can strike. In my case, I had no idea that my adrenalin surges in response to the frantic barking of the new dogs next door was wreaking havoc in my limbic system. I would have worn earmuffs for sure whenever I stepped outside to let my dog go potty, or to feed the birds. :(

      It has also taught me that you can appreciate something to the point of almost worshipping it, which is how I felt about silence, and it doesn't matter once it's gone. You miss it just as much as if you had never appreciated it at all. Maybe more.
       
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    26. Andersson
      Worried

      Andersson Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2012
      That fighting 1 year on onset to live with tinnitus and living 3 years happy with it was not enough fighting.
      Did not expect to be back to square one after almost dying the first time learning to live with this garbage, now its even worse.

      Also taught me that biology sucks, never been exposed to loud sounds in my whole life, yet I got severe tinnitus.

      Also taught me that the past 3 years with Tinnitus not being a major problem I would rather take T over lets say Chronic pain like fibromyalgia.
      Right now I would trade it for most chronic "diseases" that can be controled, like chronic pain with pain pills.

      That I am very week mentally, but I already knew that before T, just got even more highlighted after T.
       
    27. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      The most ironic thing is I knew I loved silence before I got T. I would relax in silence. I'm someone that has always liked quiet and noises have always bothered me since I was young. This is a special kind of Hell for me.
       
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    28. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma

      I'm curious about that. You could be right. Do you think the majority of people get better and/or habituate when they have severe onset of tinnitus, and those that don't linger around these places? I keep holding on to hope that this gets quieter, but success stories of tinnitus going away are few and far between, more often it's just people habituating.

      A lot of people have tinnitus for sure, but I think the majority would fit into mild tinnitus, not the screeching unmaskable kind.
       
    29. derpytia
      Pooptoast

      derpytia Member

      Location:
      Rescue, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss / ETD
      How to appreciate everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) I have right now. Because I'll never know when it will be gone.
       
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    30. eric peterson
      Sporty

      eric peterson Member

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset: 10/2003 Increase: 4/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      who knows? who cares?
      I do believe exactly that. My tinnitus is quite loud. Unmaskable in almost any situation. Can even be heard outside in the streets of Manhattan. 9 months ago I would have said I think about my T 100% of my waking hours, and that it made me sad 100% of the time I was awake. I needed ambien and masking tracks to sleep. Now I'd say that I think about my tinnitus 30% of the time, and it makes me sad maybe 5% of the time. I sleep like a baby without any masking. I have full confidence that it will continue to get better. I wish you the same. Good luck,

      Eric
       
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