What Would You Give Up to Have Your Hearing Normalized?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Asian, May 31, 2014.

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    1. Asian

      Asian Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4 weeks
      What would you give up to have your hearing normalized? By normalized, I mean the ability to hear clearly and distinctively without the brain generated noise, electronic hang-on devices, or drugs.
       
    2. Stina
      Psychedelic

      Stina Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Tartu
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Loud music:)
       
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    3. Rhea
      Volatile

      Rhea Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      All my money, my home..possibly a limb or two on the really bad days :|
       
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    4. Leah

      Leah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chardon, Ohio USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Oh I do this mind game too much
       
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    5. epin3m
      Badass

      epin3m Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Nothing
       
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    6. gary
      Transparent

      gary Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Macomb, MI. USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who Knows
      I would give up two or three fingers in a heart beat..
       
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    7. Mark McDill
      Curious

      Mark McDill Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Papillion, NE
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely stress, anxiety, an antibiotic and nsaids
      At onset:
      I would have traded ANYTHING (house, limbs, pets, cars -- anything, and in no particular order -- just get this 'dental tool' out of my head!)

      Now:
      IF a 100% guarantee was in place (with no side effects) I would part with up to 5k; but it would have to be on my terms and in my time
       
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    8. Asian

      Asian Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4 weeks
      I would give up worrying and specially won't give up on living life once again because of T:joyful:
       
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    9. here2help

      here2help Member

      Why give up something when what we want is readily available to us? Money? I wouldn't give up Monopoly money. Hey! I wouldn't give up your Monopoly money.

      The original poster asked what we would give up in exchange for being able to hear clearly without hearing tinnitus and to do so without having to depend on headphones, wearable generators, or drugs. It's a great question, and the distance between some of the answers from folks who are struggling with tinnitus and the answers of people who once struggled with tinnitus but no longer do can be instructive.

      In important ways, difficult days and what we do when they occur are a huge part of the habituation process. Every difficult day with tinnitus contains an opportunity and a lesson. When tinnitus is front and center in our awareness, do we make despairing predictions about the future and assume the way it is now (and how we feel about it) will continue indefinitely? Or do we draw a different lesson?

      For many people with tinnitus, there is a point where the brain disregards the tinnitus as meaningless and of no importance. When we reach that point, a lot of time can pass when we are unaware of tinnitus regardless of what it is doing.

      here2help
       
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    10. Kathi
      Balanced

      Kathi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NJ/USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/30/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      HFHL and stress
      It was when I stopped wishing and hoping that my hearing would 'normalize' that I started accepting my tinnitus and getting on with living my life. I don't know if I can explain, it but when I think back on social events or quests for old tea tins or other antiques, I don't remember how my T was that day--just that we had a great time.
       
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    11. bill 112
      Studious

      bill 112 Member

      Location:
      Republic Of Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      My cars,any amount of money and my house without even thinking twice.
       
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    12. RichL
      Inspired

      RichL Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Palmerston North NZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      If you had asked me at the beginning of the year I might have said nothing or very little because i got used to T long ago,
      but then the dreaded spike and now would probably give up most things for silence again or even to the level it was before!:(
       
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    13. Kimbo Slice
      Balanced

      Kimbo Slice Member

      Location:
      Canada
      I would give up anything. I don't have much, but I would give up every memory in my lifetime, all the way from birth to my current age. I would rob banks and give up all the money and take whatever time in jail for it as well. In fact I'd rather be in jail than suffer from this. I feel like I'm in hell.
       
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    14. attheedgeofscience
      Uninvolved

      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      I don't know what I would give up to get cured. But I do know what I would give up if I don't get cured. My life.
       
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    15. Danny
      Fine

      Danny Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Near Toronto Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      right testicle
       
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    16. Alex Senkowski
      Tolerant

      Alex Senkowski Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Both legs. Don't need 'em to play videogames.
       
    17. mmacabre
      Ape-like

      mmacabre Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      MY TEETH.
       
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    18. cullenbohannon
      Thinking

      cullenbohannon Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2014
      I would have said any number of things in the beginning, but today i would not give up anything of any significance in my life.
       
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    19. MikeA
      Curious

      MikeA Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      The responses in this thread are quite interesting. To help in understanding my answer my perceived T level on a 1 to 10 scale is around a 2 or so in my estimation. More than 20 years in.

      At this time I may be willing to give up a pinky (not a thumb!) and $20,000. Would gladly give up owning a car (don't own one now...wink wink). Three months ago I told someone I'd pay $50,000, but now not so sure. And also said I would undergo deep brain stimulation procedure. But, again, now that my recent spike has mostly abated I'd probably pass on the DBS, unless I felt there was a 100% chance of a total cure.
       
    20. Jeff M.
      Cowabunga

      Jeff M. Member Benefactor

      Location:
      La Jolla, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct. 2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      In the beginning (sounds Biblical!).................. ANYTHING!!! :arghh::nailbiting::blackeye:

      Now, not so much. Kinda like @cullenbohannon , nothing of significance. :)

      Danny, :LOL:! Not your left?? Interesting!

      :rockingbanana:
       
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    21. Jeff M.
      Cowabunga

      Jeff M. Member Benefactor

      Location:
      La Jolla, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct. 2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      Interesting choice @mmacabre !! o_O Definitely original!! (y)
       
    22. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      I would give up my life to save all of yours. But I'd first want a big parade and statue of me in Central Park after I'm gone.
       
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    23. RichL
      Inspired

      RichL Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Palmerston North NZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Bro! I'd give you a statue before your gone!:D
       
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    24. Ken219
      No Mood

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      Tinnitus has been a blessing and a curse. I believe if it wasn't for tinnitus I'd be dead today. Might would have hurt my family? It has mellowed me. Don't get me wrong I'm hurting now(T is high) but I have habituated before and life was great. So I don't need normal hearing just want to habituate. I'd give 5 years of my life to habituate and keep that level till I die minus 5 years.
       
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    25. Ken219
      No Mood

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      Every time you have a spike is it easier to habituate?
       
    26. Ken219
      No Mood

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      Not too bad living with T when it is accepted. It is a life changer.
       
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    27. MikeA
      Curious

      MikeA Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      I've only had just the one recent spike in 20+ years. With N=1 can't say. But I do think the longer one has this affliction the easier it is to deal with it. I also believe age is a factor. By that I mean that once one gets on the other side of 50yo or so you just learn to roll with what life delivers. Personally I figure I'll only hear ringing for another 20 years or so, not for an eternity...
       
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    28. michela
      Dramaqueen

      michela Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      hey,hi epin,you are back? i had been reading your goodbye message months ago, :welcomesignanimation: back!
       
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    29. BobDigi
      Kick ass

      BobDigi Member

      Location:
      UK, Fareham
      Tinnitus Since:
      5.6.14
      Nice to see someone else from the UK. I don't know why, it just is.
       
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    30. Martin69
      Artistic

      Martin69 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      (Health) Anxiety
      Really interesting seeing the answers here.
      From giving life to nearly nothing.
      I would give all money I have. And this would be a lot.
      If I would give my life?
      Hmm, If I do not habituate, currently I can't imagine how to live with this for some more years.
      My family keeps me up fighting.
       
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