Tinnitus the never-ending humming, buzzing, whistling or ringing that won’t go away.
If you do not have tinnitus or have never suffered from it in the past then you may still find this post helpful.
Hopefully, you will learn how to protect your hearing to reduce the chances of getting tinnitus. Likewise, if you have only just become aware of it then please continue reading. The future may seem dark but I can assure you there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The early days of Tinnitus
I have been suffering from tinnitus for the last 8 years. Although it doesn’t affect me now it did in the beginning
To begin with I barely even noticed it until I tried going to sleep. I would lay in bed staring into space feeling more and more anxious about the noise in my ears.
Although I am fine with it now I was depressed. I just wished it would go away so I could get a nice quiet nights sleep. But I have now come to accept, it will probably be with me for the rest of my life.
Some people who get tinnitus seem to cope better than others, they don’t get depressed and it doesn’t affect them like it does people like me and you. These types of sufferers are few and far between. Although not everyone gets depressed some lose sleep or struggle in noisy environments.
There is no cure for tinnitus! This statement is not what you want to hear from a doctor or an ENT specialist. But accepting it early on can have a major impact on how quickly you adapt. You will often hear “you will have to learn to live with it”. These words seem empty and meaningless at first but you do. Learning how though is a challenge in of itself.
Being resilient doesn’t mean try to fight it and hope it disappears, in some cases, it will go away over time. Embrace it and learn to forget about it.
learn about tinnitus habituation
Humans adapt quickly to new conditions and changes in habitat. Becoming accustomed to new environments is something we have been doing since the beginning of our existence. Its how we’ve survived so long and its how we can fight tinnitus too.
Habituation is complex but the basic principle is to get used to something.
Here are a list of things you can do.
- Sleep with a radio on low volume to mask your tinnitus.
- Use a sound generator to relax in bed or quiet environments.
- Protect your ears in noisy environments such as your workplace or a nightclub.
- Seek medical advice if you have not already, some cases can be more than just damaged hearing.
Worrying about it will get you nowhere, seek medical advice and connect with people who have suffered from tinnitus for a while.
Talk to someone, don’t bottle up your feelings and pretend everything is ok. There are many people who get depressed about their hearing and there are many online groups and forums that can help.
If you are a family member or a friend of someone who has tinnitus, do not ignore them, it is a serious condition and severely affects the most vulnerable. Listen to them and help them get through, having someone to talk to about their problems will make them feel better as it did for me.
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