Opinion

... in response to Hope for Those with Tinnitus
  1. andrew bailey andrew bailey United Kingdom says:

    I’ve suffered with continuous tinnitus since May 1996. I’m a retired builder, my damage was done by a workmate cutting through a steel Lintol with a sthil saw. Unfortunately I had my back to him and didn’t think to have put my ear muffs on. So now in my 22nd year. What I hear every minute of every day is a very loud hissing noise in both ears. On a scale of 1 to 10 it’s around 5 for pitch, but on the same scale about volume it would be 10. For me it’s just a bug bare these days, I don’t allow it to spoil my life, I guess it’s a sink or swim situation, I was determined never to give in to it. For me, it’s as bad now as it was 22 years ago when it came on and never left me, but over time, I guess I’ve habituated to it. It’s just a matter of getting used to it. So to everyone out there that’s suffering! take it from me, it does get easier, because over time we build up some tolerance. Aweful though it is, I’d rather have this than to be deaf or blind. Just stay positive, and remember, the glass is half full and never half empty.

    • Donna M Donna M United States says:

      Thank you andrew for the positive and honest heads up on this issue. I have had tinnitus for only a little while { maybe I shouldn't say only a little while, because even only a little while seems like an eternity and it sucks } going on 2 years now. Mine happened at a band practice right before I had a chance to put in my earplugs that we all always used to wear. And the band started up to jam and there went my ears, the loud music did me in. And it's sad, because the thing that I loved the most, music, and being the lead singer, and performing live onstage, ripped my heart out that day. Now I have nothing to do with music at all. I'm gun shy now and can't be around loud music or anything loud for that matter. I pray about it everyday, and put it all in god's healing hands, and pray, god gives doctors the knowledge to find an outright cure, or the knowledge to at least find us some relief and a way to lower the noise and the speed of it all. I also have a hissing sound in both ears andrew. And it's funny { not really } that you use the volume level on a scale from 1 to 10 to describe the loudness that you hear, as I do the same when I talk to people who I find that have tinnitus. My hissing level is about a 7 and the volume is about an 8 or 9. None of it though is any good. So I'm trying to do my best in dealing with it. But it's hard brother, no denying that. God bless you andrew, and I sure do pray that god grants us all who suffer, a cure from this dreaded affliction. May god bless you always andrew.

      • roger bartholow roger bartholow United States says:

        Hey Donna I'm so sorry to hear about your tinnitus experience.I fell victim in a similar way being a lead vocalist myself I was getting ready to lay down my vocal tracks for a demo and when the music track came  on it was set to full volume I didn't stand a chance having headphones on. Im going on a year now since the music died.You are so right about dealing with that part of the journey.I wish for you nothing but the very best.Lets hope for 2019 to be the year of the tinnitus breakthrough.There are alot of new and exiting things going on worldwide in the research side of tinnitus .Hang in there Donna...Roger

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