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Being driven mad

Hi . I have had tinnitus for around 6 years now . For the 1st few years it was managable background noise but for the last 18 months it has been a 24 hour a day constant loud high pitched noise and it is destroying me a bit more each day .. i have hearing aid but it is not helping and i am speaking to ent doctor this week regrarding that ..i have anxiety and depression and never smile any more and sleep and relaxing dont exist in my world of high pitched noise .. im off balance and cant concentrate .. to cut a long story short my life is shit because of tinnitus ..all the time i am writing this post it is eating away at me .. i wrote this post as i needed to vent and thanks for reading my post

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Hi I’m sorry to hear your T is so bad. I can really empathise with your despair. My T is part of wider AIED and has me in tears daily at the moment. I have hearing aid with masker but nothing is really helping. Have you tried mindfulness? I have been using an app for about 6 weeks and it is helping with my anxiety. Focusing on breathing does help sometimes. I am sure having had T for so long you will be doing the usual distraction activities. Exercise helps me too. Keep strong don’t let it destroy you. Best wishes

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Hi , sorry to hear your T is bad . I can really empathise with you . Having habituated twice to my left ear tinnitus of 13 years I developed head and right ear t in August. My whole world fell apart and my life became unbearable and I had to stop working . I developed several new sounds and he right ear hiss was almost 7 months on , things are changing.. . Slowly , very slowly but they are.

I decided to take antidepressants and they were the turning point as I stopped functioning and saw no way out of the constant noise that I faced 24/7. I now practice breathing relaxation everyday , sometimes 5 times a day. I have had hypno therapy for my stress and anxiety and I now wear my hearing aids.

I really felt there was no way I would recover from my new onset tinnitus but all of the above is helping .. slowly .but I firmly believe you have to calm your body down, which is not easy. I take evening baths with spa music and now have an oasis sound machine which plays alll night so my brain can listen to something else , which again I believe is helping .

Please try and remain calm although it’s hard and I have cried so very much .

I now see there is hope . I am recovering after the trauma I have been through and I wish you thre very best .

Take care


Thanks for your kind words ..all the best


Hello and welcome to the British Tinnitus Association forum. Do feel free to ask any questions, I hope that you find this a helpful and supportive place to help you manage your tinnitus.

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