I’ve had tinnitus for over 35 years. It started a with a bad ear infection and never went. At the time I was told to live with it. At 23 years old I felt my life was over. But things did improve. Over the years it settled down and I never heard it until I got pregnant and then it was back so loud. After my daughter was born it settled down again. Then 6 years later I got pregnant again and the same thing. This time I was referred to a hearing therapist on the NHS and although the tinnitus never went I no longer “heard” it although it was there. Since then I’ve had times when it’s literally been so loud and intrusive (as it is now) that it’s difficult to cope. 12 years ago I was given 2 hearing aids and these do help bring more sounds into the ear, but I still hear my tinnitus. I’ve been so low in the past that at times I never thought I’d be able to get back up. I can remember times when it’s been like a swarm of bees in my head but it hasn’t actually bothered me. Seems hard to believe, but it’s true. I know that this bad time will go and tinnitus will no longer be a threat although I’ll still hear it. I’m seeing my hearing therapist in 2 weeks time to have a chat and get back on track. I’m also having a hearing test as I feel my hearing aids might need to be adjusted as I’m having trouble hearing at work.
My advice is to carry on as normal - really hard when all I want to do is lay in bed. I make myself get up at 5am, go the gym and then go to work or keep busy. Tinnitus can be conquered and yes we can live with. The brain will habituate to the sound, but I’ve learnt that at times it will intrude again and I have to go through the process of putting back to a sound that is insignificant. I don’t take any medication as I’m not sure it would help it and over the years I’ve spent a lot of money on miracle cures!
Take care everyone. If anyone wants to message me, feel free. But when my tinnitus is back in the box you won’t see me on here as that means I’m in control again and I won’t want to dwell on the fact that I’ve got it!