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You think you have time? #4754177
05/11/18 12:25 PM
05/11/18 12:25 PM
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California's Wine Country
SLO_Town Offline OP
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California's Wine Country
Folks:

Long story short, I am 65 years old and retired. I've had a great life; the best wife ever, two fantastic sons, good friends, and a successful career. About a year ago I experienced a sudden onset of severe tinnitus (ringing in the ears). I suffer from that sound every single second of my life. Look up 6800hz on Youtube. That's what I hear, and it's the loudest sound I hear even when driving down the highway at 75mph into a headwind on coarse pavement. Imagine trying to sleep with that. In short, it's torture.

I've seen a half dozen medical specialists; audiologists, neurologists, etc. Tinnitus doesn't originate in your auditory system, it originates in your brain stem. There is no cure for tinnitus.

As a consequence, I have been seeing both a therapist and psychiatrist, just to keep my sanity. Learning CBT techniques has become a big part of my life - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is a way to alter your mindset and not react to things in a manner that makes them worse. When tinnitus is ripping my psyche and spirit, I can either give it power and let it gain control....or not. It's an "upper" brain (good) versus "lower" brain (bad) thing. That's a huge simplification, but you get the idea.

I came across this video as part of my CBT studies. The woman is the "upper" brain, the man the "lower" brain. The video illustrates the battle all of us have with our conflicting thoughts, emotions, and reactions.

I think the video may have value to many of you, and for a variety of reasons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=vPaS85IA6oY

Cheers,

Scott


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754183
05/11/18 12:37 PM
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Have you tried the tinnitus therapies that are found in apps and such? I too suffer from tinnitus, mainly in my right ear which has lost most of its hearing ability. I have not tried these apps yet. They seem to counteract tinnitus with white noise which may be the better effect.


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: PimTac] #4754187
05/11/18 12:42 PM
05/11/18 12:42 PM
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California's Wine Country
SLO_Town Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: PimTac
Have you tried the tinnitus therapies that are found in apps and such? I too suffer from tinnitus, mainly in my right ear which has lost most of its hearing ability. I have not tried these apps yet. They seem to counteract tinnitus with white noise which may be the better effect.


Masking noises, hearing aids, major dietary changes (near elimination of salt and caffeine, greatly reduced alcohol, etc.), lipo flavinoids....nothing has helped.

My situation is made worse because of two issues; 1) my tinnitus is severe, 2) my hearing is far better than most men my age. This is why hearing aids don't help.

Scott


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754201
05/11/18 01:05 PM
05/11/18 01:05 PM
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Scottsdale, AZ
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There was something on a local news station just this morning about how magnesium helps with tinnitus. And it was usually those in the categories of medium to severe tinnitus.


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754223
05/11/18 01:35 PM
05/11/18 01:35 PM
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SW Ontario Canada
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That would be [censored]. I lost much of my hearing as a kid from measles. I wear 2 hearing aids and naturally wish that I could have normal hearing. What you are dealing with is far worse IMHO. I really hope as they gain more knowledge of how the brain works, these kinds of problems can be corrected or managed better.


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754232
05/11/18 01:43 PM
05/11/18 01:43 PM
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Minnesota
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I totally get the struggle you have on a daily basis. I'm 35 and around 32 I all of the sudden developed IBS-C (Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation). It really wrecked my life. Constant gnawing intense lower abdominal pain. It makes it hard to focus on or enjoy anything.

I wasted a ton of time at GI docs etc that only wanted to medicate instead of trying to get to the root. I took matters into my own hands last year and through diet experimentation, relaxation techniques and certain pre and probiotics, I am much better. Not 100% but like 85%.

There are still days I am "off" but I am in a much better place than I was a year ago. I do still struggle coming to terms that I will have to live with this the rest of my life but hey, things could be worse!

Anyways, I understand and best of luck in managing the tinnitus!

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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754246
05/11/18 02:03 PM
05/11/18 02:03 PM
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Saskatchewan, Canada
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Have had Tinnitus all my life. It's not severe, I suppose, as I can stand it but it's always there. I find that quiet rooms or still air outside to be the worst, I basically never will not have music or the radio on at any time, it doesn't have to be loud but that gives me something else to concentrate on. Especially helpful falling asleep with the radio or similar on.


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754248
05/11/18 02:04 PM
05/11/18 02:04 PM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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You're in Cali. Did you try weed?

Re: You think you have time? [Re: Huie83] #4754271
05/11/18 02:23 PM
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Idaho
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Originally Posted By: Huie83
I totally get the struggle you have on a daily basis. I'm 35 and around 32 I all of the sudden developed IBS-C (Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation). It really wrecked my life. Constant gnawing intense lower abdominal pain. It makes it hard to focus on or enjoy anything.

I wasted a ton of time at GI docs etc that only wanted to medicate instead of trying to get to the root. I took matters into my own hands last year and through diet experimentation, relaxation techniques and certain pre and probiotics, I am much better. Not 100% but like 85%.

There are still days I am "off" but I am in a much better place than I was a year ago. I do still struggle coming to terms that I will have to live with this the rest of my life but hey, things could be worse!

Anyways, I understand and best of luck in managing the tinnitus!
Try to eliminate 100% of the Glutin from your diet. Oats tear up my gut.


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754280
05/11/18 02:32 PM
05/11/18 02:32 PM
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Marshfield , MA
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You know what the continuity test sound on a Fluke meter sounds like? I've been living with that for about 20 yrs. Far as I know, there is no cure. Sometimes it just screams. Despite wishing it was fatal, it isn't. I just turned 67 . Suck it up, buttercup. Life goes on. Make the best of it. Engagement in something, pushes it into the background for me. Pot doesn't affect it one way or another. grin2


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: CT8] #4754286
05/11/18 02:38 PM
05/11/18 02:38 PM
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Chicago,IL,USA
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Originally Posted By: CT8
Originally Posted By: Huie83
I totally get the struggle you have on a daily basis. I'm 35 and around 32 I all of the sudden developed IBS-C (Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation). It really wrecked my life. Constant gnawing intense lower abdominal pain. It makes it hard to focus on or enjoy anything.

I wasted a ton of time at GI docs etc that only wanted to medicate instead of trying to get to the root. I took matters into my own hands last year and through diet experimentation, relaxation techniques and certain pre and probiotics, I am much better. Not 100% but like 85%.

There are still days I am "off" but I am in a much better place than I was a year ago. I do still struggle coming to terms that I will have to live with this the rest of my life but hey, things could be worse!

Anyways, I understand and best of luck in managing the tinnitus!
Try to eliminate 100% of the Glutin from your diet. Oats tear up my gut.

Gluten, hidden Gluten, artificial sugars, anything Corn, the Dairy products.
Good luck!


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754301
05/11/18 03:04 PM
05/11/18 03:04 PM
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S California
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I've had it all my life, really severe. I find that I can just tune it out. Now you've posted something about it and it's back in my conscious thoughts. Gee, thanks.

Re: You think you have time? [Re: OneEyeJack] #4754305
05/11/18 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
I've had it all my life, really severe. I find that I can just tune it out. Now you've posted something about it and it's back in my conscious thoughts. Gee, thanks.

You haven't posted about the Xbox in a while...
Noisy?
Also you did not tell us how long is your beard now?
Go take a caliper and measure it scientifically.
3 samples please.
Inquiring minds want to know....

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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754328
05/11/18 03:39 PM
05/11/18 03:39 PM
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The Midwest
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I remember William Shatner spoke of having it a long time ago.


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Re: You think you have time? [Re: SLO_Town] #4754329
05/11/18 03:40 PM
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The Midwest
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