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Tinnitus I can't tell if mine is tms and I'm a wreck right now

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by NameK, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. NameK

    NameK New Member

    This all started after a halloween party last week . There were speakers they were loud and I had to go right next to it to sign a waiver for 10 -20 seconds . I had the ear ringing after I when I got home I was only there for about two hours . The next few days I was googling about hearing damage etc anx read about tinnitus. 3 or 4cdays afterc

    I noticed the sound in my right ear when in a super quiet room it's all I can think about and I keep thinking worst case scenario this is for life and I cannot calm down. I'm having trouble sleeping and ive just been laying in bed thinking of all those concerts I went to and loud music video games I've listened to and I'm seriously concerned I have hearing loss caused tinnitus and I'm scared its permanent.

    I'm seeing a doctor on Saturday to see what what they say incase it might be an infection or a cold or could even be related to my jaw muscles as I noticed on my left side it hurts and my left ear also hurts.

    What also worries me is I cant seem to find many success stories on noise induced tinnitus and I think that's why I'm so scared. I have told my gf but I cant tell my family as they think it's just my anxiety and it probably is.

    Why am I finding it difficult to accept it's my anxiety?
     
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  2. starseed

    starseed New Member

    Hiya NameK

    Calm down until you see your doctor to discuss this and get examined. I’ve had tinnitus for 9 years - someone came close to my ear at a music concert and shouted very loudly in my left ear and I was left with a ringing for a couple weeks before I saw my GP.....the brain eventually quietens it down and you can switch off to it. It is very alarming initially but get a diagnosis first and don’t beat yourself up for living a normal life as we’ve all done the loud concerts, radio blasting stuff. It’s not a death sentence if it is tinnitus. There are millions who have it to varying degrees.

    You’re finding it difficult because you’ve already convinced yourself it is tinnitus, it may well be something else! Go easy on yourself, chat with your doc and good luck :)
     
  3. NameK

    NameK New Member

    Also im going to a concert in December should I be worried about it making it worse im going to wear earplugs my seats are section 104 so its 100 level behind the speakers kind of I'm to the very right kind of behind it according to the seat chart so I'm worried I might be too close.
     
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  4. starseed

    starseed New Member

    You can get special ear plugs for music concerts :)
     
  5. NameK

    NameK New Member

    Yeah I'm gonna look into those before the concert but if it is tinnitus and mine if it is seems mild (only hear it when its extremely quiet ) can it go away ? Also there is research into a cure that looks promising as well in the next few or 5 years or so

    Also its interesting to find that some people have hearing loss and no tinnitus. While others dont have any and experience it. So does that mean it could be TMS?
     
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  6. lowella

    lowella New Member

    I don't know what you mean by you're a wreck, but I have/had tinnitus coming and going over the last year and it always leaves when I can ignore it.
    I've been to loud concerts too and can tell you it has nothing to do with that, although loud stuff will "inspire" it to come forward. It's just another warning signal from the brain because your subconscious is fearing something. So yes, my opinion is it's absolutely TMS. You're not wanting to believe it's anxiety because that's the exact trick the brain plays on you when it pulls this stuff!
     
  7. lowella

    lowella New Member

    PS here's what I posted in the other thread in the main forum, in case it helps.
    Here is what helped me with tinnitus. It can't hurt you, it's just a signal. 1. smile as you listen to it, as you fall asleep. 2. visualize something pleasant that makes a similar pitch, whether it's a loud guitar note or a boat engine or a running brook...fall asleep and you'll forget about it by the time you wake up ;)
     
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  8. NameK

    NameK New Member

    I'm more concerned about hearing loss induced tinnitus as I've exposed my ears over the years to lots of ear bud use ,gaming headset use along with almost 12 -15 concerts in the last 5 year only went to one with hearing protection. And blasting my car during work and when just driving around.
     
  9. lowella

    lowella New Member

    There is zero proof that you can have tinnitus from hearing loss, from what I can tell. I think you would just lose those frequencies that were too high over time. Tinnitus either happens because of ear infection/physical problem, or neurological. Don't quote me but that's what I've seen. I've been to literally hundreds of concerts, front row, no earplugs, in the last decade (my brother is in a band) and no issues from that until I started my TMS journey. I blast the radio too. Do what makes you happy!
     
  10. NameK

    NameK New Member

    It says online it's the most common reason for it though (hearing loss due to repeated loud noise) but its interesting to see that some people have non noise related tinnitus and others have hearing loss and dont have it. But the general consensus is that most people got it from rather a single loud event (gunshot ,explosion, etc) or repeated loud exposure over years (concerts ,listening to earbuds full blast, car stereo full blast, work environment without hearing protection usually power tools etc) .

    I am scared as I'm going to a concert in December and my seats are section 104 so I'm right behind or near the very side of the speakers not floor seats.
     
  11. lowella

    lowella New Member

    After you discovered TMS and believed in it, did you believe everything else you read on internet? A google search clearly states that fibromyalgia is irreversible, yet here I am in zero pain....now don't get me wrong, other TMS stuff has crept in for me but nothing like fibro.
    You have to remember, your limbic system is HIDING stuff from you, so you've been convinced that it's from environmental factors. Don't believe it for a second, and start working on fixing it (by ignoring!) That's my best advice from experience. :)
     
  12. NameK

    NameK New Member

    So if I just essentially ignore it it will eventually fade away? Or would my brain just habituate and just get used to it . I just dont want it to get worse and I want to hear silence again it's not normal to hear ringing in a silent room. I've asked other people with tms like chronic pain and they dont have tinnitus.
     
  13. lowella

    lowella New Member

    No, it goes away. The research says there are noise gates in the brain - very similar to the pain gates - that let stuff through only if the brain warrants it. There are MANY people with TMS with tinnitus, trust me - in fact there's one posting in the main forum today...I posted my answer in both places because of that (unless that was you as well, haha) Try a search for it on this forum, too.
     
  14. lowella

    lowella New Member

    LOL that was you in the main forum! Well, when I did a search it yielded 10 pages or more of results. So check those out and it may be prudent for the forum to just post in one area at a time :) I'm not in charge, just guessing.
     
  15. NameK

    NameK New Member

    Okay so i saw a doctor and he said my left ear pain could be from jaw muscle tightness or like my right ear ringing he said it could be from earwax build up. Sp I'm gonna use olive oil or mineral oil)baby oil twice a day and on Monday he said he will flush them out so that should help no? I red stories that it can make it worse and that worries me. He did not recommend me to a audiologist or a ENT specialist.
     
  16. lowella

    lowella New Member

    Ok. The way I see it, you can be one of the 10% of believers who reverse it, or the 90% who convinces themselves it has to be something physical and pay someone money to try and help with a placebo. I wish you the best either way, but you're clearly not hearing my responses above, so I can no longer advise you.
     
  17. NameK

    NameK New Member

    I want to reverse it I'm sorry my anxiety has been really bad for the past couple of days I'm sure once i stop worrying about this it will pass
     
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  18. EileenS

    EileenS Well known member

    Hi NameK,
    I see you made this posting about tinnitus as well as the other similar tinnitus posting in which I have already made two replies back to you. Your multiple postings is an indication that your anxiety is really getting the better of you right now. What has your doctor suggested for your anxiety? I think once your anxiety is under control, your worry about your ears will subside. Do a search on this forum for anxiety and you will find a lot of advice for it to help you out. Many people have suggested Claire Weeke's work.
     
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  19. NameK

    NameK New Member

    Thank you would you guys recommend I get a hearing test and if the audiologist says it's fine then I have nothing to worry about ?
     
  20. EileenS

    EileenS Well known member

    That is a question to ask your doctor.
     

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