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7/16/2019 10:45:40 PM
Tinnitus



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Mike Lance

7/16/2019 10:45:40 PM

Tinnitus
Anyone else regretting the habits of their youth? I've had it for years, but it took a sharp turn for the worse this January and was unbearable for a while. It has improved a lot since, but not back to pre flare up levels. My coping skills have certainly increased, fortunately.


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Father Time

7/17/2019 2:22:34 AM


I feel really lucky I've never had this. However, my family can all hear it when my cat is at the deck door and I cannot.


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Stoneman

7/18/2019 1:57:48 AM


Yeah, I had a bad bout with it in 2003 when I had a stroke. It was the weirdest thing. When the stroke first began I could hear this loud banging in my ears like I was in a factory full of workers or something. The neurologist that i is a common warning sign of a stroke. Anyway, after they let me out of the hospital I started having tinnitus really bad in both ears. Couldn't sleep because it kept me awake. Nearly drove me crazy! It finally stopped around 2010 and I am so relieved that it did.


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Psyche's Muse

7/18/2019 6:04:11 AM


I could not imagine ANYTHING worse! I KNOW it would make me crazy. I'd rather loose my sight than hearing. Hope you manage to adapt properly... or "Get Well" would be better!


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Mike Lance

7/18/2019 8:04:51 AM ---- Updated 7/18/2019 8:07:33 AM


Suffering a stroke is one of my greatest fears... If you don't mind me asking, were/are you badly impaired by it? I'm glad we're able to talk in the present about something from 15 years ago.

The sleep deprivation it causes is truly awful. I am okay now, but when it spiked I couldn't drown it out. I heard it over any white noise I tried to use, which made it sound much louder. It was also accompanied by a terrible bout of hyperacusis which made it physically painful to listen to music or watch television. It was a depressing period and I worried I wouldn't have the resolve to survive another week with it. Fortunately, the worst was short lived in my case and such thoughts immediately disappeared.

Thanks for well wishes. Like I said, it gets easier. It is flaring up a bit now, but I have been able not to be too bothered by it. The brain has remarkable adaptive capabilities.


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Mike Lance

7/18/2019 8:11:43 AM


Another interesting fact I didn't realize until 2014 was that it goes hand in hand with a condition referred to as "visual snow", a sort of grainy vision like an overlay of tv static in a person's vision. I always assumed this was how everyone saw until I mentionned to someone how distracting it was while driving in near white out conditions one afternoon and was met with a confused reaction. This took a portion of my guilt over causing my own tinnitus since it suggests that I was predisposed to the condition.


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Stoneman

7/24/2019 5:43:39 PM


I was paralyzed on the left side of my body for 7 months. But, I eventually got all of my movement back through intensive exercise and physical therapy. I don't even walk with a limp anymore and I am training in martial arts (Choy Lay Fut and Chow Chun Jitsu) daily. Plus I power walk 5 miles a day. So, yes I was impaired by the stroke, So much so that I had to retire from my day jobs and am considered 100% disabled. The tinnitus was a minor symptom that I eventually got use to until it finally dissipated. The fortunate part is that now I get to do music full time. Having the time of my life! Can't let physical issues get in the way of your music. One thing I have been doing is remixing songs that were recorded during the time I had tinnitus. I discovered that I mixed them all mostly too hot and with too much treble. I just couldn't hear treble very well because the highs were being distorted by the tinnitus. Very frustrating!


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