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Saqib

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  I don't know where to start about this but here goes...I hope any of you guys will respond, at least that will make me feel so much better that there are people out there to listen. I am so tired right now that this may not be the best account but here goes:

                I am 28 years old and moved to Regina, a small city in Canada from Pakistan about seven months back. As this is a very cold city( temp can drop to -45 c) and Pakistan is usually on average 25 c for most of the year. Anyways, my ordeal started on morning of Feb 17 2013. I woke up with this whistle in my left ear and tried to ward it off but it wouldn't go away. I panicked went to the doctor twice for it. Both times they prescribed a round of antibiotics( amoxilline and ezythromycin) and said that my left and right ears were a bit inflamed.The doctor attributed that to inflamed sinus. Anyways I habituate to my T pretty fast ( thank god it wast that loud). Anyways three weeks in I was habituating to T when one day I went ot the gym and after went to my class. At the very end my T kinda spiked up quirt a bit and I panicked, ran home and went to my room to check in silence.. It had subsided. Anyways at this point Tisnt bothering me rather sometimes I get apprehensive about another spike coming up. Do any of you guys know about it? Anyways T isnt bothering me at this time, although since the whole thing started my sleep has been affected quiet a bit and  was reverting to the old pattern when the spike came. Anyways, whats bothering me now is not the T much but that something started in my right ear. in past two weeks It started out as a crickety sound when I would move, change posture or sit in a certain position. I cant say it got loud.Btw at this point a third visit to the Doc and she gave me Betahistine( generally used to treat vertigo and for T too) I am still on it anyways, so what has happened has that my right ear particulaury and somewhat left have gone sensitive to certain ambient sounds, not too much to the shower, car passing by or even telephone but more like quieter environmental sounds. Its like my mind cant take my mind offthem.. It bothers me coz i am a graduate student and it gets sometimes very hard for me to focus on texts. so I put a song in low volume but it isnt a solution. So this is my major concern now coz my exams are approching. I have an appointment with an ENT  on 28 March. lets see

Oh I should tell u,the night before my T started I remeber. I went to the uni, and had to walk back home in alomst -17. I got back, had supper and listen to a few songs( I did use ear buds but the song wasnt too loud as I dont have a taste for hard metallic music). I ma sorry, I have read so much on the internet, gone through so much n past few days that now I want ot move on with that, Just my question is,well T if it will go will go on its own or well one has to live with it. But wat about spikes  and also does Hypercusis and T get better over time on their own, or one has to go for TRT..cant one just develope will power and build tolerance. Btw I am starting to get used to the enivronmental sounds somewhat and can  concentrate but still there r times. what do u guys have to sat
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Saqib

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Moreover , I need to mention this, I am going to Pakistan in June for vacations. I a very concerned, first because of the 14 hour plane ride..( any tips please for this) and second the city noise levels in Pakistan are way more than here. I am really concerened as I cant wear ear muffs 24/7
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Saqib –

For the plane ride, buy a good set of noise cancellation headphones.  Bose makes a very good one.  Get a seat closer to the front of the plane and away from the middle of the plane, away from the engines.  The loudest sound on an airplane is made by the engines and noise cancellation headphones are excellent at drastically reducing low-end frequencies made by engines.  I use them when I fly and have no problems whatsoever.  

Tinnitus is sometimes a symptom of an ear infection.  When the infection completely goes away and some time passes, in many cases the tinnitus will also completely go away or become much lower in volume.  It can take a few months, so be patient.  

How long did the spike last?  Was it several seconds or closer to a couple hours?  If it lasted for just a few seconds, that is something known as spontaneous tinnitus.  If that is what you are describing, it is not a sign that your tinnitus is getting worse.  If the spike lasted for an hour or two, that is a normal attribute of tinnitus, which can sometimes get louder and then return to its baseline volume.  It isn’t necessary to do TRT to habituate tinnitus.  It sounds like you are already making good progress and if the tinnitus should last, I think you will be fine.  

Your sensitivity or awareness of quieter environmental sounds may have to do with how you have been monitoring your tinnitus to see how it is doing.  That’s just a guess, but I can’t help thinking if your tinnitus resolves or as you become even less concerned about it, your awareness of sounds in your environment may also resolve.  It does not sound like you are describing hyperacusis.  Talk to your doctor about this symptom and see if it is related to any of the medicine you are taking.  It sounds like you are able to concentrate a little more and feel less distracted by these quieter sounds, which is a very good sign.  

Rob

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Saqib

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Dear Rob,


            First of all thankyou so much for the reply , it was very comforting and informative. Just wanted to share a couple of updates and clarify stuff further. First, you were right, its not hyperacusis that I said I was experiencing with tinntus, although at first it seemed that I was infact sensitive to certain sounds especially environmental but that was probably because of constantly monitoring my tinnitus so my ears in general got sensitive. But thankfully that is fine. My only problem lately and I wanted to ask you all is that my sleep has been considerably affected as a result. Just to give a lil recap of my sleep cycle, I was getting used to getting back to sleep in the first two weeks of tinnitus when the first loud spike happened that I mentioned in the previous post. Immediately after that, I was put on betahistine( vertigo drug) by my GP for two weeks. Well, I took it for ten days, but actually it was this time primarily that I couldn't get any proper sleep. I suspect that bitahistine aggrevated my insomnia coz that is one of its side effects. Anyways I consulted my Gp and he told me to discontinue it coz it wasn't having any positive or negative effect per se on my tinnitus and I wasn't having any dizziness in any case. Well after that for a week my pattern has slowly started to revert back to the past but still I am not getting deep sleep. Well this past week however, due to a bit of stress from other stuff and due to poor sleep hygeine and especially taking tea near bed time for past three days my insomnia kinda got bad. And today actaully I found my T to be a bit loud during mid evening and it was bothering me so I couldnt sleep and got on my laptop to the forum and wrote back. My question is what do you know about tinnitus induced insomnia...does it get better, like will I get my deep sleep back or should kiss it good bye Secondly, is it a sign that my T will get worse due to prolonged insomnia ad how to counteract that.( I am sorry I am asking this when there is so much stuff on website but to tell u honestly, it feels more real and comforting when coming from someone who has to contend with it)...Also, as far as the plane question... I was wondering that you mentioned Bose noise cancellation head phones...but are they really necessary as in I am having a four legged journey but all the planers that I will be travelling are pretty large( no turbo props)...Also last question I love to play the violin..but knowing its a high pitched instrument I havent touched it after getting T. Anyways thanks for your reply again..plz do respond ( no obligations though) but its just that it feels comforting to hear from ppl here on the forum.
  
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Saqib
 
  


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Saqib

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Also, just wanted to share a fun/sad news...the health system here in Canada is great but their is a catch...that you have to wait a really long time for your appointment, especially with the specialists... so  I was supposed to visit him on 28th March but he postponed it to 16th April, so still waiting ut hope, everything goes fine
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Saqib –  

I am glad your ears do not seem as sensitive.  That is very good news.  

Try not to have caffeine at night.  The combination of caffeine and anything stressful that is on your mind is probably making it more difficult to sleep.  Getting to sleep and staying asleep is one of the common challenges folks have with intrusive tinnitus.  Absolutely, it gets better.  It might help if you put some gentle background sound in the bedroom to give your auditory system something else to focus on besides the tinnitus.  There are tabletop devices that emit different sounds (wind, rain, ocean waves, forest sounds, etc.) that are very helpful.  Here is a good one.  

http://www.brookstone.com/tranquil-moments-sound-machines-for-sleep   

A company called Listening Earth makes some excellent environmental sound CDs.  You can audition the CDs that catch your interest and see if they are helpful.    

http://www.listeningearth.com/LE/browse.php    

It is very common for tinnitus to vary in volume, so it is not a sign that your tinnitus is getting worse.  

I work with a number of classical musicians from time to time and the smart ones wear musician’s earplugs when they practice and perform.  A good set of musician’s earplugs will make everything sound a little less loud, but you will be able to hear everything very clearly.  You would need to go to an audiologist or your ENT and have them make a mold of your ear canal.  Your doctor would then send the mold to a company that specializes in musician’s earplugs.  In a couple weeks, you would get a set of earplugs that are custom-made for your ears.  The earplugs come with filters which you would attach to one end of the earplug.  I’d suggest ordering the 15dB filter and/or the 25dB filter (for a little more protection).  Etymotic Research makes excellent musician’s earplugs.  

http://www.etymotic.com/hp/erme.html   

Rob

 

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