Compared to the US and UK, Australia is very behind in anything to do with Tinnitus. Mine started after getting balance issues, headache and earache after being around loud music. Then after a couple of incidents through my headset at work in a call centre (a loud crackly phone call and a few weeks later a loud clunk/bang sound through my headset) I am left with very loud tinnitus, hyperacusis and all the assocoiated anxiety/depression etc that goes along with having to go through a court case for Workers Compensation, only to lose because they cleverly destroyed my faulty headset and cleared the “safety device” so neither of these could be retested. I try not to let Tinnitus reule my life. It is at a constant of 6/10 and the only time it changes is after I have been around loud noise and then its about a 9 or 10/10 for anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days. This affects my balance, makes me nauseous, gives me earache and the only way I can deal with this is to lay down until it settles down again. After having this for 3 years, I have had to teach myself ways to cope. I just make sure that I am not in a totally silent environment so I always have some type of masking noise around me, be it tv or radio or if Im at the computer I use nature sounds. I use custom made earplugs if I have to go into noisy environments, and while I have had to dramatrically change my lifestyle as I can no longer participate in my hobbies of karaoke and going to football due to the noise factor, I cope as well as I can. I also see a psychologist who has helped me cope with these changes as I can no longer work so have gone from someone who has worked for 25 years to now having the concentration span of a flea which makes it difficult to remember things at times. I avoid caffiene, salt and alcohol and other than my 5mg of blood pressure medicationa day and 2 herbal capsules for natural menopause relief a day, I avoid any others that are ototoxic. I no longer sit and feel sorry for myself as there are people much worse off in the world than me. I do need to find something I can do at home in a quiet environment, or in an emvironment that I can control the noise level in, but there is obviously a life lesson in this for me that I am still trying to work out. :)
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