Hi I’m Paul MacIver, founder of TinnitusAdvisor.com
I’ve been living with (moderate and constant) Tinnitus for several years now. This website is for my fellow tinnitus sufferers who are looking for answers, helpful information and resources all in one place.
Tinnitus is a complicated condition and there’s a lot of B.S. and conflicting or misleading information out there.
The goal of TinnitusAdvisor.com is to cut through the confusion and provide you with practical, easy-to-understand information and resources.
You can find comprehensive tinnitus product reviews here to help you make an informed decision and find suitable treatment and relief. I trust that these will save you time, money and frustration and put you on the path to freedom from tinnitus.
How Tinnitus Changed My Life: My Story
My tinnitus began suddenly after being exposed to loud background music while working under a high level of pressure. At the time I was a phone-based salesman making calls all day, and had an insatiable desire to consistently succeed. I was ambitious and driven, always pushing myself to do more and it seemed I was on top of my game.
One night after a particularly long and challenging day, I got home from work and noticed my right ear was ringing loudly. At first I wasn’t too concerned as I’d experienced ringing ears on several occasions before; like after a loud concert or from staying too long at a noisy bar. In these cases the ringing went away overnight. So that night I went to bed thinking it would be gone in the morning. However when I woke up the next day, the ringing was still there as loud as ever and anxiety began to set in. Within days, the noise had spread to both ears and began taking its toll on my health. Piece by piece my life fell apart.
While searching for a solution to this condition, I visited a number of different doctors and specialists and got varying opinions from each. Although these people were sympathetic to my distress, one thing that was commonly suggested was to “learn to cope” or to “just get used to it.” Much to my frustration, very little practical advice was given on how to do this (apart from taking anti-anxiety drugs or purchasing a $7000 tinnitus masking kit!), nor was it ever suggested that I might actually be able to get rid of my tinnitus for good. I was apprehensive about taking ant-anxiety medication due to the known side effects and stigma attached to it.
Although I tried to lead a normal life and continue to work, the tinnitus was constantly grinding on my nerves and I began to feel helpless and trapped with the noise in my head. I couldn’t bear the thought of having to put up with this for the rest of my life. During the months that followed, I became irritable, anxious and depressed and had trouble concentrating, sleeping or working. I avoided any situations where there might be loud noise or music for fear of making my tinnitus worse than it already was.
I eventually gave in to my doctor’s suggestions and took a course of anti-anxiety medication together with a series of general counselling sessions. This helped to ease my anxiety a little, but did nothing for the tinnitus noise. After that, I tried some herbal detox diets as well as particular vitamins and herbal supplements after doing some online research and discussing my tinnitus problem with a natural health specialist.
Months passed while doing all of this, and I remained hopeful for positive results… but nothing I tried seemed to be helping! I became frustrated with the lack of change in my tinnitus noise and began to do my own research. I was tired of getting vague answers and being told I’d have to learn to cope with the noise in my head for the rest of my life. I needed answers and it seemed like I wasn’t going to get them from the medical community. I started researching online and gained a strong interest in Tinnitus, its causes and the various ways to treat it.
Over the years I scoured countless tinnitus websites and read numerous books and medical articles on tinnitus-related information. I eventually found an audiologist in my local area who is trained in tinnitus retraining therapy and counselling (TRT) – a model developed by Pawel Jastreboff. My audiologist performed multiple tests over a series of visits. While hearing loss was ruled out, she found I had also developed hyperacusis or decreased sound tolerance. I was fitted with hearing aids programmed with Widex ZEN tones and given tinnitus counselling. This combined therapy helped to break the negative emotions associated with my tinnitus. Within a matter of weeks, my hyperacusis was gone and the negative perception of my tinnitus had reduced significantly.
These days, I continue to manage my tinnitus with TRT and sound therapy, as well as specific dietary recommendations and supplements which are detailed in Thomas Coleman’s Tinnitus Miracle. I found this program extremely helpful and I highly recommend it. If you’re interested to learn more about it, you can read my full review here…
Updates will be added from time to time as I continue to discover more. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments or feedback.
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