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    I recently developed moderate T in both ears due to traumatic injury to my head from a car accident. I have been sharing a space with T in my head for 2 months now.

    My question pertains to anyone who enjoys reading, or who is in or taken University/College classes. I have always wanted to be a teacher and have a few questions you may be able to answer.

    Does Tinnitus affect your studying/reading habits? Does T affect your ability to memorize notes and reading material? If so how?

    I have looked up studies done on groups of people with Tinnitus and apparently these people were affected so bad by T it caused them to have lower test scores. I do not believe this to be %100 true.

    I love reading in quite rooms, even with my friend in my head ringing. I find T has no effect on my cognitive abilities, concentrating or memorization.

    My question is as stated above.

    Does Tinnitus affect your studying/reading habits? Does T affect your ability to memorize notes and reading material? If so how?
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    (Original post by whatsthatringing)
    Hello forum


    I recently developed moderate T in both ears due to traumatic injury to my head from a car accident. I have been sharing a space with T in my head for 2 months now.

    My question pertains to anyone who enjoys reading, or who is in or taken University/College classes. I have always wanted to be a teacher and have a few questions you may be able to answer.

    Does Tinnitus affect your studying/reading habits? Does T affect your ability to memorize notes and reading material? If so how?

    I have looked up studies done on groups of people with Tinnitus and apparently these people were affected so bad by T it caused them to have lower test scores. I do not believe this to be %100 true.

    I love reading in quite rooms, even with my friend in my head ringing. I find T has no effect on my cognitive abilities, concentrating or memorization.

    My question is as stated above.

    Does Tinnitus affect your studying/reading habits? Does T affect your ability to memorize notes and reading material? If so how?
    Hello, I have had severe tinnitus since October, very loud and on-going. It has not stopped since.

    I do actually think it affects your test scores because my ability to concentrate in class is disrupted and I get really frustrated when I'm trying to concentrate on a test or work in silence.

    Also, It is severely affecting my sleep, at most I now get 4-5 hours sleep a night, and then have to go into college (doing A2's) the next day and function normally.

    I do think my grades are going to be affected and ability to concentrate is severely reduced.
    I think it's different for everyone and the loudness of it is, mines quite loud, I hear it above most voices and environmental sounds which has because annoying.

    I MISS THE SOUND OF SILENCE.

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    (Original post by lizmoo0721)
    Hello, I have had severe tinnitus since October, very loud and on-going. It has not stopped since.

    I do actually think it affects your test scores because my ability to concentrate in class is disrupted and I get really frustrated when I'm trying to concentrate on a test or work in silence.

    Also, It is severely affecting my sleep, at most I now get 4-5 hours sleep a night, and then have to go into college (doing A2's) the next day and function normally.

    I do think my grades are going to be affected and ability to concentrate is severely reduced.
    I think it's different for everyone and the loudness of it is, mines quite loud, I hear it above most voices and environmental sounds which has because annoying.

    I MISS THE SOUND OF SILENCE.

    Hi! I am really sorry to hear about your tinnitus - I know how horrible it can be! Please remember that you only developed your tinnitus in October, which means that there is definitely a chance that it will go away or improve! However in the meantime you should try to relax as much as possible and not let it rule your life. As for sleeping, my mom suggested I downloaded an app on my phone which had all these 'nature' sounds. You can listen to streams flowing, wind howling, rain falling etc and it's so relaxing. It might also be an idea to go to your GP because tinnitus can be caused by many things such as stress, head injuries, inner ear infections, nasal problems and even dental problems! You may have a build up of ear wax- if so AVOID HAVING THEM SYRINGED because there's a chance this could cause more problems. Instead just use the stuff they give you which will soften the wax. There is also something called 'hopi' candles which remove debris from the ear and there might be someone in your area that does. I am a tinnitus sufferer myself and I'm also an A level student so I promise you I can sympathise.
    I hope this has helped a little bit and please contact me if you need any extra support. Tinnitus is like a nasty bully, you can't let them win at dragging you down. Good luck !!!
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    I've had tinnitus for six months now. Mine is quite mild compared to most however when I first had it it was a lot worse but it has gradually improved to the point where I can only hear it in quiet rooms and it doesn't bother me/I don't notice it then.
    Mine is now a light hissing/white noise sound. I have ringing when I put my fingers in my ears and the ringing used to be loud so I could hear it when I was in quiet rooms. Things do get better.

    Mine has come from me developing visual snow syndrome (I can see static everywhere!) so the neurones in my brain have the problem.

    I've been to my GP and been out on nasal steroids which have helped a little.

    As for studying, my advice is to work in a noisy environment. Play 'white noise' or rain sounds, they are very good at masking it.

    Stay string! Maybe a cure will come one day for this hell.
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    (Original post by LittleMissyMe.x)
    Hi! I am really sorry to hear about your tinnitus - I know how horrible it can be! Please remember that you only developed your tinnitus in October, which means that there is definitely a chance that it will go away or improve! However in the meantime you should try to relax as much as possible and not let it rule your life. As for sleeping, my mom suggested I downloaded an app on my phone which had all these 'nature' sounds. You can listen to streams flowing, wind howling, rain falling etc and it's so relaxing. It might also be an idea to go to your GP because tinnitus can be caused by many things such as stress, head injuries, inner ear infections, nasal problems and even dental problems! You may have a build up of ear wax- if so AVOID HAVING THEM SYRINGED because there's a chance this could cause more problems. Instead just use the stuff they give you which will soften the wax. There is also something called 'hopi' candles which remove debris from the ear and there might be someone in your area that does. I am a tinnitus sufferer myself and I'm also an A level student so I promise you I can sympathise.
    I hope this has helped a little bit and please contact me if you need any extra support. Tinnitus is like a nasty bully, you can't let them win at dragging you down. Good luck !!!
    Thanks for replying. I'm trying to relax- but currently failing A2's is making that a bit difficult hahaha :') I went to see a private specialists on tinnitus in London and it did mention there was no cure. He carried out various tests like balance ect to rule everything out and everything seemed fine, so he's going to look into more depth. He seems really interested in tinnitus (or what he's being paid) so hopefully it will be sorted before exam season.
    I got suggested some techniques to use which if are any luck - will let you know
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    (Original post by Strawberry68)
    I've had tinnitus for six months now. Mine is quite mild compared to most however when I first had it it was a lot worse but it has gradually improved to the point where I can only hear it in quiet rooms and it doesn't bother me/I don't notice it then.
    Mine is now a light hissing/white noise sound. I have ringing when I put my fingers in my ears and the ringing used to be loud so I could hear it when I was in quiet rooms. Things do get better.

    Mine has come from me developing visual snow syndrome (I can see static everywhere!) so the neurones in my brain have the problem.

    I've been to my GP and been out on nasal steroids which have helped a little.

    As for studying, my advice is to work in a noisy environment. Play 'white noise' or rain sounds, they are very good at masking it.

    Stay string! Maybe a cure will come one day for this hell.
    6 MONTHS! I really hope mine doesn't continue any longer- yours must be terrible.:mad: Mine is a constant loud ring that I just hear all the time - a bit frustrating - but gives me an excuse to have my earphones in all the time

    What do you do at school/college when you have exams. Have you school helped you in any way. I haven't let mine known yet but I was think of telling them because my attendance is quite poor at the moment because of this.

    I hope things get a bit better for you
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    (Original post by lizmoo0721)
    6 MONTHS! I really hope mine doesn't continue any longer- yours must be terrible.:mad: Mine is a constant loud ring that I just hear all the time - a bit frustrating - but gives me an excuse to have my earphones in all the time

    What do you do at school/college when you have exams. Have you school helped you in any way. I haven't let mine known yet but I was think of telling them because my attendance is quite poor at the moment because of this.

    I hope things get a bit better for you
    Yep 6 months. Once you've had it for 6 months if is considered chronic. I'll have mine all my life now because it's from visual snow syndrome so I've got to get fully used to it :/

    The thing is though mine is not terrible now. It used to be awful but improved!
    Yours sounds much worse than mine if you can hear a ringing all the time!
    I can only hear my white noise hissing with a little ring in quiet rooms.

    Also if you have your ear phones in all the time that would probably make it worse so I strongly advise not using them. Like ever again. I haven't used head phones since mine started :|

    I let my school know and they sent an email out to all my teachers saying to excuse me if I mishear anything because of it. That's all they've done.
    You could try and get extra time/points in exams for it maybe.
    Go to your doctor though and maybe demand a brain scan if things don't improve/get worse. My doctor put me on a nasal steroid. Not sure if it helped though.

    Here's the worst part. Get caffeine out of your life!! It increases the blood flow to your brain and makes tinnitus temporarily worse. I now don't drink fizzy pop with caffeine and have decaf tea. I luckily never liked coffee in the first place.
    The second worse part. Don't eat anything that contains monosodium glutamate (msg). MSG attacks the neurones in your brain. Making tinnitus temporarily worse but for hours while it is in your system! Say goodbye to KFC since that is full of it!
    This website has a massive list of what usually contains it so you can avoid it http://www.msgtruth.org/avoid.htm

    I have noticed the affects from caffeine and MSG. I ate some mayonnaise one time and it sent my tinnitus crazy!

    Good luck! You will habituate in the end. Things should get better
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    Thank god there are other students with tinnitus!

    I have pulsatile tinnitus (hear my heartbeat CONSTANTLY), which is apparently fairly uncommon with the younger generation so most of the self help stuff i've seen is all aimed at the elderly. I took a placement year as part of my neuroscience degree and realised I spent way longer reading papers than before as I kept losing concentration due to the beating. It's also a storm during gym sessions.

    I've emailed my department about extra exam time and/or addition of white noise (constant sounds help loads to mask my tinnitus) but has anyone had any luck with this so far? Any tips for studying/exams with tinnitus?

    I'm struggling to wean myself off of coffee to be honest as i'm also preparing for my teacher training course that starts next year, eek!
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    I have had tinnitus for the past year. My tinnitus started during my GCSE's , i still dont know what caused it :/ . It does affect your revision because i cant concentrate - im too focused on the sounds that i keep hearing. I hear a high frequency sound all the time but when its silent i hear a beeping sound. sometimes i get 3 different sounds going off at the same time.

    A tip from me is to have your phone playing a playlist of bird sounds or rain to stop you from focusing on the tinnitus while revising. Give it a try and see if it works with you
 
 
 
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