TINNITUS: Does This Issue Disrupt Your WA Concentration?

Last Update: October 01, 2020

You sit at home or in your make-shift office working on your Wealthy Affiliate business. It's basically quite this day. But all of a sudden, although with no actual external noise present, you experience a perception of sound that you can only describe as 'ringing,' buzzing.' hissing,' 'swooshing,' & 'whistling.'

IT CAN DRIVE YOU JUST CRAZY!!

You say to yourself, "There it goes again!" If you can't relate to this problem, it seems you know someone who does. Reserch estimates that nearly 15% of the general public (over 50 million Americans) experience some form of tinnitus.

Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases. If you suffer from this problem, then view the questions below to see if they fit you:

1. In what specific ways does your tinnitus affect your mood?

2. Does it make you feel tense or uptight?

3. Does it produce other symptoms of emotional distress (e.g. feeling annoyed, irritable, angry)?

4. Are there any regular patterns or relationships between events that occur during the day and changes in your mood or your tinnitus? (Some examples might include the following: tinnitus is worse when you are tired; you feel down when you have too much to do; when you are working, your tinnitus is louder.)

Try to identify the pattern and describe this in the space below:

5. Are there any specific situations when your tinnitus is more noticeable? (Some examples might include that you find it more noticeable whenever you are in a noisy place, when you are trying to concentrate on some task at work, or when you are dealing with some stressful situation.)

If yes, list these in the space provided below:

6. Are there any specific times of the day when your tinnitus is more noticeable?

If yes, try to identify exactly what is happening at these times and write these details down. Keep track! (For example, you might notice that your tinnitus is worse in the morning when you are trying to juggle a number of things, such as preparing breakfast, making lunch for your children, feeding the dog, getting ready for work, dealing with peak-hour traffic, getting the children off to school, (at least when school was in session and so on).

Alternatively, it might be worse during quiet times of the day, (such as when you get into bed and try to get to sleep, or when relaxing after finishing up working on your business.)

7. Can you see any particular pattern – for example, is your tinnitus worse on certain says of the week? if yes, think about what happens on those days. Are there particular events that occur on those days that make things worse?

(For, example, you might find that your tinnitus is worse on Mondays, as your working week begins with a stressful meeting with your supervisor to discuss goals for the week; you might notice that it is worse on Wednesdays when you always have back-to-back appointments; or you might notice that it is worse on certain days when you have to do certain tasks, or interact with certain people.)

Now, in the space below, try to describe any specific events that occur on those days when your tinnitus is worse.

Is your tinnitus worse during the week, as compared to the weekend?

If yes, why might this be so? Try to identify some reasons, and write these down. (For example, is it because or the weekends, you feel more relaxed, you can enjoy more pleasurable activities, and you don’t experience as much pressure?)

9. Is your tinnitus better during the week, as compared to the weekend?

If yes, why might this be so? Try to identify some reasons, and keep track of these. (For example, is it because you are too busy during the week to notice your tinnitus, you have too many distractions during the week, or you really don’t do very much on the weekend so there is more time to focus on your tinnitus?)

10. As well as looking for factors that might make your tinnitus worse, you can use your diary to try to identify what factors might make it better. (Some examples might include the following, when you watched the football game you weren’t bothered by your tinnitus, when you were enjoying the music at the concert you didn’t notice your tinnitus, when you are feeling good about life in general, the tinnitus isn’t a problem.)

Look closely at those days when you didn’t notice your tinnitus, when it wasn’t especially loud, or when it didn’t trouble you and interfered with your Wealthy Affiliate business. Think back over the day. What were you doing? (Were you blogging, creating a website, listening to 'live webinar' training?) How were you feeling? Why do you think it was such a good day? What specific things made your tinnitus better?

Thank you for your time, my friends. Stay safe!

Ron Kennedy

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JKulk1 Premium
Hi Ron. I have suffered Tinnitus for many years now and have learned to totally ignore it. Jim
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rjkennedy Premium
Well Jim, I guess some folks can deal with this continuous, annoying problem because they've gotten use to it. But any prolonged health related issues should be looked into. Things put off for too long, tends to always get worse.
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speedking Premium
Hi there folks,
Yes, I also suffer from Tinnitus, some days it's worse than other days. It happened a few years ago when I suddenly lost hearing in my right side ( apparently it's the brain that supplies the sound) Should I be in a very noisy place, let's say with extremely loud music and I close my "good" ear I would be able to hear anyone speak in a normal tone perfectly on the deaf side!........ it's a crazy situation that I find myself in. I have also managed to ignore the whooshing sound sofar but yeah I wish something could be done about it though?
Take care....................... Johan.
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rjkennedy Premium
Thank you Johan for commenting and letting me know about your situation. It seems as though Tinnitus don't discriminate. It affects millions of folks world-wide! My dad went through the same thing. Johan, contact me via PM, I'm sure there's a solution to your problem. We can discuss it further.
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lesabre Premium
Hi Ron, I did an blog on Tinnitus and am willing to share the URL to anyone who would like to read what they can do about it via a PM.
Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps. Other treatments reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable.

A common problem, tinnitus affects about 15 to 20 percent of people. Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder.

This certainly does affect our concentration levels with our daily tasks. The main thing is something can be done about.

Michael
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rjkennedy Premium
Thank you Michael. I totally agree that early tinnitus treatment is 'key.' Yes, a lot ties in with other underlying conditions. Only an ENT specialist should be able to determine the extent of the problem. In regards to my website, I also touch on the issues of hearing impaired babies and young toddlers with hearing disabilities. I'll send the URL via PM. Thanks again.
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lesabre Premium
Hi Ron, you are welcome. Not sure about the last sentance. Did you do a post on Tinnitus, or did you want me to PM you my artcle on tinnitus.

Michael
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rjkennedy Premium
Hi Michael. I've done a lot of posts regarding hearing disabilities among toddlers and adults including a post on my dads experience with tinnitus. I could send you the post on his story via PM. I'd also like to read what you have written. Thanks
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lesabre Premium
Hi Ron, I would appreciate reading your article and I will send you a PM on mine.

Michael
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rjkennedy Premium
Sent already
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lesabre Premium
Thank you Ron. Hope you got mine. Sharing information is great.

Michael
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LMH1968 Premium
My husband suffers from it, he struggles when there is a lot of noise around him.
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rjkennedy Premium
I understand that has to be hard for him. Very frustrating. Lisa, has he been going through this for a long time?
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LMH1968 Premium
Yes, it started when he was in a car crash 35 years ago.
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rjkennedy Premium
Oh, wow. Sorry to hear he went through something like that. Hope things are better now. Has he found any relief for his Tinnitus? If you need help, contact me via PM.
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firstlearn Premium
I just have very mild occassional tinnitus but it certainly can change my mood when it hits.

Derek
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rjkennedy Premium
Hi Derek. I can just about imagine when that annoying 'ringing,' 'whirling' or 'whistling,' hit your ear, it could be enough to change anyone's mood! Although your symptoms are 'very mild,' maybe this is something that needs further review. Thanks for checking in with me.
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