If you’re looking for an online forum with tinnitus sufferers to discuss tinnitus symptoms like ringing in the ears, then check out Tinnitus Talk.
From the Tinnitus Talk intro page: “Our ultimate goal is to become an informative, friendly and supportive community site for all those who experience or have experienced tinnitus and would like to get or give tips and support in the form of an online community. Whether you are new to living with tinnitus, or you have had a longer history with it, TT is for you! Even if you no longer have tinnitus, but would like to help and give hope (for example, by writing a success story) to others, TT is for you too!”
Tinnitus Talk was started by a man named Mark. This is his story:
13+ months ago I was a happy 24-year-old, who really didn’t know what life had planned for. About that time I had a problem with my ears, excessive wax. My ears have always produced quite a lot of wax, but for some reason they upped the production a year ago.
Fast forward a few weeks and I had to go a doctor, asking for my ears to be cleaned (I knew Q-tips aren’t good!) and he promptly sent me to the nurse who performed the syringing.
Ears cleared! I can hear again.
Wait, what. I can not only hear the ambient sounds, but I also hear some kind of a ringing and clicking sound. That’s not right, no, I’ve never heard this and this doesn’t seem to be coming from any external source.
I got worried at that exact moment. I knew the term tinnitus, we had had lectures in school about tinnitus and how everyone should protect their hearing. I was informed.
I hoped the noises would go away within a short while, but they didn’t. Same time I started googling tinnitus related blogs, articles, etc, and started getting really worried. “This has been going on for a month now, this can’t be temporary tinnitus anymore….”
I found solace in the fact that tinnitus seemed to be classified as chronic only after 6-12 months, depending a bit on source.
I wait, kept waiting… kept waiting.
No, this ain’t going away. Everyday the same noise. All the time. No pauses.
Today, I’m not anymore _that_ anxious about the T, all the time. Sometimes yes, but mostly I’ve learned to accept this condition and can learn semi-normal life with my ambient noise setups etc (like sound generators, pillow speakers).
I then kept on trying to find good communities for T sufferers, but there were only few, and most of them were pretty dead. One or two were more active, but their layouts and forum software were from the last decade – not good, since I have an eye for beautiful things…
If I’m going to live with the T for the rest of my life, or until a working cure is found, why not take everything from it and set up a new and working community for fellow T people. That’s what I basically did.
Check out Tinnitus Talk and let us know what you think! Have you found support for tinnitus symptoms through an online forum? Share below!