New Member - So this is me - and I dont to be anymore....

So hi. I am a new member. I'm new here but have suffered tinnitus from an early age. And to be frank I want to end it all. 

I haven't scanned this forum so haven't read any similar posts. However, the trouble is I have read lots on the net in news articles where people have either committed suicide or assisted suicide by dignitas clinics. I'm an intelligent bloke. I have a wife and two small sons. But I dont have a quality of life anymore. For the past two years I relied on alchol to get me to sleep. Dont get me wrong, not a bottle of vodka a night or anything but certainly 3 bottles of beer, maybe two large glasses of wine. However for a period last year and again this year, the tinnitus is sooo bad that even that doesn't help. The unsupportive GP has prescribed temazepam which helps get me off to sleep but I wake as soon as it has worn off and can hear the loud ringing which wakes me up

I guess I am looking for support from others on here that may have been where I am. I wish I could go back to my teens and listen to my parents when they said "Listening to loud music will damage your ears". I hate myself for not listening. I have a battle in my head everyday that probably doesn't help. 

I have an appointment on the 25th at a BUPA Clinic with a guy that specializes in tinnitus - but what in reality can be done...?? 

Any help would gret

  •  Hello,

    Thank you for post and welcome to the forum. My name is Vicky and I work for the Information Line here at Action on Hearing Loss. You have come to the right place for guidance support and I hope other forum users will be along soon to share with you their own experiences. 

    We are sorry to read about how you are feeling at the moment. You have done the right thing in getting an appointment with a specialist. Although there isn't a cure for tinnitus, unless an underlying reason can be found, there are lots of therapies to help people with managing it. Some people get so good at managing their tinnitus that for them it doesn't cause them a problem and they learn to tune it out so to speak.

    There’s no single treatment for tinnitus that works in the same way for everyone and so it may be a little bit of trial and error to find what works for you personally. You may wish to read our tinnitus factsheets for more information on what is out there to help you.

    There is not enough robust evidence and research to suggest that any food or drink can have an impact on a persons tinnitus. However some people may find that alcohol can make their tinnitus worse. Everyone is different in how they experience and manage tinnitus. Some people keep a log to see if they notice a pattern at all.

    If you ever find yourself feeling low and having suicidal thoughts then please feel free to contact our helpline or the Samaritans who are there 24/7.

    116 123 (UK)
    116 123 (ROI)
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    Best wishes

    Vicky on behalf of the Information Line