The tinnitus came first. I was in my last year of high school when I first noticed it – just a high pitched noise that came and went. I didn’t know what caused it, as I didn’t go to rock concerts or night clubs and I was never near any kind of noisy machinery as a child. At first, I didn’t go to the doctor because it wasn’t so bad at that time.
After an attack of vertigo, I went to an ear nose and throat surgeon, who diagnosed and treated the Meniere’s syndrome quite successfully. But as other tinnitus sufferers will know, the doctor said he couldn’t do anything about the tinnitus.
It got worse after I finished college. On my first day at work as a surveyor, I had a Meniere’s attack. But, of course when it went away, the tinnitus stayed and got even worse.
It really began to affect my life. Until I started to use the Neuromonics device, I used to go home from work at lunchtime to relax for an hour. After a day of battling the loud noise in my ears at work, I would go home at the end of the day absolutely lethargic.
By this stage, I was in despair. I’d graduated from high school, gone to college and my whole life was in front of me. Then, I was struck down with this condition. I was afraid that this condition would last 24 hours a day for the rest of my life.
When you’re that desperate, you’re willing to try anything. I tried a hearing aid, which helped with my hearing (I have a hearing loss in my right ear due to the Menieres syndrome), but it didn’t help the tinnitus at all. Then I tried gingko biloba, but that didn’t affect me at all. I tried a lot of the relaxation and meditation suggestions from support groups, but none of them worked for me.
Then I discovered Neuromonics. My brother, a journalist, called me at work to tell me to watch the evening news about a new tinnitus treatment. I saw the report and made an appointment the next day.
The treatment changed my life.
I still have tinnitus, but it’s at such a low level that I literally have to concentrate to try to hear it. I know I have something that can manage it. The treatment is very relaxing and when I get to the office in the morning and turn on my computer, I automatically put on my Neuromonics earphones, too.
I’ve finished at the clinic now, but during the treatment I went back regularly for monitoring. Whenever I see people with tinnitus, I say, “Give Neuromonics a try.” Because I’m young myself, I suspect a lot of young people with tinnitus grit their teeth and bear it. And there are still a lot of doctors – general practitioners, especially – who are the first port of call for people with tinnitus, who will tell you there’s nothing you can do about it. But there is something you can do about it, and this is it.