Tinnitus – Personal Perspective

I was born with inner ear deformities, which caused me to suffer hearing loss at a young age.  I started wearing hearing aids when I was twelve.  I’ve had so many surgeries on my ears that I lost count years ago.  The surgeries allowed me to maintain my hearing and help prevent the frequent ear infections I used to develop.

Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is a result of my ear problems.  Some people with tinnitus hear the noise all the time, but for me it comes and goes.  Even as a small child I could hear the ringing and I don’t remember a time that the ringing was not a part of my life.

Most people with tinnitus are annoyed or irritated by the disorder.  It affects their ability to sleep and causes disruptions in other areas of their life.

However, tinnitus doesn’t bother me at all.  I guess I am just used to it.  It is a normal part of my life.  In fact when my ears start to ring, I find it easier to sleep or to concentrate.  It drowns out the background noise.

Most people hate having to deal with tinnitus, but I actually enjoy it.  I know that sounds crazy, but that is my personal perspective.

Have you ever experienced tinnitus?  If so, how does it affect your life?