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Hello Dr. Nagler

I'm 28 years old from Calais, in northern France (right in front of the UK) and i recently defended my thesis to get my PhD. 
My friends proposed to celebrate this by going to a concert (not being a music fan, i had never been to one but, well, i accepted to follow them there, probably the biggest mistake of my life). 

It was so loud it made me unconfortable. At some point, after 25-30 minutes, i felt like  the bass hurt my ears so much that i left. That's when i realised i felt i was half deaf. 

Rushing to the hospital, i was told it was normal after a concert and to go home.
48 hours later, i got tinnitus in my right ear, and my GP prescribed cortisone, which did not seem to do much. 

I saw an ENT which told me i only had slight hearing loss (-10dB at 8kHz) so that was fine and things would correct themselves. 

They didn't, and i realised (i work in signal processing), that while i had always been able to hear all signals up to 20KHz perfectly, now, i had a hard time hearing 8-10 K signals and everything higher than 11-12 KHz was absolute silence. 

With that and the tinnitus not passing, went back to the ENT who still told me there was no issue, that everything was in my head and to go to see a psychiatrist. 

Long story short, the psychatrist gave me xanax to calm me down, which somehow lowered T greatly, convincing her and me that everything was in my head.  i ended up for 2 days in a psychiatric hospital and checked myself out with the help of a family member since i didn't know why i was there and was becoming worse and more terrified any minute. 

I went back home, but things got worse and worse. For pretty much every sound i can hear, my tinnitus spikes into a terrible high speech sound that is so high it feels like it hurts. 

Everything spikes it, taking a shower does, a PC fan does, tv spikes it, driving my car does, the sound of the sea, the wind though earplugs even spiked it yesterday.

And spikes usually last for 15-17 hours. 

I had a hard enough time dealing with "normal T" but but with those never ending spikes, i lost my new job (which i was to start early july), moved back with my parents and despair with no idea of what to do or who to turn to (i have a hard time trusting the medical staff after this) and hardly leave the house. 

I found a psychologist who said he managed people with tinnitus. He gave me some white noise generator that would help me and told me to try it out changing frequencies and find something that help.  

Everything i tried makes my tinnitus spike more and more. 

I looked online and thought maybe i should try TRT ?
I'm not sure where to look for that (northern France ? south east england ?)
Or is it too early ? Should i wait and hope for the best ? 

Thanks in advance for any insight. (And sorry for the slighly broken english, i'm not in the best state of mind to write something long in a non native langage right now). 
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Hello flobo ... and welcome.

Thank you for your interesting post. I have read it through a few times and have given it considerable thought. I am so sorry that you are having a difficult time of it.

You wrote:

i recently defended my thesis to get my PhD.
 

That is an incredible accomplishment. My congratulations.

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My friends proposed to celebrate this by going to a concert (not being a music fan, i had never been to one but, well, i accepted to follow them there, probably the biggest mistake of my life). 

No way. You successfully defended your thesis, and your friends invited you out to celebrate. Sure, what happened at the concert was unfortunate. But what a jerk you would've been to have told your friends, "No, I think I'm going to sit in the library instead." You made no mistake. What you did in celebrating with your friends at the concert was - dare I use the term - NORMAL.

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It was so loud it made me unconfortable. At some point, after 25-30 minutes, i felt like  the bass hurt my ears so much that i left. That's when i realised i felt i was half deaf. 

As I understand it from your post, you weren't "half deaf." You experienced a threshold shift in the highest frequencies.

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I looked online and thought maybe i should try TRT ? 
I'm not sure where to look for that (northern France ? south east england ?)
Or is it too early ? Should i wait and hope for the best ? 

In my considered opinion what you need at this point in time is a proper evaluation by somebody who really understands tinnitus ... and you need some solid information based upon that proper evaluation. Then you can make a decision with respect to your best options and the best timing. My suggestion would be for you make an appointment with Jacqui Sheldrake at The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Centre in London. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in that regard.

Meanwhile you might want to take a look at:

Tinnitus 101

and

Letter to a Tinnitus Sufferer

All the best with it.

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.
Atlanta Tinnitus Consultants, LLC

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Thank you for the answer, Dr Nagler. 
 
Having read your story more fully made me feel better because, as a scientist, i too became desperate  enough in the last 10 days to try anything from chinese herbs, acupuncture to homeopathic medecine, with little success. 

I will try to get an appointment with Jacqui Sheldrake in London, since it's not that far away. 

Thanks again !
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Thank you for the answer, Dr Nagler. 
 
Having read your story more fully made me feel better because, as a scientist, i too became desperate  enough in the last 10 days to try anything from chinese herbs, acupuncture to homeopathic medecine, with little success. 

I will try to get an appointment with Jacqui Sheldrake in London, since it's not that far away. 

Thanks again !

You are welcome. Glad to help.

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.

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