Tinnitus & University/College Success

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I recently developed moderate T in both ears due to traumatic injury to my head from a car accident. I have been sharing a space with T in my head for 2 months now.

My question pertains to anyone who enjoys reading, or who is in or taken University/College classes. I have always wanted to be a teacher and have a few questions you may be able to answer.

Does Tinnitus affect your studying/reading habits? Does T affect your ability to memorize notes and reading material? If so how?

I have looked up studies done on groups of people with Tinnitus and apparently these people were affected so bad by T it caused them to have lower test scores. I do not believe this to be %100 true.

I love reading in quite rooms, even with my friend in my head ringing. I find T has no effect on my cognitive abilities, concentrating or memorization.

My question is as stated above.

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    I have had noise induced T and i read prints on a daily basis and have to remember symbols and tasks on my job throughout the day, it did affect me at the beginning since all you do is think about it because it is constantly reminding you its there ,but i think once you get used to it and habituate its effects go on a different level and is no longer a problem, now it has been known people with trauma on their head due to it lose memory or other symptoms, in no doctor but as far as my experience no, i dont think it affects your Memory and or learning abilities at all depending on how loud it is i think!
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    Depends on how much the noise distracts you and that obviously depends on a) how loud it is and b) how much you can ignore it.

    I was told i have quite a high frequency in both my ears but thanks to musical pillows and general getting use to it, the noise only really annoys me in quiet rooms like a toilet or bathroom.

    I can study fine with it, i'm lucky enough to not have mine caused by loud noises so i can still listen to reasonably volumed music.

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    I read maybe a month ago that somebody left they teaching carrier because of severe T. So I think it might depend on the severity of your case.
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    It sounds like you have a very positive attitude to your condition, which is good to have. We all want to get better but fighting it will sometimes bring us down and make things worse.

    I developed tinnitus about 20 years ago (after my studying days were over). However, my career has been in libraries (a very quiet environment!) and I am also a keen reader.

    Hopefully, your studies will not be adversely affected unless the condition worsens - I pray that it doesn't. There's no reason why you shouldn't fulfill your ambition to become a teacher. Good luck!


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