Firstly, I’d like to apologise for not blogging much these past few weeks, life has been a bit hectic lately and it has been put to the back of my mind – I promise I didn’t forget about you lovely readers though. But enough of that and onto this week’s post…
This past week I have been reminded of just how much I rely on my cochlear implant. My husband occasionally works night shifts and I really don’t like these shifts, not for soppy reasons like I miss him (if he is reading this – I obviously do!!) but because I barely sleep a wink.
The reason for this? Although I live in a safe neighbourhood I am terrified that something might happen at night – whether that be a burglar breaking into the house, a fire starting or some other house related nightmare. I know most people might have the same fears at night, but it is all the more prominent when you cannot hear a thing.
When I take my cochlear implant out, I am completely deaf. Even if the house fell down around me I wouldn’t be aware of anything until the old lady from upstairs fell on top of me in my bed. For this reason, I obviously struggle sleeping.
Of course I make adjustments such as making sure the alarm is on and I also keep the hallway light on so that I can see if there is anyone in the house without having to reach across to grab my glasses (I’m pretty blind too!). Despite this I probably only get a 2/3 hours sleep before I have to get up for work myself. I find myself waking up pretty much as soon as I fall asleep and struggle to get back to sleep. I also find I go to bed much, much later than I would normally – about 1am or so and it takes me a long time to drift off as my heart is racing and my brain working overtime thinking of all the potential things that can happen.
Because of this I find not only am I tired throughout the working day (staring at computer screens doesn’t really help either) but that my tinnitus is louder, more aggravating and all encompassing. I think this is because I am giving my full attention to these noises at night, wondering If some of them are actual real life noises that my brain hasn’t fully adjusted to blocking the sounds out once my implant is on.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I genuinely thought my tinnitus noises were related to an emergency, scrambled out of bed running around the rooms turning every light in the house on, heart racing, to discover it was just my tinnitus playing puerile little jokes on me. Sometimes I think my tinnitus is just there to play practical jokes on me and get me all worked up. It’s a cruel move really.
So anyway, enough of me ranting. Below are a few tips for dealing with Tinnitus in the workplace, some of which can also translate to other environments and situations along with some facts on tinnitus.
In next week’s post I will be reviewing the Ditto from Simple Matters.