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kendaleigh
 #1 
Hi all,

My audiologist is recommending a phased return to work (secretarial for local Government) so that I don't get dismissed on health or any other grounds (have been off work for 10 months with H and T and they are seeking to dismiss me apparently).  I live in the UK.

PLEASE do any of you have good advice/pointers for returning to work or being in an office environment?

I had been pretty much housebound recently but am trying to push my boundaries a bit. CBT doesn't start for 2 more months and Maree has recommended CBT style pacing on a previous post so I need to try to learn more about this.  I am still avoiding TV! 

Any advice at all would be most welcome.  Thank you all...

K
toma5
 #2 
Kendaleigh,

I can't really give you much advice but I can relate to you a bit as for myself I have been housebound for over a year now. I have no job to return to and I am actually in the process of looking for work. To actually find the courage in myself to start sending applications and so on was very difficult. Because there's something I've discovered lately: having tinnitus changes you so much that you have to rebuild your identity. Basically, you find yourself living the life of somebody else and you have to re-fit into it. Unfortunately, I've had interviews and got no job out of it. You're probably aware of the economic situation here in the UK and at this stage I have not one job to apply for (I even put my name down for cleaning work and was told they don't need anybody at the moment).
I think that the fear you have now is the same as jumping into cold water. Just go for it. You probably think that hell is going to break loose but you're probably better off to have something else to focus on. Believe me, you don't want to lose your job at the moment.
Is there any way you can use white noise or any kind of sound at work?
Let us know how you're going. Good luck!
winterbridge55
 #3 
toma,

you explained it nicely about what one is faced with going back to work. i have been unemployed for nearly a year and wanted to return to work until i got severe t. now i will have to force myself to return to work and the anxiety of finding, doing and keeping a job with t and h. i never thought i would be in such a position.

i have posted in the past about work strategies and get very little response. either people don't work or the majority don't respond. hopefully you will get some tips from more people.

kendaleigh,

all the best in your attempt to work again. my suggestion is to try and create a quiet workspace away from what you believe will be distracting. keep believing you can do it. don't let anything bother you.
DrNagler
 #4 
Kendaleigh asked:

PLEASE do any of you have good advice/pointers for returning to work or being in an office environment?

...........

As I see it, there are two elements involved - the physiological and the psychological.  Clearly psychologically your home environment is the one wherein you are more secure at the moment.  So I would work on gradually pushing the sound level in your psychologically secure home up towards that which you would experience physiologically at work.  Then, as this physiological shift occurs over time, you will find it easier to adapt to your work environment psychologically.

My suggestion assumes, of course, that you have been correctly diagnosed.

smn

aQuieterBreeze
 #5 
Dear  Kendaleigh

Any idea when you will be returning to work?
You mention -
 a phased return to work

 Does that mean just a few hours a day or a couple days a week or ???

If you do not wish to elaborate, or are unsure at this point - I will understand, I know things have been difficult for you.
Wishing you the best as you move foreward with your recovery,
Take care,
aQuieterBreeze

post edited by aQuieterBreeze 10-23
kendaleigh
 #6 
QB

I'm not sure about timing till employers get in touch.  Will let you know.

I'm not sure about the terms and have deleted them from my post as possibly unhelpful.  I will ask my audiologist to explain them when I see her next.

Regards

Kenda
kendaleigh
 #7 
Meeting with employers is taking place on the 28th - Head of Human Resources, My line and team managers and the guy from ENABLE who is supporting me.  ENABLE help disabled folk retain their jobs.  I'll know more after the meeting what's being offered but I strongly suspect that I'm not going to be able to return to my original place of work owing to the noise and number of people (35 social workers and admin staff!).

Will let you know how it goes.  Am not feeling at all ready for this - it all seems a bit too soon with regard to my H and mental health.  We shall see....

K
DrNagler
 #8 
Kenda, I'll keep a good thought for you!

smn
winterbridge55
 #9 
I hope in the end everything works out for the best.

I too have hyperacusis and while my tolerance is ok I know that the hustle and bustle of that office environment would be too much for me as well.  I am not working as of yet myself because I believe I suffer from PTSD due to my t/h. I think when I do start to work again I would have to use attenuating earplugs to dampen the noise.

My prayers go out to you this evening kendaleigh.  


DrNagler
 #10 
Mark posted:

I too have hyperacusis and while my tolerance is ok I know that the hustle and bustle of that office environment would be too much for me as well.  I am not working as of yet myself because I believe I suffer from PTSD due to my t/h. I think when I do start to work again I would have to use attenuating earplugs to dampen the noise.

...........

Mark, I'm not exactly clear on what it is that you are currently doing in the way of treatment for your tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Please explain.  Thanks.

smn
winterbridge55
 #11 
Dr Nagler,

I have done everything except spend thousands on TRT. Financially it is not possible for me right now.  I take Klonopin for sleep, exercise, eat right, don't drink or smoke and keep my stress level down. I also don't wear ear plugs much. I use a pink noise cd at night. I have gotten more used to the tinnitus than the hyperacusis because it hurts sometimes. I have tried to be extremely patient with myself while managing this condition. I have seen improvement in being able to leave the house and accomplish certain things. But the biggest obstacle facing me is finding suitable work at 56 with this new challenge. I also worry about explaining why I have not been working all this time. Prior to t I was sending out 5 resumes per day and was looking forward to working at or below my skill level. If you can recommend anything that doesn't cost much I will pursue it. I currently spend $625 per month on health insurance and they don't even know what tinnitus and hyperacusis is. Insurance companies need to be educated about this condition. You can have poor eyesight and get glasses for $500, but hearing aids are $5000 and they don't pick up a dime. It is truly a frustrating thing to have these conditions.  BTW, my hearing is ok although I do have sensorineural hearing loss at 16,000 to 20,000hz in both ears. Thanks for your patience and concern. I know you want to see me take control of my situation and improve.


  
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