Another thing I must add here
I'm feeling isolated and haven't made any good friends since we moved to WA 3 summers ago. I found out about the AN when I lived in TX with my kids while husband was stationed in Bremerton, WA.
Had the surgery, went back to TX for one year, and then moved here. So all my friends back in TX who knew about my condition were very supportive and I miss them!
Being new here, (funny, I still feel new, but I've been here 3 years!) I feel more socially isolated. We live on acreage, not in a neighborhood, and I just am not social anymore because it takes so much emotional energy with the tinnitus/deafness in restaurant and loud places-what's the point? I don't enjoy myself, I try and put on the happy face, I'm interested in what you are saying if I concentrate real hard ,kind of face.
I'm exhausted when I get home, and basically go to sleep. kinda sucks
I do have some coworkers who are empathetic, but no one really gets it.
So I'm so glad for this forum. And I'm looking forward to the support group meeting here near Tacoma this Saturday... Anyway, for me, no one really asks anymore, because no one knows!