HEY! Anyone else suffer from tinnitus?

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HEY! Anyone else suffer from tinnitus?

Post by Barry on Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:00 pm

I SAID, HEY! ANYONE. . .oh, um, sorry, I'm shouting aren't I?

As I sit and write this, there's a small ocean crashing through my cochleas, and the waves are pounding my ear holes unmercifully. What started a few years ago as an occasional, almost imperceptible "whooshing" sound, heard only as I lay my head on the pillow to sleep, has progressed now to a constant cicada-like high pitched whine. It varies a bit in intensity throughout the day but it never goes away. Getting to sleep is an effort of will now it seems.

When you reach a certain *ahem* age, you tend to acquire a lot of "-itis's"...arthritis, tendonitis, diverticulitis, teenageritus... Seems to go with the territory, ya know? Live long enough and you'll get afflicted wif summit.

I don't know what to blame this -itus on. Playing rock n roll probably started it. Maybe the arthritis played a role? Diet? Booze? Stress? Allergies? Too much sex? (ha!) And of course the high blood pressure and stroke didn't help. Neutral

There doesn't appear to be any fix for this damn thing either. No vitamin, no herbal remedy, no drug. Nuthin' works. The only thing that appears to give even minimum relief is exposure to "white noise", but even that needs to be a particular sound or tuned to my particular "frequency" or it can make it worse. I've tried a few software packages out there but they're fleetingly effective, and ya can't listen all the time.

So. How 'bout you? Ya gots a noisy head? If you do, how are you coping? What do you do about it?

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Post by gittarasaurus on Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:21 am

i have had to deal with tinnitus for what seems like forever.

definitely started with the high volume rock and roll. i have been to well over a thousand concerts in my years.

add to that 30+ years of commercial and industrial construction, and i have been around some serious noise. my last job was at a limestone mine/cement plant. rock crushers, ball mills, gigantic motors, fans, conveyors, 300' long cement kiln with 30,000,000 BTU burner! one area we worked required double ear protection, ear plugs and ear muffs together. and it was still loud with all that. just crazy loud environment. noise you can feel.

i try not to play too loud at home these days (mostly), but sometimes ya gotta...
i have also found that caffeine makes it more prominent. but i still drink a lot of coffee

the best relief i have found is to minimize the coffee... and spend as much time as i can in quiet places.
and the longer i can go without exposure loud sound, it seems to quiet down gradually. when frequently exposed to loud sounds it takes longer to quiet down.


but, i will never hear silence again

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Post by Westbone on Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:23 am

I hear voices all the time. I just ignore them and eventually she gives up. Smile

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Post by PaulS on Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:25 am

I have had it for some years, too. Mine is like motorway traffic wooshing by at the end of the garden blended with a high pitched whine like you used to get years ago when you left the TV on after transmission had finished. Worse when I am not doing anything and in a quiet room - I heard it described as 'brain boredom' - keep busy, listen to the radio and your brain doesn't have time to make up the silly noises.

I also have really bad hearing and wear hearing aids in both ears - bizarrely this has helped the tinnitus by piping in all ambient sound and making my brain sort it out.

One other thing my GP suggested - I take betahistine daily, which is a treatment for Meniere's disease. Difficult to say if it works or not but I still take it. Maybe worth discussing with your GP.

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Post by Barry on Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:40 pm

Ta Paul. I'll bring it up on next visit...couldn't hurt, and might help the &*^%$ vertigo attacks. Pirouette

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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:15 pm

Well needless to say I also have severe tinitus from all of my years in the military and of course all those live rounds fired from a 120mm mortar system as well as other weapons systems as well as my early days of playing my axes a bit loud. I have found that over time I have been able to get used to it much like someone that lives near a railroad getting used to the trains. The noise is still there and is still very much a pain but you get used to it and learn to ignore it most of the time. I have also tried various herbs, vitamins etc with no significant results.

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Post by Iceman on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:56 pm

I've had it for as long as I can remember. It only bothers me when I am in quiet surroundings which tends to accentuate it. Luckily I am so accustomed to it that for the majority of my waking hours I never notice it very much at all.

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Post by corsair on Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:52 am

Yup... though from the sounds of it not anywhere near as bad as you fellas, eh!! And it only really came on this year after an extended session in the pool...

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Post by METESKY on Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:08 pm

There's an app for that...

In fact, several. My ear specialist (terrible tinnitus for... ever it seems) turned me on to an honest to God fix. It doesn't work for everybody, but here's the deal.

If you have an iPhone search the App Store for "tinnitus". There are several apps available. As my Doc explains it, the App generates a form of white noise which, over time, will "reprogram" your ear's inner works and bring you back to Go, or at the leastt, tame the best. ;-)

The only downside is that you have to wear headphones/buds/whatever for hours on end. As far as I know there are no apps for iPads and most other devices.

Check it out...

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Re: HEY! Anyone else suffer from tinnitus?

Post by Barry on Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:23 am

Thanks for that.
I did mention the "white noise" treatment above and it does offer some relief by habituating the brain to the bad noise and helping it to learn to ignore it. But the down side is definitely the length of time you need to be exposed to it via headphones, etc.

For most of us this isn't terribly practical but I did find this free "charity ware" app which runs on your Windows computer: Aire Freshener (If you do a Google search you'll find it's available from many sources but this is the developer's site)

It works pretty well, and you can use it while working at the computer with either headphones or through the speakers if you're in a quiet environment.

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Post by anaerobe on Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:30 pm

I've have this, just from the days of huge volumes when playing in our high school band. I've also lost some high frequencies in my right ear from the same practice.

Exercise and lots of sleep seems to help a lot...then again, I don't experience some of the symptoms you guys are describing.

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Post by Barry on Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:28 pm

I'm bumping this thread because I've found some recent positive study results which are very encouraging Melatonin!

I was taking melatonin on an intermittent basis to promote better sleep, and I was 'sort of' aware that the T was less noticeable when better rested, but I hadn't married the two facts until now.

I was actually trying to find out what effect melatonin had on high blood pressure and stumbled on this happy news. It isn't a cure but it holds out hope for many of us going slowly mad with the bloody noise! Even a reduction is welcome at this stage.

And the other good news is that it's a completely safe and natural product...and, it's cheap!


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