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Tinnitus

Postby dory » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:05 am

I am posting this because many people on the forum have said that they suffer from tinnitus. I suffered from tinnitus. Notice the past tense. My tinnitus was relatively mild. I mostly heard it when there was no other background noise. However it bothered me quite a bit at night when I was trying to sleep. I realized that there is rarely a physical cure but doctors try to teach people to ignore it. I decided for that that a hypnotist would be better. I had three sessions with a hypnotist. I occasionally hear it now but rarely. When I do hear it I usually forget to pay attention and it goes away. I don't know if this will help others who have more intense tinnitus but thought I should mention my experience.
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby ashworth » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:59 am

Thanks for sharing your experience. I do suffer from it (it comes and goes, and is occasionally pretty severe), and I'm glad to know there is this option, though for now I've learned to ignore it enough so that it usually doesn't bother me. (My upper frequency hearing loss bothers me, but that's another story—I guess.)

Oddly, I've noticed my tinnitus is worse after a rise in blood sugar, as when I eat a large serving of fruit. Has anyone else experienced that?
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby lagartija » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:13 am

Mine is worse when the barometric pressure changes. Since the high frequency tinnitus started right after I had brain surgery, and has slowly been diminishing, I figure the cause is inflammation. My hope is that healing will continue and in a few more years I won't be able to tell you when a storm is approaching. :-D
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby BugDog » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:13 pm

Wow.

I have an off and on issue with tinnitus (mostly on). It seems to be gone or diminished when I wake up in the morning and starts increasing during the day. Wonder if that's blood sugar related?

I've often noticed changes with changes in weather though I've kind of attributed that to wind direction. Maybe it could barometric pressure.

The strongest theory for me is allergic reaction to something. I know if I'm having a "quiet" day, all I have to do is do something like turn the compost pile or get into something dusty and then they start screaming. That kind of goes along with the inflammation theory. I made an observation that when the wind is from the north or west (from the direction of the Ohio river and its famous molds and mildews) it's more likely to be worse than when from other directions or calm.

Nothing seems to be completely consistent though. At least in regard as relief.
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby lagartija » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:09 am

Of course, I'm not saying that inflammation is the cause for other people's tinnitus. I asked the surgeon why the "ringing" in my ears was so loud after surgery since he was not working anywhere near the auditory nerve. When he saw me two weeks later, it at least was not so loud as to drown out conversation. The only explanation he had was that he disturbed the membrane that encases the brain and that was swelling a bit and perhaps tugging on tissue near the auditory nerve.
That made sense, since I know that in my body, parts that have been traumatized by either surgery or injury hurt when the barometric pressure changes. The auditory nerve has no other way to "tell" you tissue around it is swelling and it hurts, except to add noise to your audio signal. Just as the optic nerve (the site of the tumor) "told me" it was being compressed by parts of my central vision disappearing (being devoid of signal). Over time, this sensitivity to B.P. diminishes as the body heals. For me, that seems to be about six years or so.
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby dory » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:20 am

I have thought that my tinnitus was worse when I hadn't eaten and my blood sugar was low. However, I have to say I am really enjoying not having it.
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby Tubbers » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:30 am

I have it too, but also only hear it when it's completely quiet and then it sounds like a big truck approaching in the distance. I have to run a fan at night so I don't hear it. Otherwise, it's damned annoying. The cause I believe:

Too many rock concerts in the 60's.....
A lot of target shooting.....
Riding a big, loud motorcycle (even with ear plugs).......
Building demolition for almost 20 years and the very last job I did was an absolute madhouse of noise in an old, empty building that we gutted out.
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby amezcua » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:23 am

My tinnitus is quiet but persistent .But it`s not noise .It`s musical .Some days it will be just one continuous chord.Always musical and never just noise. Then other days it will keep repeating a few notes in a set pattern. Not anything I have heard in the past though. Then some days it plays music.I was born in WW2 and in the cinema as a kid newsreels would play German marching songs. The one that I get quite regularly is a good tune but I had to search youtube to identify it. It just happens to be the official Nazi theme tune. I also get guitar and violin tunes . Most is converted into a kind of humming male voice choir . .Not all is from memory . Last week some modern music on the radio began a repeat play in my ear and I was not concentrating on it when it came on the radio . It`s never loud enough to interfere with listening to music normally or to interrupt talking .

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Re: Tinnitus

Postby doug » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:44 pm

Mine is a continuous faint high-pitched hissing sound.....almost like crickets on a summer night. Some sounds are completely masked by it. My wife and I will be sitting on the porch, and she can hear a rescue squad siren in the distance, but I won't hear it unless it gets fairly close.
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby slidika » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:17 pm

I had it off and on for a while, then finally all of the time. Mine is similar to doug's as far as it sounding. I have not noticed any significant interference with my hearing, though. Time will tell . . .
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby cedartop » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:40 pm

Mine is constant, but I am pretty much able to ignore it, except of course at this moment when we are discussing it! I need to get on a different topic to make it fade into the background.
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby Casey » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:55 pm

Hypnotism, eh? Interesting, will have to check it out. To be able to hear silence again, that would be amazing after all these years.

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Re: Tinnitus

Postby Contreras » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:36 am

doug wrote: ....almost like crickets on a summer night.


+1 ... I think of it as cicadas ... I guess it's where you live :mrgreen:
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Re: Tinnitus

Postby MAK » Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:53 am

Tinnitus runs in my family. I've had it for at least 30 years. I'm a retired nurse and I found using a stethoscope didn't help. It really bothered my ears. Also, of course loud music in the 70s didn't help. It started as roaring in my ears and progressed to high pitched ringing and varies to sound like Cicadas or crickets at times.

I hear it constantly, even in a noisy environment. I'm sure I'll lose a majority of my hearing before too long. If there was a remedy, I'd be on it. I do wear ear protection when I need it.

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Re: Tinnitus

Postby artguy » Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:33 am

My ear specialist says that hypnosis will not help much.


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