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Old 11-18-10, 07:49 AM   #1
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Any other tinnitus sufferers out there?

If anybody else out that has tinnitus (ringing ears) and has found a cure/solution, PLEASE POST. My ears has been ringing for as long as I can remember, but only recently has it gotten worse. Sounds like I have the emergency broadcast system playing 24/7 in the middle of my head. And its also causing “hearing loss”, as in the ringing can overpower other sounds. When I’m at home or out, I don’t notice it as much cause its usually rarely quiet and/or I’m not paying attention to it. But at work, in a quiet office environment, it can drive me bat **** crazy. I usually use a fan for background/white noise, but with the winter on our heels, it can get too cold to use the fan. I’ve been seeing remedies online, but I thought there wasn’t a “cure or remedy” for this. And before I waste my time and money seeing a quack in a white coat, I want to hear other ppl’s stories and solutions.
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Old 11-18-10, 08:19 AM   #2
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Yup, and there is no cure. Following exposure to very loud and/or prolonged louder noises (hammer strikes, concerts, etc) the ears will recover some with time. But some damage will remain. 6 years in the Navy around turbines and other loud engineering equipment is to blame. And that's with wearing ear protection religiously. From what you've described, it sounds like there may be more going on than just tinnitus. I'd get checker out.
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Old 11-18-10, 08:30 AM   #3
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There is no cure. But go see an ENT (Ear Nose & Throat) doc to make sure there isn't something else wrong.
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Old 11-18-10, 09:47 AM   #4
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It's thought that cutting caffeine and alcohol can slow the rate of decline, one tinnitus-sufferer I worked with was doing that since there was nothing the MD could do for him.

But it's good to get a baseline checkup from an ENT to estimate the likelihood of something other than just a ringing ear going on. My wife had a week of tinnitus that blew into something huge last week. She's got a week to go before the ENT can get her in. She is not yet cutting the caffeine much (mixing in more tea but not dropping coffee). The ENT can do tests of balance and nerves that our family doc could not.
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Old 11-18-10, 11:15 AM   #5
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I am supposed to take daily aspirin. If I do, I get tinnitus.
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Old 11-18-10, 11:29 AM   #6
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some of those over-the-counter medicines help... somewhat... according to hubby; he says that after you take them for awhile, the volume's turned down.
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Old 11-18-10, 11:54 AM   #7
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My right ear has been doing it 24/7 for years. I also have had pronounced hearing loss in my right ear for much longer... I'm actually going in in a couple of weeks for a hearing test and hearing aid consultation (they told me to get tested annually... in 2000 and 2007). My nurse/wife says I likely have Meniere's disease (the dizziness/vertigo is intermittent and rare), but all the doctors have been able to prove is that I have a lymph circulation problem and missing vestibular aqueducts. My grandfather had extremely similar symptoms for years.

Wait, you wanted a cure... umm... sorry... my GP doc asked me how I dealt with the ringing... I told him that I just ignore it.
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Old 11-19-10, 10:41 AM   #8
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some of those over-the-counter medicines help... somewhat... according to hubby; he says that after you take them for awhile, the volume's turned down.
Can I ask what kind of otc medicine? Is it meclizine?
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Old 11-19-10, 11:57 AM   #9
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My father has tinnitus. About 10 years ago he went to a specialist in Baltimore and they fit him for a device similar to a hearing aid. The device delivered white noise and it helped him out big time. I will call him tonight to find out who his specialist was.

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Old 11-19-10, 01:36 PM   #10
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There's currently a school of thought that suspects it's not an ear problem but a brain issue. I have tinnitus but only slightly and it seems to drift in and out.
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Old 11-19-10, 01:37 PM   #11
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I've had it for about 4 years (it developed when i was placed on blood pressure medication). I am off the medication but the tinnitus remains. I would love to find a cure!
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Old 11-20-10, 08:54 PM   #12
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My right ear has been doing it 24/7 for years. I also have had pronounced hearing loss in my right ear for much longer... I'm actually going in in a couple of weeks for a hearing test and hearing aid consultation (they told me to get tested annually... in 2000 and 2007). My nurse/wife says I likely have Meniere's disease (the dizziness/vertigo is intermittent and rare), but all the doctors have been able to prove is that I have a lymph circulation problem and missing vestibular aqueducts. My grandfather had extremely similar symptoms for years.

Wait, you wanted a cure... umm... sorry... my GP doc asked me how I dealt with the ringing... I told him that I just ignore it.
Meniere's disease is a *****....at times it results in extreme vertigo and vommiting/dry heaves for up to 12 hours. The constant tinnitus is the result of damage to the nerves in the inner ear. Low salt diets (less than 1500 mg/day) can help, and some people take SERC (beta histine) which is not sold in the USA, but is used in Cannada and Europe for Meinere's. High salt meals can trigger the vertigo attacks.
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Old 11-20-10, 09:13 PM   #13
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i have tinnitus. it sucks. but you learn to live with it. since i changed jobs at work, it has gotten less noticable. but my hearing has been forever damaged.
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Old 11-20-10, 09:56 PM   #14
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Old 11-20-10, 10:02 PM   #15
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Meniere's disease is a *****....at times it results in extreme vertigo and vommiting/dry heaves for up to 12 hours. The constant tinnitus is the result of damage to the nerves in the inner ear. Low salt diets (less than 1500 mg/day) can help, and some people take SERC (beta histine) which is not sold in the USA, but is used in Cannada and Europe for Meinere's. High salt meals can trigger the vertigo attacks.
Tell me about it! The longest I have ever had vertigo was 3-4 hours-- but only a few times in recent memory. And yeah, the really long periods usually involve a good up-chuck in there somewhere. Normally, the dizziness or vertigo lasts a matter of seconds to minutes for me.

One of those was on my bike on the way to work. Got off the bike, spent a half-hour on the curb wondering what to do, then got back on the bike and-- very gingerly-- made it to the trolley station to take light rail all the way home. Almost ate it on one turn. Got in the house, went to bed, woke up a couple of hours later with a splitting headache, but at least the vertigo was done.

I've been okay for the last year or so. I had real trouble in elementary school (mid '80's), the tail end of college/my first job ('99-00), and again in '08-09. According to my medical records, the ringing was only intermittent when I saw the ENT in '01. It's constant now, but the hearing loss hadn't changed between '01 and '07. We'll see what they say next week-- and if a hearing aid can make the meetings at work less difficult.

I haven't paid nearly as much attention to my diet as I should-- I mean, I don't salt anything and I have just about knocked off caffeine, and we don't eat out much at all-- but other than that, I eat without regret. I am, after all, a cyclist.
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Old 11-21-10, 01:10 AM   #16
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Not tinnitus but I work surrounded by computers... hundreds of them, endless rows of server racks. When I get out I can still hear the "hum" of the fans for one or two extra days.
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Old 11-21-10, 01:58 AM   #17
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Mine comes and goes. Seems to be sinus related, for me. Last time it hit me, it was so loud in my right ear, that it was bordering on being painful. I usually just try to ignore it.

Sometimes, cleaning my ears helps. I seem to get crazy ear wax, sometimes.
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Old 11-21-10, 05:32 PM   #18
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I have it a little bit. I can go for days without even noticing it, but if I think about it for some reason, then I notice it and I can hear it. It's just below the annoying level.
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Old 11-21-10, 07:04 PM   #19
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I have dea;t with ringing in my ears ever since I was a little shhthead. This is only in my left ear. I owe this to my mom who was right handed wacking me upside the head with her spot on right open handed slap. Many days the earaches were totally unbearable and were almost as bad as toothaches.

She never took me to a doctor with this as it always seemed to be short lived. But here it is 50 years later and my hearing is crappy. My hearing in left (the slapped silly ear) is mostly muffled noises. Talking to my wife as we lay in bed, I have to make sure my right ear (good one) is not buried in the pillow. If it is I can't hear shht.

I always have the slight ringing going on but mostly it is a more of a white noise sound, like the TV on a station that is not receiving anything.

Thanks Mom. I guess you showed me who was boss.
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Old 11-21-10, 08:42 PM   #20
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yep. years of shooting without hearing protection combined with loud music. I get the constant ring in both ears sometimes louder than others. I just drown it out
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Old 11-22-10, 06:45 AM   #21
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buy yourself some of the cheap squishy foam ear plugs at the local drugstore - and carry a pair with you, always. NR of 20 db or so is fine.

Rule of thumb - if you cannot carry a conversation or hear your own speaking voice easily, the environment is loud enough to be causing damage - and that will make your tinnitus worse - so use the plugs!

It can be very distressing but you do learn to cope. Various factors and measures can make it easier to deal with. Hang in there.
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