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Old 05-22-2003, 05:00 PM
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Does anyone suffer tinnitus? I have had it for as long as I can remember - I am hearing impaired - but in the last year it has become almost unbearable - constant bells, it is disrupting my sleep, my attitude has change - I am very irritable, I cry with frustration at not being able to make it go away. Its like have a nasty goblin sitting on my shoulder playing with chimes and cranking up the volume just when I need to listen.
I have a good GP and we have are working to try to make the noise tolerable - we have tried getting rid of certain foods, drinks, etc. I have tried sound pillows. I am currently taking a mood stabiliser as I was beginning to lose control of myself - I totally lost interest in everything.
I want to hear (no pun intented ) from other people who may have suffered from this and ways they have dealt with it.
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Old 05-24-2003, 10:15 AM
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My husband has this. He has had it for the last several years, but it has gotten worse this last year. He says that when he drives, it's good to leave the window down a few inches, because the 'white noise' masks the sound. He always trys to have some background noise to distract you from it.
He has been through all the testing, and of course you know, there isn't much you can do.
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Old 05-24-2003, 11:25 AM
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My 86 year old mother is quite deaf without her hearing aids, and yet hearing someone sing in her ear. My sister took her to the doctor who put her on a prescription to clear this up. She thinks she shouldn't have to take it anymore because the "singing" has stopped, but my sister told her that it stopped because she is taking the medication.
I would suggest you talk to a physician and see if there is something they could give you to help you.
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Old 05-24-2003, 01:57 PM
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I know where you are comming from, I have had this problem since 1981, each year it seems to get worse. It wakes me up at night and drives me almost insane at times during the day. I was given som e vitamins that is supposed to help but nothing has helped me. I was being treated by a specialist in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center , Voice center in Nashville, Tenn. I asked him was there any treatment for this and he told me there was nothing that could be done. They told me it was caused from nerve damage. I have ordered the drops from vitamin companys that says it will help but so far nothing helps. My hearing is greatly impared. I have noticed when the humidity is high the screaming is much worse. I hope someday they will find a cure for this or something to at least curb it.
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Old 05-24-2003, 11:09 PM
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I have had this for about 30 some years, and the only things I have found that help is "noise" a radio turned down low at night, I've heard that the machines that make the "ocean" sound work, but can't say so from experience. A fan at night also helps. Usually, during the day there is enough "noise" that it doesn't drive my crazy, but I always have the TV or radio on. Sometimes it is worse than others. I have tried (over the years) different meds and none have worked. I used to go from doctor to doctor to "make this go away" there really doesn't seem to be anything out there that really works. Sorry, but extraneous noise does seem to be the only thing that keeps it at bay.
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Old 05-24-2003, 11:59 PM
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I have suffered from this for quite a few years. I am lucky that the noise is that of crickets, etc chirping. For a long time I just thought it was night noises since it was masked by other noises during the day. Now I can notice during the day if I think about it. I love quiet and hate to have the radio etc on all the time. I can't sleep with the radio going so I have to just grin and bear it. On nights when it is particularily bad I take a mild sleeping pill to enable me to get off to sleep. (With Dr's consent).

It is seeming to get worse at the years go by. I am 60 now. It would be nice if a treatment could be found. I was never a fan of loud music etc so I can't blame that.

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Old 05-26-2003, 01:17 PM
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On one hand it is reassuring to read other experiences, on the other it is sad that so little can be done.
Some of the masking ideas don't work for me because to create enough noise to drown out the tinnitus - my neighbours would know what I was listening to. I have been told there are hearing aids that work as maskers - has anyone heard of these?
I was talking to my sister who also has this noise - her's, she says sounds like the toilet is stuck on flush!
She tried taking the supplement ginko bilibo - which worked to a certain degree for her. - Slowed the flush to a a steady drip.
I have found cutting coffee from my diet helped, but I am a coffee nut - so it is like being cruel to be kind.
Anyway thanks to all of you who took the time to reply.
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Old 05-27-2003, 02:14 PM
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My 13 yr. old daughter has moderate hearing loss in one ear and a slight loss in the other. She gets tinnitus occasionally and what we found that helps is cutting out all forms of caffine. No caffinated sodas, no tea/coffee, no chocolate, etc. When we do this, the symptoms usually subside. Her hearing specialist says this helps a percentage of people, but not all. I will do a little research on the internet and report if I can find any new information on it.
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Old 05-28-2003, 12:12 PM
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Hi,
I have suffered from this for 30 some odd yrs & every doctor I have asked about it, tells me the same thing.... learn to live with it! It's awful sometimes because you can't sleep for the noises. Mine is mostly a constant ringing or humming sound, but sometimes it is like a popping sound too. I notice it more a night when it is quiet, but I can't sleep with the radio on, so I just try to ignore it. I have a hearing loss in both ears & have a hearing aid, but the hearing aid makes it worse. Sure wish they could find something to help. With all the money that is spent on researches, you'd think they would research this maddening problem.
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Old 05-29-2003, 08:43 AM
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I was talking to my husband about this forum on tinnitus and he told me that his ears used to ring real bad but for years he has taken ginko biloba, ginseng , and vitamin E, and a multivitamin now his ears don't ring any more, but I remembered that due to heart condition he has swithced to non cafine coffee that could be the reason that his ringing has stopped but he still drinks regular tea. His hearing is very bad maybe he just can't hear his own ears:p
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