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November 17 2007

Tinnitus

TinnitusI have no idea what has prompted me to talk about this finally, but it’s acting up this weekend. Yes, boys and girls, welcome to the world of tinnitus. (image from bupa.co.uk)

Wikipedia describes it as:

Tinnitus is not itself a disease but a symptom resulting from a range of underlying causes, including ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, and injury from loud noises. Tinnitus is also a side-effect of some oral medications, such as aspirin, and may also result from an abnormally low level of serotonin activity.

I have no clue how I got it, but I have had it as long as I can remember. Predating my having any sort of Walkman, iPod or the such, so I doubt it was loud music that did it to me, and I was never a big aspirin user, so I really have no clue how it happened. But the fun is never ending with a constant ringing in my ears. Most of the time I can ignore it, and it doesn’t hurt my ability to hear at all, as I can hear conversations with no problem from even across a room.

True, you learn to live with it, and the majority of the time I can ignore it, unless I am in a really quiet situation, and then it sounds like an alarm clock going off. A while back I adopted going to sleep with my iPod playing in my ears (at the absolute lowest volume setting) as it drowns out the tinnitus.

Yes, I probably should get it looked at, but since mine is “subjective”, there is no way to test the severity, and I have had my hearing tested numerous times, and my ears examined regularly, with nothing detected, so I just trudge on and ignore it. The only time it bothers me is when it’s a lovely, quiet night, and you would like to just sit outside and enjoy it… I hear a ringing.

Oh well, William Shatner has it far worse than I do from what I’ve heard, so at least I’m in good (?) company.



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  • It’s refreshing to hear Tinnitus from the point of view of somebody who actually has lived with it. Probably you had an ear wracking experience that has swayed the hairs lining the inner ear to produce sound impulses with the brain. Well, that’s just an assumption. And I’ve heard that treatment for the subjective type is still non-existent. Well, unless you wanna try different kinds of medications. But i see potential danger to one’s health in doing that. Though I have heard of a natural treatment for Tinnitus, its called Tinna Rex. The herbal supplement comes formulated with Gingko Biloba (a popular treatment for Tinnitus actually) and a few circulatory tonic. One of the ingredients is Salicylic Ac. that soothes the loud ringing inside the ear.

    Source: http://www.myherbalremedystore.com/Products/TinnaRex.html

  • Lee

    I found a website that sells very good, relatively inexpensive noise reduction headphones that I have personally found very helpful since I am very sensitive to loud sounds. I actually bought both the EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones for $89 and the speakerless headphones for $29. Hopefully you will find them helpful also.

  • Have you tried changing your diet? Add vitamins or minerals rich in zinc, choline, protein, and the vitamins A, B, and E may help to ease the ringing.