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Tinnitus

Post by Dyched » Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:18 am

What a *******.

Anyone else got it?

Had what sounds like static you’d get on an old tv, for years. Now I’ve got that, a hum and a house alarm kinda sound all in the right ear. Also sounds like the tv is on in the other room and a small gathering going on.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by COBBLE » Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:26 am

Yes. As part of a package called Menieres disease which includes balance problems, anxiety and the tinnitus. I take a drug called betahistine which thins the fluid in the inner ear and helps the balance problem. Regarding the noise I can only suggest keeping the passages around the ear as clear as possible so take Actifed or similar. 30 years in it's liveable.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by tim_noone » Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:30 am

Dyched wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:18 am
What a *******.

Anyone else got it?

Had what sounds like static you’d get on an old tv, for years. Now I’ve got that, a hum and a house alarm kinda sound all in the right ear. Also sounds like the tv is on in the other room and a small gathering going on.
Could be your ears need syringing. Had similar issues at one time. While it was going on I'd play music in the background to take my mind away from it. Thought I was gonna go deaf..thankfully not. All clear now.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by harpers_perm » Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:49 am

I had a brain tumour a few years ago, following surgery I was left with severe tinnitus, to give you an idea the noise 24 hours a day is as loud as a washing machine, I could be next to a plane taking off and still hear it.

At first I was suicidal, researching cures, buying pointless medications until one day i just accepted it. It doesn't bother me one bit now, it's part of me.

If somebody offered me a cure for £1000, I'd keep the money,.

My tinnitus is as a result of trauma, it cant go away, most tinnitus can be improved through reducing stress, less salt, less caffeine, reducing anything that gets your heart rate up.

I have what Cobble has, it's annoying, an invisible disability I suppose, I dont take medication but should do really as have nearly decked it a few times!

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Burnley1989 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:25 am

Sounds horrific

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by warksclaret » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:22 am

Its horrendous unless you are mentally tough. Worth getting your ears checked as was the case with me one was seriously blocked with wax. My local doctors surgery has stopped doing syringing and had to go private. If it is ear wax the two places doing the syringing are Spec Savers and Boots, but I had an 8 week wait. Its made a huge difference. Because one ear is over active in producing wax I need to put a few drops of pure olive oil into it every week. Sincerely hope its just this for the OP

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Rileybobs » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:40 am

I’ve had Eustachian Tube Dysfunction for around 18 months now and have a constant feeling of pressure in my ears with a crackling and sound of wind whenever I open my mouth or move my jaw. For those who haven’t had it it’s that feeling you can get when you change altitude in a plane and you need to pop your ears, but I have that sensation 24/7.

I’ve had various GP visits and consultations with specialists who advise the only solution is grommets, which they’re reluctant to insert due to potential longer term issues.

The past few months I have suffered with tinnitus which fortunately I only really notice when it’s quiet, but is very unpleasant when I’m trying to sleep and is getting progressively worse. I’m now on a waiting list to go back to ENT and hopefully get the grommets, but due to the current predicament non-urgent cases aren’t being treated so I’ve just got to sit tight.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Zlatan » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:40 am

I suffer from time to time, and I can mostly filter it out - until of course I get reminded of it, like this thread has done... aaaannnnddd its back in the room ;)
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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Granny WeatherWax » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:49 am

Had it for 10 years. I can mostly ignore it but its worse when i wake up, there is no getting back to sleep. lie ins are a thing of the past. Always worse when im tired too so its a vicious circle.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by SammyBoy » Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:11 am

My Dad has it, apparently his is a high pitched ringing and it drove him crazy for the first five years, and I mean really got him down. He tried everything to get rid of it, but there is nothing you can do. Eventually he learned to live with it and can pretty much tune it out now, he says there are still some days where it's worse than others but for the most part he's adapted.
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Re: Tinnitus

Post by strayclaret » Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:15 am

Started around 10 years ago, after I had fallen down the stairs. Have had the usual tests including CT scans, one of which revealed I have a non malignant small tumour in my other ear, the right in which I have been deaf since birth. The tumour is not the cause of my deafness, or tinnitus.
Tried everything, the worst one is when I get 3 different sounds at once. Most of the time I’ve learnt to block it out, however it’s ringing loudly now because I am thinking about it.
Not heard of anyone who’s ever been cured of it, when it’s not caused by wax etc, and it gets worse when I get a ballocking off the wife 🤨

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Dyched » Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:37 am

Well the house alarm sound has gone. The static sort still going, had this for 10+ years and most of the time I don’t even realise I have it. But humming is new over the past month or so which is taking some getting used to. Sorta sounds like aircraft do as you board the plane.

Talking of planes. The pain a suffer when my ears “pop” is absolutely horrendous. Feels like someone’s pulling my ear off, via my mouth.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by THEWELLERNUT70 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:03 am

Ive had it for a couple of decades, through a combination of work, gigging, Djing and listening to music on headphones. Some days are worse than others but Ive always found white noise helps substantially, something that takes your focus away from the ringing. There are white noise apps as well as Spotify playlist

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by ClaretTony » Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:09 am

I suffer from it but I have to admit not as badly as a lot of people do.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Tribesmen » Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:26 am

Come and gos for me but thanlk goodness never lasts too long .

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by LeadBelly » Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:30 pm

I started losing my hearing (especially higher frequency) just past 50 yo (as did my dad so not unexpected). It's gotten worse over the subsequent 20 years and I believe this type of deafness is often accompanied by tinnitus.
I have occasionally suffered over the past 4/5 years but its infrequent and not long lasting so not a big problem at all in the scheme of things. It's bloomin' annoying when it happens so I have sympathy with anybody who suffers to a greater degree.

With me I get the sound something like birds chirruping in the middle distance or a clicking every second or so. It's most annoying if it happens when you go to bed and just settling down for sleep but that doesnt happen often for me thankfully.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by huw.Y.WattfromWare » Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:42 pm

This has been covered before. As I said then Mrs Huw and myself both suffer, neither seriously, but strangely both at the same time either with or without. For that reason only I have put it down to atmospherics. I tend to put a woolly hat on and that helps.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by JohnMac » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:52 pm

Permanent high pitched whistle for want of a better description. I have hearing aids and the app I use include a tinnitus relief package but it's only temporary. Had it for years and often don't notice it until someone asks if you have tinnitus :roll: :D

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Lowbankclaret » Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:08 pm

I have had it permanently for over 15 years. Thought it was all the noise from being a sheet metal worker early in my career. Got one of those random phone calls a few years ago about claims for damaged hearing. Went to the Holiday Inn express in Burnley. Had a test, they thought I had a claim. Sent for two more test, they decided my tinnitus was not caused by noise from work. So who why. I have just learned to put up with it.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by icu81b4 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:01 pm

https://www.tinnitustalk.com/

https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/

I've had it years and years, The links above offer support and information on the latest research, no doubt your local NHS hospital will run a Tinnitus support group.
Their are Apps to help you cope at night, I can recommend ReSound Relief or T-Minus.

One of the problems is that their seems to be so many different types and people can have very mild to extreme versions. Many varies - Some days I hardly notice it other times it's deafening. (being in a Rock band for many years I'm sure didn't help)

I don't think It's an ear problem - it's a brain thing.

Try to live with it ... well actually sadly you've no choice.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by bobinho » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:12 pm

Developed over the last 12 months or so, high pitched ringing in both ears, quite loud. Maybe a hangover from the 9 years or so i spent attached to the Royal Regiment of Artillery, supporting AS90 (massive 155mm self propelled howitzer and so loud it's scary).

Initially got me down, but i'm fortunate to be able to tune out when i'm busy or if there's ambient noise. When lying in bed it's very bad and takes ages to get to sleep even if i'm knackered.

I am considering making an appointment to get some help with it but have been putting it off whilst we are in the middle of this. I'd happily spend a grand (and more) to get rid of it. Listening to it now as i type... :(

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by kritichris » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:21 pm

Mine started about 30 years ago when I got back into biking but didn't wear earplugs. It's worse in my left ear and as someone has intimated, the noise/hiss is amplified when the ears get blocked with wax. Sometimes it is more noticeable than others. I've just learned to live with it and the only time I can't hear it is when taking a shower. I'd quite happily pay a £1000 to get rid of it though.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by box_of_frogs » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:40 pm

bobinho wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:12 pm
Developed over the last 12 months or so, high pitched ringing in both ears, quite loud. Maybe a hangover from the 9 years or so i spent attached to the Royal Regiment of Artillery, supporting AS90 (massive 155mm self propelled howitzer and so loud it's scary).

Initially got me down, but i'm fortunate to be able to tune out when i'm busy or if there's ambient noise. When lying in bed it's very bad and takes ages to get to sleep even if i'm knackered.

I am considering making an appointment to get some help with it but have been putting it off whilst we are in the middle of this. I'd happily spend a grand (and more) to get rid of it. Listening to it now as i type... :(
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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Dy1geo » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:49 pm

Mine is like the TV used to sound after the TV programmes went off years ago.

It really bothered me at first but now only occasionally, still loud when going to sleep,

I was told to use the white noise rule I.e go into the Kitchen and actively listen for noise and concentrate on listening to them and after a while your mind will wander and you won’t notice it and that is the % rule to gauge how much the tinnitus bothered me in a day and for the times when you don’t notice it it has effectively gone and now I am down to about 2-3%

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Roosterbooster » Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:17 pm

As an ENT doctor hopefully I can help a little (although sometimes there is very little we can do)

First things first: tinnitus is the sensation of sound, in the absence of a source. Put simply, you hear things that others don't. It's usually a buzzing or a ringing, but is also commonly described as a whooshing sound.

The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss. Most people will get hearing loss as they get older, and might suffer from tinnitus. Often it improves with hearing aids.

But there are numerous other causes - too many to list even a fraction of them.

Impacted wax can cause it, partly because it leads to hearing loss. If you think you have wax in your ears, use a bit of olive oil regularly to soften it. Ears clean themselves. SO UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER SHOULD YOU STICK COTTON BUDS IN YOUR EAR CANALS. Most places don't syringe ears anymore. Suction is much better, but you usually need a referral for that.

If you have the following you should see your GP:
Persistent tinnitus
Tinnitus of a pulsatile nature
One sided tinnitus that doesn't settle / occurs regularly
Tinnitus with vertigo (room spinning)
Tinnitus with ear pain or discharge

As I said, most cases of tinnitus improve, but it can be persistent and intrusive, and absolutely debilitating. In these cases, management is extremely difficult ultimately because we can't always find a cause. There are apps to help, and lots of online advice groups. Some hospitals have support groups and special tinnitus counselling services, but these are disappearing gradually, mainly due to funding.
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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Bullabill » Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:38 pm

Roosterbooster wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:17 pm
As an ENT doctor hopefully I can help a little (although sometimes there is very little we can do)

The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss. Most people will get hearing loss as they get older, and might suffer from tinnitus. Often it improves with hearing aids.

Most places don't syringe ears anymore. Suction is much better, but you usually need a referral for that.
My tinnitus improved dramatically with hearing aids but suction is not without danger. I had suction treatment in Jan. '18 and something went awry. I now have constant headache, dizziness, poor concentration and fatigue. The Docs don't know what the cause is and can't explain that when I do the Valsalva manouvre all the symptoms are immediately corrected whilst I hold the pressure.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Dazzler » Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:43 pm

I've had it for 15 years or so now.
Annoyed me at first but over time have come to accept it.
It ain't going away.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Zlatan » Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:48 pm

bobinho wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:12 pm
Developed over the last 12 months or so, high pitched ringing in both ears, quite loud. Maybe a hangover from the 9 years or so i spent attached to the Royal Regiment of Artillery, supporting AS90 (massive 155mm self propelled howitzer and so loud it's scary).

Initially got me down, but i'm fortunate to be able to tune out when i'm busy or if there's ambient noise. When lying in bed it's very bad and takes ages to get to sleep even if i'm knackered.

I am considering making an appointment to get some help with it but have been putting it off whilst we are in the middle of this. I'd happily spend a grand (and more) to get rid of it. Listening to it now as i type... :(
I don’t want to belittle your serious issue in any way bobinho, but reading your post reminded me of one of my favourite comedians in one of my favourite films...

https://youtu.be/CWWDKZ-kydE
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Re: Tinnitus

Post by SammyBoy » Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:48 pm

At the peak of his Tinnitus struggles my Dad was trying everything, and one day even went for acupuncture he was that desperate. After the treatment finished he said the tinnitus had completely gone and he thought he'd found a miracle cure .. until it returned about an hour later. I felt so sorry for him, and I'm glad he's learned to manage it in the ten years or so since.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by bobinho » Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:27 pm

Quality is that zlatan, pure comedy class.

Genius was Williams.
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Re: Tinnitus

Post by LoveCurryPies » Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:43 am

Mine's like a dentist drill whirling 24 hours a day. Sounds like music or the radio mask it but in the middle of a quiet night there is no help. Had it for over 10 years and would love to experience silence again. Look after your ears!

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by COBBLE » Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:44 pm

Look after your ears. One day sat at my desk the pressure in my ear was so bad I stupidly decided to take remedial action. I had one of those posh pencils with a rubber at the end fixed with a metal band. After inserting that end in my ear and withdrawing I noticed the band and rubber were missing. It was the blood that took me to hospital rapidly where I sat with two triage nurses who could not understand what my problem was. After about five minutes one looked in my ear shrieked and removed the said foreign body with tweezers.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by CombatClaret » Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:29 pm

I have occasional pulsatile tinnitus in one ear, it sounds like a high pitched cat purring in my ear every second. Main trigger seems to be exercise

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by eastanglianclaret » Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:58 am

Every day is just like Christmas for me with the sound of distant sleigh bells! Getting to sleep can be a problem but, as some posters have mentioned, there are Apps available that can help, Sleep Pillow is one that I use. I wear hearing aids during the day, ironically to compensate for a loss of hearing at the higher range, whilst I have them in they relieve most, but not all, of the tinnitus problem. For me it appears that noise relieves the noise. Sympathise with anyone who has this problem in whatever form. It's not fun.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by IanMcL » Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:36 pm

Is that why I keep answering the phone snd no one is there - just the sound of the sea? :o

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by ReddishClaret » Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:07 am

Had it since I got badly beaten up in 1982! It still drive's me daft to this day. Anyone who suffers has my sympathy

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