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  • Tinnitus!

    Posted by Tania on July 19, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Does anyone have any solution for ringing in the ears? Mine happens all the time but sometimes its unbearable and gets very loud to focus. If any one has gone through this and can help i will really appreciate

    Steven replied 9 months, 3 weeks ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Nikki

    Member
    July 19, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    I have the same symptoms for last 8 years. Not a day without that ringing sound in my ears. Really hoping to look for some solutions that has helped others

  • Steven

    Member
    July 20, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    My tinnitus started about few months ago and it was around when i was stressed at work. One day i just kept hearing this buzz sound in my left ear. i went to my doctor they did some tests and all came out clear. They said it might be due to stress. its nstill there but i have noticed that whenever i m stressed and too focused i hear it more. Hoping that it goes away with time because i fear that i will have to live with it forever.

  • Elijah

    Member
    July 24, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    My doctor suggested that i use hydrogen peroxide with water to help loosen my ear wax and that definitely helps with my tinnitus. Looking for anything else that has helped others

  • Dr. Christopher Schweitzer

    Moderator
    August 1, 2023 at 11:51 am

    I’ve personally had tinnitus for over 40 years – unpleasant reminders of excessive exposure to military weapons and power tool noise. Subsequently, as a hearing scientist I’ve probably tried every conceivable ‘hack,’ and engaged in many years of clinical counseling in my audiology career. To say the least, in most cases there’s no easy, long term fix. But there are some techniques that can lessen the suffering. First, there are a numerous life choices that can make a difference – some good and some bad. The top 3 ingestible substances that seems to impact the level of tinnitus for many people are Caffein, Anti-inflammatories, and Alcohol. Higher consumption of any of those will tend to worsen the tinnitus for many people. Some important medications are also aggravating factors and of course, noise is always best to minimize whenever possible

    I’ve often encouraged clients to keep a simple rating diary indicating Severity of Tinnitus 4 or 5 times a day (say on a 1 – 5 scale). That may reveal if there’s any connections of say, ‘1 hour after strong coffee- level 3,’ or ‘2 hours after taking Advil- level 2,’ or ‘Just before bed and 3 glasses of wine – level 1.’ That kind of tracking may help identify a personalized management plan. Of course, tinnitus is almost always more noticeable in quiet situations than when there’s music or conversation – something that occupies the auditory system at a higher level than the chronic internal irritation signal (dare we say, “Hear-i-tation’?) This is kind of temporary distraction is known as “masking’ in audiology and psychoacoustics. Many devices have been included variations of noises to occupy the hearing system and push the tinnitus to lower levels of notice. I’ve tried and fit most of them with highly variable results.

    It should be obvious that this is a vey complex topic that could (and does) occupy entire textbooks. But for now, let me conclude by emphasizing that in most cases the ringing noise known as tinnitus is Benign! Except in extremely rare cases is it indicative of a serious medical situation. That alone can help dial down the discomfort for many sufferers. I’ve learned to ‘make friends’ with this intrusive annoyance, but I am confident that for me it is just that – an annoyance, not a medical alarm.

    More in a future Ask Our Audiologist posting.

    • Steven

      Member
      August 2, 2023 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you for such a detailed response. Will definitely cut down on my caffeine intake and will come back and update. Really appreciate it – Steven