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Living With Tinnitus

Updated on August 26, 2013
The noise just doesn't go away.
The noise just doesn't go away.

What is Tinnitus?

To many people that do not experience Tinnitus it is nothing, non-existent, but to the twenty percent of the population that do experience Tinnitus it is a very annoying thing to have. Tinnitus is noise that usually only the person experiencing the noise can hear. Depending on the cause of the noise, a doctor can also hear it.

The noises that are heard can range from a soft whistling sound of air, to a high pitched scream like an electric saw. Some hear cracking or clicking noises, while others might hear buzzing. The level or volume of the sounds can vary from barely hearing the sound to an overpowering sound that covers up other sounds around you. The noise can last from several minutes to hours to never ending. Many people suffer from the symptoms of Tinnitus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no breaks.

Tinnitus is a side effect of other medical conditions and / or the result of eating certain foods or drinking certain types of drinks. More of the causes can be found at the end of this article.

It is hard to sleep with that ringing.
It is hard to sleep with that ringing. | Source

How Tinnitus Interfers With Sleep and Causes Other Ailments

Sufferers of Tinnitus many times also suffer from sleep loss which in turn can cause other medical problems such as depression. Many times depression is also associated with aches and pains throughout the body, so Tinnitus is a side effect of other ailments but it can also cause other ailments.

If the ailments caused by Tinnitus are untreated, they could become more serious and as a result a snowball effect could take place having one ailment amplifying the symptoms of another ailment. An example of this is Tinnitus effects your sleep which could cause depression or anxiety. Both depression and anxiety can cause symptoms of pain in the body or sleeplessness which will amplify the depression and anxiety. Continuous depression can cause other adverse effects in your life socially and medically. The symptoms continue to worsen, thus the snowball effect. If any of these symptoms are noticed, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor. Many times treatment for the depression will help with sleep and as a result the symptoms will be reduced or kept under control.

Make the noise stop!
Make the noise stop! | Source

How to Stop the Noise

There are some things that you can do to help reduce the noise but as of now there is no cure for Tinnitus. Some things that you can do to help reduce the noise are:

  • Antidepressants can be used to help sleep.
  • Playing a radio to cover up the sound can help relax you to go to sleep.
  • Playing music or television during the day while doing other activities can conceal the noise in your ears. It doesn't make it go away but playing music makes the noise less annoying since it will be more into the background.
  • Lower your intake of caffeine. Caffeine can cause some symptoms of Tinnitus.
  • Wear ear protection to avoid loud noises while working around machinery. Loud noises contribute to the symptoms of Tinnitus.
  • Avoid nicotine.
  • Lower salt intake.
  • Maintain a nutritional diet. (See link below, Diet and Tinnitus)

So there are some things that you can do to minimize the level of noise that you will experience with Tinnitus but as of now there is no cure.

The ear canal.
The ear canal. | Source
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Mediterranean Diet | Source


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    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @Pearldiver, Thank you for reading it and for the compliment on writing a good hub. Maybe I should put an update to this hub about the unexpected side effects such as divorce. lol I'll consider it.

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      Rob Welsh 

      5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Cheers for sharing this very interesting hub ..... and now I wish I had read this a few years ago.... I feel quite bad for divorcing the wife... I was so sure that she had caused the ringing after years of nagging and ear bashing me... ha... for not listening to her! lol.. Excellent hub...

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @ Dr Funom Makama Thank you for reding this hub and for the kind comment. I hope it is useful for you.

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thank you for reading this hub, and for the comments. Some days it is not much fun when dealing with tinnitus. I've had it for several years and I know what it is like with the worse days.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. I have this condition too. Most days it's quiet but some days it just screams at me.

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thank you for stopping by to read this hub and also for the nice comments.

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      6 years ago from Happy Land

      Hi Allen, very interesting hub and useful information here,also were explained,Well done

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I have ringing in my ears all the time. Some days it is so bad that it sounds like a circular saw running all day. I was told that I have to learn to live with it since there is no cure.

      Thanks for reading this hub and for your comments.

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      6 years ago

      strange allen, i never heard about this before..Allen what about you now? still it haunts you?

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @Millionaire Tips

      I have gone to the doctor several times over the years and mentioned that I have ringing in my ears and it is getting worse. After sending me to a specialist and having different test done, the specialist told me that there is no cure and handed me a brochure to give me some ideas on causes, and treatments. They could have handed that to me to begin with. Such is life I guess. Thank you for reading it and for the nice comments.

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is a great hub. Nice list of suggestions to counter the ailment. I heard some ringing in my ear for a while, and am very happy that it is gone. I didn't realize it could have been caused by my diet.


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