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Tinnitus: My Constant Companion
I hear noises no one else can hear!
Most of us don’t even think about our ears. Sounds wake us up, energize us, calm us down, and sometimes even put us to sleep. When we hear strange noises we take notice. We start looking for the cause. Often the noise is from within our ears rather than outside...
It is not uncommon for people to hear noises that no one else can hear. In fact, if you sit quietly for a few moments, you will hear the background noise that is your personal silence. We aren’t aware of it until we think about it.
What tinnitus sounds like!
I live with a sound that I cannot turn off!
Four years ago I noticed that the night was extremely busy with the sound of crickets. Turns out they weren't crickets, just horrendous ringing in my ears.
The noise was disturbing enough to the point that I had to see a doctor about it. I even was referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, who diagnosed me with tinnitus and hearing loss. I asked what might be done to resolve the issue. The answer was that I could be fitted with hearing aids. The cost: $3000
In addition to a hearing aid, the most commonly prescribed remedy is a so-called masking device, a white-noise machine that introduces natural or artificial sound into the sufferer’s ears in an attempt to suppress the perceived ringing. But eventually the noise of the masker can become as disruptive as the tinnitus.
What is tinnitus? A basic definition
Tinnitus is the medical term for ringing in the ears and is defined as hearing sounds in your ears that have no outside source. Common tinnitus sounds include:
Ringing in the right or left ear is common but tinnitus can also be experienced in both ears or inside the head. Tinnitus can also cause several psychological side effects including:
Other tinnitus facts
- Twenty-six million Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 are reported to have high-frequency hearing loss.
- Men are more likely to suffer from ringing in the ears than women, and the national average indicates that adults 55 years of age and older are the majority of those who suffer from tinnitus.
- The most frequent war wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is tinnitus and hearing loss, with 60% of veterans returning home with these conditions.
- Many of those affected by ringing in the ears have occupations that require consistent exposure to loud sounds. Such occupations often include musicians (particularly of the rock genre).
- Airplane pilots as well as construction and landscape workers are often found to be tinnitus sufferers.
Causes of tinnitus
Beyond contact with high-volume sounds, tinnitus can also be caused by the following illnesses or conditions:
- Deterioration of the cochlea (or other parts of the ear) due to the natural aging process
- TMJ syndrome (temporomandibular joint), which also results in jaw and neck problems
- High blood pressure
- Circulatory issues
- Cardiovascular disease
- Under-active thyroid gland
- Certain prescription and nonprescription drugs such as aspirin, anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, antibiotics
- Neck or head injuries
- Ear infection
- Meniere’s disease
- Benign tumor of the auditory nerve
- Ear blockages due to wax buildup
Because, in most cases, the exact cause of tinnitus is not known, diagnosis typically begins with a visit to an ear specialist known as an otologist or otolaryngologist. A thorough clinical evaluation, including a complete patient history and medication regimen, helps the doctor to determine if tinnitus is present and what may be the cause of the condition. Specialized tests are performed to diagnose tinnitus. Some of these tests measure the specific features of the tinnitus itself. These tests may include:
Evoked response audiometry
Tinnitus pitch match
Tinnitus loudness match
Maskability of tinnitus
Current treatment for tinnitus
Current treatment for tinnitus
Luckily, several natural remedies and lifestyle changes can result in lessened tinnitus. While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, the following remedies may help:
- Avoid fatigue and stress
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Have an active exercise routine
- Reduce stress
- Eat a proper diet
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, salt, and food additives such as aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Increase intake of daily vitamins
- take like supplements, garlic and zinc ginko biloba
From tyrant to friend: How to let go of the ringing in your ears
The bells are ringing!!
The bells are ringing!
The bells are ringing. No, these are not the bells indicating that church is about to begin. Nor the bells of the buoys as the waves splash around the edges. It's not the ringing of the school bell telling that school is beginning or ending. This ringing is not done by an instrument like a violin or even an insect like a cricket. This ringing may not even be considered ringing by many of you......IF YOU COULD HEAR IT! You see this ringing can only be h...eard by me. NO, I am not crazy, although I feel like I am going crazy sometimes. You see this ringing is called TINNITUS. Maybe you've heard of it!
Tinnitus: Music from Hell
Music from hell!
Tinnitus is my constant companion. It is the humming, hissing, sometimes howling, annoying, not very well orchestrated, music from hell that plays continuously in my head. It has no boundaries. It has no limits. It does not let me rest! It picks the most offensive key possible, and plays all day and all night long!
You could say that my ears have become deranged!
No one could ever possibly understand this thing that has happened to me and the utter despair, grief and sadness I feel all the time. Tinnitus is torment!
When life becomes your enemy, then death becomes your friend!
My sleep deprived body gets no peace, no rest, day or night.
The music in my head is discord, dreadful agony. I pray that one day the tinnitus turntable will play its last track before the devastating state that I am in petrified me in agony and deep despair.
Hissing! Hissing! Hissing!
Tinnitus' kiss is like that of a viper. It's death to the bliss of silence I once enjoyed in my own head. It grows more and more each day, exacerbating fears of what will become of me. The hissing, hissing, hissing in my own ears makes me wonder if a time will come when I will lose my sanity.
A silent room is the perfect arena for the hissing of tinnitus, but the death of sanity.
Tinnitus is my constant companion.....at dinner, at the movies, when I'm teaching or playing with my kids.
"Can you speak a little louder?" I hear myself saying a lot lately. My ENT confirms I am going deaf as a result of this whistling kettle and this hissing viper that never stops.
How do you camouflage this horrible agony?
This sounds unreal, doesn't it? I can tell you that, although you cannot hear it, it is as real to me as the sound of an actual kettle whistling, heralding that the water is boiled and ready for tea. It is as real to me as the changing of the seasons. It is my constant companion that will not leave me alone,
Many do not understand this. I have learnt to hide it when it's bothering me....most of the time. No one can hear it, so I have learnt to camouflage this horrible agony and deep despair that it sometimes plunges me into.
Tinnitus is my constant companion
An essential oil blend for tinnitus
A combination of cypress, lavender and juniper will provide a synergistic approach to treating tinnitus. These essential oils help restore and strengthen, relieve congestion, detoxify and relax the nervous system.
Juniper 15 drops
Juniper helps the body to regulate itself, while helping the body to release toxins.
Cypress 15 drops
Cypress helps to calm the nervous system, while easing nervous tension in the body. It also helps to improve blood circulation.
Lavender 15 drops
Lavender is relaxing and calming, while helping repair cells and encourage regeneration
1 oz. carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil
To use the blend simply put one to three drops of the blended essential oils into your palm, and inhale deeply. Then apply the oil to the back and front of the earlobes on the side or sides affected. The oil will enter the nerve endings in these areas and produce a feeling of relaxation. You can also add a few drops of the mixture to a vaporizer and inhale the fumes to help clear up congestion, which can ease tinnitus. Massaging the forehead as well as the area around the ears also is beneficial in relieving tinnitus symptoms.
Herbal blend for tinnitus relief
Do you have tinnitus?
Do you have tinnitus?
Have you found successful treatment?
If you have had tinnitus and treated it successfully, what did you do or use?
Tinnitus Treatment - Causes and treatment of tinnitus
Famous people with tinnitus
Many celebrities suffer from tinnitus, including Bono, Barbra Streisand, William Shatner, Steve Martin, Cher, Cheryl Tiegs, Will.i.am, Sylvester Stallone, Bill Clinton, David Letterman, Pete Townshend, and Eric Clapton.
You're not alone! William Shatner speaks about his tinnitus experiences.
Have you had this treatment done?
There is hope!
Although I have not personally cured my tinnitus, I have found ways to cope with it. The lack of a cure is not for a lack of trying. I have used music therapy, herbal therapies, meditation and other ways, yet my tinnitus remains with me.
However, there are numerous others who have had success treating and getting rid of their tinnitus, and I have shared some of their stories here. I hope you find some comfort knowing that there is hope, and it is possible to get rid of your tinnitus.
Please share your comments with me below, and leave any questions you may have. I have also placed several polls that I hope you will engage in and share your opinions and thoughts.
Do not lose hope!
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