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Tinnitus Sufferers: Take This Survey and Compare Results
I created the survey below to help tinnitus sufferers anonymously share information about their experience. The results may help us see if there is anything we have in common that is causing the problem.
Little is known about this tinnitus. Many doctors claim to understand it, and they just end up wasting everyone's time. I have had my share of craziness with going to doctors who aren't honest about their limited knowledge. They all told me they can help me stop the ringing, but none ever succeeded at it.
Although this may not be true for all doctors, I have found a pattern among those who were recommended to me. I find this is not beneficial to patients suffering from tinnitus.
If you have ringing in your ears, you may find it helpful to review the responses to the questions in this survey. You may become enlightened to a clue that may be causing your tinnitus. I have also written a complete analysis, in another article, of the results already acquired. You'll see a link to the analysis at the end of the survey.
How I Learned to Deal With My Tinnitus
My tinnitus started in 2005 and at first I could not deal with it. I thought to myself "How can I go on with this constant ringing?"
When I first realized that I no longer had any quiet times, it freaked me out and I couldn't imagine how I could live with it.
After a year or so, it had become second nature for me and I was able to deal with it. I simply got used to hearing a continuous ring as I go about my everyday affairs. I can ignore it most of the time. Although when I pay attention to it, it's there–and sometimes it gets louder and can't ignore it. I expect I will have it the rest of my life.
I think it probably made me even more creative because I keep myself occupied mentally in order to ignore the tinnitus. I do a lot of writing. I find that deep concentration helps me keep my mind off the constant ringing.
There is no known cure at this time. If a cure is ever discovered, the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) would announce it.
There May Be Causes of Tinnitus Not Yet Known
I hope this survey will enlighten us to some common denominator that might shed some light on this whole thing.
I have some of my own theories based on my own experience with my tinnitus. It would be nice if I could discuss this with an ENT doctor. However, doctors seem to get frightened when I offer some kind of idea to experiment with that they don't understand.
I even had one doctor tell me I was bringing up too many unrelated ideas and he would have to discuss each one on a separate visit. I felt that he just wanted to have a reason to bill my insurance company several times–one for each visit. He was obviously more interested in making money than finding a cure.
I feel a good doctor would have an interest in this. After all, they are all clueless at the present. Wouldn't they want to be the first to discover the answers?
That kind of doctor must be out there, working on this–somewhere. Maybe that doctor will find my survey results useful.
We know our own body more than anyone else since we live 24 hours a day in our own bodies. It may sound silly for me to say that, but there is a meaning behind it:
Don't always trust what doctors tell you. If you feel a problem is coming from something else, give yourself credit for knowing better and try to find the right doctor to research the problem in the proper way.
Is It Possible That Tinnitus Is Triggered by Something Else?
I'm wondering if it's possible that tinnitus is caused by a combination of ailments where one thing triggers another. That is, where tinnitus is caused by some kind of interaction.
In my opinion, my tinnitus seems to be some kind of feedback or crosstalk in my brain. I wonder if there could be some sort of connection with nerves causing crosstalk with the acoustic (auditory) nerve.
I'll tell you why I'm thinking this. Due to another unrelated issue, I was diagnosed with having three herniated discs in my cervical spine (That's the upper spine in the neck). Therefore, I wonder if nerve compression in the neck can cause other nerves in the body to be irritated–triggering tinnitus.
I never found a doctor, that I went to, who would entertain this idea or who would have a desire to research it further. With some Google research, I found that there are already some medical supporters of this idea. Some doctors do believe that tinnitus may be caused by feedback or crosstalk. However, there is no sufficient research to prove this.
There is so much more to acknowledge as possibilities, and medical doctors should be willing to research these potential relationships.
This brings us to the survey...
Multiple-Choice Survey of Tinnitus Sufferers
Tinnitus Survey of Possible Common Causes
The purpose of the following survey is to compile possible related causes of tinnitus and to find a common thread that the scientific community can analyze further. As you answer the multiple-choice questions, you'll notice how I propose various relationships to possible causes.
Your answers are private and are not linked back to you, so you can feel secure with answering honestly.
Some questions may seem strange and you may wonder why I asked them. I'm trying to put together all possible things that sufferers may have in common. There is no special order to this list and I am sure I left out important items. If you know of one that should be added, please let me know in the comments.
Please note that the existence of these questions does not imply any knowledge that these things are related to tinnitus. The purpose of this survey is simply to discover if there is a pattern among the items listed. There are 15 questions, please try to answer all of them. Thank you.
Do you have a deviated septum?
Did you ever have an attack of virtigo?
Do you let water run in your ears when you shower?
Do you have mercury teeth fillings?
Do you have Rosacea?
Where you diagnosed with a herniated disc in your cervical spine (neck)?
Do you have an Internet WiFi router in your home or where you work?
Do you live near high power electric wires?
Do you have Tourette?
Do you use artificial sweeteners?
Do you tend to blow your nose hard?
Have you ever had nosebleeds?
Did you ever stand near loud speakers in discos and clubs?
Have you ever gotten hit on the ears or any kind of sideways slam to the head?
Did you ever have Aphasia symptoms? Specifically, were you unable to speak for a short period? (see Aphasia in Wikipedia link below in resource list)
Analysis of Survey Results
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.
I posted the results of this survey, along with my analysis, here ►
I wrote this article and created the above survey in an effort to offer something of value to my fellow tinnitus sufferers. However, this is not intended to provide any medical advice.
© 2012 Glenn Stok