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Old 14th October 2010
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Thankfully I don't have Tinnitus. For years I've dealt with my ears having the sensation of being blocked and 'fullness'. I've seen countless doctors regarding this, yet they're no help.

The very first time I went to the doctors regarding this my ears were actually blocked due to a large amount of wax build up, but it was all good for a while, but shortly after my ears felt blocked and full again. Each time I went back I didn't have a wax problem again, and no one could tell me that anything was wrong.

At the very beginning of all this I noticed that my ears were VERY sensitive to loud noise, this has passed over time.

Anyway, after seeing a countless number of doctors and specialists. I have come to the only conclusion I can think of. It must be a combination of things:

- I have horrible sleeping habits / don't get enough sleep
- I don't exercise enough

Because of this...

- I'm stressed mentally & physically
- My muscles are always tense, especially facial, head, neck, shoulders and back

What I think is that because the muscles that run through the neck and head are always tense, they effect the normal activity of the eustachian tubes and surrounding area.

When I say things are always tense for me I mean chronically. If it was never there and just popped up all of a sudden I'm sure I would consider it pain, but because it's been there for so long it's almost as if I'm used to it... even though I'm not... if that makes any sense.


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I've found -- to my initial amazement -- that I can get a fair amount of (temporary) relief by using my fingers to 'close' my ears (folding the fleshy tab over the ear canal opening) and holding them closed for a while
I have found very short term results from this too.


Also, there were a couple times when I was working outside for a bit at one of my old jobs and for a few hours things would unblock and I could actually feel fluid draining for that whole time, then after those few hours things would block back up. Unfortunately it hasn't happened again for me in years though.

There was also another time at night before I went to bed, I would lay down on the floor and try to relax as much as possible and massage my neck, temples and jaw area where the joint connects near the ear. There were a couple times when I had relief / drainage doing this, but no luck anymore.


This leads me to believe further that there is a problem related to muscles being tight / not allowing the tubes to drain properly.

Anyway, that's my theory. Is anyone else going through similar symptoms, and if so, do you also have sleep troubles, not enough exercise, possibly a clashing food diet?
Old 14th October 2010
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Posting another update to my personal woes.

I honestly feel like crying right now, I am in hearing hell :(

Read through my earlier posts to get the background story. So I went to see the NHS ENT specialist last month. At that point I didn't really have any of the pain or sensitivity symptoms so was feeling better about things.
anyways they did a hearing test, if you can even call it that.

Just 5 sine test tones between 250hz - 8K and that was it. Given my main problem of rolloff was above 8K on the right side that wasn't very helpful. They considered my hearing 'normal' cause it fell in the 0-20db range of the average persons hearing threshold (though the result wasn't exactly a straight line either).

Anyways the ENT guy was very nice and charming and told me the results seemed ok. I wish, oh HOW I wish i pushed him on the sensitivity point more, i guess i just didn't feel like lying. But basically, because my results were considered normal he wasn't willing to investigate any further.
I have a similar issue.

I have a loss of top-end in my left ear, caused from firing lots of machine guns in the Army without ear defence. They are seriously loud, never heard anything in music (even in venues) which can compare to the noise created by ammunition which measures over a centremetre in diameter, and probably about 8cm long.

Thing is, when tested by the Army, I still came in the top bracket of ear test results. Because my ears are 'fine' for anything I might do in the Army. Not exactly mixing music. So, no compensation.

Now that I've left and I'm mixing stuff, I do notice it but I've learned to live without, and everyone else seems to be pretty happy with my mixes. That said, I'd love to hear my mixes how they ACTUALLY sound - quite sad really that I can't.
Old 4th November 2010
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I'd love to hear my mixes how they ACTUALLY sound - quite sad really that I can't.
Well you can if you use this guy's stuff (according to the publicity). When I bought his PLParEQ, which is really good, I noticed that he had these hearing correction systems.

Basically, he's making audio "spectacles" that correct your hearing in the same way that glasses correct your vision. I can feel my own high end going, and at some point in the future, I'm going to check this out. Actually, I think there is LOTS of damage among audio professionals, and I think when the hearing tests start to show significant loss we should probably get something like this instead of quitting :D Here's the link:

Refined Audiometrics Laboratory
Old 4th November 2010
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Posting another update to my personal woes.

I honestly feel like crying right now, I am in hearing hell :(

Read through my earlier posts to get the background story. So I went to see the NHS ENT specialist last month. At that point I didn't really have any of the pain or sensitivity symptoms so was feeling better about things.
anyways they did a hearing test, if you can even call it that.

Just 5 sine test tones between 250hz - 8K and that was it. Given my main problem of rolloff was above 8K on the right side that wasn't very helpful. They considered my hearing 'normal' cause it fell in the 0-20db range of the average persons hearing threshold (though the result wasn't exactly a straight line either).

Anyways the ENT guy was very nice and charming and told me the results seemed ok. I wish, oh HOW I wish i pushed him on the sensitivity point more, i guess i just didn't feel like lying. But basically, because my results were considered normal he wasn't willing to investigate any further.

So I left feeling a bit let down, but otherwise ok. My ear was back to how it was before.

Fast forward to past week. Its got worse.... a lot worse.

Eustachian tube gets stuck open when i get up for the day and stays stuck open, its a real fight to try and get it to close. Tried using the sterimar spray (saline solution), but doesn't really seem to be helping. Every evening I become more and more hyper sensitive to sounds.

Today is by far the worst, I used the spray and it went right up to my eardrum. Blew my nose, now it feels like the whole tube and ear is stinging like crazy inside.

Right now it hurts, and my internal volume control is shot to ****. The slightly sound on my right side creates pain. Just to have someone talking to me, it hurts me ear. Everything feels painfully loud in the right ear and causes it to counter react with a physical jolt.

I am very scared right now and don't know what to do. I mean I know what I am going to do, and thats book another appointment and scream at the doctor that this is very serious now.

God if I could afford private treatment I'd get every scan under the sun done to try and get to the bottom of this. But I can't... so i'm screwed... :(

Having slight frequency rolloff issues on one side is one thing, but when it turns into a painful nightmare. I hope to god this isn't permanent damage going on.
Get a second opinion from another ENT person. Also, I would search for an audiologist who is also a musician or is sympathetic to musician's concerns. Talk to them on the phone before you go in. As far as I know most audiologists won't test above 8 kHz. Also, they measure only at the threshold of hearing which is NOT a real-world situation. There is always background noise of at least 30 dB even in the quietest auditorium. They need a whole different approach to measure musical hearing. The ear behaves differently above the threshold of hearing than it does at those very low levels. So something that looks like a 20 dB loss in a traditional hearing test could be as little as 5-10 when the sound level is at 60-70 dB.

"Musical audiology" as a discipline or field of study does not yet exist. But it's coming. Within 5-10 years, I think you'll be able to find a specialist in this field and buy effective musical hearing aids or hearing restoration systems. The technology is already there. The audiologists I've dealt with are not really interested in helping people hear when it comes to the second main use of sound: music. And that's just stupid. They could care less about what's happening at 10 kHz or 15 kHz. And they actually don't even care about 8 kHz as one of them told me. They told me they would only get concerned if loss ever got into the 4 kHz region! And they weren't particularly interested in finding out WHY my perception of 12 kHz has declined. If ever there was a field of study that needed a fresh approach, this is it.

I think a musician who wanted to be a pioneer in musical audiology and test people's musical hearing would make a lot of money.
Old 14th November 2010
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The audiologists I've dealt with are not really interested in helping people hear when it comes to the second main use of sound: music. And that's just stupid. They could care less about what's happening at 10 kHz or 15 kHz. And they actually don't even care about 8 kHz as one of them told me. They told me they would only get concerned if loss ever got into the 4 kHz region! And they weren't particularly interested in finding out WHY my perception of 12 kHz has declined. If ever there was a field of study that needed a fresh approach, this is it.

I think a musician who wanted to be a pioneer in musical audiology and test people's musical hearing would make a lot of money.
Amen to that. I hear ya, or at least I do well in my left ear :D

Though interestingly, friend of mine who lives in Holland had her hearing tested after a nasty fall caused loud tinnitus in her ear, and they tested the entire freq range 20hz-20khz. Guess I'm living in the wrong country :/

Travelling abroad is always a possibility I guess and something I should perhaps consider.

In the meantime, since I last wrote on this thread, my sensitivity in the right ear suddenly shot up and I was getting pain. Like, the sound of someone talking in same room caused horrible pain, making work impossible and me very depressed.

Saw just GP to see someone quickly and he diagnosed me with ear canal infection, gave me some drops which were anti-bacterial & anti inflammatory steroid based.

It took 11 days of using that stuff to bring the pain right down (at which point i stopped cause you're only supposed to use the drops 7-10 days max).

Since then the pain aspect has mostly gone but the sensitivity issue is a real problem. By that I mean, If I make a sound like rattle pill bottle, I'll hear the actual sound AND this low end rumble in my head, which is a hyperacusis kinda reaction, possibly cause infection/virus/whatever is still hanging on. On top of that sometimes I hear the sound, have tiny delay then get sensation of a physical knock in my ear, not pleasent at all!.

Things I've been doing to (hopefully) speed up recovery:

1) Cut out all alcohol
2) Maximise vitamin/mineral intake.
3) Pink noise therapy.

I read up about using mono pink noise listening for long periods to help retrain the brain and I really think that does help.

Anyone that does have hearing problems, particuarly with hypersensitivity, I highly recommend listening to mono pink noise.

I do still feel I have some underlying chronic condition thats causing all these problems and I hope some day soon I get to the bottom of it....
Old 14th November 2010
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16 khz in my ears is not a pleasant feeling, but I am slowly getting used to it.
Old 8th December 2010
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On top of that sometimes I hear the sound, have tiny delay then get sensation of a physical knock in my ear, not pleasent at all!.
I get this usually with things like a pen clicking, quiet sounds that have high frequencies, a moment after hearing them it's almost like the ear drum "whoops" in and out, like a metal sheet you're holding at both ends shaking.

I've had tinnitus and I would estimate it's around 15~18kHz and seems to be around 40dB, sometimes more recently it's been agitated as I have a 5 month old daughter who likes to scream. I wear earplugs in the evening sometimes when she's fussy. I have attended F1 in Montreal 8 times without ear plugs and never wore plugs at shows for the longest time, now I take my Etymotic 15's with me to all shows. The one that did the most damage I think was Alice in Chains at a small show in September 2009 and I was right beside the right stacks, it was painful and I had actually meant to bring my swimming ear plugs (silicone) for that event but forgot, I kick myself to this day.

It was very stressful for the first couple months, and I still long for the day when I had whisper quiet hearing, but a year on I'm much better with it. I don't crank my music at home like I used to, I wear earplugs at all shows, I took ear plugs to F1 this year as it's BLOODY loud there and I have ROW A seats at the hairpin.

Couple things I've read in this and other threads. Gingko Biloba has done nothing for me, took it for the last year as I had a 300 pill container of it. CoQ10 is not readily absorbed by the body. Those taking it should switch to Ubiquinol, the biologically active form. It is almost 10 times as effective and is essential for heart health. It does not have any benefit for tinnitus from what I can tell. I also saw someone suggest Magnesium. I take a Cal/Mag supplement which provides 500mg of Calcium and 250mg of Magnesium daily, I've seen no improvement in tinnitus. I tried 3 months of accupuncture as it was covered by my benefits at work, it's VERY relaxing and helps to destress, but offered no benefit to my tinnitus.

While there are many forms of tinnitus, I do not believe there is any cure for noise-induced tinnitus. The only solution would be using stem cells to replace damaged nerve endings and I'm not going to Iran or wherever it is to try it because me gots no cash.

I believe that continuing to protect my hearing during events like concerts and F1 as well mowing grass with gas mowers or anything where noise is loud will pay dividends in the long run and prevent my tinnitus from getting worse.

2010 hearing test and 2005 hearing test including nerve testing all showed great hearing, uniform across all tested frequencies. I also went through all the necessary tests to rule out everything but noise damanage, including wax build-up, high levels of ferritin, MRI to check the auditory nerve, etc., etc.

I will try and better educate my kids. No-one ever told me about tinnitus growing up. I figured a couple dB's hearing loss here and there was no concern, if someone had told me the ringing you get every now and again for no reason is what you'll hear permanently if you don't protect your ears I would have started wearing ear plugs many moons ago. It can certainly cause a lot of pain and frustration.

I am sorry to read about all your other problems including the pain, I have no doubt that has caused you a great deal of grief.
Old 15th August 2011
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Has anyone heard of/tried this stuff:
Quietus™ for Tinnitus Relief | Welcome! Find Tinnitus relief products, as well as other ear health products and information.
I heard their commercial on the radio and called the number for the "free trial" it turned out to be a money back offer so I bailed. I am still curious about it though.
If anyone has had any experience either positive or negative please let me know.
Old 15th August 2011
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my father (age 62) actually developed (age related) tinnitus a couple years ago, and got into a research program that used a something similar to the Neuromonics (as linked to a page or two ago)

his treatment was putting a little quiet white noise generator in his ears for a couple of hours a day

and it seemed to do the trick, he is definitely less bothered by it now
Old 15th August 2011
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The Quietus thing looks like another scam. You'll never see your money again and even if you do, they will subtract "shipping" and a "processing fee" which will more than cover their cost for the product and earn a profit as well.

It's the same scam prostate cures, baldness cures, vitamins, impotency cures and so forth have been using for years.

For me, I find that anything that causes stress or blood flow to my head aggravates the tinnitus. Same for changes in the weather. I am like a human barometer. Mine comes and goes and is never really bad so I live with it. Hoping for a cure though and research looks very promising for something in the next few years from what I am reading. I suspect as the iPod generation ages and cases of tinnitus explode in number, this will put research on an even faster track.
Old 15th September 2011
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Its really impressive to read and find out about the insane amount of people in this business with tinnitus. Yet, to be fair, only few of them actually care about it, and even fewer even notice it.

So, recently ive had this high pitched sound (10-12KHz), which seems to appear at sometimes and disappear at others, its very subtle, but its also oscillating its level, meaning its volume its not constant, it will fluctuate randomly so that makes it more noticeable, as opposed to a steady tone.

I always wear earplugs in concerts or loud noise places, but when im in the studio sometimes i get carried away and i raise the volume more than i should, and most recently, longer than i should....

So first i went to an otorhinolaryngologist who said that both my throat and my nose were very irritated and congested and had me take a CAT scan. He also sent me to an audiologyst who performed 2 audiometric exams on me, the standard tone exam, and a second (and weird) audiometric exam, which consisted of playing some kind of weird and somehow distorded syllables, while i had to speak out loud what i was hearing.

The theory is that the tone audiometric exam tells that you can hear the frequency but it doesnt tell anything about HOW you hear it or how your brain interprets it, so thats what the second exam is for.

Anyway, i passed both exams with excellent results, the audiologist even told me i had "very fine hearing", still he told me that the tinnitus was noise induced tinnitus, and that the only thing i could do is try to focus mentally on dissappearing it or ignoring it, or just waiting and hoping till it goes away.

Im still waiting for the CAT scan results, but im pretty sure they wont be very nice, i constantly have respiratory illness, and seem to never get over it.

On top of that, when i was little i used to have something called bronchospasms which is like an accute asma, i also used to smoke 2-3 packs of Marlboro red every day (yeah you read right, 2 or 3 packs) during 13 years, plus I live in Mexico city which is probably one of the most air polluted cities in the world, which combined with its altitude of 7500 feet above sea level, makes a total recipe for respiratory disaster.

Anyway, around 2-3 years ago since i read a very good article about hearing, i started taking a lot of things which cientifics claim to protect the ear or to alleviate tinnitus, a combination of E vitamin, B complex, Alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and recently Ginkgo Biloba and Vinpocetin to alleviate tinnitus.

To be fair, my tinnitus is extremely subtle and Its still too early to tell if the Ginkgo and Vinpocetine will work (along with the rest of the cocktail), but i cant tell you this, good sleeping and good rest work WONDERS on reducing tinnitus.

Too bad im a very anxious person and i have insomnia, in fact i have a medical condition, i take anti-depressants and Klonopin, if i dont, i wont be able to sleep very well, or sleep at all, ill wake up at 7 am feeling like when i was younger and i was late to go to school. Stress is killing us people!

I decided to buy this homeopathic remedy, which i read on several reviews that it does work, in fact theres a guy in the PSW forums who said it worked for him, its called T-gone, if anyone wants to check it out.

The residual inhibition therapy (white noise pulses and such) does seem to work for me although it only works for very short periods of time, and honestly i dont want to become an addict on that thing, so that is out of the question.

I think this was a wake up call for me, i havent really damaged anything, but i just got a taste of what can happen if i go down the loud volume path, and let me tell you it tastes like ****! Now, i keep my spl meter ON and next to me AT ALL TIMES, making sure it doesnt go over 82dB for too long, i no longer care if theres a rock star or john doe sitting next to me, if you want to raise the volume, youll have to wait for me to plug in my ear plugs, and while i have them plugged, every thing they ask me to do, will be done with ear plugs, unless of course they let me lower back the volume.

I realized that becoming a famous engineer, sought after, profitable, etc... cant compete with 2 of the most precious human organs, when you put things on a balance, EARS always win. And to be honest, if the only consequence of listening to loud music were loss of hearing, i wouldnt worry that much about it, i mean i would definitely take precautions, but at least for me, the real killer is tinnitus, to me its the worst torture ever.

I guess that what im trying to say is, sometimes i find myself raising the volume because i want to make sure it sounds exactly right, or because the artist asked for more volume and he is "famous" or important so i should just do it, but in the end your ears are the ones suffering, so no more, no excuses, if you raise the level, protect yourself, no matter how people may look at you, in fact they may respect you even more since you take so much care of your hearing.

P.S. Apparently theres already an experimental drug called AM-101 which cures tinnitus, althou it sounds rather extreme since it involves injecting a substance in the ear, directly piercing the ear-drum... more info here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...itus-good.html

Long post!, peace!
Old 15th September 2011
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I successfully treated mine by sleeping with a fan running at night. It's the ambient noise, raises the threshold sensitvity somehow. There are certainly theories out there about how it works. The acoustic reflex (that thump in your ear) too, that's gone. That's a symptom of noise aversion and actually the muscles reflexing to block your ears, protect from loud sounds. Can be triggered by even very quiet sounds in people with noise aversion. More sleep, less stress, less tinnitus, i've noticed. If i'm tired and feeling like ****, i notice it sometimes but not often, it used to drive me nuts.
Old 15th September 2011
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An update on my ongoing problems, I went to see a completely different ENT consultant and he is a LOT better than the last one who was bloody aweful and treated my like a hypochondriac from the second I stepped into his office.

At least this new guy actually takes me seriously. He did an endoscopy through the nose and noticed hard mucus buildup around the right eustachian tube.

So at the moment he's put me on both spray and antibiotics with agressive doses to see if it is some kind of chronic infection and to flush it out. If that doesn't work then its off to have a CT or MRI scan, which one depending on the results, results of my blood test etc etc.

Compare that to the last consultant who blew everything off that I said and said it would heal itself (and even had the nerve to say "I don't need to see you again" as I walked out the door).

So yeah, as much as experts are supposed to all be experts, if you don't trust what your consultant is telling you or think he's really up to the job, DO get a second opinion, or even a third if you have to.

I still haven't found my solution to my problems (ear flapping, distortion, loss of highest n lowest freq, sensitivity n dizzyness on occassion), but at least I feel like I found someone who's taking it more seriously and willing to do a lot more tests to get to the bottom of it.

One thing I still haven't tried yet is that genko stuff, maybe that'll help if the problems partly circulation based?

Also this CoenzymeQ10 stuff, worth trying out?. Wondering where you'd get that in the UK.
Old 15th September 2011
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I successfully treated mine by sleeping with a fan running at night. It's the ambient noise, raises the threshold sensitvity somehow. There are certainly theories out there about how it works. The acoustic reflex (that thump in your ear) too, that's gone. That's a symptom of noise aversion and actually the muscles reflexing to block your ears, protect from loud sounds. Can be triggered by even very quiet sounds in people with noise aversion. More sleep, less stress, less tinnitus, i've noticed. If i'm tired and feeling like ****, i notice it sometimes but not often, it used to drive me nuts.
Same here. The fan actually did help me a lot, don't know why.

I used to do ten to twenty live shows a week for a long time. When I had my day off I was always in the studio mixing. When I came home I used to listen som reference music against my mixes. Had a bad tinnitus after six months and it was totally my own fault. Then I changed my food habits, tried to sleep more and everything was fine. Until I went back to my old habits, haha..

What about tension neck? it's driving me crazy at the moment and it causes really weird hearing problems. Bass roll off, ears cracklin and popping, bad dizzyness and tinnitus. All this because of my bad work ergonomics. And bunch of other things.

Well, it's all part of the "game", things will always get better! Maybe
Old 20th September 2011
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Quick update: I went on vacation for 5 days, went to the beach, drank some beer, did nothing else, my minor tinnitus is gone!, so, stress and fatigue are very determining factors when it comes to tinnitus. Good thing thou, is that if it comes back, i know what i have to do to make it go away!
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A worthy thread to be bumped back up I think

I'm seeing my consultant again in about 10 days time to get the results of my MRI scan.

Has anyone here ever taken a drug called Serc-16?. Active ingredient name is betahistine dihydrochloride.

It's normally given to menieres diseases sufferers. Supposed to help improve the blood circulation to the vessels in the ear.

I was prescribed this as something else to try in the meantime. Just took my first pill. On the plus side the sound does seem a bit smoother and more balanced, but on the negative its actually made me feel quite nauseus :/

Not really sure if its worth it to continue but I'll give it a while longer.

Wonder if anyone else had experience with this drug, pros n cons...
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A worthy thread to be bumped back up I think

I'm seeing my consultant again in about 10 days time to get the results of my MRI scan.

Has anyone here ever taken a drug called Serc-16?. Active ingredient name is betahistine dihydrochloride.

It's normally given to menieres diseases sufferers. Supposed to help improve the blood circulation to the vessels in the ear.

I was prescribed this as something else to try in the meantime. Just took my first pill. On the plus side the sound does seem a bit smoother and more balanced, but on the negative its actually made me feel quite nauseus :/

Not really sure if its worth it to continue but I'll give it a while longer.

Wonder if anyone else had experience with this drug, pros n cons...
Some posts ago i mentioned an experimental drug that seems to get rid of tinnitus, more info here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...itus-good.html
Old 15th January 2012
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Interesting thread everyone.

I am 25 and I first noticed tinnitus when I was in Grade 5. I remember being panicked about it when it first started.

I first went to my family doctor and he gave me a couple of different antibiotics because he said there was a fluid buildup which was causing extra pressure inside my ears. But alas, it did not help.

Then I proceeded to an ear/nose/throat specialist. He wasn't able to shine much light on the situation other than telling me a few foods and drinks to stay away from. He was right about Coca-cola... Coca-cola is essentially like turning up the volume knob of my tinnitus. But avoiding coke and other caffeinated beverages does not make it disappear, it simply helps it to not become LOUDER.

Then I was able to get into an audiologist who gave me a full hearing exam which actually took a couple of hours. She basically said my actual HEARING is great, and that I do not lack any ability to disipher syllables, frequencies, or words.. but that there is really not any "magic cure" for the ringing.

I've read several books and articles over the years about it. The one I actually found most interesting was by a doctor who did a study and was basically able to "record" the exact sound of your tinnitus and put it onto a CD. Then by listening to a CD of your tinnitus for an amount of time would provide you with X number of minutes of relief. The concept was not that the tinnitus would be gone, but it would trick you into thinking it's gone. He related it to the way you hate the smell of vinegar in a coffee maker when you first walk into a room, but after a few minutes of exposure you no longer notice it. The smell is still there, but you've become accustomed to it and you don't notice it anymore. Same idea with the ringing.. you are exposing yourself to the sound of your ears ringing from an outside source, then once you shut off the sound... it all appears to be gone.
Not sure if this study would ever become useful in day-to-day life for someone who suffers tinnitus, but it was certainly an interesting read.

I personally just fall asleep with a little machine beside my bed that I bought from Wal-mart that has a selection of 10 different sounds you can listen to.. (ex: rain, summer night, heartbeat, white noise, etc.)

I find my tinnitus is at the point now where it only really bothers me in extremely quiet environments.
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Some posts ago i mentioned an experimental drug that seems to get rid of tinnitus, more info here: How a jab in your ear could banish tinnitus for good? | Mail Online
A drug for blocking auditory nerves, sounds like a sure fire way to kill tinnitus (and probably a lot of our ability to hear other frequencies too!)
I'd like to hold onto what detail I have left. Thanks but no thanks!.

In my case ringing isn't my main problem anyways, its over sensitivity (particuarly around 2.8k), causing drum vibration and rumbling distortion. It is better than it was, but the natural progress has been incredibly slow (17 months and counting)
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I've read several books and articles over the years about it. The one I actually found most interesting was by a doctor who did a study and was basically able to "record" the exact sound of your tinnitus and put it onto a CD. Then by listening to a CD of your tinnitus for an amount of time would provide you with X number of minutes of relief. The concept was not that the tinnitus would be gone, but it would trick you into thinking it's gone.
What you are talking about is something called residual inhibition, and its basically exposing the brain to the sound, so it get inhibited to the tinnitus, it would be like if you are in a very cold weather, and you take a bath of cold water, your body will feel like the cold weather is suddenly not that cold anymore, another example would be using a condom hehheh

Anyway, users report it only provides a couple of minutes, or even less, very few report long term benefits, and in fact its sometimes worse because it makes you more aware of your tinnitus after it comes back.
Old 15th January 2012
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Anyway, users report it only provides a couple of minutes, or even less, very few report long term benefits, and in fact its sometimes worse because it makes you more aware of your tinnitus after it comes back.
Yup that sounds like a recipie for disaster, tuning the mind to be even more aware of that frequency so it sticks out more.
Old 15th January 2012
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I've discovered a successful regimen to reduce tinnitus.. but it isn't easy.

1) Reduce Stress
2) Reduce Caffeine and Cola Products
3) Eat right
4) Take Zinc and B-12

I've also discovered Vinpocetine and a Homeopathic supplement called "Ring Stop". I put myself on both of those for a month and definitely could tell the difference. Caffeine is definitely a big driver of the ringing for me...
Old 15th January 2012
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It is quite freaky how much an impact caffeine can have even in small doses, like in a cup of tea, which isn't normally thought of as being high in caffeine as say coffee. I can feel the difference between have 1 cup of tea in a day or none at all.
Old 24th September 2013
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i joined the tinnitus team when i was 16 years old.............there were times i thought i'd go nuts.....


i am turning 23 in two weeks, my tinnitus is still there but it's quieter now than it was then...........or at least thats what i think...........it doesn't bother me anymore........i just accepted it's presence and i quit smoking (weed)...........
Mine,Sure As F..., ain't getting Quieter!!!!!!! I'm 49 on Thur,...... wow lucky kid,I wonder if his Still is "Getting Quieter"?????,bloody amazing,and yes I know about NEW therapies etc,it's just........................

Particularly Ancient "[/QUOTE]

From Particularly Ancient Thread.........

Hey Leon I think u meant P.O.S. Maybe?.........Maybe Not?
Old 10th April 2014
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Mine hasn't gotten quieter in the last three years either, in fact more ringing. I find I can still enjoy music but I make sure I don't have extended exposure to loud volumes. I ruled out everything but noise-induced damage a long time ago.

TRT seems to be promising but I don't have the few thousand bucks for the hearing devices that mimic the sounds. I do find an .mp3 called "high frequency workout" or something like that from the free download here (http://lets-beat-tinnitus.co.uk/blog...pulse-therapy/) works well as my tinnitus, while nowhere near as high as it used to be, has come down to around 12~14kHz now...I wish it was still back up at 17~18kHz where it was when it first started, far less intrusive. Listening to the opening of Tubular Bells right now is torture.

Anyway, the .mp3 takes it down from very loud to a sizzle which gives me enough time to get to sleep and I always sleep with a fan.

For music enjoyment I find 5.1 music is best to cover up the tinnitus and let me hear nothing but music, but I still enjoy critical listening and my actual hearing is great...just hope one day I'll soon cue up a track and before the music starts I hear nothing but quiet. I do remember what listening to "Mercy Street" by Peter Gabriel on Super Audio CD used to sound like before this all started, magical.
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Mine hasn't gotten quieter in the last three years either, in fact more ringing. I find I can still enjoy music but I make sure I don't have extended exposure to loud volumes. I ruled out everything but noise-induced damage a long time ago.

TRT seems to be promising but I don't have the few thousand bucks for the hearing devices that mimic the sounds. I do find an .mp3 called "high frequency workout" or something like that from the free download here (http://lets-beat-tinnitus.co.uk/blog...pulse-therapy/) works well as my tinnitus, while nowhere near as high as it used to be, has come down to around 12~14kHz now...I wish it was still back up at 17~18kHz where it was when it first started, far less intrusive. Listening to the opening of Tubular Bells right now is torture.

Anyway, the .mp3 takes it down from very loud to a sizzle which gives me enough time to get to sleep and I always sleep with a fan.

For music enjoyment I find 5.1 music is best to cover up the tinnitus and let me hear nothing but music, but I still enjoy critical listening and my actual hearing is great...just hope one day I'll soon cue up a track and before the music starts I hear nothing but quiet. I do remember what listening to "Mercy Street" by Peter Gabriel on Super Audio CD used to sound like before this all started, magical.
Old 10th April 2014
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If you don't have tinnitus, you obviously are not listening music loud enough and enjoying it in full.

Tinnitus provides you with free absolute pitch.
Old 10th April 2014
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Key to no Tinnitus is to not pay attention to/care about it, but rather distract it with beautiful music. In my view it seems natural and related to various health states. One should avoid unpleasant loud sound played over a long time.
Old 23rd March 2015
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I was battling a real bad sinus cold last week, and after resting in my car at lunch I got out and immediately noticed the "fullness" feeling in my left ear, accompanied by the ringing of tinnitus. I saw an ENT doc two days later whom informed me that that ear has a bunch of impacted wax built up and is also infected. So I'm doing a round of amoxicillin for the infection and getting the impacted wax out this coming week (bull**** insurance has to "approve" the procedure before the doc can do it).

Here's hoping the tinnitus subsides once the wax is out and the infection is gone.
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