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Archie F. Swin
04-09-2009, 10:38 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus
I can't even stand to be in a silent room. Must have noise to mask the ringing in my ears.

Dartgod
04-09-2009, 11:05 AM
I have it bad. Too much blaring rock and roll as a young man.

Warrior5
04-09-2009, 11:06 AM
Ditto.

Archie F. Swin
04-09-2009, 11:10 AM
Been playing drums for 23 years....probably has something to do with it!

Buehler445
04-09-2009, 11:27 AM
I have it bad. Too much blaring rock and roll as a young man.

My dad has the same thing. But replace rock music with tractors and you're spot on.

He actually had surgery when I was a kid (mid-80s) that replaced 2 of the 3 bones in his ear and cleaned out the scar tissue. One ear worked wonders, the other ear made it worse and if his head gets impacted, his ears ring for a week and he's disoriented for an hour or so.
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excessive
04-09-2009, 11:35 AM
I like to think of it as always being at the lake house in the summer. The pleasant sounds of night are always there to soothe me and put me to sleep.

It's just when those damn cicadas start their incessant whining does it become annoying.

wilas101
04-09-2009, 11:40 AM
I like to think of it as always being at the lake house in the summer. The pleasant sounds of night are always there to soothe me and put me to sleep.

It's just when those damn cicadas start their incessant whining does it become annoying.



I have some hearing loss in my left ear. I can hear both high and low frequencies but nothing mid-range.

When they start their noise I just roll over and put my right ear in the pillow and voila. No more cicadas. Can't hear one little peep of them, their frequency is perfectly matched to what I can't hear.

Amnorix
04-09-2009, 11:45 AM
I find it helps drown out the constant noise of my two little kids. :)

Seriously, it's annoying, but I usually don't even notice. I'm really affected at higher ranges of frequency, however, and if I'm at a bar or nightclub or anyplace else noisy, I can't have a normal conversation to save my life. I'm basically deaf to everything except all that background noise. Oy.

And I never blared music or went to rock concerts as a kid. :shrug:

Pants
04-09-2009, 11:53 AM
I find it helps drown out the constant noise of my two little kids. :)

and if I'm at a bar or nightclub or anyplace else noisy, I can't have a normal conversation to save my life. I'm basically deaf to everything except all that background noise. Oy.



Wait, that's not normal?

CoMoChief
04-09-2009, 11:55 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus
I can't even stand to be in a silent room. Must have noise to mask the ringing in my ears.

I'm like this when I sleep. I can not sleep in absolute silence. Need a loud fan running or a TV, then I can sleep like a baby.

CoMoChief
04-09-2009, 11:56 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus
I can't even stand to be in a silent room. Must have noise to mask the ringing in my ears.

I'm like this when I sleep. I can not sleep in absolute silence. Need a loud fan running or a TV, then I can sleep like a baby.

Gonzo
04-09-2009, 12:00 PM
What?

petegz28
04-09-2009, 01:17 PM
I have it bad. Too much blaring rock and roll as a young man.

no such thing

Dartgod
04-09-2009, 01:19 PM
no such thing
OK, A lot of blaring rock and roll.

Better?

Archie F. Swin
04-09-2009, 02:18 PM
either I have Tinnitus or I'm the only human that can hear dog whistles

Hog Farmer
04-09-2009, 02:41 PM
I have it BAD. Mine started about a year ago.

Loud rock and roll as a youth.
Massive amounts of gunfire.
Screaming sows. anybody ever been in a barn of sows screaming for dinner. they say the decibal level is that of a jet.

It's the worst when you put your head on a pillow trying to go to sleep.

I hve to take melatonin EVERY night.

Buehler445
04-09-2009, 02:43 PM
I have it BAD. Mine started about a year ago.

Loud rock and roll as a youth.
Massive amounts of gunfire.
Screaming sows. anybody ever been in a barn of sows screaming for dinner. they say the decibal level is that of a jet.

It's the worst when you put your head on a pillow trying to go to sleep.

I hve to take melatonin EVERY night.

I have HF. They are loud squealing bitches.
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GoHuge
04-09-2009, 04:11 PM
Tinnitus is usually caused from a high frequency hearing loss. I'm a PA for an ENT. The only real treatment for it is usually some type of hearing aid. Rebuilding the OCR (Ossicular chain) Malles, Stapes, Incus usually doesn't help much unless you've had some type of blunt trauma to the head or an acute or chronic process which could be, but not limited to otitis media, cholesteatoma, mastoiditis, etc.....Don't waste your money on hocus pocus cures because that's exactly what you'll be doing. Go get a baseline audiogram and see an ENT if the problems persist. There is no known cure for tinnitus.

PM me if you have any questions.

Dartgod
04-09-2009, 04:45 PM
Tinnitus is usually caused from a high frequency hearing loss. I'm a PA for an ENT. The only real treatment for it is usually some type of hearing aid. Rebuilding the OCR (Ossicular chain) Malles, Stapes, Incus usually doesn't help much unless you've had some type of blunt trauma to the head or an acute or chronic process which could be, but not limited to otitis media, cholesteatoma, mastoiditis, etc.....Don't waste your money on hocus pocus cures because that's exactly what you'll be doing. Go get a baseline audiogram and see an ENT if the problems persist. There is no known cure for tinnitus.

PM me if you have any questions.
What is an ENT?

"Bob" Dobbs
04-09-2009, 05:03 PM
Ear Nose & Throat?

Dartgod
04-09-2009, 05:05 PM
Ear Nose & Throat?
Ahhhhh, should have guessed. Thanks.

googlegoogle
04-09-2009, 05:09 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus
I can't even stand to be in a silent room. Must have noise to mask the ringing in my ears.


Wikipedia sucks half the time. Moderators there are becoming real ass holes.

"In many cases, however, no underlying physical cause can be identified."

You know it has something to do with ear sound sensing hairs.

Dave Lane
04-09-2009, 06:43 PM
I have it bad. Too much blaring rock and roll as a young man.

ditto your ditto

Paniero
03-19-2012, 08:00 PM
I'm in. Yay assault rifle fire!

Buck
03-19-2012, 08:09 PM
My mother has this and I think I am starting to get it. I am hearing noises all the time and I'm starting to have a constant static noise sound in my ears.

I have to have my computer, tv, or a fan on at all times so there is some other noise I can listen to.

tecumseh
03-19-2012, 08:14 PM
Amps n' drums n' screamin P.A.s. in my youth. Some hearing loss in my left ear. The buzzing doesn't bother me much.

HemiEd
03-19-2012, 09:22 PM
I have it bad. Too much blaring rock and roll as a young man.

That and driving a drag car for years, and one weekend with few boxes of ammo and a 22 mag pistol did me in. Flight duty in the NAVY didn't help much either.

Extra Point
03-19-2012, 09:39 PM
Crickets











In winter.

I've been dry for 6 weeks. The crickets started chirping 3-4 weeks ago. They've been dormant for about 35 years.

alnorth
03-19-2012, 09:48 PM
Had it my whole life, not sure where it came from, but it was first pointed out to me that I had a problem at a routine hearing screening in elementary school.

Fortunately, mine isn't too bad. Its a high ring, which I understand is a lot easier to ignore and a lot less annoying than buzzing or static. I'm fine in a fairly quiet room, I only really notice it in complete silence, and even then it doesn't bother me at all unless I'm trying to sleep. (I use a rain noisemaker)

Rain Man
03-19-2012, 10:52 PM
That and driving a drag car for years, and one weekend with few boxes of ammo and a 22 mag pistol did me in. Flight duty in the NAVY didn't help much either.

I think you've got it all covered if you lived downstairs from Ozzy Osbourne for a while.

MoreLemonPledge
03-19-2012, 10:55 PM
Here ya go:

http://www.centrecountyrecycles.com/Recycle/AutoWaste/images/Afreezecolor.jpg

Rain Man
03-19-2012, 10:59 PM
My ears are fine, but I suffer from visual tinnitus. Whenever I read, every other word is EEEEEEEEE!

mikey23545
03-19-2012, 11:59 PM
I find it helps drown out the constant noise of my two little kids. :)

Seriously, it's annoying, but I usually don't even notice. I'm really affected at higher ranges of frequency, however, and if I'm at a bar or nightclub or anyplace else noisy, I can't have a normal conversation to save my life. I'm basically deaf to everything except all that background noise. Oy.

And I never blared music or went to rock concerts as a kid. :shrug:


Identical.

mikey23545
03-20-2012, 12:02 AM
Serenesound.com

HemiEd
03-20-2012, 06:12 AM
I think you've got it all covered if you lived downstairs from Ozzy Osbourne for a while.

:D Black Sabbath was the only 8 track I had for a while, and it was blasting as loud as it would go, when the van was in motion most of the time. Saw them in concert twice.

IRON MAN!

listopencil
03-20-2012, 06:28 AM
Followers of Unitas tonight?

stonedstooge
03-20-2012, 08:29 AM
Anyone know about remolding or re-fitting hearing aids? Is it possible, or are there any companies out there that specialize in this?

Groves
03-27-2012, 09:14 AM
Had it my whole life, not sure where it came from, but it was first pointed out to me that I had a problem at a routine hearing screening in elementary school.

Fortunately, mine isn't too bad. Its a high ring, which I understand is a lot easier to ignore and a lot less annoying than buzzing or static. I'm fine in a fairly quiet room, I only really notice it in complete silence, and even then it doesn't bother me at all unless I'm trying to sleep. (I use a rain noisemaker)

This is where I live, too. I've had it almost as far back as I can remember.

Hight pitched ring.

Bowser
03-27-2012, 09:49 AM
I definitely have this. Annoying as hell.

But good news, everyone! They make a pill that will clear this right up! Ah, the miracles of modern medicine!

http://supplementspot.com/-c-30/clear-tinnitus-60-capsules-p-785

kepp
03-27-2012, 10:02 AM
I definitely have this. Annoying as hell.

But good news, everyone! They make a pill that will clear this right up! Ah, the miracles of modern medicine!

http://supplementspot.com/-c-30/clear-tinnitus-60-capsules-p-785

Lots of roots & bark in that. I should just go outside and gnaw on some trees.

Nickhead
03-13-2017, 12:59 AM
old reboot bump, but for the last two years i found certain high pitched noises carried through our house. i would ask everyone to turn things down. about six months ago, same feeling, but in the background there is this 'twang', constant. i have to go to the grocery store early when no one is up, it hurts to walk the footpaths when its raining. and fuck me running when i shower and the water hits the tiles.

it really sucks when it comes to the wife. she's got an 'edith' pitch when she gets cranky, or trying to make a point, and all i want to do is punch her. (i joke as i am trying to adhere to CP's point of emphasis on crude humour. i love her to death and would not harm her in any way), but i digress.

tinnitus fucking sucks donkey balls!! :(

Amnorix
03-13-2017, 06:52 AM
Tinnitus is usually caused from a high frequency hearing loss. I'm a PA for an ENT. The only real treatment for it is usually some type of hearing aid. Rebuilding the OCR (Ossicular chain) Malles, Stapes, Incus usually doesn't help much unless you've had some type of blunt trauma to the head or an acute or chronic process which could be, but not limited to otitis media, cholesteatoma, mastoiditis, etc.....Don't waste your money on hocus pocus cures because that's exactly what you'll be doing. Go get a baseline audiogram and see an ENT if the problems persist. There is no known cure for tinnitus.

PM me if you have any questions.


I had a follow up with a world renowned specialist in researching hearing loss, etc. at Mass. Eye and Ear and she said the same thing. As I understand it, the brain is saying "hey, there's no sound coming from the ears at the higher frequencies, so I'll create one".

WTF? It'd be like the brain creating annoying bright light to "compensate" for the vision loss of a blind person. It doesn't fucking do that, so why does it do THIS??

Pasta Giant Meatball
03-13-2017, 07:37 AM
I had a follow up with a world renowned specialist in researching hearing loss, etc. at Mass. Eye and Ear and she said the same thing. As I understand it, the brain is saying "hey, there's no sound coming from the ears at the higher frequencies, so I'll create one".

WTF? It'd be like the brain creating annoying bright light to "compensate" for the vision loss of a blind person. It doesn't fucking do that, so why does it do THIS??

BB is mind controlling you to defend him to the death

Amnorix
03-13-2017, 07:40 AM
BB is mind controlling you to defend him to the death


If Reid led the Chiefs to five Super Bowls, would you not defend him against stupid shit too?

Pasta Giant Meatball
03-13-2017, 07:46 AM
Depends if he did it legit or took shortcuts

Bowser
03-13-2017, 07:53 AM
Tinnitus is usually caused from a high frequency hearing loss. I'm a PA for an ENT. The only real treatment for it is usually some type of hearing aid. Rebuilding the OCR (Ossicular chain) Malles, Stapes, Incus usually doesn't help much unless you've had some type of blunt trauma to the head or an acute or chronic process which could be, but not limited to otitis media, cholesteatoma, mastoiditis, etc.....Don't waste your money on hocus pocus cures because that's exactly what you'll be doing. Go get a baseline audiogram and see an ENT if the problems persist. There is no known cure for tinnitus.

PM me if you have any questions.

My tinnitus is getting worse, particularly in my left ear. I would get a hold of GoHuge to ask questions, but he hasn't been around since August of last year.

If anyone else has any expertise in this area, I would love to pick your brain for some info.

Amnorix
03-13-2017, 07:56 AM
My tinnitus is getting worse, particularly in my left ear. I would get a hold of GoHuge to ask questions, but he hasn't been around since August of last year.

If anyone else has any expertise in this area, I would love to pick your brain for some info.


I'm no doctor, but as I understand it, the bottom line is that you're suffering hearing loss in the higher frequency range. Good hearing aids -- which is a step I haven't yet taken -- will probably alleviate or remove the tinnitus as well as improving your hearing.

Bowser
03-13-2017, 07:57 AM
I had a follow up with a world renowned specialist in researching hearing loss, etc. at Mass. Eye and Ear and she said the same thing. As I understand it, the brain is saying "hey, there's no sound coming from the ears at the higher frequencies, so I'll create one".

WTF? It'd be like the brain creating annoying bright light to "compensate" for the vision loss of a blind person. It doesn't fucking do that, so why does it do THIS??What conclusions did your doc give you? Any course of action worth taking? I've read that you can have surgery to attempt to repair the damage in your ear, but it's an iffy situation at best that surgery will help anything at all.

Depends if he did it legit or took shortcutsI mean, I know you're sticking the Pats fan with a stick (probably deservedly so, heh), but I would totally take my team making semi-regular appearances in the Super Bowl. The rest of the country could eat it with their accusations. Part of the reason why the Pats are reaching Bronco and Steeler territory with me. :D

Amnorix
03-13-2017, 07:58 AM
Depends if he did it legit or took shortcuts


Sure. Belichick took a silly shortcut 10 years ago. Wasn't exactly like he murdered someone to steal a gameplan. Pretty much the exact opposite actually. But he shouldn't have done it and the team, and he, got whacked pretty hard for it.

But you can hold it against him forever if you want. Doesn't matter to me.

Amnorix
03-13-2017, 08:01 AM
What conclusions did your doc give you? Any course of action worth taking? I've read that you can have surgery to attempt to repair the damage in your ear, but it's an iffy situation at best that surgery will help anything at all.

She did not recommend surgery. She mentioned that research is aggressively ongoing in the area of biological remediation -- a way to have people "heal" their hearing loss. Some animals apparently can suffer hearing loss that repairs itself. Humans cannot.

Hearing aids was all that was offered/suggested.

I mean, I know you're sticking the Pats fan with a stick (probably deservedly so, heh), but I would totally take my team making semi-regular appearances in the Super Bowl. The rest of the country could eat it with their accusations. Part of the reason why the Pats are reaching Bronco and Steeler territory with me. :D

Believe me, I understand perfectly. I remember HATING the old Yankees, and despising how Shula/Marino dominated the AFC East for a long time. I really enjoy the view from up here much more! :D But eventually it will end. As a Bird-era Celtics fan, I'm more than aware that i need to enjoy it all NOW, and not take it for granted.

Bowser
03-13-2017, 08:01 AM
I'm no doctor, but as I understand it, the bottom line is that you're suffering hearing loss in the higher frequency range. Good hearing aids -- which is a step I haven't yet taken -- will probably alleviate or remove the tinnitus as well as improving your hearing.

You're a faster typer than me, obv. :D

My issue is going to sleep. It doesn't keep me from falling out, but I have to have a fan and usually the TV on helps. It's insane how when I get to a very quiet place the ringing just reaches a fucking crescendo.

I'm a UPS guy, so 22 years of driving a package car then on to big rigs have done my hearing zero good. I wear a Bluetooth in my right ear when I drive, and I honestly believe that is what has saved that ear (I can hear the ringing in there as well, but nowhere as bad as on the left).

Amnorix
03-13-2017, 08:33 AM
You're a faster typer than me, obv. :D

My issue is going to sleep. It doesn't keep me from falling out, but I have to have a fan and usually the TV on helps. It's insane how when I get to a very quiet place the ringing just reaches a fucking crescendo.

Same here, though perhaps not as bad. The quieter the environment, the more the tinnitus is noticeable. My assumption is that the less input the ears are getting the more the brain compensates. I also assume that other noises can just distract us from noticing it.

I admit that I really don't notice it much. It's primarily when I *think* about it. Like now because I'm typing about it. :LOL: :mad:


I'm a UPS guy, so 22 years of driving a package car then on to big rigs have done my hearing zero good. I wear a Bluetooth in my right ear when I drive, and I honestly believe that is what has saved that ear (I can hear the ringing in there as well, but nowhere as bad as on the left).


Yeah, no clue what did my ears in. I used to walk around with a Sony walkman and headset all through high school and college. Probably that as much as anything.

But yeah, hearing loss sucks.

Dartgod
03-13-2017, 11:51 AM
I'm no doctor, but as I understand it, the bottom line is that you're suffering hearing loss in the higher frequency range. Good hearing aids -- which is a step I haven't yet taken -- will probably alleviate or remove the tinnitus as well as improving your hearing.

I have it pretty bad and have been wearing hearing aids for 5-6 years now. They don't do anything to alleviate it and these aren't cheapo hearing aids either.

I've had tinnitus for so long now that I don't even notice it most of the time. But when I focus on it, it's definitely still there.

Amnorix
03-13-2017, 11:57 AM
I have it pretty bad and have been wearing hearing aids for 5-6 years now. They don't do anything to alleviate it and these aren't cheapo hearing aids either.

I've had tinnitus for so long now that I don't even notice it most of the time. But when I focus on it, it's definitely still there.


Can I ask how much the hearing aids have helped you? How (un)comfortable are they?

I'm struggling with this. I know I probably really do need them, but I hate the thought of them. I have worn glasses since I was like 13 so I'm comfortable with those, but wearing glasses AND hearing aids before I'm 50 seems so fucking pathetic.

And I'm really sorry to hear it didn't help your tinnitus, or at least not much. Ugh... Awful.

Dartgod
03-13-2017, 12:09 PM
Can I ask how much the hearing aids have helped you? How (un)comfortable are they?

I'm struggling with this. I know I probably really do need them, but I hate the thought of them. I have worn glasses since I was like 13 so I'm comfortable with those, but wearing glasses AND hearing aids before I'm 50 seems so fucking pathetic.

And I'm really sorry to hear it didn't help your tinnitus, or at least not much. Ugh... Awful.

They've helped me a ton. Especially watching TV, movies at the theater, normal conversations, etc. I still have a little trouble hearing conversations where there is a lot of background noise but I can tell an improvement. And very comfortable too. When I first got them, NOBODY knew I was wearing them unless I pointed it out to them.

They ain't cheap though.

The nice thing is that I am on my second set and this time my medical insurance paid 80% of the cost. That wasn't the case with my first set.

Rain Man
03-13-2017, 12:23 PM
Can I ask how much the hearing aids have helped you? How (un)comfortable are they?

I'm struggling with this. I know I probably really do need them, but I hate the thought of them. I have worn glasses since I was like 13 so I'm comfortable with those, but wearing glasses AND hearing aids before I'm 50 seems so ****ing pathetic.

And I'm really sorry to hear it didn't help your tinnitus, or at least not much. Ugh... Awful.

I suspect this is in my future as well, though I've at least passed the 50 year mark. I can generally hear pretty well, and am really good at ignoring the tinnitus, but put me in a party situation or a crowded restaurant and I might as well be wearing one of those big metal deep sea diver helmets.

My father in law has hearing aids (artillery officer and helicopter pilot probably contributed), and they're not even noticeable. I was surprised to learn that he has to replace the batteries every week, which adds up, and the hearing aids themselves were several thousand dollars, but it would sure beat not hearing well.

Dartgod
03-13-2017, 12:28 PM
I suspect this is in my future as well, though I've at least passed the 50 year mark. I can generally hear pretty well, and am really good at ignoring the tinnitus, but put me in a party situation or a crowded restaurant and I might as well be wearing one of those big metal deep sea diver helmets.

My father in law has hearing aids (artillery officer and helicopter pilot probably contributed), and they're not even noticeable. I was surprised to learn that he has to replace the batteries every week, which adds up, and the hearing aids themselves were several thousand dollars, but it would sure beat not hearing well.
My first set of hearing aids cost $2400 each and I got two years worth of batteries through my medical insurance. The second set cost $3000 each but as I mentioned previously, my insurance covers $80 of that cost and I still get two years worth of batteries. I change batteries every 6 days on average.

Nickhead
03-13-2017, 03:10 PM
the way i understand it, there is no real remedy aside from learning to ignore it. i just turned 43. i have a specialist appointment in may, myself. i did get a free hearing test, and my hearing is fine for my age, left side a little weaker, it's just the constant buzzing.

does anyone know what type of 'causes' besides noises over the years, there are for tinnitus. :D

displacedinMN
03-13-2017, 03:21 PM
Mine started a few months ago. Merry Christmas to me. ENT said the same thing here. It is the brain telling you something is missing-so it will make it for me. I have identified the pitch. Tried listening to that pitch while doing other work (phone app). It goes away for a few minutes then comes back.

It sucks. Add it to the list of things wrong with my body after age 45. At least what counts works well.

srvy
03-13-2017, 08:14 PM
the way i understand it, there is no real remedy aside from learning to ignore it. i just turned 43. i have a specialist appointment in may, myself. i did get a free hearing test, and my hearing is fine for my age, left side a little weaker, it's just the constant buzzing.

does anyone know what type of 'causes' besides noises over the years, there are for tinnitus. :D
Mine appeared about 10 years ago. Went to a ear specialist said nothing really to do about it but as you my hearing was excellent for my age. He asked me to describe what I was hearing while quite. I said it sounds like a billion pissed off cicadas in high pitched unison. He said yes tinnitus try sleeping with radio on. I remember getting a hefty Bill because back then insurance didn't cover much. I'm watching TV as I post and my friends are buzzing in the background.