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Old 09-04-2019, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Greetings,

60 year old male here. I've never had an issue with Tinnitus in my life until very recently. I do have two siblings that have this condition though. I've had poor hearing all my life and I do wear hearing aids although rarely at home. I few months ago I started hearing a noise in my left ear and at first I thought it was something within my home. Didn't take long to realize it was just me. Thing is there is no ringing of the ear but more of a sound like a bunch of Cicada's. It's pretty much non stop now. Am I right in believing that there is really nothing that can be done about this or is it worth seeing someone about it?

 
Old 09-04-2019, 03:34 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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It sounds like tinnitus to me - I've had it for years, and the sounds sometimes do change from a tone to a clicking sound. But you probably ought to see an ENT and get evaluated. Even if there is no remedy for the cicada sounds, some of the newer hearing aids can be programmed to emit a tone that neutralizes the tinnitus so you don't notice it as much.

It also might help to wear your hearing aids all the time. I don't notice my tinnitus as much when I'm wearing mine.
 
Old 09-04-2019, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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It sounds like tinnitus to me - I've had it for years, and the sounds sometimes do change from a tone to a clicking sound. But you probably ought to see an ENT and get evaluated. Even if there is no remedy for the cicada sounds, some of the newer hearing aids can be programmed to emit a tone that neutralizes the tinnitus so you don't notice it as much.

It also might help to wear your hearing aids all the time. I don't notice my tinnitus as much when I'm wearing mine.

Just did something stupid regarding your last comments. I was notified by my Audiologist that my one-year old hearing aids were being replaced at no cost due to issues. I was just in the last week to pick them up and walked out without even asking her. So dumb. But I do hear the noises even when wearing the aids. Maybe not as bad though.
 
Old 09-04-2019, 07:34 AM
 
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I have had tinnitus most of my life. It changes from day to day, even hour by hour. It can become loud like a bunch of cicadas, or fade to a slight ringing or humming. I mostly have learned to tune it out. It becomes worse with my allergies.
 
Old 09-04-2019, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I've had tinnitus continuously since I was about 15. It gets louder and softer, and usually sounds like cicadas. There have been two times in my life when it totally ceased. Once was when I got my ears candled. It returned after a few days, and subsequent sessions of ear candling didn't help. The second time it stopped was when I was on a cruise, on one of our at sea days. That made me assume that my tinnitus is exacerbated by some sort of electronic interference, such as wireless transmissions, because on that day we were really far from shore and I believe we were not able to use the internet on the ship because of no connection out there.
 
Old 09-04-2019, 08:27 AM
 
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I've had tinnitus for as long as I can remember (30 years??) and I don't get much relief from it. I have hearing aids but I only wear them when working because I can't wear them 18 hours a day or I'd go nuts. lol

My tinnitus is constant, it's a medium humming sound. Sometimes when I'm not thinking about it, I forget about it. Once in a while I get a loud high pitched screeching along with pain in one ear, luckily that only lasts a minute or two.

They say if it's not caused by something physical in your brain or ear, the only thing you can do is accept it and use masking noises to cover it up.

Good luck!

and OP, since your tinnitus is newly onset, see a doctor for a cause. Maybe it's just temporary!
 
Old 09-04-2019, 08:42 AM
 
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Greetings,

60 year old male here. I've never had an issue with Tinnitus in my life until very recently. I do have two siblings that have this condition though. I've had poor hearing all my life and I do wear hearing aids although rarely at home. I few months ago I started hearing a noise in my left ear and at first I thought it was something within my home. Didn't take long to realize it was just me. Thing is there is no ringing of the ear but more of a sound like a bunch of Cicada's. It's pretty much non stop now. Am I right in believing that there is really nothing that can be done about this or is it worth seeing someone about it?
Something you might look into is posture. I recently experienced whiplash in a motor vehicle accident. That caused continuous, loud, multi-toned tinnitus, like a symphony. Through physiotherapy and especially shoulder and neck exercise, that has been reduced to one single tone alternating with blissful silence.
 
Old 09-04-2019, 08:57 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I've had what they refer to as "pulsatile tinnitis" for several years now. That's a whooshing sound in my ears that pulses along with each heartbeat. It's louder at some times than other times, but I always hear it.
I've pretty much learned to ignore it, it's a background noise.
 
Old 09-04-2019, 09:17 AM
 
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I've had what they refer to as "pulsatile tinnitis" for several years now. That's a whooshing sound in my ears that pulses along with each heartbeat. It's louder at some times than other times, but I always hear it.
I've pretty much learned to ignore it, it's a background noise.
I developed that in my left ear after the whiplash. Tinnitus is in the right ear. Whiplash direction was back left to front right and a second time back to front. The whooshing sound is also reduced through posture and neck exercise.

I don't know if this will help, but one exercise my physiotherapist has me doing is side to side neck movements (ear towards shoulder). There are two separate exercises. The first is to put my finger on my nose, keep my nose in one place, and tilt my head slowly to the left and right. The other one is to keep my finger in place, but to move my entire head and nose left to right. Sounds ridiculous, feels ridiculous, but does help. The first exercise addresses the upper neck muscles, the second addresses lower neck muscles. Another exercise is to pull my shoulders down - yesterday he put 10 lb weights in my hands and I did shoulder lifts.
 
Old 09-04-2019, 10:40 AM
 
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Greetings,

60 year old male here. I've never had an issue with Tinnitus in my life until very recently. I do have two siblings that have this condition though. I've had poor hearing all my life and I do wear hearing aids although rarely at home. I few months ago I started hearing a noise in my left ear and at first I thought it was something within my home. Didn't take long to realize it was just me. Thing is there is no ringing of the ear but more of a sound like a bunch of Cicada's. It's pretty much non stop now. Am I right in believing that there is really nothing that can be done about this or is it worth seeing someone about it?
Cicadas is a good description for the "noise". To me, the pitch is even higher than the sound of cicadas. There are a lot of different descriptions. Tinnitus is difficult to pin down with a single description even though it's referring to the exact same thing. I've had tinnitus for a good number of years. Sometimes it almost drives me nuts. It's hard not to "hear" it. It's constant, although when I fall asleep deeply, at some point I no longer hear it. When I wake up, there it is again. Sometimes, when I'm mentally distracted and focused on something else, such as driving or playing my guitar, the noise can seem to sort of disappear for a while. Sometimes, in addition to usual "noise" from tinnitus, I'll hear a lower and seemingly much louder tone, like a long beep that lasts for a minute or so, then noticeably fades away and disappears. It's loud enough and different enough that I first thought it was coming from outside the house, or from a different room. It comes and goes, but not often. It's worth mentioning that I do have moderate hearing loss that disrupts mostly low frequencies. Tinnitus can affect high frequencies or low frequencies or mid-range frequencies. The weird thing about tinnitus is that it's not actually a sound. It's the messed up electronic impulses in the brain. Around 32% of the people in the US experience tinnitus, and 70% to 85% with hearing loss are affected by it.

I've had hearing exams done by both audiologists where I got my hearing aids, and ENT specialists. With the audiologists, I've had my hearing aids programmed several times so I can select a channel that produces a masking noise that resembles a barely audible whooshing sound. They've tried several of these masking sounds, but none have worked for me. With the ENT, it was suggested I try an over-the-counter medication called "Lipo Flavonoid Plus". Essentially, it contains beefed up vitamins. There are also some over-the-counter ear drops that are said to help. I haven't tried that yet though. I don't see how ear drops would help because it would be in the ear canal, but not in the inner ear where the problem resides. Such masking sounds and medications are helpful for some people, but certainly not everyone with tinnitus.

Some people have opted to to have surgically installed Cochlear implants. I know some people which such implants and they have said sound they hear is not exactly like natural hearing. As for hearing aids, I tried an in-the-canal type that are very small, and not visible by other people. I quickly found out that they have only one channel that can be programmed. If it still doesn't sound right, you have to go back in to the audiologist or ENT to reprogram it. With the warranty, I was able to exchange it for something a little bit better that can hold numerous channels. These hearing aids are in-the-ear half shell types. They're only visible if someone is looking directly in your ear. You can change channels and volume levels but pressing a button or turning a dial attached to the device. One of the channels I have is for phone calls to prevent high-pitched squealing feedback noise. Other types that are over-the-ear, are probably best in terms of programming, etc, but tend to be bulkier, although a lot of people don't care how they look. Some over-the-ear use blue-tooth technology so you can use a remote to make changes. That's all fine and dandy, but hearing aids don't necessarily resolve tinnitus.

It's worth noting, which you probably already know, is that tinnitus is usually the result of damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. There are a lot of things that can cause tinnitus. UNder normal circumstances, sound waves cause these hair-like cells to vibrate, which then sends electronic signals to the brain to interpret it as what we perceive as sound. The bottom line is when these hair cells are damaged, your brain gets messed up signals that end up as a constant tone of of noise - tinnitus. The downside is that there isn't much that can be done to resolve the problem. At best, it's possible to reduce the noise, but it's not likely to cure the problem. Perhaps at some time in the future, a solution will be found. In the meantime, it can't hurt to try different options, especially programming masking sounds to your hearing aids. You may have to try a number of different sounds to find what can work best for you. Keep in mind that masking is not the same as curing. Even with masking, you will still likely experience the tone of tinnitus.

If your audiologist where you got your hearing aids offers free hearing tests, adjustments and programming for your hearing aids, I'd suggest taking advantage as it's usually a free service. An ENT is more on the medical end but also does the exams, although not necessarily adjustments to your hearing aids, unless you bought yours from them. In general, an ENT will charge you for the exams. If you have medical insurance, and a reference from a PCP, that can help significantly reduce the cost. There are so many different programmed masking sounds, so it's a good idea to try different ones to determine which masking sound works best for you. You may need to give each sound a couple of weeks or so to adjust to it. If it still isn't helping try another programmed sound. If you can afford it, you might consider upgrading to a more high quality set of hearing aids that offer a wider range of options that you can learn to do yourself. The technology is greatly changing all the time.
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