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Old 07-28-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Maybe it is just a coincidence but most that have mentioned one side say it's the left ear....as I sit here with this whine going on in my left ear
Wonder if there is any significance to that if it is,indeed, more prevelant?
Mine is much worse in the right ear. The cause could be of several things. Loud noise from job, chronic ear infections, etc. If I press my hand on my forehead it amplies the ringing. Anyone else that has pressure increase too?
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Mine is much worse in the right ear. The cause could be of several things. Loud noise from job, chronic ear infections, etc. If I press my hand on my forehead it amplies the ringing. Anyone else that has pressure increase too?
Yes that has happened to me too!
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:36 AM
 
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Both ears, about 15 years. High range hearing loss also, both ears. Both are screaming this morning!

Been to doctors, ear specialists, done Internet research.

I've tried:

Muscle relaxer because, apparently, tense neck muscles will cause it. Not my reason.

Tried "white noise" generators. Look like a hearing aid. They are supposed to cancel the ringing. I heard two high pitched whines instead of one.

A medication made from African Impatiens that was supposedly good for it. Nope.

Some waste of money from Walgreens. Probably a sugar pill.

Oddly enough I found hearing aids helped some because they make everything coming into my ears louder so the ringing is not so noticeable. Sadly, I had a flu or something one winter and my ears swelled up. I couldn't wear the aids and have never gotten back into the habit of wearing them.

Stopped coffee and sugar, etc for a month. Some relief, but not enough to stop for good. Coffee definitely cranks it up.

I have been told that my hearing loss and my Tinnitus is caused by the same problem. There are fine hairs in your ear that pick up sound and transmit it. Some of mine have malfunctioned because of the damage done by manufacturing plant work, concerts, headphones, etc without protection.

The damaged hairs are always "on" so I hear the constant ringing in my ears. The ringing is in the range where I have my hearing loss. Basically I can't hear sound in that range because I always hear sound in that range. When I take those tone tests I don't push the button because I don't hear the sound. If I pushed it when I heard that particular tone I'd be holding down button during the entire test!

I find it fascinating that I saw this thread this morning. I was just at a client site and his wife mentioned she has Tinnitus, but no hearing loss. She passes hearing tests with flying colors. How can that be? How does she know to push the button when the tone is in the "always on" range?

Her hubby is going to take her to the Mayo Clinic and she has promised to call me with the results.

If I hear from her I will pass along what I learn.

M philosophy: Live with it. It was so bad I came very close to asking a doctor to cut the nerves in my ears. During some research I learned that (supposedly) it won't stop the ringing. I doubt the doctor would have done it anyway, but I was pretty desperate for a while. As with most things in life I refuse to let it get the best of me.

I get a solid ringing (screaming), sirens, crickets, screechy sounds.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Florida
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For me it could be that I used to drive with the window open on my side?
Interesting theory since I have no other cause to relate it to...other than maybe the age one
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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As I sat here catching up on what I've missed on the forums just now the ringing almost completely stopped. The loud level went off like a light had been switched off. Then the low level ringing got loud. Now it's nearly gone. Just a low rumble in the background. It's done this before. Just wish it would stay this way. Just having one level of ringing is so much better than having the band playing in my ear.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Florida
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actually since the ringing began in first one ear, now both; my hearing has become quite acute. All my senses are though---so I don't have a clue what's UP with that. My ENT said I could probably hear a dog whistle-seriously! It's more than a litle annoying to hear that well, except of course sometimes I do hear the most intriguing conversations


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Both ears, about 15 years. High range hearing loss also, both ears. Both are screaming this morning!

Been to doctors, ear specialists, done Internet research.

I've tried:

Muscle relaxer because, apparently, tense neck muscles will cause it. Not my reason.

Tried "white noise" generators. Look like a hearing aid. They are supposed to cancel the ringing. I heard two high pitched whines instead of one.

A medication made from African Impatiens that was supposedly good for it. Nope.

Some waste of money from Walgreens. Probably a sugar pill.

Oddly enough I found hearing aids helped some because they make everything coming into my ears louder so the ringing is not so noticeable. Sadly, I had a flu or something one winter and my ears swelled up. I couldn't wear the aids and have never gotten back into the habit of wearing them.

Stopped coffee and sugar, etc for a month. Some relief, but not enough to stop for good. Coffee definitely cranks it up.

I have been told that my hearing loss and my Tinnitus is caused by the same problem. There are fine hairs in your ear that pick up sound and transmit it. Some of mine have malfunctioned because of the damage done by manufacturing plant work, concerts, headphones, etc without protection.

The damaged hairs are always "on" so I hear the constant ringing in my ears. The ringing is in the range where I have my hearing loss. Basically I can't hear sound in that range because I always hear sound in that range. When I take those tone tests I don't push the button because I don't hear the sound. If I pushed it when I heard that particular tone I'd be holding down button during the entire test!

I find it fascinating that I saw this thread this morning. I was just at a client site and his wife mentioned she has Tinnitus, but no hearing loss. She passes hearing tests with flying colors. How can that be? How does she know to push the button when the tone is in the "always on" range?

Her hubby is going to take her to the Mayo Clinic and she has promised to call me with the results.

If I hear from her I will pass along what I learn.

M philosophy: Live with it. It was so bad I came very close to asking a doctor to cut the nerves in my ears. During some research I learned that (supposedly) it won't stop the ringing. I doubt the doctor would have done it anyway, but I was pretty desperate for a while. As with most things in life I refuse to let it get the best of me.

I get a solid ringing (screaming), sirens, crickets, screechy sounds.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Alvarado, TX
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I'm way late on this subject, but tinnitus was explained to me this way by a doctor in Fort Worth, TX: Tinnitus is caused by the brain attempting to "hear" what it cannot, for whatever reason(s). There is a device available, about the size of an iPod, that, through a somewhat long-term regime of listening to programs made specifically for the individual, will "retrain" the brain to not hear what it cannot hear. Cost? Around $6K.
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Old 07-28-2008, 05:20 PM
 
Location: California
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I'm way late on this subject, but tinnitus was explained to me this way by a doctor in Fort Worth, TX: Tinnitus is caused by the brain attempting to "hear" what it cannot, for whatever reason(s). There is a device available, about the size of an iPod, that, through a somewhat long-term regime of listening to programs made specifically for the individual, will "retrain" the brain to not hear what it cannot hear. Cost? Around $6K.
Oh,no! you are not late at all,it started again.
wow! very expensive.! maybe the ipod price will come down a bit
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:14 PM
 
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actually since the ringing began in first one ear, now both; my hearing has become quite acute. All my senses are though---so I don't have a clue what's UP with that. My ENT said I could probably hear a dog whistle-seriously! It's more than a litle annoying to hear that well, except of course sometimes I do hear the most intriguing conversations
The client I visited this morning mentioned that her hearing was very acute. Almost anything keeps her awake.

They have a drive-under garage and she heard a hissing sound from the first floor. Her husband went to check and found a tire going flat! He couldn't hear it until he opened the door to the garage.

Speaking of conversations: One of the oddities of my hearing loss/Tinnitus is that although I cannot hear the people at my own table in a loud environment (restaurant, etc) I can hear entire conversations from across the room.
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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I'm way late on this subject, but tinnitus was explained to me this way by a doctor in Fort Worth, TX: Tinnitus is caused by the brain attempting to "hear" what it cannot, for whatever reason(s). There is a device available, about the size of an iPod, that, through a somewhat long-term regime of listening to programs made specifically for the individual, will "retrain" the brain to not hear what it cannot hear. Cost? Around $6K.
Is that $6K refundable if it doesn't work? If not, I'll pass, thanks.
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