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Old 02-16-2011, 08:04 PM
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I've had it for a couple of years now. Went to an ENT specialist who checked for wax build-up or "water" behind the ear drum ... but she declared my ears were as clean as a whistle. Was then referred to an Audiologist who took all kinds of tests with me in a sound-proof room. It was determined that while my hearing was good I apparently lost the ability to hear a certain pitch or frequency that has nothing to do with human speech or music.

At first I would describe it as the sounds crickets, cicadas, or "tree frogs" would make in a country meadow on a summer's evening. A kind of a "white" noise. Nowadays I think it is more like the buzz that power lines make.

They say fluorescent lighting aggravates it.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:59 AM
Location: In a house
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Actually, fluorescent light has a sound. It's gas hissing as it bounces back and forth around the bulb. When the light is dim, or hasn't come to full brightness yet (like you JUST turned it on and it's still in flicker mode), the gas is bouncing slower. When it's at full force and full brightness, it's bouncing faster. The slower bouncing is audible for people who are sensitive to it.

I also hear what sounds like radio signals. Not a hiss. A very distinct, clear, crisp single note at a high octave. It sounds just like one of the tones you hear when they give you a hearing test. It's not very high, I can reach it with my voice. But it's not at "speaking" level. That signal sound shows up maybe once or twice a week - for just a few seconds, then it fades away by itself. Hearing aids really do help keep all these wierd noises out of my head. Except I don't really like wearing them. I'm so used to NOT hearing normally, that I find the sound of reality to be rather uncomfortable and jarring.
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:39 AM
Location: New Jersey
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Originally Posted by stillkit View Post
Tinnitus is common, especially as we grow older. Most of we older folks have it and there's no cure, unless it's related to something specific such as a growth somewhere. You learn to live with it and, surprisingly, sooner rather than later, it will become so commonplace you won't notice it much, except at night when it's quiet.

Mine often gets loud enough to keep me from sleeping (it sounds like I'm standing at the turbine end of a jet engine), but I learned long ago to mask the sound with "white" noise so I can sleep.

There are two very good "white" noise sources which might help you out:

1. Tune a radio to an off channel on the FM band. That's just a buzzing static which will make your tinnitus go away. Don't do AM as stations there go in and out.

2. My favorite device is a fan, sitting next to the bed and pointed in my direction. It works wonders on tinnitus and keeps me cool all night. I use one year round.
I now have (something). The best way to describe it is if one tries to force their unclenched lower jaw back so your lower teeth are as far behind your upper teeth as physically possible. There is a sound that is made inside your head when you do this "exercise". That's the sound I now have (which gets louder if I do that exercise btw).

I can pinpoint it to an event. A few weeks ago I was using an electric tool and had to get close to see because of the angle. As I was running the tool, it gave off a loud noise which I thought I could tolerate when suddenly my left ear started to hurt. I stopped but I could silently still hear the drill. That sound has not left since.

It is mentally deafening at times which is affecting my concentration (specifically focus) and as a result it affects my ability to engage in meaningful oral conversation, especially in a learning atmosphere. I wont raise the sound because it appears "blurred or muffled" in that ear, and often drives my right ear crazy. Also my left ear will hurt if it gets too loud anyway and I can't focus on other sounds in the room. As for white sound, it seems to exacerbate the condition of not being able to focus or concentrate.

Oddly enough, my hearing is not affected (as others have also mentioned), it's just the constant sound/feeling. Drinking coffee seems to exacerbate it. I plan on going to a doctor - but am not expecting much after reading these posts.

In the meantime, does anyone have other suggestions as to tolerating or reducing the awareness of the feeling? (besides sedatives).

Has anyone had any luck with strenuous aerobic exercise? (That too is on my list - once I get my heart back on board ).
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