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Old 12-07-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Red Sox Nation
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Hi. Just wondering if anyone else suffers with this. Last July my head started buzzing/ringing one night, and it has never stopped. I'm a healthy person, nearing 40. I've been to 2 ENT docs, had a battery of hearing tests (perfect hearing) and scans, full blood workup etc... Nothing is wrong, my head just rings/buzzes most of the time. It sounds like a dental drill in my brain. Sometimes super loud, sometimes not so bad. I even get weird tones in my ears. It's driving me nut! Docs have put me on anti-axiety meds just so I can sleep. They also don't think it is going to go away. Apparently this is not a "un-common" problem. Who knew?
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:28 AM
 
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Very common to "hear" of this problem. The causation and adult onset can be the result of many small (or large) incidents. Everything from exposure to loud noises, soft tissue damage in your neck, exposure to many environmental factors over a period of time, etc.

I woke up with this after injuries sustained in a car wreck which included whiplash. The whiplash slowly healed over two years, but the tinnitus remains.

I find that alcohol and caffeine are two substances that aggravate the condition, as well as the intense noise from all the "boom-boom" low frequency cra* that passes for music from many cars when I'm in town. Those loud low frequency noises are actually painful for me; I can only wish that the idiots that "share" their "look at me, I've got the baddest bad a** noisemaker in my car" attitude are deaf by the time they reach their middle years of life.

I've found that garlic tablets and avoiding the intake of the stuff that aggravates the condition to be helpful for me. MSG is also a problem, so I avoid any foods with it. You've got to start reading labels and become more aware of what's going into your food so you can avoid it. I know that if I have a social drink, I'll be paying a price for it later. Same thing with coffee and tea and most carbonated beverages ... I simply cannot justify the soon to follow discomfort.

You can google the tinnitus problem and find a lot of resources to assist, including a number of naturopathy and/or herbal aids. One might work for you, but my experience has been you've got to try a lot of them in sequence and give them an opportunity to work. I found the "garlic" to be helpful this way, and I didn't need to buy expensive stuff, just regular 1000 mg capsules.

Good luck with your search for relief. It's not an easy solution to find what works for you, which is why the docs have such a hard time with this condition.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I've got it too, courtesy of the government. ( Yea, I blame Bush for my riging ears too. )

I just tune it out.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Florida
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search this forum using key word ears ringing or tinnitus and you'll find we have discussed it often
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:05 PM
 
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My husband has bouts of tinnitus, and the reason for his issue is a huge build up of wax in his inner ear canal. Once the wax is cleared out by an ENT, he's fine for a few months, before it happens again. Has that been ruled out for you?

Have you gone to an ear specialist--not just a regular ENT but some ENTs specialize specifically in the ear and hearing issues. Perhaps you can find one at a teaching hospital.

What preceded your bout with tinnitus? Did you have any kind of infection, loud noise, other incident, etc.? What do you think caused this?
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Florida
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My husband has bouts of tinnitus, and the reason for his issue is a huge build up of wax in his inner ear canal. Once the wax is cleared out by an ENT, he's fine for a few months, before it happens again. Has that been ruled out for you?

Have you gone to an ear specialist--not just a regular ENT but some ENTs specialize specifically in the ear and hearing issues. Perhaps you can find one at a teaching hospital.

What preceded your bout with tinnitus? Did you have any kind of infection, loud noise, other incident, etc.? What do you think caused this?
my daughter is a specialist. Wax can be a cause but rarely. Doctors are actually pretty much baffled as to the cause and there is basically no cure.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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The OP indicates when tested he had perfect hearing. The ringing must not have been significant during the examination or it would have masked some of the tones. Here's is hoping he figures out the triggers and how to suppress the problem.

Not too long ago I started having problems and hoped it would go away but it is not going to happen. I know it was the result of gun fire and am not inclined to totally give up coffee to see if it makes a difference.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Florida
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The OP indicates when tested he had perfect hearing. The ringing must not have been significant during the examination or it would have masked some of the tones. Here's is hoping he figures out the triggers and how to suppress the problem.

Not too long ago I started having problems and hoped it would go away but it is not going to happen. I know it was the result of gun fire and am not inclined to totally give up coffee to see if it makes a difference.
no, not really. I have my hearing tested often,since my daughter can do it for me and my hearing is excellent; but the ringing is loud and constant. Sometimes I think of the sounds in my ears as being akin to a zillion crickets chirping all at once.
I doubt giving up coffee would make a difference.
Mine never slacks off no matter what I do but does get even more pronounced if I take anything with aspirin.
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Hi. Just wondering if anyone else suffers with this. Last July my head started buzzing/ringing one night, and it has never stopped. I'm a healthy person, nearing 40. I've been to 2 ENT docs, had a battery of hearing tests (perfect hearing) and scans, full blood workup etc... Nothing is wrong, my head just rings/buzzes most of the time. It sounds like a dental drill in my brain. Sometimes super loud, sometimes not so bad. I even get weird tones in my ears. It's driving me nut! Docs have put me on anti-axiety meds just so I can sleep. They also don't think it is going to go away. Apparently this is not a "un-common" problem. Who knew?
Unfortunately you are not alone. We have rants and raves occasionally in the "Stop the madness, ringing in my ears" thread, so here I go again.
There is a high pitched ring constantly, nothing I do or don't do seems to help, some days are worse than others. They are ringing away right now.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Under the SUNNY WARM SUN ....
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I would suggest if you have a slight drop dB's hearing loss, to get a mini in the ear hearing aid. I could almost promise you, you will notice a difference. Even if you wear it at home, alone at the computer, you will get hours of relief. It's not really expensive considering the condition.
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