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Old 02-16-2010, 10:37 AM
 
Location: West Coast
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I have it. It sucked at first. But you just get over it. Tinnitis can be caused by so many things, often a person will have no formal diagnoses, because it isn't really necessary... As long as you have a hearing test and you haven't lost any hearing, do not obsess over it. It gets better over time, you just learn to ignore it.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I've had Meniere's Disease since I was 35 years old (I'm 56 now). Woke up one morning in October of 1989 and was deaf in my left ear. The ringing started on December 4, 1989, and has never stopped for a second. I had several episodes of terrible vertigo the first 5-6 months with Meniere's, but my dizziness has since been very slight and on an even keel. I have an occasional day when I'm a little more tipsy than usual, usually if I consume caffeine, but no bad vertigo. Caffeine is the only specific thing that I've noticed makes me more dizzy. (Well, I'm blonde, too, but I don't think that has anything to do with it! )

It seems my brain has compensated for the loss of balance, because for the first several months I couldn't stay upright without walking with a cane or near a wall that I could touch to keep my balance. Hasn't been a problem since then; I just have a small amount of dizziness most of the time. I do take a diuretic daily. The ringing gets louder when there's background noise, making it very difficult to follow conversations in a crowd. The ear is 100% deaf.

I find it annoying that I can no longer tell which direction sound comes from. But I try to keep it in perspective ..... things could be a LOT worse!

I feel very fortunate that my Meniere's is not worse than it is. It's a blessing in disguise, because every day I give thanks for having perfect hearing in my right ear!

I just remembered something else. I lost some weight, and it helped soften the constant sound in my ear. Also, I usually use a white noise machine in my bedroom to help me sleep.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I've had Meniere's Disease since I was 35 years old (I'm 56 now). Woke up one morning in October of 1989 and was deaf in my left ear. The ringing started on December 4, 1989, and has never stopped for a second. I had several episodes of terrible vertigo the first 5-6 months with Meniere's, but my dizziness has since been very slight and on an even keel. I have an occasional day when I'm a little more tipsy than usual, usually if I consume caffeine, but no bad vertigo. Caffeine is the only specific thing that I've noticed makes me more dizzy. (Well, I'm blonde, too, but I don't think that has anything to do with it! )

It seems my brain has compensated for the loss of balance, because for the first several months I couldn't stay upright without walking with a cane or near a wall that I could touch to keep my balance. Hasn't been a problem since then; I just have a small amount of dizziness most of the time. I do take a diuretic daily. The ringing gets louder when there's background noise, making it very difficult to follow conversations in a crowd. The ear is 100% deaf.

I find it annoying that I can no longer tell which direction sound comes from. But I try to keep it in perspective ..... things could be a LOT worse!

I feel very fortunate that my Meniere's is not worse than it is. It's a blessing in disguise, because every day I give thanks for having perfect hearing in my right ear!

I just remembered something else. I lost some weight, and it helped soften the constant sound in my ear. Also, I usually use a white noise machine in my bedroom to help me sleep.
My heart goes out to you and all you've been through. Sounds like you have a positive attitude and that is certainly the way to go.

I have been diagnosed with tinnitis. It actually started when I was 15 and suffering from the chicken pox. It has progressively gotten worse over the past 20 years. In 2008, a buzzing started in my right ear. A month later, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Now with the all clear, I still have the buzzing but it comes and goes. It often mimics sounds or sort of revs up before getting louder. It actually feels like a vibration, like that low rumbling feeling you get when the trash truck is rolling up the street.

I have woken up some mornings to screaming tinnitis. I find that sinus medicine helps (although my ENT balks at that). I find that eliminating caffeine has also helped me greatly.

I have grown used to it over the years, but it can certainly be annoying. Luckily, I see a neuro-ENT who is amazing and who also suffers from tinnitis. He has assured me that mine is more than likely reparable since I have perforated eardrums. I just hate surgery and am avoiding it for now.

I know the OP is from early this year, but figured if my story can help anyone then .
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:09 PM
 
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I have had tinnitus for 22 years. This year the ringing has turned to roaring. I am trying to find out why. It is almost unbearable at times. I could deal with it if it was just the ringing but this roaring is too much. I am waiting for a referral from my dr to see a Neurologist. I think that it might be Meniere's as I have vertigo at times as well.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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2 year old thread/discussion , but since I have tinnitius, will add my 2 €'s worth.

It can drive you crazy, literally, many people suffer from severe depression due to having it and not being able to cope with it 24/7. It's torment is worse with the people just affected with it, after having it for years, I just endure it.

If I am correct , the actor William Shatner has tinnitius.

And I have no one to blame but me, for not wearing ear protection while shooting in 1993.

Oh, how I would love to go back and change that stupidity, please take care of your hearing and wear ear protection, and even now if you already have tinnitius .

Thanks for listening.
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Somewhere gray and damp, close to the West Coast
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My lifelong tinnitus has calmed down quite a bit, intermittently, since I quit eating gluten. On a couple of occasions, I have actually gotten up and gone to the quietest place in the house to listen, and then only heard the slightest ringing. I have all faith that I will some day wake up and it will be gone.

I also sleep with the TV on and, since reading comments about this in this thread, have finally realized why! Same with white noise generators. Thanks!
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Does anyone know the correlation between taking aspirin for aches/pains and aspirin making tinnitus worse? Thought I was imaging things since I don't use aspirin too much but each time I did, the tinnitus got worse for about a day, especially in my left ear.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:57 AM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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Does anyone know the correlation between taking aspirin for aches/pains and aspirin making tinnitus worse? Thought I was imaging things since I don't use aspirin too much but each time I did, the tinnitus got worse for about a day, especially in my left ear.

I gave up aspirin when my tinnitus began because it does make it worse. NO idea why but definitely does. Mostly I try to ignore it. I leave the tv and a fan on when sleeping. In the event of a power outtage I bought a battery powered sound machine. In total quiet the noise in my ears would drive me insane!!!
I've forgotten what life without the sounds was like.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:59 AM
 
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Does anyone have suggestions for having constant, quite loud ringing it the ears, for two weeks straight; I have been to two ENT specialists around Salt Lake who took MRIs, CAT scans and two different audiometric exams which have all been normal, hence they send me home in as much agony as before saying there is just nothing that can be done about this. I know one thing, if it never gets better and I have this nonstop siren in my head/ears for the foreseeable future then I have essentially been given a hateful curse—no human being could exist day after day with this level of tinnitus, actually I call it an internal brain screaming.

Go to a GOOD Chiropractor and ask them to do an adjustment for your issue.

There is at least one other human who can exist on this planet and that would be my husband, he has had the ringing in his ears since he was a child.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:51 AM
 
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I've had tinnitus all my life, for the longest time I thought the ringing in my ears was what the sound of pure silence was.

Sometimes it's better (noise is lower) other time I can't stand being in a noisy place the ringing overwhelms me.

there are times where the pitch of the ringing changes but then goes back to the same old ringing.

Just have to cope with it....
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