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Old 02-02-2015, 11:20 AM
 
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Have you had your hearing checked lately? Often tinnitus is a sign of hearing loss.

It can be very distracting and can cause anxiety because it's hard not to focus on it. It can take a while to "train" yourself to ignore it. White noise or music may help mask it. I would definitely have a hearing test, just to be sure.
Logically, hearing loss would go hand-in-hand with tinnitus for two reasons but the first one is what happens when you have tinnitus. On the other side of the middle ear (where ear bones are - the three with the last called the stapes (looks like a stirrup) on the oval window that leads to the cochlea. Sound comes in, causes your eardrum to move back and forth, this causes the bones to move to transport the sound to the footplate (base) of the stapes that pushes sound through your auditory canal. Once on the other side of the oval window, there are thousands of celia (hair cells that are tiny) that move the sound (like moves something over blowing field of wheat) to the center of your brain responsible for hearing. When the celia break or bend for numerous reasons, there are gaps in what transmits sound, so sound ends up elsewhere and you get ringing in the ears a.k.a. tinnitus. The ringing can mask certain frequencies and you end up not hearing well.

The only help I have seen is a function (it's now built into many digital hearing aids) that may mask the ringing by allow more sound to get in your head. If you know you have tinnitus, a hearing exam may not do a thing for you. If you have the money for a masking device, it may.

Also, it may not be possible to train yourself to ignore it but that's the goal. I can't ignore it. It's constant. It's loud (and that varies). I have a cochlear implant. I'm deaf and I think I know the various causes in my case. The only thing that helps lower the volume is wearing the implant to have sounds from the world override the ringing. When I take it off, I'm back to ground zero.
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:45 PM
 
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The only help I have seen is a function (it's now built into many digital hearing aids) that may mask the ringing by allow more sound to get in your head. If you know you have tinnitus, a hearing exam may not do a thing for you. If you have the money for a masking device, it may.
I'm only basing my response on the fact that I developed tinnitus, went to the doctor, and ended up having an audiogram done when nothing else could be found. I then found out that I am losing my hearing (some of which may be due to tinnitus masking the sound). However, my tinnitus is very high-pitched, yet I am missing frequencies that are far below that of the tinnitus (and all over the frequency spectrum). I wear hearing aids and have been able to let the tinnitus go to the background over the years. I don't think it is a bad idea to rule out further hearing loss problems with an audiogram.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:45 AM
 
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It's hard to deal with, really.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:56 AM
 
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Does anyone have tinnitus and it is giving you a lot of anxiety? I have had this ear ringing for about 9 years and it sudden got worse as of late.....It never ends 24/7 constant buzzing... It makes me have a sense of fullness in my head and I get anxious...already have panic and agoraphobia but this is making it worse...The doctor said it probably won't go away and the people I try to explain it to who do not have this have NO IDEA how bothersome it is...I feel like I can't even do the things I use to..it's always there....
Can I ask you a question? My BF has this. And he's always got ringing in his ears, but he doesn't act like it bothers him. He said his hands are not hardly able to feel because of this tendinitous and he's always in some kind of pain, but, I am so afraid to touch him because he seems not to like affection at all. he never talks about what bothers him so I don't know why he's so unaffectionate, there are other problems with us that don't relate to that, but I was wondering if being touched is a problem with yourself as well as a result of it. Thanks
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:15 PM
 
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I see commercials all the time for a new treatment. One can go for a trial. I think it's free, even.
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:00 PM
 
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OH,i forgot,i do have hearing loss and I wear hearing aids which also helps ALOT with the tinnitus!
My hearing aids greatly reduce my tinnitus, too! It was an unexpected bonus of having to wear hearing aids.
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