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Ringing in the Ears

I haven't written much is while, guess I just don't want people to know what's really going on, that I'm slowing losing my mind. One thing that's been going on for a few months is this ringing in my ears. More in my left then my right though the right decides to chime in or should I say ring in now and then just to keep me on my toes. The buzzing was getting bad at work after they banned all on-line radio stations, Pandora I miss you. I broke down and bought an ipod nano that streams constant music while I'm working so I don't go completely mad. At night it's really hard to go to sleep because of the constant noise which seems especially loud. What you can't hear it too?

I went to a specialist (ears nose and throat guy) to have my ears checked out and my hearing tested, he told me I had the healthiest looking ears he had seen in weeks. The hearing test was very comprehensive. They even put me in one of those rooms that close out all noise except what they hope you can hear. I've never been in one of those for a hearing test before. I remember hearing tests in school where you sit in an office or class room with head phones on and they ask you to raise your hand if you can hear something. So this little room they put me in and I mean little closet, thank god for the window otherwise my claustrophobia would have kicked into high gear. As it was it was only a low level panic of oh my god this room is small how long do I have to sit in here. The test came back with good hearing except on the high tones in my left ear. Well damn I could have told them that I can't hear much over that ringing.

The ENT guy told me I have Tinnitus and there's not much you can do about it but learn to live with it. From the sounds of it he's lived with his most his life. Oh great thanks. Normally it's brought on by a very loud noise that hurts your ears, the Tinnitus often goes away over time, mine has not gone away its been going strong for a good 2 months or more, I've kind of lost count or don't want to keep count. Only problem is I haven't had any loud noise incidents recently I haven't even been to a concert in a while. I mean Dahlia can scream pretty loud but don't think she can do actual damage. The other possibility is stress. Oh well um yeah that seems to be my problem. Too much stress! Can it stop now already?


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Mar. 11th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I have some of the ringing issues also. In my case it comes and goes. I have talked to people who have tinnitus who say it never goes away, and one friend (my friend Jill's mom) who eventually lost the use of one ear. But since mine is intermittent, I am not sure what is going on. Sometimes it lasts weeks, and I think the first time I noticed it was after a bad head cold where my ears were clogged up. Since you have already gone to an otolaryngology to check it out I doubt my info offers much they could not find already.
Mar. 11th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Every once in a great while I'll get ringing in one ear or the other... it must be torture to have it going on all the time.

I have read that some medications can cause tinnitus as a side effect, as can some foods. Conversely, I've also read that allergy medication can help in some cases.

See http://healing.about.com/cs/conditions/a/tinnitus.htm
Mar. 12th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
I'm the same with the ringing and the tests. Mine has been for years. Honestly I can't remember life without the ringing. Too many concerts and loud music in the car.
The thing with mine though is that it does affect my normal hearing too. It's such a constant that it does cover other noises and affects background noises too.
It sucks but I live with it.
Mar. 13th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
It won't cure the TInnitus but you should read the barbed coil by JV Jones- the protagonist has bad tinnitus. plus its fun fantasy fiction
Apr. 4th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
I can hear it too. I've had it since I was very small. I used to think it was the monsters coming to get me in the dark, then I thought wow, that's the sound of the blood and such in my veins, then I realized it was tinnitus and I went to have it tested. I can totally understand how people can hear the voices of angels or demons. The docs told me it doesn't appear to be interfering with my regular hearing so deal. Ah well. I have no insights for you other than listening to music to drown it out, which you are already doing.

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