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originally posted by: Bloodydagger
How many of my fellow ATSers have tinnitus? Its the ringing in your ears. Its non stop 24/7 365. How do you cope with it? How bad is your ringing?
For me personally, silence isn't silence. I need background noise, always. I run a box fan 24/7 (even during the winter) while I sleep. If its pitch quiet, my ears ring at their loudest. Its not painful, its just extremely annoying. Ive had this condition ever since I had a concussion playing Football back in High school (I was 17 at the time) and a week after I was concussed, my left ear starting ringing constantly. Several years later, it moved to my right ear while leaving the left ear. So strange. Anyway, these days its back in my left ear again and my right ear is back to normal. Ive noticed that when it switches, I get bouts of vertigo for 1-2 weeks afterwards and then it kind of settles down.
Ive read studies that around 55% of earths population suffers from some form of tinnitus. Its not life threatening and from my knowledge, no cure has been found. Its just learning how to cope with it and deal with it.
Some cases though are so bad and loud that its driven people to suicide. That is a scary thought.........
I actually read an article once that made me laugh. It said that people should embrace tinnitus and treat it as an orchestra in your ear, LOL
I also heard that Jesse Ventura has an extreme case of it. He said its so loud at times that he cannot even hear himself think, much less hear people 3 foot in front of him.
Anyway, does anyone else share the constant ringing? I'd like to hear your story on how and when you got it and how you cope with it.
originally posted by: Tucket
Ive had it for about a year now. I swear I got it from sitting in front of my computer.
originally posted by: skunkape23
I have a perfect F# constantly ringing in my ears. I tune my guitar to it.
Too much loud music and gun fire with no ear protection.
I also get the phantom music and murmuring voices every now and then.
originally posted by: wtbengineer
a reply to: Anyafaj
Yeah, last thing you want is to be placed in a psych ward of any kind. I was once trapped in such a place and couldn't get out till I could prove to them that I wasn't going to harm myself or anyone else... and the whole reason I was there in the first place was because I had recently separated from my ex-wife and was kind of depressed over the fact that I wasn't seeing my kids as much as I thought I would. I had gone to the doctor complaining of depression and from there it just got out of control.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Xtrozero
I'd love a way to get my HF hearing back. That would get rid of the tinnitus and I would be able to hear cicadas again. Funny, I never liked hearing cicadas much when I could. Can't hear the stupid little alarm on my watch either.
originally posted by: sine.nomine
a reply to: Bloodydagger
I've had tinnitus for as long as I can remember. I actually remember where I was and everything the exact moment that I realized that the ringing never stopped; I was 6 years old. I've always had hearing problems, and when I was younger I remember an audiologist told me I hear "phantom noises" after a hearing test. Over the years I continued to see ear doctors for what I eventually learned to be Patulous Eustachian tube (en.wikipedia.org...). Unfortunately it was misdiagnosed for nearly a decade so the remedies only made it worse.
My tinnitus is severe in both ears. Sometimes the pitch will change suddenly and it can be temporarily debilitating. I have problems with balance and sometimes experience vertigo. Sometimes my hearing will completely dropout in one of my ears for a few seconds then slowly fade back in, and I fear I've gone deaf... truly horrifying.
Running a fan or other background noises does help, but I don't always have something going. It's extremely difficult for me to comprehend speech, discern electronic sounds and tones/pitch, or just concentrate. I know some basic sign language, and it helps when people use it... unfortunately I don't know many people who know any sign language. Anymore I find myself reading peoples faces, gestures, and energy to understand what they're saying. I don't do phones well, and it takes me awhile after meeting people to understand what they're saying at all. It can be frustrating, and I hate constantly asking people what they said. However, once I'm used to how an individual speaks and their facial expressions and gestures, I tend to understand them better than people who can hear really well. Being able to see people is pretty important though, and I often hear people talking when they aren't really talking. I guess in the end, I just kind of stopped trusting my ears.
I'm sorry that you're experiencing it though. Like you said, there's no cure, so the best thing to do is just adapt. Find out what works best for you and work it. I've heard a lot of people have had success with magnesium supplements to lessen tinnitus, but it hasn't worked for me. They also say smoking cigarettes makes it worse, if that applies to you. If you start being more careful with your ears now, it's less likely to get worse.