Originally posted by notknowing
reply to post by DrJay1975
MY blood pressure is normal... How do you explain the fact that the sound feels stronger/ louder inside the house than outside? How do you explain
that at one particular location in Puerto Rico it was very strong outside?
How do you explain my dog suffering because of this sound and then in less than a year after the sound started, dying due to a HEMANGIOSARCOMA OF THE
Sorry, I don't buy the blood pressure explanation...
As you know, tinnitus is the medical term for “ringing in the ears”. Tinnitus can also be heard as a buzzing, roaring, hissing, clicking,
high-pitched whining, low-pitched hums, or even pulsing like the heart. It is estimated that over 35 million people in the United States have tinnitus
(including ME). I have had tinnitus for the last 7-8 years and just recently, mine has gone crazy, too -- louder and more annoying.
Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom – a symptom of many common medical problems, such as ear infections, wax impactions, noise exposure (like
rock concerts), TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, or even a side effect of certain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, caffeine, or birth
control pills. Tinnitus may also be a symptom of more serious illnesses like high blood pressure, anxiety/depression, diabetes, thyroid disorders,
Ménière’s disease, blood vessel disorders, or tumors. If you have had tinnitus since a child, you most likely had inner ear damage (perhaps from a
simple viral infection) that caused it.
Even if a cause is not found, there is still hope for successful treatment aimed at quieting the noise and controlling the anxiety. Not all techniques
work for everyone. Usually, it is a combination of therapies, used over time, that offer the best hope. Quieting the ringing will require a lifelong
commitment to lifestyle changes, cooperative medical care, and most importantly – a positive and optimistic attitude.
Antianxiety medications, like Valium or Xanax, as well as a wide range of antidepressant medications are very helpful for tinnitus-sufferers. Other
medications, such as diuretics (water pills), muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants medications, and antihistamines are also used and individually
prescribed by your doctor.
Biofeedback, relaxation training, counseling, and individualized psychotherapy helps manage stress and help you change your body’s reaction to the
tinnitus. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) combines counseling with special background sounds designed to help people suppress the sounds of their
Special hearing aids, electronic masking devices, or both, are often used when other methods have failed to achieve control. Cochlear implants and
cochlear stimulation devices are being investigated for severe, intractable tinnitus cases. Surgical injections of lidocaine directly into the inner
ear structure are also being used in some individual cases.
Alternative treatments such as hypnosis, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, vitamin/mineral supplements, herbal remedies (including Ginkgo biloba)
may have some promise, but there is little, if any, meaningful research as to their individual effectiveness. Ginkgo biloba is said to improve blood
flow and nerve function, but should be used with caution if you have a bleeding disorder or take blood-thinners. There are some ongoing studies to
determine if Gingko biloba is safe and effective for tinnitus. It is recommended that all tinnitus-sufferers explore alternative options carefully,
with the cooperation of their medical providers.
Certain lifestyle changes are very important for those that have tinnitus. Caffeine is one of the most common aggravators of tinnitus and should be
very limited. Coffee, teas, caffeinated colas, and chocolate all contain significant amounts of caffeine capable of constricting blood flow to the
ear. Nicotine found in tobacco also constricts blood flow and can aggravate tinnitus, so efforts should be made to stop tobacco in all forms. A
low-salt diet is also recommended by many medical providers, so hide that salt shaker and watch the sodium content of foods that you eat.
See a "tinnitus specialist" -- usually an ENT associated with a large, university-based medical center. You won't know if you can be helped, unless
You have fluxuating tinitus most likely. If it's louder outside it may simply be a perceptual thing. It may be a temperature or a pressure
fluxuation. It may be the humidity, who knows. As far as your dog suffering, did he tell you it was the sound? No. YOur dog could have been
suffering from the cancer all along. Was he exposed to arsenic, thorium dioxide or vinyl chloride? I'm guessing your dog was a golden retriever or
a german shepard? Pet owners rarely find out about the disease until the dog collapses. It also causes many blood anormalities including excess
coagulation which lead to hypertension which could lead to tinitus in dogs as well.
Here's my clinical opinion. You don';t want there to be a natural explanation. It may be paranormal, but your unwillingness to explore a
conventional soloution says a lot.