Controlling Tinnitus: What works for you?

Posted by scottk @scottk, Jul 1, 2019

Hello: Has anyone on this site had any luck with controlling tinnitus? I see certain things advertised but always sceptical. Any thoughts/ideas?

@kathyhg

Thanks to everyone who responded to my questions about tinnitus. It seems that the tinnitus is slightly better today so perhaps it’s resolving with a week off the azithromycin. I’ve seen ENT and I have no detectable hearing loss yet so that’s a good thing. I see my respirologist today so will see where we go from here.
Thanks again,

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Hi @kathyhg, I hope that you continue to post as you learn more about this. I look forward to hearing from you again!

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I have had hearing loss since 1995, and use hearing aids ever since then…no cochlear implants. I have just gotten used to it over time. The hearing aids seem to work at reducing it.

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@muffincat

Remain skeptical. Apart from mind training to distract from the annoying sounds I haven't heard of anything better than placebo. White sound etc is meant to help. I just pretend it's a sign of intelligence

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I have had T for no less than 35 years. Now that I am retired it seems to be louder than it ever has.
It is always present, sometimes worse than others. The only thing that seems to sooth it is distracting sounds.
Walking on the beach works well, the sound of the surf covers it. sometimes I listen to tinnitus therapy on UTube. That also seems to sooth it. Hopefully they will find a cure for it in my lifetime.

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sad.

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Hi. I am new to this site so not sure how it all works. I suffer from pilsatile tinnitus – I hear my heart beat every second of every day in my right ear. I have had cat scans etc and no doctor can tell me what it is from or how to fix it. It is maddening! I did suffer from a sever case of facial shingles two months after the tinnitus started which made it worse but I'm not sure if it is related. Does any one else have this type of tinnitus? Do doctors ever weigh in on these discussion boards?

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Tinnitus is ol' Ma Nature's way of filling the silent void when hearing is lost. Some meds can cause it. I was "fortunate" in that the tinnitus moved in at the same time I was having a real battle with balance issues due to Meniere's. When you're having crises, i.e., pukefests, that last for hours as often as three times a week, tinnitus isn't bothersome in the least. Hearing loss on one side isn't, either. After nearly 30 years of having Meniere's in remission, doing vestibular rehab every day to maintain some balance, the monster roared back and struck my hearing ear. I was already used to pulsatile tinnitus in my dead ear and after three months of struggling to hear, I don't even notice the new tinnitus in my former hearing ear. It DOES become far less bothersome over time, which isn't much comfort to you right now. This group of HOH folks have lots of solutions; I've learned a lot about how to cope with severely compromised hearing by paying attention to the discussion here.

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There is a blog that is helpful I found a few years ago run by a doctor in Atlanta. He recently retired but kept his tinnitus site open. Google. Dr Nagler tinnitus. You should be able to view all the questions and answers he has posted on line. He was a true expert in tinnitus. Hope this helps.

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@rmblab323

Hi. I am new to this site so not sure how it all works. I suffer from pilsatile tinnitus – I hear my heart beat every second of every day in my right ear. I have had cat scans etc and no doctor can tell me what it is from or how to fix it. It is maddening! I did suffer from a sever case of facial shingles two months after the tinnitus started which made it worse but I'm not sure if it is related. Does any one else have this type of tinnitus? Do doctors ever weigh in on these discussion boards?

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Hi @rmblab323, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Connect is an online community where people can share experiences and ask each other questions about any health issue. Mayo specialists provide expertise through blogs and Video Q&A topics here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinars/

You may also be interested in this discussion where members are talking about pulsatile tinnitus
– Pulsatile tinnitus https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pulsatile-tinnitus-1/

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I've had tinnitus for more years than I can remember. It's part of my life and I've learned to mostly ignore it. I have a high pitched ringing. I had Pulsatile Tinnitus for a few days though and it was truly scary as I thought I'd now have to endure pounding in addition to the ringing. It was more than disconcerting and made me fearful that I had a new medical condition. Then it went away leaving me with the familiar ringing!
Maybe information you can find on this site could be helpful.
The American Tinnitus Association – https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus

Change Your Mind About Tinnitus, By Paul D'Arezzo M.D.

Pulsatile Tinnitus – UCSF University of California, San Francisco
https://radiology.ucsf.edu/pulsatile-tinnitus

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