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?

Hi, tinnitus is awful. If I don’t sleep well in the morning it’s worst. I can never nap, not even 5 minutes or it’s loud. Rainy weather makes it worst. I can not drive with windows down in the car either, extremely annoying. I use ear plugs frequently around people to lower the noise. The best fitting ones I found at a company on line called eargasm. You can buy different ones. I love the fitting. I have many. I use different ones depending on noise. One pair I have works wonders at the dentist. I find going there is extremely difficult. My husband compares the dental drill dB and I buy what drowns it out. My dentist keeps a pair just in case I forget. As I get older it seems more root canals and crowns. Comes with a great tiny case. I have tiny openings in my ears and they carry perfect size for me. It’s no cure, it just can help. Good luck.

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high frequencies most likely tinnitus. low frequency rumble ??? several possibilities.

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I am a American Tinnitus Association tinnitus Coach with severe tinnitus and moderate hearing loss. I conduct tinnitus support group classes here in Daytona beach, FL and support anyone over the phone or by internet Zoom. I was trained on white noise and cognitive behavioral therapy. I am an avid 13 year volunteer who was taught tinnitus support from a tinnitus professor here in Florida, University of Florida Health. Brain retraining with white noise, pink, lavender can help you retrain the brain. This is not a short process it takes time and coaching and a positive attitude. Hearing aids helped me so much through amplification and sound. Please stay positive, active if possible, visit only a seasoned tinnitus Audiologist for a true diagnosis and get some help. Good Luck to you.

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@jett215

Mine seems to get very loud when I’m tired. It sounds like I’m on an airplane. There are times it’s like a constant hum, music or two different sounds in each ear. I’ve downloaded the Oto app and just have to set it up. I’m hoping it helps in some way. Has anyone tried it?

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Mine popped up the other night and sounded as if the furnace or AC had been turned on. I could actually feel it running and hear the 'constant hum'. After checking to see if the AC or furnace was on, I also checked the refrigerator. It was so subtle that I did not recognize it as tinnitus. Once I knew what it was I was able to ignore it.

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where i live, there was a lightning strike, & several houses including mine lost power. nothing in house running.
while waiting for power to return, I began to hear low hum/rumble motor sound, could feel vibs in floor. went on for hour + then cut off??
tinnitus, neighbors pool pump, (other houses nearby had power), or infrasound???
know its not in house appliances, how do you determine source?
some piece of sound eqpt that is properly calibrated ??

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@mattie1014

I am a American Tinnitus Association tinnitus Coach with severe tinnitus and moderate hearing loss. I conduct tinnitus support group classes here in Daytona beach, FL and support anyone over the phone or by internet Zoom. I was trained on white noise and cognitive behavioral therapy. I am an avid 13 year volunteer who was taught tinnitus support from a tinnitus professor here in Florida, University of Florida Health. Brain retraining with white noise, pink, lavender can help you retrain the brain. This is not a short process it takes time and coaching and a positive attitude. Hearing aids helped me so much through amplification and sound. Please stay positive, active if possible, visit only a seasoned tinnitus Audiologist for a true diagnosis and get some help. Good Luck to you.

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Thanks for the recommendation – I will be seeing the audiologist in 3 weeks. My tinnitus has gotten bothersome enough that it overrides soft voices sometimes – a change for me, as I have had it for over 35 years, so I can no longer ignore it easily. I may be back for some tips and training afterward.
(PS – @julie04 – it was also a low-conflict way to get my husband to go to a real audiologist. "We both have issues, let's get this settled…" And I will be in the room, so I can write down what the audiologist actually says to each of us.)
Sue

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@jett215

Mine seems to get very loud when I’m tired. It sounds like I’m on an airplane. There are times it’s like a constant hum, music or two different sounds in each ear. I’ve downloaded the Oto app and just have to set it up. I’m hoping it helps in some way. Has anyone tried it?

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I have not tried the Oto app but have tried Tinnitus Aid and Resound Relief. Sounds like your tinnitus issues are very similar to mine. As the day goes on it gets louder. I also find out that noisy environments actually make my tinnitus hum louder. Been progressively worse the last two years. Let me know how you like the Oto app.

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Has anyone with tinnitus experienced louder tinnitus when exercising or being in a hurry? I would love to hear from you. I have read many things about tinnitus but never heard of this aspect.

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I'VE had it for 40 yrs, it varies, it'll drive you nuts if you let it, over time I've blocked it out, never think about it much! Ya get used to it! Stereo on etc, other noises to drown it out! I only notice it when the environment I'm in is QUIET! Most frustrating for me is not being able to understand people when there's background noise!THEN, over time I've gone to not listening to conversations at restaurants etc, then people think I'm stuck up or whatever!

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My T has gotten louder in the last six mos. or so…I find being quiet and gentle mediitation outside feeding birds and chipmunks down at my circle. It calms my soul and the noise….at night I listen to the T and let it morph into a natural sound like waves on the beech or maybe wind in the trees…it depends how loud it is….and fall asleep…it is noisiest first thing on waking…so I stay quiet and concentrate on slowing down my heartbeat, talking to the cat, stretching and then slowly get up and get ready for the day….and my big coffee down at my stone circle with the chippies, birds and memories. It always gets worse when I get tense or if I am yelled at…so I avoid these situations and places(if possible)…hope this helps someone. Peace be with you.

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@nurseheadakes

Ah…tinnitus What a noisy little buzz that is always pestering us when we least want it but can't get rid of it. Did you know there are some 50 million plus people with this milady and there is no cure for it? But research is being conducted on it in earnest. https://www.ata.org/news/news There is an actual organization that is exclusively directed towards Tinnitus and all of the information and answers you may have about how you can take care of yourself to minimize the effects of the buzz in your head. https://www.ata.org/understanding-facts Since hearing loss may be a part of the tinnitus or even contributed to the tinnitus, we can't discount learning about this as well. So, surround yourself with information and try to understand what you have and how this all adds up to help you identify what needs to be treated and how you can feel well despite what may not be the best outcome. We can still exist with what we have using tools to help us hear, see, move and exist in our world. We need to discover what those tools are and how they will help us. These organizations and people are there to help us do that. We are here in this place to find what's out there and to bring that here and say, that they have helped me. I have had the buzzing for years because of toxic meds -so it will never go away. I have hearing aids that mask them. I try not to listen to them. I drown them out with background noise, music, TV and other noises so that I don't always know that they are here. If I am busy, I don't know that I am having them. If I talk about them – they become loud. But If I don't talk about them and am busy with activities – they aren't really noisy. Meds I take do influence their effect but I take less of the ones that cause the most side effects. I hydrate myself well so that my body has enough fluids on board. Migraines are also part of my life but I keep my stimuli under control so that my tinnitus are also under control since they seem to work in tandem.
Check out the websites and see what you can find that is applicable to you. Write down those items you have tried and what might work for you. Keep a diary so that you keep track of symptoms – this helps when working with your doctors as it does with my doctors. It provides proof. Eloise

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My tinnitus started while taking the blood pressure medication; Metoprolol, but of course after reading that it may never go away it didn't matter that my cardiologist switched me to Diltiazem. There has to be a cure for this; some day!

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Talking with Dr Neil Baumann and listening to him on our Zoom HLAA Meeting tonight, it is any wonder we all will have tinnitus and an assembly of side effects from all of the toxic medications that are prescribed for us. He has been studying for the past 25 years and has found that it is better to avoid most of them than to take them. His books outline the 640 + drugs that do us injury and may even kill us. Of the top 300 prescription drugs that are prescribed for the 2.9 billion people more than 96% of them are ototoxic or have toxic side effects. The current leaflets given to you do not list the side effects of hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, Menieres disease, etc on them because they are not reported by the physicians (less than 1/25th of 1%) to the FDA. Some of the toxic meds are: Wellbutrin, Cipro, Celexa, Ibuprofen. The top two categories are: Platinum Anti-cancer drugs: Cisplatin and Aminoglycan antibiotic – Gentamycin, Neomycin, Streptomycin, Tobramycin etc. Top Four today that cause OTOTOXICITY to our EARS/BRAIN include: #4 Influenza vaccine – flu shot #3 Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) #2 Ibuprofen (Advil / Motrin) #1 Citalopram (Celexa). For every pill there is a ill and every drug there is a bug…. Best treatment plan is Diet – Exercise and Herbals/Diet supplements from a Neuropathic doctor You can find him on https://hearinglosshelp.com/?p=4745 He has a FREE COPY of his 3rd Edition of the Special Report List of 966 Drugs associated w/Tinnitus available. Check it out today He will help you too if you give him a call. Thank you.

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