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Old 08-09-04, 02:26 PM
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Does/has anyone here suffered from Tinitus (ear ringing)?

My reason for asking is that for me it can be very irritating and I'm wondering if any of you have had any luck in reducing or eliminating the ringing. I am open to all suggestions that have worked for you. One thing I've tried that worked a little for a while was taking Ginko Baloba. Please let me know if you have any suggestions, especially if they have worked for you. Thanks.
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That comes from dogs blowing people whistles.
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I play drums and I'm always hearing (pun intended) about other peeps developing this problem. THere are supplements you can take to help with this and even an all natural pill I've seen advertised that treats tinitus. I'll see if I can find the ad for it to tell you it's name.
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I went to a hard rock concert 3 years ago (center stage about 20 rows back form a tower of speakers) and had a LOUD ringing in my ear for about 3 weeks after the show. I seriously thought I was going to go crazy from it......at some point I either got used to it or it slowly fadded away..................
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No, I never.....will somebody answer that damn phone!
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I did, once for 3 days during a cold, it was awful, no sleep!!

The good news is my step-mom has it, HAHAHA!
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Had tinitus for most of my adult life... Played guitar in rock bands, TOO loud, went to too many loud concerts, etc... I've long since gotten used to it, but yeah, it sucks.

As for what to do... Supposedly, there's a surgical treatment now that offers some relief... That and the usual herbal supplements bit... About the only thing you can do for sure is to get some kind of white noise going on... Background noises, etc... That helps to take the focus off of the ringing.
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Yep, I've had it for a while (four or five years). The problem is sometimes it's louder than other times (and even seems to feel like my ear is blocked). I currently do try to have a constant background (at least when sleeping - like a fan going). It seems that so far there is no cure, but some people do seem to be able to lower or improve the ringing. I'm curious to see what they do and see if it will work for me.

I think I spelled it wrong. It may be tinnitus.
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I've had tinitus for as long as I can remember. I thought it was normal until I was about 13 and my Dad mentioned that he had it, told me about it, and figured out I had it. I always wondered why those hearing tests we did in school never showed anything. I only notice it during really quiet times like in bed at night.
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I've had it for about six years, as a result of going to too many concerts. Its a pretty mild case. It only bothers me where there is absolute silence. It's drowned out when there are other noises going on. Looking back, I wish I would've taken my hearing more seriously.
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once for 3 days after standing about 10 feet from the speaker at a Garbage concert
once for a few minutes a couple months ago when I forgot to put my ear plugs back in before firing my Glock 30
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Many, many times after concerts. Eventually just went away, ranging from a day to a couple weeks. My hearing is fine right now....that I know.
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I always use foam earplugs when riding my motorcycle because I know people that got this condition from wind noise at highway speeds.
The last time I spoke with someone who had it they indicated that they just have to live with it.
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I've had it for most of my adult life too. The ringing is constant in my left ear. Over the years, I've actually gotten used to it. It doesn't bother me at all. I guess I got it from my very loud teenage years.

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Ive had it for short times. Sometimes after play shows if i'm too close to the ride symbol i'll get it. Most of the time i just stuff some tissue in my ear and that protects me.
the loudest sound i ever hear was when i shot a 12 gauge shotgun in a canyon and forgot to put in my ear plugs.
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My reason for asking is that for me it can be very irritating and I'm wondering if any of you have had any luck in reducing or eliminating the ringing.
I've had it for 20 years. A hearing specialist said I had a condition called hyperacusis, and that there wasn't anything that could be done about it. So far, he's been right.
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I got it after working on a jet aircraft and someone started the engines and put them up to 75%. Unforunately at the time I was working in the "birdcage" between the two engines and didn't have my hearing protection with me.

My right ear really drives me nuts. Lately it even sounds badly muffled. I have to have white noise just to get through the day.
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i have it also. same as others mentioned, i play the drums and went to concerts for too long without hearing protection.

the only thing i've been successful in doing is taking precautions now. i notice if i'm under a lot of stress, or if i drink any alcohol the ringing gets really bad. if i'm eating good and exercising the ringing is very minimal.

of course i always wear my westone musicians plugs when i play or go to shows now.
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Have had it for several years. Too much loud music and loud cars when I was younger. One time I fired my .45 at the indoor range and forgot my earmuffs. Thought I was going fall over. The reverberation left me off balance.

I have a ringing that I equate to the high pitch like phasers in Star Trek. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you're not sleeping well, get a low dose relaxing agent like Amytripoline. When you're stressed it makes it worse.
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Since William Shatner suffers from it, I pretned I have it. Does that count?
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I have it as well.

Too much loud music in my youth. Oddly enough, my ears never "rang" after concerts, but occasionally I'd have trouble hearing after them, but the condition always cleared up.

My condition might not be completely due to loud concerts, though, because I can always remember ringing in my ears to some degree, even before I got into metal.

The condition varies for me... I go through periods where I barely notice it, and others where it nearly drives me nuts. It's worse in total silence, like when I'm sitting in a parked car with the windows up. It's like there's three different alarms ringing in my head at its worst.
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had it for about 14 years - don't notice it anymore.
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I have it. It comes and goes. When I first noticed it about 15 years ago, I finally began to take care of my hearing by using ear protection when exposure to excessive volume was possible. It hasn't gotten any worse, so I must be doing something right. I will look into the herbal supplement thing. Good luck!
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I pray for the ringing to come and drown out the voices in my head.
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Originally posted by Deftones, Esq
I've had it for about six years, as a result of going to too many concerts. Its a pretty mild case. It only bothers me where there is absolute silence. It's drowned out when there are other noises going on. Looking back, I wish I would've taken my hearing more seriously.
Same exact situation. And I too wish I would have taken it more seriously. When I go to shows now, I always bring a pair of earplugs...it probably won't fix what is already messed up, but hopefully it'll prevent it from getting worse.

I sleep with a fan too...have for years.

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