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Tinnitus..............Do You Speak It ?


How many people here have Tinnitus ?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. Don’t know what it is.

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  1. Amberlamps
    As the Thread name suggests.

    How many people here suffer from tinnitus, for those that don’t know what it is, it’s that ringing, beeping, whooshing noise that you can hear, but which is not coming from an external source.

    If you do suffer from this extremely annoying medical condition, what do you do to try and get some relief from the symptoms ?

    Many of us here use iem’s or headphones, which can make the problem worse, and I thought this would be a good question to ask, as I’m sure many people here are plagued by it,

    How do you all cope with it, any tips ?
  2. happychef
    Hi, I've suffered from this since my late teens and worsened throughout my 20s caused ironically by listening at high volume through headphones. Like many people I've tried quite a few things to help not alot of actually do though which can be very frustrating, these are currently what help somewhat, listening at a lower volume, I have a high volume day once a week, no headphone days, I work in a fairly noisy environment so that helps to mask it quite well, at night in bed is when there is no getting away from it, I love audio books so I have one on low volume and that helps me to sleep a great deal.
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  3. Darkestred
    Ive had it for about 15 years now. I may have eventually had to deal with it. I used to go to many concerts and many days after my ears would ring. I went to THE concert. Figures, a band i didn't care for. Did it for a then-friend. Singer screams. The speakers clip. High shrieking. Ears never stopped ringing after that day.

    Thankfully, ambient noise cancels out the sound but its possible i am going down a similar road while listening to music. I recently bought some CIEMs and while i do not think i listen to them that loud sometimes i find myself increasing the volume at the gym. My gym will blast music but its never consistent. I have noticed my ringing is a little louder and more intense sounding. But, that could also be in my head now that i am paying attention to it.

    I feel for those who have to mentally battle it but like floaters in the eyes - ignoring them and going on auto-pilot works most of the time for myself.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2018
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  4. Amberlamps
    I’m the same, since my early twenties when some idiot decided firing a gun next to my head would be “funny”. I lost bass for days, all I could hear was treble.

    The tinnitus started then but has got worse over the years, sometimes I get an attack where the beeeeeeeeeeeeeep sound gets louder and louder and it blokes out real noises, but those are rare and only last for about thirty seconds.

    At night it’s a pain, so much so that I was prescribed sleeping tablets, things help with getting to sleep, thats all. My right ear is getting worse, it didn’t used to be this bad, but twice this year I have had iems on when I started up my dac/amps and didn’t realise they were at max volume.

    I have got the art of ripping out iem’s as fast as possible down to a T, I’m that good at it.

    I also have long stringy floaters and there is one big ( tiny but looks big as its very dark ) black dot one that every now and then, I think it’s a tiny spider abseiling down from the roof, as the floater will freefall down inside my eyeball if I don’t move my eyes, so I think that a spider is abseiling or actually moving on me. If it wasn’t so black, I probably wouldn’t pay attention to it.

    Ambient noise does help at night when trying to sleep, tinnitus must affect alot of folk and I wonder why it does not get funded properly to find a cure or fix for it.

    I mean, if they can make ototoxic drugs, why not anti-ototoxic ones ?
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  5. happychef
    Leaving my headphones plugged in and accidentally turned up loud is something I've done my self too often you'd think I'd learn. You're very lucky not have been deafened completely, I hope you showed him the difference between funny and not funny. My right ear is also the worst and frequently get complete sound drop outs like you do, and both ears ring at a different frequency,I've given up on hoping for a cute or treatment and if they do I'll probably be too old to care.
  6. Amberlamps
    Yeah, he got a slap. He was always doing dumb stuff, now he is in prison for 3 attempted murders. We lost touch about 20 years ago and 2 years ago I read about him being in prison.

    I really thought that I would of been left with just treble for hearing. Hospital checked me over and said it’s just a matter of time whether it’s permanently damaged or if it will get better, thankfully 2 days later it did start getting better.

    A cautionary tale that says, Hospital’s cannot fix acute hearing damage.
  7. happychef
    That's awful, you must be pretty relieved to have lost contact with him, nobody needs a person like that in their lives. Hospitals I find are generally unsympathetic places and not just for hearing issues
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  8. Amberlamps
    Yes, I only knew him as he was in the same class as me at school, a few years after school we hooked back up for about 6 months and in time period is when he pulled the gun move. After that I told him to foff, then read in the newspaper 20 years later he was convicted of attempting to murder an entire family.

    Husband, wife and daughter, but after the conviction the news came out that the husband was a convicted murderer and had just not that long been released from a 20 year bit.

    Scum of the earth the lot of them, the daughter and wife were beating him up after coming out of a bar, so he went home, got a knife, went back and did a number on them. Then the cops went to the block of flats he lived in, but they couldn’t get access to the building, but over the intercom which was open, the cops listened in for an hour and heard him and his buddy speaking about it, he even pleaded not guilty lol.
  9. happychef
    What a lovely Bunch of people,pleading not guilty some people have no shame, I hope he got a good long sentence.
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  10. Amberlamps
    Yeah, and the thing is, he never came from the ghetto, his upbringing was probably the same as mine, but as usual, drink and drugs were involved. I have no idea what the family he tried to murder were like, but for daddy to be a killer and the mum and daughter going all worldstar on his ass, I will presume they are from the ghetto.

    It’s not my problem so I’m happy.

    He got jailed for 17 years with a minimum jail sentence of 12 years, after that he can be paroled, only if he behaves himself inside, but knowing him, prison is his natural habitat.

    Dude, I just noticed, we kin, I’m from scotland also. Now that I know that, the dude is in hmp grampian up in peterhead where they used to keep all the “jim’ll fix it’s”.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2018
  11. happychef
    It's nice to know he's in with a good crowd. hey, it's a small world, always nice to hear from fellow Scots, it seems we are everywhere
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  12. Darkestred
    Great. Now i can't see. All i see are my floaters.
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  13. Amberlamps
    By the looks of things, we 4 are schiit out of luck for any new treatments for tinnitus, as it looks like only 4 people in the world suffer from it.

    Drug companies will not waste billions to find a cure for 4 folk. :frowning2:

    I blame vitamin D, because we are being misled, as it’s not a vitamin, it’s just special forces code for the sun.

    Ninja edit 2.0

    We are now 5.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2018
  14. Brooko Contributor
    It’s pretty common - around 20% of the population suffer from one form or another. For many it’s temporary, and often a sign of listening too loud (call it warning bell). For those people, if they modify listening levels it can be eliminated. There are other causes as well - including medicines (reaction to some anti-biotics), some diseases, and of course age elated hearing loss.

    For others (like me), it’s permanent - no known cure. What I understand happens is that the tiny hairs in your inner-ear die or are damaged. Each corresponds to a certain frequency. With that frequency missing, your brain tries to replicate it - and that’s what the high pitched ringing is. Mine was a single event. Concert I didn’t want to go to (wife’s boss had arranged it) - Jimmy Barnes - in a smallish local venue. Speakers were far too powerful for the venue, and after about 90 minutes when we left, I discovered I could hardly hear anything. I knew something was wrong when it took 3 days to get my hearing back. Sadly with the return of the hearing, came the permanent high pitched ringing. I always regret two things from that event 20 years ago - actually going (never liked him and his band anyway) and the fact I could have avoided it by taking hearing protection.

    It’s always there for me now. When you’re not concentrating / aware of it, it does tend to fade. As soon as you are aware it becomes louder. Things like lack of sleep, and poor health can make it worse.

    Funniest thing now is that my normal listening level is around 70dB nowadays - which is pretty quiet compared to most here. I want to protect everything I have remaining, and it was surprising how easy it was to acclimatise to a lower listening level.
  15. Amberlamps
    Yeah, it does fade when your busy and your minds focusing on something else.

    The gun incident that happened to me was at an indoor range before handguns were banned in the UK.

    Then roughly 3 years ago I was in hospital on a Gentimicin drip, and ever since then, it’s been worse but, I cannot say Gentimicin caused it to get worse. When I first noticed it was permanent was when I was trying to sleep one night and I could hear the sound of an old 56k modem when it tries to make a connection, it was that but at a low volume.

    I was sent to see a hospital specialist who checked my hearing range in one of them booths, and he mentioned something to do with pressure in my ear. After tests he basically said, if it’s not being caused by some disease that can be treated, then there is nothing that they can do except cognitive behaviour therapy sessions of listen to white noise or music at low volumes when trying to sleep.

    Yes it is surprisingly common, but judging by my poll, we 5 people are unique. I really thought the poll would atleast be in the double digits by now, possibly even triple digits, but it looks like 99.99995 of headfiers dont have it.
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