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Old 01-05-2017, 05:47 PM
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Anyone suffer from Tinnitus, that constant ringing in the ears?

I know there's no cure but does anyone have ideas on how to help reduce it?
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With me it seems to fluctuate with diet, weather and sinus congestion.
Reduce sodium, live with the weather and take decongestants.
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Anyone suffer from Tinnitus, that constant ringing in the ears?

I know there's no cure but does anyone have ideas on how to help reduce it?
Yep. 24/7. I have lived with it for so long that on those very rare occasions when it goes away it freaks me out.

I have all sorts of idea on how to reduce it. Sadly I needed to know those things 30+ years ago.

Now that I have it, I have never found anything that will make it better. I have found that, as mentioned above, weather and sinus congestion can make it a whole lot worse.
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See an ear specialist. There are medications that can help. Also modifications to diet. And make sure you clean your ears of wax regularly.
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I've learned to live with it. I'm 1/2 deaf in one ear and have tinnitus, but it could be worse...

I got it from firearms instead of something utterly lame like being in a deathmetal band or being a Nascar driver.
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If it is accompanied by hearing loss, hearing aids.
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Total deafness is the only cure for tinnitus. I've been to ear specialists and they all say there is no cure. The last doctor I went to told me that if I could find a cure, he'd like to split the millions of dollars we would make.

There are, however, certain foods that set it off and make it worse. Avoid salt and most processed foods. Check the sodium content before you buy anything. Lots of soups and frozen foods have high sodium content. Keep a log of what you eat and use a 1 to 10 rating scale for gauging the level of ringing that follows. That will likely tell you which foods you need to avoid. I have found that this reduces the ringing considerably. Beyond that, learn to live with it.
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Sounds like crickets and locusts on a summer night, never stops.
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Anyone suffer from Tinnitus, that constant ringing in the ears?

I know there's no cure but does anyone have ideas on how to help reduce it?
Routinely and nearly religiously clean your ears with peroxide. It helps, sometimes.
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Total deafness is the only cure for tinnitus. I've been to ear specialists and they all say there is no cure. The last doctor I went to told me that if I could find a cure, he'd like to split the millions of dollars we would make.

There are, however, certain foods that set it off and make it worse. Avoid salt and most processed foods. Check the sodium content before you buy anything. Lots of soups and frozen foods have high sodium content. Keep a log of what you eat and use a 1 to 10 rating scale for gauging the level of ringing that follows. That will likely tell you which foods you need to avoid. I have found that this reduces the ringing considerably. Beyond that, learn to live with it.
Lol One doctor I went to said that if they had a cure he'd cure himself first. Then he asked me if I'd ever flown in a plane and I said yes and he seemed to think that that was possibly a reason for the ringing.

Mine started out in a Morse Code type of dots and dashes and then went solid.
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I have white noise tinnitus. There are times it completely goes away for short periods. A joy to behold but I'll be darned if I can figure out what does it. Protect your ears beginning early boys and girls!
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I want to reply, but someone is ringing. I'll be right back.
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I have white noise tinnitus. There are times it completely goes away for short periods. A joy to behold but I'll be darned if I can figure out what does it. Protect your ears beginning early boys and girls!
I have that too. Probably caused by playing in a rock band and from gunfire in the military. I've pretty much given up on ever being rid of it. The pills they advertise on TV were totally worthless.
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Ive had it since my army days in the 70's. It still rings all the time. You just get use to it.
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I've heard that high blood pressure makes it worse
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Ive had it since my army days in the 70's. It still rings all the time. You just get use to it.
They keep telling me there "You are pressing the button when no tones are presented."

I tell them, I heard something, so I'm pressing the button.
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Sometimes something can be done for it, depending on octaves affected. Especially with some degree of hearing loss hearing aids can be made to transmit "white noise" that blocks the ringing octaves. They are both noise, but your brain translates it to be no noise.

My tinnitus, caused mostly by unprotected shooting and my share of rock concerts, sounds like softly running water, like a sink faucet left running.
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My tinnitus ..... sounds like softly running water, like a sink faucet left running.
While I'm sure that's annoying to you, I think that would be a lovely thing to hear all the time. My tinnitus sounds like that feed-back squeal when a band is setting up their equipment.
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I got it pretty bad. I'm used to it now and I have noise on always,tv or radio, helps drown it out.
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They keep telling me there "You are pressing the button when no tones are presented."

I tell them, I heard something, so I'm pressing the button.
I got that too, think my ENT gave up giving me a hearing test... then I get "were you in the military, maybe artillery?".

My downfall is probably a mix of sinus issues, ear infections, sinus infections, fireworks, gun fire, stock cars and drag racing in my younger years. The ringing has come to stay since around 1990.
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