- I am 81. I have I had tinnitus since 35 to 40 yrs. My mother and some of my siblings had the same problem. Tinnitus is a genetic problem. We also have hypothyroidism. Even holistic treatment failed. Meditation does help to bypass this sound.
Annoying High Pitch Sound
- I read some responses and I'm not too enthused. It seems I'll be living with this for all my days. I've had this high pitch sound for about a half year or so and I must say it's quite annoying. My mother told me she's had it for about a year now too. I could name a number of factors as to the cause, but who knows. It does seem to be intensifying lately and it always comes from my right ear only. It very much sucks and am slightly relieved to know there are other sufferers, though this doesn't really help any of us, does it. I can only try better not to take the rest of my health for granted.
- —Guest running mad
Deal With It
- I've had tinnitus since I was 21 as a result of some idiot fired a shotgun right next to my ear without warning. It was very tough to deal with especially when I realized it was never going away. Over time I got used to it and it didn't bother me much. I'm 34 now and for some reason at the beginning of the year my tinnitus has gotten drastically worse to the point where it was driving me mad. The more I would think about it the louder it seemed. Then one day I realized there are an plenty of other things out there that I wouldn't trade my tinnitus for. I started to deal with it and I accepted it as part of my life. It is July now and my tinnitus is still loud but every day I forget about it more and more. I guess my advice would be is the day you take control and not let your tinnitus affect your quality of life is the day it will start to get better.
- —Guest Leon
You can ignore it
- I have suffered for over a year. There will be a cure eventually and specialists really are working on it. Until then certain techniques that others have written help. One lady said 'you already have other things stressing you in your life if you let tinnitus upset you.' Over the past year I remember times where it didn't bother me, but I still had it. The lack of control is what you need to overcome, the thought that you can't have quiet even if you really want it but there are other beautiful sounds which can mask it anyway. I recommend the sound of water running or whale music as that will relax you just as much as peace and quiet will. Remember you are not alone, don't have regrets about what caused it because you can't go back. The only thing that needs to change is your attitude towards it. 100000s of people suffer, many of them very happy and successful people. Good luck and don't get upset!!
- —Guest kate
Irritating but it could be worse
- I'm 17 years old and I've suffered with slight tinnitus for as long as I can remember, I can't remember what complete silence sounds like. I've neglected my hearing by going to too many rock concerts and now I am a sufferer of tinnitus. I'm so young I just cannot let it bother me, some nights I just want to cry because I'm scared that it's going to get louder as I grow older, the future of my hearing is uncertain but it could be so much worse. Sometimes you have to step back and realise there are people who have it a lot worse than you, be thankful that you can still see the world and that there is a roof over your head. Things will get so much better when you change your attitude from negative to positive, look at tinnitus in a good way - it's a part of who you are and if you've got it from exposure to loud sounds it's a lesson which you can learn from. Focus on your health, do things that take your mind off it and be happy! You are never alone!
- I have had ringing in my head since my hairdryer made a loud noise. So loud I jumped backwards. I have had my ears tested and I do not hear certain pitches. I was so upset about it that I went to the doctors. He advised that the medication online from America has not been tested in the UK so they cannot prescribe. I have been taking sertraline, an antidepressant which lifts mood. This seems to help, as I do not wake up in the morning and wait to hear the ringing anymore.
- —Guest Mothergoose
God bless to us all
- I've been experiencing tinnitus for the last 5 years without a moment of respite since the beginning. But on its first onset (Thank God!), I decided to accept it with humble resignation. That surely helped me and still helping me cope with the problem. I have relatives who said thay they were going crazy or felt like banging their heads on the wall because of the ringing sound in the ears. Thank God again, I haven't had those experiences, maybe because of the acceptance I made when it started. It ringing got louder when I'd be stressed out. I tried acupuncture one time it got louder, it got better, meaning to the original ringing loudness. Yes, we have to stay positive with this condition because anger and depression will just make it worse. God bless to us all!!!
- —Guest CHD
holding my ears closed
- I hold my ears closed sometimes and focus on the ringing, it somehow relaxes the anxiety feeling.
- —Guest dy
Squeezable Earplugs - Preventative Care
- I read all the previous answers and agree with most that it may be incurable as it is the sign of hearing damage usually due to loud noises (music, concerts, bands, and often in men, the use of many power tools.) I think it is important that you use ear protection even when mowing the lawn to help prevent further problems. Those squeezable earplugs are good. I have used ear protection for years even at concerts. I discreetly put some silicon earplugs in and loosen them just enough to hear and enjoy the music but not leave with my ears ringing. I hope they do find a cure for tinnitus as so many people suffer from it and the upcoming generation likes everything even louder, not realizing the consequences.
- —Guest yzhiinaKyAruBMnR
It's all in my head...
- I've suffered from the ringing in my ears for over 25 years. It seemed to start suddenly, but most likely is from damage caused by attending too many rock concerts in small venues. It was overwhelming at first, and I also submitted to many tests to attempt to rule out other health issues that cause this. What finally worked for me was to realize that at least I wasn't deaf, and could still hear. That many people suffer from far greater diseases and this one was just a new song that I would have to carry with me. I also try to remind myself that even if there is a ringing in my ears, the body still pumps blood, the eyes still see. Usually, this reminder that I have so much to be thankful for puts it all into better perspective. In my better moods, I tell myself that it is my body's way of telling me the energy fields are working! It doesn't ALWAYS work, but acceptance is very key to being able to function. Peace.
- —Guest Kerri
- Last week my ears started ringing. Sometimes it's low and sometimes it's very loud! I made an appointment to see the ent, in which I saw on Monday. The doctor found the end of Q-tip inside clogging my ear drum! It's been two days my ears are still ringing. Those it take time for my ears to stop ringing, or are they going to ring forever?
- —Guest David
My whole life has changed
- Once a happy aerobic instructor and teacher, my life changed in an instant! A pop in my left ear and hearing loss. I now suffer from a constant screaming sound in my head, dizziness and extreme depression. It is hard to live life and I no longer can tolerate loud noises, even drying my hair with a hair dryer or the kids running around yelling. I'm irritable with everyone and pray everyday that somehow this torture will end. Hundreds of dollars in seeing doctors who can do nothing. I only wait and cry that somehow there will be a cure. For anyone who's suffering with this, I pray for you as well. It is hell and I'm not the same happy bubbly workout fanatic I once used to be.
- —Guest Denise
ADHD, Sick Sinus, and Tinnitus
- I am nearing 60 and have had this likely from birth. I realized it as a boy when I heard "crickets" during a blizzard. I also have a faulty electrical system in my heart (sick (heart) sinus syndrome), and ADHD. I notice other writers say some of the same things. Might these conditions be related? Could it be all of the nervous system in my body has a core mality?
Long time sufferer, ringing has worsened
- I developed noise-induced tinnitus back in 1994 from listening to music too loud on my Walkman and going to loud heavy metal music clubs. I was 19 and in college at the time and initially the tinnitus was unbearable and I was driven to extreme anxiety. After a few months the level of the tinnitus decreased to a manageable level and I have lived with it ever since. However, in the past week I have developed very loud ringing in my left ear that is very upsetting. I may have an ear infection and will be consulting an ear specialist but just want to let other tinnitus sufferers that you are not alone.
- —Guest Patrick
My Old Friend
- I cannot remember when I didn't hear the constant ultra high pitched tone. I've been told it stems from past aural trauma (tank and artillery firing in the army, sitting in front of the trumpets in stage band). The ringing is absolutely constant; I cannot remember quiet.
- —Guest Rick