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Readers Respond: Tinnitus Coping Strategies

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Share Post: Do you suffer from ear noise (ringing, hissing, or crackling) associated with tinnitus? What have you found that helps ease the distraction and discomfort from ringing in the ears? Can you offer any relief suggestions or coping strategies?

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Acupuncture for Tinnitus

I have had acupuncture for tinnitus, and feel that it has lessened it a bit, but it's still there. May have some more acupuncture. You can Google ' acupuncture for tinnitus' which is how I found out about it. It tells you how you can apply acupressure yourself to relieve it.
—Guest Kathy

My whole life has changed

I know the suffering you experience. Since 2010 I have had ringing which began with vertigo. I have lost vertigo but the ringing is very intense. I have found that getting out in the fresh air and working in my yard takes my mind off the noise in my head. Inside the house it gets louder. At night the hum of the ceiling fan puts me at ease so I can sleep. Continue praying. God is still the healer of all diseases. My faith is God is what sustains me; without Him I would surely be in a dire mess. Don't cry, that only makes it worse. Find a good book and get totally lost in the pages, listen to white noises; static on the radio not one of them. There are subliminal tapes with rushing water, rain falling etc that will also help. Be brave and ride this horrible wave out with the other thousands who suffer with it.
—Guest Shilohs Mom

How to sleep and cope with tinnitus

I contracted it while I was prescribed Hydrocodone after back surgery. I now take clonazepam to control it and sleep. you will be surprised at how effective it is in treating it. I asked for it. Every Dr. should know the benefit of this breakthrough medication. I take one half morning and noon then one whole one at night. The best SLEEP IN THE WORLD !!!.
—Guest Jim Alexander

TEN YEARS NOW

I have had this ringing ( very loud ) for ten years now and it just keeps getting louder. I have a lot of hearing loss in my right ear and some in my left ear. They tell me that the tinnitus is caused by my hearing loss. My brain is making up noise to make up for what they can't hear. I can't deal with it anymore. I know there is worse things out there but I just can't stand not having JUST ONE MOMENT of silence. NEVER AGAIN will I have a moment of peace. I am so scared I will go deaf and be left with the ringing.
—Guest Guest Debbie

have to try to ignore the sound

I sometimes sit in the washroom and run the tap or shower. It helps me. my prayers for those who suffer
—Guest frank c wallace

Newcomer

Concentrate so intensely on relaxing your head your mind will be diverted from the sound hope this helps 14/06/2014
—Guest Bryn

Google it!

I have experienced ringing (right side) after naps for a couple of years but figured it was a minor personal peculiarity. Today I decided to 'Google it' and SURPRISE... There are other peculiar people who experience the same. Mine is not very loud and it usually goes away after a while (1-2 hrs.) I will check in here from time to time to see what is new. Cheers to all. JP
—Guest Jerry

Depressed

At the age of 42 I went from a full time motivating personal trainer to a full time miserable depressed mother that no longer could enjoy the laughter of friends or any type of socialization. The excruciating echo around my head 24 hours a day is literally killing me! I heard a pop in my ear, and then the highest pitch of a sound that could break glass! I can't sleep without drugging myself, can't hold a job, ruining my relationships and quality of a once happy life! If I didn't have 2 children I couldn't live another day this way! Even the flushing of a toilet or a bird chirping sends me through the roof! They can do brain surgery but no cure for this hell on earth!
—Guest No more life

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

Going crazy

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?
—DonFry

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

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