Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Nokomis, Fl. USA
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My first post about this was after reading about so many other's experiences. With all that talk I was wondering how many were actually doing something about it. Since then we had a gathering of couples in their sixties and seventies. I was surprised to find out all three males that I have known for a long time have tinnitus. So evidently it doesn't get talked about much. So don't feel alone.
My take on some of these issues:
I've seen a couple products on TV. One in particular (forgot the name) makes a splash for a while about once a year. They specifically mention tinnitus. Tried it about 8 years ago. Cream I think, or maybe drops. Didn't do a think for my tinnitus but I lost weight in the wallet.
My understanding of tinnitus is that it's best described as a ringing in the ears, relatively high pitched, constant and forever. Fortunately the brain can do a good job helping you to ignore it. You can't tell yourself to ignore it, it just happens. Personally I sometimes find myself aware of the ringing all of a sudden and realize that I hadn't been aware of it for quite awhile. The quieter it is the easier it is to be aware of it. If you're hearing multiple kinds of sounds, you might have something other than tinnitus. Also issues with not hearing bass notes is probably not related to tinnitus.
I should clear up something I mentioned in an earlier post. I mentioned my hobby, AV, and the 8-12khz range for my tinnitus. The hobby reference was about knowing what frequency it was, not the actual cause. For some our hobby might be the cause but in my case I think it was work related.
I have no medical background whatsoever. But I did sleep at........ I mean I've made myself aware of the condition.
To give you a relative rating of the sound, I'm in a quite room. The computer fan is about 5-10db above ambient. I would say my tinnitus is about 15-25db above ambient. If I was playing music I wouldn't be aware of it. Notice I didn't say it wasn't there, just that it would be masked by the music.
Someone mentioned almost liking the sound sometimes. I find nothing to like about a high pitched, constant, one note drone. But to each their own.
Loud noise in and of itself can cause ringing in your ears. Fortunately after the noise subsides the ringing eventually goes away. That's a case of the hairs in your ears folding over temporarily and then coming back to normal. I suppose if that happens a lot the ringing might not go away.
In any case this is somebody talking in a hobby forum about a serious hearing issue.
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