Tinnitus

Is anybody else deeply troubled by this? I'm an eighteen and have unfortunately been afflicted with this for at least four years. For the first two noticeable years, I dealt with it perfectly well – but for the past two, they've been unbearable (ultimately having to drop out of college due to depression and insomnia).

I always associate my bed with tinnitus, so that instantly sets me off for a bad night of sleeping.

I've been to psychologists about it, but to no avail.

I've also tried listening to a plethora of different genres of music, and all the different types of noise (e.g. white etc.) available.

Does anybody have any 'grassroots' tips? One could say that it's 'doing my head in'.

Posted 5 Dec 2011 at 2:36 AM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi California Man
    Tinnitus is like a beast that attacks the more you're scared of it. It's good it hasn't affected your sleep and that, overall, you seem to be coping well. Doctors can be the least helpful people to help with it, they just stress the incurability rather than the ways you can cope with it and even nullify it.

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    Spec, you are one WISE dude. I think you are a writer, and I see that you know a lot and could help a lot of people by combining this knowledge with your ability to write. If you are not now a writer, then this is something you can do. Absolutely.

    I agree that docs have a hard time dealing with mind stuff. Guess this is one of them. Your analogy about fear is right on. Lately it pops up and seems loud. I don't like it but try to say Go Away a few times, knowing that won't do a thing. It waxes and wanes like the moon, only on an hourly cycle.

    I know that in my case it is linked to my anxiety, so that's what I have to deal with. That too is a devil in that it has many heads. The sleep related head and the others.

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    hi I've had tinnitus for over twenty years and just ignored it, but since developing insomnia a year ago it has ramped up very loudly and very irritating… obviously due to not sleeping and also hearing going slightly but it has also changed pitch as well which is horrendous. I'm assuming i i can get more sleep it might revert back to way it was

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    I've developed tinnitus over the past couple of years. Had my hearing tested and it's completely fine. The audiologist also measured the pressure in the eustachian tubes and found it is elevated a bit. There is no treatment for this--and antihistamines do not help me. I heard recently that aspirin and pain relievers, as well as some antidepressants, can trigger tinnitus. I've been taking naproxen and an antidepressant for a couple of years now and am planning to taper off (with my doc's supervision, of course!) to see whether it has a positive effect. Oh, and there's an ear-health supplement containing bioflavanoids and vitamins that apparently helps some people.

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    Hi Colin Sorry, I meant to reply to this some days ago. Sorry your tinnitus has got worse – mine did some years ago and it wasn't fun. But I slowly got on top of it by doing a stress-reduction programme which involved a series of breathing, relaxation and imaging exercises through the day. It took a month or so to start to work, but gradually it ceased to bother me and I began to sleep again. Have you tried the British Tinnitus Association? They offer support and advice. There's plenty you can do about it. Doctors tend to be hopeless and just tell you it's incurable, which doesn't help. It's an emotional and psychological problem. To me, it's similar to insomnia and can be nullified by relaxation and positive thinking. The subconscious mind adapts to it effectively but it does take time.

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    Hi Kec
    Good luck with your search for a treatment for your tinnitus. What helped me in the long run was a programme designed to aid relaxing and breathing. Have you tried the British Tinnitus Association? I found them invaluable. Be of good cheer, the symptoms often get better as we adjust. My tinnitus drove me crazy for a while, now it's scarcely a problem.

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    Hi all – sleeps slowly improving but I am being bothered by a bout of tinnitus …..have has this for years actually. Was just wondering if there are any hot tips out there for dealing with tinnitus. Another member (Colin) mentioned on another thread about Mindfulness and dealing with thoughts like noise…..I would love to know more about this Colin, if you are out there!!! It sounded like a great strategy – not necessarily just for tinnitus but also for helping the racing mind. Thanks all!

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    Hi RH,
    tinnitus is bothersome isn't it.

    Someone suggested if you increase the blood flow to the area surrounding the ears it might help as possibly when you're anxious, stressed or not sleeping well the neck muscles tense up and blood flow can get somewhat restricted (a wee bit). Theres points below ear , behind ear and the hollow right in front of your ear that your can rub in small circles 50 times each. and cup hands over ears and tap fingers on skull behind ear. Also massage along the base of the skull on the back of the neck. (don't suppose it'll make much difference if you're still quite tense, stressed etc)

    Im trying reflexology for it just now… can't imagine it'll help but its very relaxing never the less. My tinnitus has got very bad over past couple of months as has my tense/sore neck muscles and sleep pretty rubbish too.

    Desperately seeking solutions too.

    Cheers

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    Hi
    Sorry your tinnitus is still bothering you. I think you're doing the right thing by experimenting with treatments, to find something that works for you. I was initially very sceptical of a relaxation programme I took up, but I stuck with it and it ultimately reduced my tinnitus to a level in which I'm barely aware of it most of the time. If you want me to post you the ten step programme I'd be happy.
    What also helped me was reading that our unconscious minds tend to adjust to tinnitus over time (it's like learning to sleep through a ticking clock), which was a bit antidote to all the unhelpful “It's incurable” mantras of much of the medical profession.
    I'm sure finding a way to relax your tense neck muscles will help. Best of luck, you'll find a way.

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    Hi all,

    Has anyone tried Lipo-Flavonoid for tinnitus? I've been reading about it, and wondering if it works?

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    Hi cde5476
    No, I haven't tried that remedy. I'm glad to say that, although my tinnitus is still there, these days it hardly bothers me. I guess it's the subconscious mind adjusting.
    Good luck with the lipo-flavonoid, and hope your symptoms gradually improve like mine.

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    Ya, Ive been using this app on my iPhone for tinnitus. Although I'm a little suspect on how well its working for me.

    From what I've read, Lipo-Flavonoid increases blood flow to the ears and somehow that helps decrease or get rid of the ringing all together. I don't know if this is just some sort of marketing ploy or if it really works?

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    Hi all just found the link to Tinnitus Sufferers ! Been reading some of the messages will try out some of the techniques I've had it for years . Really bothering me at night time but being on the Sleepio course seems to obf helped after five weeks and graduating My percentages finished well into the 90s and was sleeping really well except the last couple of nights and my sleep has been a bit mixed and the tinnitus has been really prominent ! So I'm gong through all the techniques and hoping that it is only a short blip I really hope the rest of you sufferers get some peace from it ? I'm going to the E.N.T. Dept to see if they have anymore ideas in October if I find anything that helps I will post it on here . Wishing you all a peaceful time.

    Trevor.

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    Hi folks as promised I went to E.N.T today but didn't find any new suggestions only what basically has already been covered on the Sleepio programme unfortunately !
    So I will carry on like I have recently , fortunately with the course I am sleeping much better.
    Sleep well everyone.
    Trevor.

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    Hello everyone, one of the things I have used that's recommended by tinnitus.org is a CD “sounds of deal beach” it's been recorded especially for tinnitus sufferers using a pure way of capturing the sound and its excellent. I was listening to a programme on the BBC and they said that tinnitus was one of the major cause of suicide. They recreated some of the noises that some of the sufferers had to endure and what I experience pales into significants. The CD is worth a try, I've read the posting policy and I don't think I'm breaking any rules giving the name of the CD. Hope not.

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    I have to take a sleeping aid every night to fall asleep. I also have had a ringing in my left ear for about 1.5 years. It is not that my mind won't shut off it is that I just simply can't fall asleep. Any other remedies? Had to do with stress in the beginning bc was going through a custody battle.

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    So, with a multitude of other issues I also have Tinnitus. A lovely high pitch in my left ear that has various levels of intensity. It never goes away. I would love to blame my insomnia on this, however, I've only had this for the past 4 years. I had a neck injury and I believe that's how it occurred as I don't know of any other real reason I'd have it.
    I know this doesn't help my insomnia in any way shape or form, but I would like to know how others that have this deal with both ailments. I know the white noise tricks and always have a fan going.

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    Hi Shopgirl.
    I fully understand about the tinnitus, I suffer it also yours could of been triggered by your neck injury and neither of those will help sleep. I have had tinnitus about 25 years, my problem with sleep started after a operation after having a Brain Haemorrhage left me unable to sleep, after doing the course and doing Sleep Reduction (SR) I find I can go to bed after feeling sleepy tired I can get to sleep with no problem, I get the odd 'blip ' but we all get them even good sleepers, all in all my sleep is good.
    Hope this helps in some way Shopgirl.
    Trevor.

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    It seems to me that once you get one illness/disease others seem to follow.
    I have had problems sleeping for about 10 years now. Sometimes I can't get sleep for an hour or more, sometimes I wake up and can't get back to sleep for an hour or so, sometimes it's a combination of both.
    It alleemed to start after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, followed by Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have had constant Tinnitus for just over 3 years now and this seems to have made my sleep problems worse.
    I currently have speakers under my pillow and play either thunderstorm or waves noises. These seem to help some nights but not every night.
    I can't remember the last time I had a decent, uninterrupted night sleep, it's been years. I do get anxious but I don't know why.
    I am hoping that the Sleepio programme will help. I have only just signed up so too soon to tell yet.
    It is interesting reading your comments on Tinnitus, it seems there is some hope there for this awful, invisible disease that can torment you and make you feel like you can't cope even when there are a lot of good things going on in your life.
    I am lucky to have a very supportive and understanding husband and family.

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    I saw an ad yesterday online about a Dr. of Music who could reverse hearing loss and get rid of tinnitus using sound therapy. I bought the program. After payment is entered they tried to sell me more stuff which I didn't buy. They said that tinnitus causes scaring on the brain and results in dementia but that they have a product that removes that scaring. This is what I didn't buy. Does tinnitus cause Alzheimer's? Are their claims valid?

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