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 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.

  • Sleepio Member

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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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    I suffer from Tinnitus. It came on instantaneously in both ears about a year ago. Got it checked out by a consultant -perfect hearing, nothing much to be done except use noise. Got an iPhone app to characterise it. Both ears have an approx 10.8 kHz tone. Trying various apps to mask it but none seem to work. I seem to be caught in a insomnia/Tinnitus/anxiety loop with each feeding off the other. If you alleviate one then the others improve. Trying to sort the insomnia in the hope it will improve the others.

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    Hi I can empathise with you with you tinnitus/ sleep issues, I've had it for years but there isn't much that can be done for it. The course has helped and until just recently I've been getting some good sleep, but at the beginning of the week I have had a really bad cold and it has kept me rom sleeping and my tinnitus seems more exasperated than ever and driving me nuts.
    I've taken to sleeping downstairs on my sofa so as not to wake my wife up while she is snoring away.
    Very frustrated.
    Merry Christmas to all.
    Trevor.

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    Hi Jules sorry should of got to you first but the same applies to you as stuzl. Best wishes. Trevor.

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    Hi everyone
    Hank you for your response Trevor
    I have recently been listening to a cd on my iPod whilst in bed. It is called Simply Sleep. It is by Alan Wickwho is a hypnotherapist. The cd is 30 minutes long. He talks about random things but I think it is the way he says them that helps.
    Along with the Sleepio programme I have found on most nights my Tinnitus has not kept me awake. Previously it was a nightmare. My Tinnitus is still there 24/7.
    I was also given hearing aids by ENT to wear a couple of hours before I go to bed. As soon as I put them in my Tinnitus noise seems a bit quieter. My Tinnitus sounds like cicadas and tingling noise.
    I think I is worth trying different things as we all react in different ways.
    Since Sleep restriction week my sleep has improved overall and I do feel I can cope better with my Tinnitus
    Wishing you all a peaceful, restful Christmas.

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    Hi everyone,
    I bought the Simply Sleep CD but it didn't help at all. I found his voice difficult to listen to. Sorry northerners, but I'm a southerner and he has a pronounced accent which wasn't comfortable with. I have a permanent whistling/white noise which I forget about when I'm engrossed in some activity (I paint) but like everyone else, it's worse at night. I tried the “sleep mate” which didn't help – it sounds like a vacuum cleaner/noisy fan. The best thing I've found is listening to a talking tape, very softly so you have to concentrate to hear it. It also doesn't wake you up when it comes to the end of the CD. Like others, I also went to an ENT consultant (actually for sinus trouble) and he said that tinnitus is incurable. I'm going to try the beach CD mentioned earlier.

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    I have also been told Tinnitus is incurable. I use sessions available from apple store by Glen Harrold. Dont know if they work but the distract me. Also tried “TinnitusMeasurer” and the expensive “Tinnitus Help” to characterise mine. The second one also claims to train to help the brain ignore the tinnitus.

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    Hi all, I've had tinnitus for over 45 years, and it's always worse when I'm tired or stressed. It's been quite bad during this course unfortunately, so I'm hoping it settles down again when I get some kind of normal sleep pattern back.
    My technique for living with it has been to always have music on in the background if I'm on my own and this just draws my attention away from it. Also in bed, on very low volume, but then more in the theme of a meditation or guided visualisation type. I've tried a sleep pillow, which has a small speaker in, that you can plug your mp3 player in to, which cuts out the faff of getting ravelled in wires in bed.
    There is also a headband that you can buy with small flat speakers in,(and a more expensive bluetooth version) , as it's very uncomfortable trying to sleep with headphones in for any length of time, as you know!
    There's no real fix here unfortunately, so we are left with finding our own ways of living with it, and finding our own coping mechanisms. I felt more relaxed about mine when I eventually realised I would probably always have it to some degree, and that I would have to accept it, and find a way of coping with it in the long term, but it's not an easy one.
    EO

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