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Old 11-17-2013, 08:43 AM   #21
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I've had it for over ten years. It was listed as a possible side effect of chemotherapy (cisplatin, I believe) that I received. Oncologist also said "you'll just have to get used to it over time." On a busy day, I don't notice it much at all. On a quiet morning, like now, writing about it, it's loud!

My brother-in-law claims that anti-anxiety meds, such as lorazepam (Ativan) or clonazepam (Klonopin) help his tinnitus. They could help you perceive the ringing sensation differently, and be less bothered by it perhaps, since they are also known as "tranquilizers." But, as most people know, benzo's are problematic in terms of dependence, tolerance, impaired driving, risk of falling, drug diversion, and on and on. Plus, this would be an off-label use, as far as I know. On the other hand, if the tinnitus is so bothersome that it has aggravated an existing, diagnosable anxiety disorder of some sort, then a prudent trial of a benzodiazepine would be reasonable. "Two birds with one stone," so to speak. The warnings still exist, of course.

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Old 11-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #22
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I'm luckily never had this health issue but remember seeing a presentation on PBS about the latest findings on this. Here is a link: Neuroscience may offer hope to millions robbed of silence by tinnitus | PBS NewsHour | Nov. 6, 2013 | PBS

Also I found this upcoming event: Twitter Chat: Submit your tinnitus questions | PBS NewsHour

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Old 11-17-2013, 02:25 PM   #23
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I've had it since 2008. Had surgery on my cervical spine. I blame that - need something to blame.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:41 PM   #24
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After working on, around & under running military jet aircraft for a bunch of years, I have it pretty bad. I think it's getting worse.

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Old 11-17-2013, 02:54 PM   #25
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I get it on and off due to TMJ syndrome I have. I do some isometric exercises for my jaw and it goes away after a while.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:30 PM   #26
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Wow, so many people on this forum have this. I've had it for many years due to a head injury. I only hear it in the still of the night but it really doesn't bother me because I am so used to it.

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