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BUM 01-11-2007 08:21 AM

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I have had this problem for the last 20 years and its getting harder to ignore:

70's Very loud music
80's Handgunning
90's Ever increasing ringing
0X's Hearing loss complicated by allergies and sinus problems

Bought cheapie hearing aids thru eBay for those must-hear-perfectly situations. ENT says sinus surgery might help. Hearing loss is moderate. Music I've listened for years now sounds different :-\ The girl with kalidescope eyes now sounds like a girl with colitis goes by...


Nords 01-11-2007 10:20 AM

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Originally Posted by donheff
Sorry to break it to you Nords but you don't have what the rest of us do. What you are describing are auditory hallucinations - a sign of psychosis. The up side is there are lots of good meds these days. :laugh:

I asked my spouse if I was exhibiting signs of psychosis and she wanted to know how she'd be able to tell...

... as for the meds, it reminds me of David Lee Roth's philosophical wisdom: "I used to have a drug problem but now I make enough money to afford them."

lazygood4nothinbum 01-11-2007 11:11 AM

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if tinnitus is always a medical condition, then why is it that someone who has never experienced it before can meditate concentrate on their hearing and initiate tinnitus? (warning: if you try this know that you might not be able to turn it off again.)

i think it's just too many wireless devices.

Eagle43 01-11-2007 01:40 PM

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I've had this condition for thirty years or so. I believe it came from aircraft noise like that loud F-4 taking off for Hanoi every hour on the hour just across the street from my tent. Anyway, it started in the early 70s. It's only in one ear, and does vary in volume occasionally. I have learned to ignore it, except when it's mentioned. So I shall disregard this thread.

Sheryl 01-11-2007 04:39 PM

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Report from my partner's doctor visit. Is loss is in the high-frequency range, and there is a hearing aid available that will help - for $4,000.

donheff 01-11-2007 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Sheryl
Report from my partner's doctor visit. Is loss is in the high-frequency range, and there is a hearing aid available that will help - for $4,000.

I have Resound Air hearing aids that cost in that neighborhood for the pair. I recently read an article about a version Costco is offering that sounds very similar for half that. Costco are good guys - the Ben and Jerry's of discount. I would first check them out before I would go for another ultra-high priced hearing aid.

sailor 01-12-2007 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Sheryl
Report from my partner's doctor visit. Is loss is in the high-frequency range, and there is a hearing aid available that will help - for $4,000.

If your partner is an LBYM type you can suggest to him to try first $20 hearing aid with tone tuning, maybe like this one:
https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=280069483031


Retire Soon 01-12-2007 10:55 AM

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I've had the condition for 30 years. I have found the best way to deal with it is to ignore it. I consider it only a very minor inconvenience.

d 01-13-2007 05:09 PM

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I have found the best way to deal with it is to ignore it
I have found the best way to deal with it is to ignore it pick up the phone. (very sorry!)

Donzo 01-13-2007 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by d
I have found the best way to deal with it is to ignore it pick up the phone. (very sorry!)

There always has to be a wise guy... :laugh:

BUM 01-15-2007 07:57 PM

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IMHO 90% of all hearing aids are simply audio amplifiers. If you can afford tousands of dollars for something that will STILL wind up in your sock drawer in a few months, go for it. Otherwise spend a few hundred bucks on a Ebay cheapie and hear what you've been missing. I did. No buyers remorse here.




SteveR 01-16-2007 04:06 PM

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Mine started a couple of years ago after a really nasty throat infection. It got into my ear and killed off some of the cochlea hair cells. I have high to mid-high frequency loss of over 50% in the same ear and a loud high frequency series of tones that is pretty much constant all day and night...it never stops.

My ENT says there is no cure and I believe him based on all the research I have done on the topic. He did suggest that sometimes the hair cells that are stuck in the "on" position can be tired out by listening to white sounds that include a wide spectrum of sound in and around the same pitch as the ear tones. I have a number CDs I have recorded on my Ipod. The sounds are like wind, serf, rain, streams, and some acustical music. I don't know how well it helps but so far is is no worse (and yes I do listen at moderate volumes).

Caffeen makes it louder. Some TV shows with a too loud backround music (most of them) all sound shrill after a short time and I have to change the channel. A fever makes it louder too. Too much aspirin, too much alcohol. Being in crowds of noisy people also make the tone more shrill. Something about the collective noise of many many people talking on cell phones etc. seems to do it.

Good luck and if you find a cure let us know.

ESRBob 01-16-2007 04:58 PM

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Had it, too, for years. It was worse when I had a bout of 'sudden deafness' ear infection brought on by some bad flight/cold combinations once on the way to Tokyo. When I think o f how my ears would ring after any high school dance or college party or rock concert now I cringe.

The hindus say it is actually the sound of the universe humming, so maybe just listen to it and see if you agree. Otherwise it is also known to drown out inconvenient yammering from spouses and young children. "Excuse me, I didn't hear you' is now my most commonly spoken sentence when I realize someone is expecting an answer from me.

Not to make light of it -- if it's really loud it can become a real pain. I did have acupuncture for it years ago and it did seem to help, but that's real anecdotal.

getoutearly 01-16-2007 07:37 PM

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LIke you, I lost some hearing through shooting, without hearing protection. I was told that the tone of ringing that you hear is the tone / pitch you no longer hear.

donheff 01-17-2007 07:44 AM

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Based on the responses here, tinitus must be universal. We should have a poll to find out how many DON'T have it.

Outtahere 01-17-2007 07:52 AM

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From the responses on this forum it seems to be something that more men than women seem to be afflicted with.

TromboneAl 01-17-2007 10:35 AM

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I wonder if some people who say they don't have it, just haven't noticed it. I can go a long time without noticing or paying attention to it, but it's always there.

spideyrdpd 01-24-2007 06:34 PM

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Of course everytime I read this thread it gets me listening to the ringing. I stop counting after about 200 concerts and many other live performances.
They do make maskers . A hearing aid that does a noise that supposedly helps cover the ringing. I have concidered it as well as a regular hearing aid for my hearing loss.
https://www.hearusa.com/hearing/index...1&sb=004&p=003

Martha 01-24-2007 08:38 PM

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I've got my issues, but I don't have ringing in the ears. :)

Donzo 01-25-2007 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Martha
I've got my issues, but I don't have ringing in the ears. :)

Do you hear voices? ;D


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