Does anyone here on TA suffer from tinnitus?
I've had tinnitus since I was in my early 20s (too many rock concerts) and it seems to be getting worse. In particular, it seems louder when there is very soft background noise (like the soft hushing of a CPU fan) or total silence (like when I'm trying to sleep). I've always been good at ignoring it as a kind of "white noise" but these days the volume is sometimes reaching a point where it's impossible to ignore.
My tinnitus is a constant, approximately 4000 Hz tone that sounds like: Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! There is a demonstration of this sound (and others) under the Sounds of Tinnitus section on the American Tinnitus Association.
The reedy feedback squeal in the first 0:01 second of 'Son of a Gun' by Nirvana is the closest example I've ever found in terms of the tone, warmth, and slightly ragged texture of the sound, except what I hear never stops.
I've done some looking into this online, but there's not a lot of specific information available beyond some generic advice to see a doctor, not lose hope, and try sound therapy. I'm not wild about seeing doctors (except for the one I married), especially over something I can handle myself or that has no tangible treatment, but I'm having doubts that I'll be able to live this way if it gets much worse.
Does anyone here have tinnitus and if so, what have you come up with for dealing with it? What sort of sound do you hear? Have you seen a doctor? What sort of treatment did you get? Did it work? Have you tried sound therapy?
I think I have a mild case. Constant hissing like a steam pipe with a leak in it. Always there.
I jokingly tell people (because I'm a little hard of hearing) that I lost some hearing at a Jimi Hendrix concert (yes, I'm that old and I did sit in the third row at a JH concert...it was LOUD!!!). However, I also attended concerts by Cream, the Stones, The Who, and other very loud bands of the time.
I can probably blame myself, but I wouldn't have traded those experiences away to stop the hissing.
I was in a rock band for much of the late sixties and I got rather the opposite malady - I'm deaf to high-pitched sounds. This might sound innocuous but, after several people convinced me that there was a sound coming from behind my washing machine, I called a plumber who knocked a hole in the wall and found a leaking pipe above a rather large puddle.
My son (also a musician) has tinnitus even though he's always protected his hearing. I'll ask him what he knows.
Yep... too many concerts...
I've had a mild case since teenhood. I only went to a half dozen or so loud concerts, and don't know if that's the cause. Sometimes it sounds like crickets are tossed into the noise. I think I hear a few different frequencies, dissimilar to Son of a Gun.
It never bothers me, but does seem to make faint sounds harder to hear. It gets worse sometimes, but usually only after taking aspirin, which apparently happens a lot of people.
Speaking of loud music an earplugs, I love putting in earplugs, putting on over-ear headphones, and turning it up loud! The earplugs protect the sensitive ear parts, and you get a warm, low frequency cranial sensation. Like a loud concert, but without the ear pain/damage, or the long pants vibrating.
My ex has suffered from tinnitus for over 20 years. She reckons it started when she worked in a bar that had live bands every night. She seems to get some relief from it if she takes antihistamine tablets - any generic form of “hay fever” allergy pill. Maybe keeping the nasal passages clear keeps a certain amount of pressure of the ears, like popping your ears by holding your nose does during a flight. This is just an observation and has no scientific basis I know of, but it does seem to help especially when she has it bad and it brought on a vertigo type attack which made her very ill for a few hours, though this has not happened for a few years.
I have been to a few Motorhead gigs over the years…so far so good.
I have it but it only bothers me when things get quiet. It seems louder when I'm stressed or haven't gotten good sleep. My solution has been to sleep with a fan creating white noise. It's still noise, but at least it overpowers the tinnitus 'sound' and it's a mundane sound that the brain can easily tune out.
Mine sounds like soft static and a very high pitched squeal. The squeal is new...a couple of years ago, it was just static.
I read somewhere that you 'hear' tinnitus in the frequencies you have developed hearing loss at. IDK if that's true. You could end up with a whole plethora of tones if that were the case...
Yep...it's loud and obnoxious...I use white noise to sleep...that's life...nobody promise me it would be perfect...loud music and guns...I'm not complaining other people have worse lives...I grin and bear.