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?

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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.

That's interesting. I'm going to give that a try.

I've also read that things like blood pressure and stress can effect tinnitus as well, although the reasons are poorly understood.

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... 

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 see I'm far from alone in this problem. Mine went from a soft Heeeee to a louder Heeeee and it's still getting louder.

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...

I've heard that too, but I don't remember where. Julianne Moore mentions something like this in "Children of Men" after a terrorist bombing leaves Clive Owen with ringing in his ears.

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.

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