Tinnitus

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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Hi

I've being suffering from tinnitus for about 10 months now, and its getting me down a bit. Most of the time I can't hear the ringing because of background noise, but every now and again when theres any sort of silence or of course at night when I try and get some shut eye I can hear it. Now is there anything I can do about this whether it be a canny old granny cure or a some new drugs (Herbal or manafactured). Though the main thing about tinnitus thats annoying (in my case anyway) is that whenever I swallow I get this crackling sound in my ears which is a right royal pain in the !!!!!!.

Cheers
Sean
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  • FranFran Forumite
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    Sean -

    What has your doctor said to you about it?
    Torgwen.......... :) ...........
  • Woby_TideWoby_Tide Forumite
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    The doctor probably said

    "*ring*...will alleviate....*ring*....and take plenty of.....*ring*..." ;)

    sorry that's bad taste shouldn't make fun as I think I have it mildly aswell from using walkmen too loud too often

    for the stuff when you are trying to sleep is there not something you can buy that creates 'white noise'. I remember once reading something about it (either a machine or headphones) that do similar ot those whale noise things a while back but instead with just pur background like leaves rustling, distant traffic but just enough to trick your hearing/senses into ignoring or not hearing the tinnutis

    as for the cracking when swallowing, I'm a bit worried if it's very quiet(well actually it doesn't need to be overly quiet) when I swallow I can hear crackling/popping noises, I just thought it was natural as the sound of muscles/ligaments/bones etc. doing what they do but the sounds will echo round your bones/skull cavity hence it's a bit 'loud'

    as I say purely non medical, I will see if I can find the stuff about the "white noise" machines
  • DumyatDumyat Forumite
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    you need to get this checked out by a doctor...tinnitus can be the symptom of other things....if it is just purely tinnitus then white noise machines can help(you get them from the audiology dept once you are referred by your gp).... ginko biloba from the health food shop is supposed to help but my husband didnt get any improvement from it.
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  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    Those 'white noise' machines work on the same principle as 'fiery jack' does for rheumatism.
  • seanbrown86seanbrown86 Forumite
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    I saw my GP 6 months back and I was referred to a specialist. She gave me some spray, which turned out to be for hay fever (whether she thought it was going to act like a placebo I don't know). I went back a fortnight later, told her that nothing had changed, she then proceded to insert a camera up my nose which is one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever suffered (though probably not as bad as an endoscope). Said she could say nothing wrong and sent me on my merry way saying that nothing can be done.

    Its very strange because when I press near my jaw under my left ear I can hear a clicking sound. It also seems to become louder for no apparant reason, then die back down and then it comes to the point where I can't hear anything else but the ringing.

    What is annoying me the most is the fact that there is nearly zero funding for Tinnitus research, it may not be as common or lifethreating but from what I've heard it causes people to commit suicide, lose sleep and go mad. I've already had an 15minute conversation with myself over different hair colours, which was strange to say the very least.

    I have tried that Ginkgo Biloba which has had no affect though I am going to continue taking just incase one day I wake up and it just disappears.
  • FranFran Forumite
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    Sean -

    I would try another doctor as yours doesn't seem to have given you an answer or enough help. Ask to see someone else instead and explain all the things you've said here and tell them how it's making you feel and that you have to have some help with it.

    You might find some useful contact through this website:- British Tinnitus Association

    There is also information on this website:- BUPA - Tinnitus
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  • Tony_H_3Tony_H_3 Forumite
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    From what I understand it is a condition of partial deafness caused in part by excessive noise levels such as walkmans, explosions etc.

    The most popular form of remedy are the white noise generators, but a drug called carbamazepine can be used. This drug is very rarely used due to the adverse side effect.
  • seanbrown86seanbrown86 Forumite
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    I'm going to uni this September so I'll try the local docters there.

    What exactly is the side affect(s) of carbamazepine, I'm wiling to undergo and try anything.

    Cheers
    Sean
  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    A large dose of a real quality brand Aloe GEL Drink for about 3 months then slowly on to a maintenance dose will help significantly, it helps reduce inflammation, ( itis means inflammation)
    Side effects of carbamazapine r horrid, it is used escentially as an anti convulsant.

    The best Aloe products r produced by Forever Living Products ( PROOF magazine research)

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  • From what I understand it is a condition of partial deafness caused in part by excessive noise levels such as walkmans, explosions etc.

    This is very true, I have suffered from tinnitus for around 3 years now. The ringing in my ears started when my eardrums got damaged due to excessive sound levels. (At the time I was around a lot of explosive demonstrations). I've since had it checked out, but have been told that my eardrums will never recover, so I doubt the ringing will go either! :'(:'(

    But don't worry about going crazy, sanity is way over-rated anyway! ;)
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