Tinnitus

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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  • Paul_VarjakPaul_Varjak Forumite
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    Rita Lloyd said:
    itis means inflammation

    ITIS does mean inflammation, but the condition is called TINNITUS - with the suffix -ITUS rather than -ITIS.

    The suffix -ITUS means 'to make' and trhe prefix TINN- means 'ring'. So TINNITUS literally means: 'to make ring'.
  • seanbrown86seanbrown86 Forumite
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    So these white noise machines how much would one roughly set me back. Or better yet can I get one on the NHS (being a poor cash strapped student).

    Cheers
    Sean
  • bluesybluesy Forumite
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    Been a sufferer for about 2 years now, & it ain't good!

    Had an MRI scan last Wednesday, this was at the behest of the consultant who did suggest it would probably only be a 5%chance that something would be found that is repairable.

    Hope they find something to fix but, I won't be holding my breath.

    You have my sympathy, because it is a nightmare.
  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
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    So these white noise machines how much would one roughly set me back. Or better yet can I get one on the NHS (being a poor cash strapped student).
    You could try de-tuning a radio, putting the volume low, and see if that works. It used to send my son to sleep without keeping me awake. If it doesn't work, that doesn't mean a white noise machine wouldn't work, but if it does work you've saved yourself either money or a long wait!

    Definitely ask your GP for a referral to ENT / Audiology. You should find them much more supportive.
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  • Salad_2Salad_2 Forumite
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    The radio noise is more or less white noise so it should be the same thing. You can also use the free audio program http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ to make some on your computer.
  • gremlingremlin Forumite
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    hi saw this advertised in this months Zest mag.

    "Many sufferers of tinnitus have also found relief using a pillow speaker connected to a radio tuned off station."

    just pop under your pillow - might be worth a try at £2.99.

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/products/module.asp?CartID=040805173639340&moduleno=28857

    j.x ;D
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  • seanbrown86seanbrown86 Forumite
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    What about those discreet (sp?) little ones you can put in your ear (like hearing aids), it'll be useful for when I'm in lectures.

    Cheers
    Sean
  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
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    "Many sufferers of tinnitus have also found relief using a pillow speaker
    Those suffering from late night incompatible radio preferences syndrome might also find relief with a pillow speaker ... as might those of us with a sleep facility on our bedside radios who wake up when the radio switches off ... Looks like a real bargain!
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  • KGKG Forumite
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    Somehing which hasn't been suggested here is 'ear candles'.

    Okay - so I sound mad now. But ages ago, when I had problems with ears and was getting headches I used some of these and they not only helped my headaches and sore ears, but also reduced my tinnitus.

    Basically the ear candle is a long, hollow tube of wax (not ear wax :P). You lie on your side and stick one end of the candle in your ear so it sticks up like a chimney. You light the other end and burn it down slowly until you reach an inch or so above your ear.

    I bought a pack of these from Neals' Yard (alternative remedies shop) and got my boyfriend to supervise (don't try this on your own...). Alternatively you can pay a practitioner to do this to you, which might be a good idea the first time round.

    The idea is that the candle acts like a 'chimney' and draws all the 'bad stuff' out. As my head / ear problem was probably related to problems with my sinuses the gentle sucking whcih would have been caused by the chimney effect for about 10 minutes was probably the thing that benefitted me.

    But I'm no expert...

    KG
  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
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    You don't sound mad at all, KG, I have heard of ear candling as an alternative therapy and it was interesting to see a description, complete with a plausible explanation of why it might work!

    Did you get long term relief or was it just temporary for you?
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