Tinnitus

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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  • KGKG 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?

    I didn't notice any tinnitus for about three months after my 'ear candling experience'.

    Have it back now, but not as bad as before (think it was aggravated by other iinfections before). Bought a multi-pack of ear-candles as it was as cheap as having a practitioner do one session (around £16 from Neal's Yard) but just haven't got round to doing it again as tinnitus not been bad.

    KG
  • GealluGeallu Forumite
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    Hello Sean
    My father suffered with tinnitus for a long time. After trying just about everything ??? we tried homeapathic medicine...and bingo...gone!! Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of it, but I am sure the pharmacist will be able to help. I hope it works for you?
    Good Luck

    Geallu
  • Hi Sean. I have suffered from tinnitus for 18 years now. I had a bad motorcycle accident and my doctor prescribed me Brufen as a painkiller, which has aspirin in it, which I later found out has a side effect of causing tinnitus.

    I find all sorts of things will affect the loudness of my tinnitus, from high atmospheric pressure, cold or windy weather, after lying down all night and stress. I have simply tried to ignore it, because if you concentrate on it, you will be 'in tune' with it all the time and it becomes more of a distraction. Those white noise machines are more of a distraction than the tinnitus itself to me. The best thing I have found to get to sleep, is to listen to a good radio station, like the James Whale Show on Talk Sport. Or even cricket on radio 4.

    I believe that some tinnitus is caused by the hairs in your inner ear lying flat and picking up the sound of rushing blood. I remember 5 or 6 years ago, a programme called Discover Magazine on the Discovery channel, someone in Austria, had developed a cure by putting resonating ultrasonic probes beside your ear, and the focus of the ultrasonic waves would make the hair cells in the cochlea stand upright again, and rid the tinnitus. I had seen several repeats of the programme,
    but I cant find any reliable source. If anyone can verify this, it would put my mind at rest. There are also cures by ultrasonic masking and 'reprogramming' nerves, but I think just for joe bloggs, distracting yourself from the sound seems the best method to me. even if I am a bit Mutton Geoff. Ay What?
    Smile and be happy, things can usually get worse!
  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
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    Sean
    Please get you GP to refer you to an ENT specialist.

    My tinnitus was being caused by a small (and thankfully benign) brain tumour.

    What I have is rare but PLEASE get yourself checked out.

    Good luck.
  • amdamd Forumite
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    I have had tinnitus now for about ten years and it is a real downer.    I first got it through an ear infection passed on by the phone sharing we had to do in the place I worked at the time - the phones were never clean!   A course of antibiotics cleared it up and I still remember the bliss of the first morning I awoke to absolute silence!!    

    A couple of years later I found myself using those little plastic squishy ear plugs to drown out the noise from a local church bell chiming every 15 mins through the night whilst on holiday for 3 weeks abroad.  Only had the 1 pair, so I washed and re-used them..... bad idea !- more tinnitus.   Didn't worry, got the antibiotics - but this time it never went away!!   Had all the tests - but the damage has been done.    

    Saw a TV prog about this a while back - the little hairs inside your ear which pick up the noise-waves don't just lie down, they are often permanently fused together - presently irreversible.   Suppose it depends how you got it in the first place.

    A recent head cold had me waking up in a panic in the night to a deafening increase in the ringing level - something we all dread!!    Straight to the docs within a couple of hours - I made him see me - and a course of decongestants and I was back to 'normal' within a day!!!  

    I can cope as it is now, you CAN get used to it.  But the fear of it getting louder is so depressing...   The things you wish you had known when you were young!!

    Doesn't everyone have crackling in their ears when they swallow?  
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    I believe that some tinnitus is caused by the hairs in your inner ear lying flat and picking up the sound of rushing blood.
    I don't know about it sorting out tinnitus, but there are particles in your inner ear which sometimes get misaligned. One of my problems was vertigo on lying down (!) which was very disconcerting. My ENT consultant manipulated my head and held it at some very strange angles for a short period and bingo! no more vertigo on lying down.

    Now I just have to learn to walk straight ...
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  • Hi All,

    Read all the posts about tinnitus and kinda pre-diagnosed the buzzing in my ear that started out of no where last w/end.

    Thought it would happily go away but still keeps on going (even longer than a duracell bunny). Kinda !!!!!! me off big time now and its getting in the way a lot. Also hear "cracking" while on the phone and thats a real pain in the bum.

    Made an appointment with the doc tomorrow and im hoping that he wont send me on my way with no help like I think he will.

    Hopefully itll die down or stop shortly or itll no doubt drive me round the bend ;D

    Any miracle cures appreciated

    _Alba_
  • Hi _Alba_

    Best advice is don't do anything until you've seen the doctor.

    You really shouldn't mess with ears unless you know what the problem is.
    Good luck at the docs
    :)
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    Hi Alba

    Traf is right - make sure you see your doctor.

    Strangely enough my tinnitus stopped when I became pregnant with my daughter.

    But I don't recommend this as a cure ;D ;D ;D
  • Hi Alba

    Traf is right - make sure you see your doctor.

    Strangely enough my tinnitus stopped when I became pregnant with my daughter.

    But I don't recommend this as a cure ;D ;D ;D
    LOL that should come under extreme solutions ;D
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