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Comment from: Suegra, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had tinnitus that was loud enough to make listening to TV or radio, or sleeping difficult. I would ask my husband if he couldn't hear that sound! The next level was, one ear, usually my right, would go silent (deaf) and it seemed as if the sound traveled around from my right ear to the left ear. When the sound hit my left ear I would be so dizzy I would have to crawl. Then I would be nauseous. Lying in bed I felt like I had to hold on to bed so as not to be slung off. My ear specialist diagnosed Meniere's disease and prescribed a diuretic and low sodium diet. That helped and I began to see a pattern between certain foods and my symptoms. I found that beef was my worst enemy. The second enemy was too much sound. I now have the ear plugs that musicians wear to reduce sound. I wear them to concerts, noisy restaurants, etc. That was over 15 years ago. My symptoms are now manageable. I seldom have a 'fall- down dizziness'. When I do I can take Travel-Eze, a motion sickness medication. Hope this might help someone else.

Comment from: rob, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

Hi to you all! My first experience of tinnitus was over 5 years ago, when I awoke one morning to what I thought was the alarm going off in my right ear. I was struggling to find the 'off' switch when I realized that this noise was in my head. It was a very scary moment and the start of a journey. After many sleepless nights, dreading going to bed and fruitless trips to the hospital, doctors only told me that I did have hearing loss in my right ear due to working my whole life working in an extremely noisy environment. Then they tell me there was nothing they could do about the tinnitus apart from masking the noise or drugs to help me relax. BUT! I feel once you accept that it is not going to be cured you can move forward. I tried everything at the beginning and was avidly reading of herbal drugs which reduced noise all to no avail and every time I became more depressed. I then made a conscious decision to accept that I cannot cure this and must adapt and live with it. I feel that once you make that decision you will feel better. I do not let tinnitus get in the way and I now do not think about it. I do hope my short story will help you there is a light at the end of the tunnel best wishes to you all -Rob

Comment from: GareauRA, 25-34 (Patient) Published: August 27

I was in the military and worked on aircrafts. At the time, using hearing protection just seemed silly. Now, I regret it. I have had tinnitus for about five years now. When I first was introduced to it, I let it consume my life, losing sleep, having anxiety attacks, and becoming depressed over it. It was because it was all I thought about for months on end. I will say this, thinking about it and dwelling on it does in some strange way seem to intensify it. After my first encounter, I struggled to cope with it. Then, one day, I came across an article where the author provided helpful tips to live with tinnitus. He said, “If you're concerned with the volume of your tinnitus, then try a simple test. Go to your bathroom or kitchen and turn on the faucet. If when the water is running you can't hear the ringing, your condition is weak in regard to someone who experiences dangerous volumes of tinnitus.” So I tried it. Much to my amazement, the water masked the ringing. That was my “light at the end of the tunnel.” I knew then that it wasn't something that would control my life. After that, it only got easier for me to live with it. And much to my surprise, for years after that, I noticed my self-awareness of it was minimal. I only heard it if I stopped and “listened” for it, and even then, sometimes I did not hear anything. But four years later, I have picked it back up and find myself lost in its trance. I'll get past this again because it's what we victims of tinnitus have to do to live. If you're new to the condition and find yourself lost, try the water test to see if it works for you. The water test won't cure your tinnitus, but it might just be what you need to get past the shock and learn to live with it.

Comment from: MMSims, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I'm 59 and this high pitched ringing from tinnitus has been in my head, not my ears, for about 4 months now. All tests normal, meaning there is nothing that can be done, seriously! I think I could live with just the noise but now my head hurts and I believe my thinking is slowing down. This part scares me.

Comment from: KellyCdn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I have noticed in March of 2010 that I have ringing noise and pressure in my right ear. As I just arrived from vacation I went to doctor to check it out for infection, etc. but nothing was found. I was sent for ear tests - everything was great and it seemed to be ok, until couple weeks ago when I went to bed and could not fall asleep due to the dull intermitent squeeky noise that did not seem to go away. I thought it was a train, which is couple miles away from me, but I live in the same place for past 25 years and never heard the train. Yesterday, I was in my son's place and heard the same noise, so I told him about it. He said that he was watching TV program where William Shatner complained about the same thing and printed the information for me. It is hard to accept this condition and I shall investigate other venues and accupuncture is next on my list. I shall be back with my results. I have not worked in noisy environment, hardly ever took antibiotics nor any pain killers.


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