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Festina Lente'
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I am sitting here in a quiet room, listening to the keys on my laptop quietly click away as I type this message. Roommate #1 getting ready for a ngiht on the town. Quiet music, small noises as he does his thing.

Yet, I once again realize how noticeable my tinnitus is. I remember it even as a kid, but mostly after a LONG series of terrible ear infections. I think college made it worse, working in the machine shoppe and all. But the hearing tests I recieved pre-employment were good...

thoughts?
 

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I have a touch of it and it can be annoying. There was some experimental surgeries being looked at last I looked but haven't followed up on the results of it.
 

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It is the suxxor, I have it too. Check your labels, some meds make it worse.
 

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If I go up and down out of altitude (every time I cmmute to work and back) am under a larger than usual amount of stress, have mild congestion, allergies, lack of sleep or fatigue, my ears ring like crazy.

In short, they're ringing now.
 

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If loud music caused it, I'd be like Quasimodo now.
On the other hand, if I spend too much time above my AT, I start to get all sort of weird effects.
 

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BentChainring said:
But the hearing tests I recieved pre-employment were good...
Good, meaning no hearing loss, or good, meaning no standard threshold shift?

Best thing you can do now is to protect those remaining auditory nerves as best as possible- use hearing protection whenever you do something loud. I'll try to find an article in the office tomorrow- I'll PM it to you if I do
 

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BentChainring said:
I am sitting here in a quiet room, listening to the keys on my laptop quietly click away as I type this message. Roommate #1 getting ready for a ngiht on the town. Quiet music, small noises as he does his thing.

Yet, I once again realize how noticeable my tinnitus is. I remember it even as a kid, but mostly after a LONG series of terrible ear infections. I think college made it worse, working in the machine shoppe and all. But the hearing tests I recieved pre-employment were good...

thoughts?
Were you at the birthday party Mr. Grumpy recently attended?
 

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Common problem.
Lots of us have it to varying degrees.
Seems worse of course when things are otherwise quiet.
As long as I stay busy it doesn't seem to bother me much.
I usually listen to music when out riding/training, and that seems to help.
 

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Here's a good essay, by a physician, on tinnitus. Much of it focuses on the rising problem of hearing loss and tinnitus in combat vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. There's also a bit at the end about using hearing aids and sound generators to treat tinnitus:
[Dr. Christina] Stocking trained under Pawel Jastreboff, now a professor at Emory University, who developed a treatment plan called tinnitus retraining therapy. It combines counselling, to reduce the anxiety caused by the phantom sounds, with sound therapy, using a neutral background noise. Stocking first determined the decibel level of my tinnitus, then transmitted a noise similar to rushing water to both ears through headphones. For the first time in a year, I couldn’t hear the dental drill even when I tried.

The device currently approved by the F.D.A. for tinnitus treatment, produced by a company called Neuromonics, resembles an MP3 player. I put the earbuds in and listened to a soothing piece of classical music. “That is meant to induce relaxation,” Stocking explained, a key component of the tinnitus management strategy. Then I noticed a soft white noise that was programmed to mask my own tinnitus. Again, within moments, the tinnitus was gone. The theory, elaborated by Jastreboff, is that when more sounds are fed to the brain sensitivity and spontaneous activity decline—the effect Hippocrates remarked upon.

A simple hearing aid may reduce some tinnitus by amplifying background noises, but other strategies include using sounds in the environment, like soft background music from a stereo or more directed sounds that come from a fan or a small desktop sound machine. Similarly, a device called a sound generator, which is worn on the ear, can supply a white noise that partially interferes with the tinnitus. “It really provides a sense of relief and control over the tinnitus,” Stocking said. “Patients feel they are able to do something about it. And, by providing additional sound, it seems to bring down the sensitivity of the auditory system.”

Recently, I met with Dr. David Vernick, an ear-nose-and-throat specialist at my hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess. He reviewed the tests done in Buffalo and concurred that I needed hearing aids. “They will certainly help you with what you are missing now,” he said. “It’s hard to know how much benefit you will get with regard to your tinnitus.” He added that hearing aids often act simply as a placebo.
 

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Funny how you don't notice it until someone brings it up, like this thread... Thanks!

Sometimes it is worse when you are surrounded by electronics, etc.
You know how bad it is when you are out in the silent woods and then notice it.
 

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I've had it for years. Thanks for bringing it up moreon! Now I'm thinking about it.
 

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Add me to the list.......High fever, from Mono, To this day. What a *****. At times drives me crazy.
 

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Had it from riding motorcycles in my 20's, it was noticeable and annoying at times. Went to Iraq and on my first tour I was exposed to 2 IED's and it made it considerably worse. Usually hits me when there is complete silence or I'm really stressed out. Question for you guys with it: Do you have any hearing loss? I do, but only on high frequencies. Basically, I can't hear certain tones. It's also hard for me to hear somebody in a crowded room. Guess you could say I'm trying to learn to read lips. I'm only 34 and this sucks!
 

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Festina Lente'
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Bars are bad for me cause I cant hear anyone talking too!
 

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BentChainring said:
Bars are bad for me cause I cant hear anyone talking too!
I can't either. My wife makes it worse. She thinks that speaking in a monotone helps me hear better. Somehow she can exactly match the pitch of the drone in the background. I can't hear anything she says. She gets pizzed.:rolleyes:
 

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I can't either. My wife makes it worse. She thinks that speaking in a monotone helps me hear better. Somehow she can exactly match the pitch of the drone in the background. I can't hear anything she says. She gets pizzed.:rolleyes:
Wow, maybe this is why I can't hear anything my G/F says! What an enlightening thought!
 

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My BIL's has tinnitus caused by a dietary problem. I can't remember the name of the affliction but if he eats salty foods he has bad attacks. He's reduced his salt intake and is much better.
 
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