I have tinnitus - page 2

Please help..anyone out there who has or know someone who has tinnitus...constant ringing in the ears. Really awful. I had a fall...not on my head, and ever since have had this ringing. Am having... Read More

  1. by   allamericangirl
    The ringing in my ears never stops. Never! Do all of you have constant ringing too? Have any of you ever found anything that would make it stop for any length of time?
  2. by   z's playa
    Quote from brigaily2000
    I used to take Goody's powder for headaches. Don't any more. You have tinnitus? What have you tried. Thanks for your help!!

    No...I HAD tinnitus at one point when I was put on a K+ drip for extreme dehydration. All they did for it was discontinue the drip.

    I hope you and everyone else can get that annoying tinnitus under control. Its the little things that totally get us off kilter.
  3. by   brigaily2000
    Quote from allamericangirl
    The ringing in my ears never stops. Never! Do all of you have constant ringing too? Have any of you ever found anything that would make it stop for any length of time?
    Wow! I am so sorry. I took a course of 4mg methylprenisolone for 6 days and it stopped, but stupid me, drank a large capacino and it started all over again. I am now on ginko biloba and will let you know how I do.
  4. by   Blackcat99
    I had tinnitis and bad headaches. I went to the chiropractor and had weekly treatments and I quit using Tylenol. After a month of weekly chiropractor treatments the tinnitis went away.
  5. by   llg
    The strategy that has worked best for me is to avoid the things that aggravate it. Mine is greatly aggravated by stimulation of the nervous system. So, I avoid caffeine and any other chemicals that act as stimilants. I also avoid noisy situations when I can. At one time, I even wore an ear plug in the effected ear to to decrease the auditory stimulation in that ear. That helped a lot. (The ear plug did not effect my hearing because I became totally deaf in that ear at the same time I developed the tinnitus.)

    Also, having a little background sound (like the TV on at home) sometimes helps. I know of some people who actually wear hearing aids that play a recorded sound into their ear to mask the tinnitus. Other people, whose tinnitus keeps them awake at night, buy those machines that play a "white noise" to mask the tinnitus. While I do prefer some background noise when I am at home alone (TV or music), I haven't tried the other two masking strategies.

    Over time, my tinnitus has faded a little (as long as I avoid stimulation) -- AND -- I have simply become more used to it. So I don't consider it as big of a problem as I did at first.

    Take care,
  6. by   blondebritbrat
    wow, I am so glad to see this thread too! I was born profoundly deaf, basically no hearing from birth but did pretty well on hearing aids for a long time til about junior year in high school. Finally decided on a cochlear implant on my right side which is my better ear about four years ago. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself and it was a success. But I have also suffered ringing in my ears from time to time and it is DARN annoying. I totally understand all these people doing what they can to relieve it. Mine can be from stress and also from loud places. I tend not to go into clubs or bars or anything that plays really loud music which unfortunately includes restaurants sometimes. I hate it sometimes. I also tend to get really dizzy when it happens too to the point where I get nasueated. Fortunately it doesn't happen too often. I suffered it more when I was a child when I had ear infections constantly due to my sweating and the ear mole in my ear blocking the sweat and not letting my ear dry out. So I TOTALLY understand what you guys are talking about! I try not to take tylenol, I take aleve when I have to for my migraines when I do get them and thats when the ringing also kicks in too. But I try not to drink too much caffeine too. Just a couple of things that other people on this thread have said also. I hope your tinnitus gets better!
  7. by   Mimi2RN
    I've had ringing in my ears for a long time. I have also been on NSAIDS for years, ibuprofin, Relafen, and now Bextra (the latest problem med). I wish it would go away. I don't plan on taking any more meds, though.

    Have you ever been out in the desert, when all you can hear is the ringing in your ears? There is no silence.
  8. by   blondebritbrat
    Mimi2RN, that sounds awful! No I have never been to the desert so I can't possibly know what that is like. It has gotten so bad before for me that I got no sleep for quite a while. Some people just don't understand how you can be hearing impaired but still "hear" ringing in your ears. They often say something like but you are deaf that's supposed to mean you can't hear anything! That is when it gets annoying. Has anybody else had a person say something like this to you? I really try to be nice and explain how you can be deaf and still hear ringing. They usually give up in trying to understand and I have given up in trying to explain. I just tell them I am not a doctor LOL! I know that may come off as rude but some of these people that are like this come off as pretty rude themselves....
  9. by   brigaily2000
    Thanks for all the replies! Keep them coming!! My tinnitus is really weird. Some days I don't have it at all. Other days I do..like today..high pitched ringing left ear..all from that fall. Trying to ignore it. I, too, have ditched caffeine and asa. Trying ginko which has helped and now 50mg zinc q.d. Will keep everyone posted.
  10. by   brigaily2000
    Have been in touch with the ata and another ENT. Have started 0.5mg xanas q.d. It really really helps. Have also sent off for some masking tapes which are guaranteed. Hope this helps you sufferers out there. This can be a terrible thing.
  11. by   brigaily2000
    That is XANAX.
  12. by   southern_rn_brat
    wow! I didn't know there were other people out there like me!

    I took an overdose of aspirin when I was 13 and my ears have rung since that day. It never stops. Sometimes I dont notice it as much as others but it is always there. sometimes it feels like my ears are burning on the inside too.

    I didnt know there was an american tinnitus society. Im going to check them out now.

  13. by   brigaily2000
    This is a message to all. I have found a website for tinnitus support

    Hope this helps anyone. anyone tried Xanax? What happened?