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Tinnitus (ringing in the ears & head)

Monday, April 08, 2013

About 2 years ago I noticed that after I took my evening medications and as I laid down to fall asleep, I was having ringing noises in my head (known as tinnitus). Well at the time I just thought that it was an indication that my medications were working. About 6 months ago it became louder and started occurring sometimes during the day. Last month it became very loud and I could not concentrate, so I told my nurse about the problem. Right away she told me to call my Doctor and the next day she called me and told me to go to the emergency room. I went to the ER the next day. The Doctor looked in my throat (which surprised me) and checked out my ears. She said she found nothing physically wrong with her observations. My Physician called me the next day and he said to stop taking my cholesterol medication (simvastatin 20mg) and Tylenol. But after a week there was no change so he told me to go back on my medications. He had me set up a MRI test to see inside my head if there was a problem. I made an appointment for April 25th. I hope the results provide an answer to this condition.

Since then I have been experimenting with the tinnitus. I have found out that when I lie down it gets worse. So now I use two pillows to prop up my head up when I go to sleep and this has helped. And instead of laying on the couch to watch TV, I sit. I also have found that background noise helps with the tinnitus. Taking a shower is also a great way to get rid of the noise. Also listening to music also causes the tinnitus to decrease. Two years ago my older brother gave me an i-pod and I am finding out how beneficial that present is. When I use the i-pod the tinnitus disappears. But I have to charge it up, so when I do, I use the ear phones with my radio.

I am looking for suggestions on controlling the tinnitus. So if you have any information or advice about this condition feel free to add a comment. It will be very much appreciated.
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    Hi there, Steven! As I write these words, if I really pay attention, it sounds like there's a whole orchestra of Slinky toys (remember them?) delivering the most terrible "symphony" you ever heard in my left ear, with steady ringing in the right. What fun! (I'm being facetious, of course!)

    It sounds like you're as resourceful and steady as a person could be under the oppression of this rotten condition known as tinnitus. It's so good that you've discovered that the helpful use of pillows to elevate your head some when you sleep plus the background sounds you mentioned have helped. I think you'll continue to find things and methods which tend to lessen the impact of that terrible distraction called tinnitus.

    I've also heard some people say that by tuning a radio between two stations and getting some static, then just leaving that on in the background, the tinnitus is less noticeable. There are some websites you may want to look at as well. The American Speech, Language, Hearing Ass'n. at
    >lists these techniques as possibly helpful for us:

    BR>Electrical stimulation
    Relaxation therapy
    n therapies
    Tinnitus maskers

    You may also want to check out the Mayo Clinic's entry on the subject at:
    R>It's pretty comprehensive. And then, I found an organization well-recommended by a number of sources called the American Tinnitus Association. You'll find their website - and many more ideas there - right here:>
    I hope you'll find some encouraging news and information on these sites. By and large, I've gotten used to my tinnitus, though it helps that in our bedroom (as on all the floors of the house), we've got special air filters for my husband's allergies. Fortunately, they emit a soothing hum which works as a great tinnitus masker for me. And three cheers for that wonderful invention known as the iPod! I love mine, and oh, does it help to filter out some of that racket.

    Wishing you more quiet and peace,

    1596 days ago
    I'm glad to see increasing your pillows when you sleep has helped some. I began using 4 pillows when I had bad acid reflux.

    I hope this ringing doesn't have an effect on your balance.

    1596 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    Hope you learn something soon. Please keep us posted.
    1597 days ago
    I use to get a lot of ringing in the ears , I mean it would drive me crazy! I found out what was causing mine, it was a tick bite that I never even knew I had. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and that was a symptom along with a few dozen others. I see your from PA, I'm from MA, not sure how the ticks are there but you sure you didn't get bit by a tick?
    I hope you start feeling better, I know ringing in the ears is no fun... good luck!
    1597 days ago
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