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I Have Tinnitus

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    I was smacked upside the head,

    and I knew from that moment I would never hear the same again. The impact punctured my ear drum and the ringing was the loudest I'd ever heard. I am not sure if the ringing is gone or I am just used to it years later. I sing and am musically inclined. If I cover one ear and...
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 16

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    How Do I Get Rid Of It

    i have it all the time i want to get rid of it i cant hear my friends or family
    andyvolvo andyvolvo 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 19, 2012

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    The Advil Curse

                                         Back in 98 I started working at a Tim Horton's store and I...
    Samanthalynn101365 Samanthalynn101365 61-65, T Aug 27, 2010

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    Experience With Tinnitus

    I am now 31 years old. Though I suspect I've always had high-frequency hearing loss that made shows with a lot of dialogue hard to follow, my tinnitus (hi-pitched tone 24/7) came about suddenly one day about 5 years ago. It has been constant since then and I've been able to...
    ddias2 ddias2 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 20, 2009

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    Concerts Gave Me Tinnitus

    I went to many alternative rock concerts and had a little tinnitus in one ear,  but then I went to a concert in 2006 and was in the front row and now it's much louder tinnitus that affects both ears.  I can hear it especially when things are quiet, like in the morning...
    figment figment 31-35, M Jan 29, 2008

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    Right i just have to say all of this.

    This is going to seem kind of weird but I'm sixteen and I've pretty much had tinnitus for as long as I can remember.. My dad is the same way and apparently my great grandmother was deaf for some unknown reason. I have no idea what causes it but its annoying as ****. It's just...
    2dewdropsandroses 2dewdropsandroses 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 9

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    Non Stop Ringing

    About three years ago I started noticing that I had ringing in my left ear. It later moved to both ears. Now it is non stop day and night and it is starting to effect my daily life. I really have a hard time hearing what people say and understanding them. It is quit e depressing...
    GaryMorris GaryMorris 36-40, M 11 Responses Sep 4, 2010

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    Well, I got an ear infection.

    Well, had and still have an ear infection. Normally, I can tune out the noise, but since two weeks ago when I actually got the ear infection, it has been louder than ever.
    SteeredAxe SteeredAxe 16-17, M Sep 17

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    I had it since I was about 2

    or 3 years old. I am 16 years old now.
    BloodRedDarkness BloodRedDarkness 16-17, F 2 Responses May 3

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    Cipro Gave Me Tinnitus & Hyperacusis

    Hi ; I always had some degree of ear ringing , or Tinnitus since I was a kid , A couple of head injurys I think did it ; but it was something I just lived with and never thought that much about . But a few months ago I ended up taking the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin and it caused...
    Earinger Earinger 46-50, M 7 Responses Oct 14, 2007

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    Hummmmmmm

    At first I honestly thought I had some sort of super hearing that could hear my aroma plug ins working. It's only when I visited my Grandma and slept at hers did I realise the problem was with my ears. It's like a low frequency humming in my ear, usually low but occasionally...
    applesncinnamon applesncinnamon 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 24, 2010

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    35 Years Of

    ...a high-pitched squeal is making me nuts. I am considering a white noise hearing aid just to tone it down. It's bad enough that my ears crackle when the noise level is too high....
    gillianmcg gillianmcg 56-60, F 4 Responses Sep 2, 2010

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    Dink Dink Dink Dink Dink

    I actually loved hearing the dink of tinnitus, i usto try make songs out of it in my head as it was drumming. I never knew what it was untill my dads girlfriend who was 72 told me that she'd been diagnosed with tinnitus. After she explained to me what it was i knew straight...
    DontHateMe DontHateMe 18-21, F 6 Responses May 10, 2011

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    Tinnitus

    I have had tinnitus for over 2 and a half years. It has always been a very high-pitched, squealing whistle. I have headaches and neck pain too. No help from doctors...It has been a nightmare and has severely impacted my life. I suffer depression and isolate myself. People just...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 21, 2012

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    I listen and play a lot of shoegaze

    and hardcore punk music. It's the shoegaze that'll get you every time, all that feedback and noise. I wish I'd been more careful, but I guess we aren't meant to come out perfectly preserved at the end of our lives anyway. I can live with it (usually).
    godvvave godvvave 18-21, F Aug 15

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    I feel like I'm going crazy with it!

    Every night when I go to sleep , I get a weird sound in my ears. It's in the tune of a pigeon almost and the pitch can very. Tonight is especially bad. I can 't sleep and I feel sick. I just want it to go away :(
    TrailerDoll TrailerDoll 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2013

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    Getting Worse

    I am experiencing increased ringing in my ears lately. I've been told by friends that suffer as well from tinnitus that the OTC remedies don't work and not to waste my money trying them. It's really depressing to think that this is going to get even worse with no relief.
    LoneBlogger LoneBlogger 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 29, 2012

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    Echoing Your Voice Just Like the Ringing In My Ears

    My tinnitus came on suddenly when I was about 7 years old. I hadn't been exposed to loud noises and my doctor told me that I was hearing the noise because I had a cold. That 'cold' then lasted for 13 years before I was finally told that it was Tinnitus.
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F Jul 7, 2008

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    So I've always had ringing in my ears.

    My father and grandfather both have it as well. I always thought everyone had this constant ringing. I only realised because it has got a lot worse now. Louder, I can pretty much always hear it and it sometimes drives me mad...
    NicolaSee NicolaSee 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 9

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    I Have It-

    And I think I win the prize for stupidest way to get tinittus. I think it was from the dumb way I used to blow my nose. I hated making sneezing noises so I used to cover my mouth and nose with my hand when I sneezed, so it caused a strong internal pressure every time and bingo...
    TheEvilDude TheEvilDude 31-35 2 Responses Jul 24, 2011

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    I've Bern recently diagnosed with mild tinnitus.

    ...it sucks anyone have any tips on dealing with it? Do you also have it
    Obreyn Obreyn 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 16

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    I have had tinnitus since I was 10.

    And I must say - I am content. It's okay. It has not worsened at all, although that could be because I am just ignoring it better now than at the beginning. I don't know. It happened when I had a bad cold, and my ears were clogged, like pressure-wise. So I was to hold my nose...
    tccapone tccapone 22-25, M 1 Response May 11

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    Sudden Sensorial Hearing Loss/tinnitus/

    On a Saturday morning,December, 2008, I went to the ER, because I coughed in the middle of the night, and felt a sort of pop. I woke up in the morning and realized i lost all of my hearing in my left ear. Went to the ER, and they took me back because my heart was racing (160 bpm...
    ktjt ktjt 36-40 1 Response Aug 24, 2012

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    Tinnitus (pronounced ti-ni-tis),

    or ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it at night...
    SorrowofHeart SorrowofHeart 51-55, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    It's so annoying. I never have peace

    and quiet, NEVER!! I wonder if I would still have the ringing in my ears if I went deaf, that would totally suck.
    zarpanzur zarpanzur 26-30, M May 6

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    Aspirin Regemin

    I'm at a high risk for having a heart attack so doctor put me on an aspirin regimemin when I was 34.... since then I hear the ringing, constantly, all the time.
    NotADuck NotADuck 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 25, 2012

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    Pasta My Best-Before Date

    For the last month or so I've been filling my ear with olive oil in the hope of melting away an obstinate occlusion in my right ear. In true Michael Douglas style I blame it on all the women who've had their tongues in there throughout the years. And the rock n roll. And the...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 Nov 12, 2013

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    Tinnitus, It's a Pain In the ***.......

    I don't know how it started, the tinnitus I mean. It has been going on for about the last 10 or so years. In the begining the noise wasn't too bad, but the last couple of years the noise level has increased to the point where "white noise" dosen't mask it any more...
    sososo sososo 56-60, M 4 Responses Jul 31, 2008

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    Ringging And Buzzing All The Time

    I have had tinnitus for 36 years in my left ear. It started with a soft ring . It slowly got worse. It changes tones from time to time. It can get really loud sometimes. Trying to get to sleep is hard sometimes . Laying there in the quiet the ringing can get to me. I have been...
    cindyloulove cindyloulove 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 1, 2011

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    Constant unending merciless unforgiving high

    pitched tone. I've ignored it most of my life. It's getting louder.
    khromatic khromatic 36-40, F Mar 29

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    The Rock n Roll version of life says

    that tonight, after about a year of fuzzy, dead-ear, tinnitus nasty noise ‘flatness’ of semi-deafness in my right ear, I picked up my guitar and struck a C# chord which miraculously brought back the high frequencies to my hearing. Like angels. Harps. Sweet child of mine...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 1 Response Feb 19

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    Hissing Sound In Left Ear!!

    I am 24 years of age and just recently i noticed this hissing sound..i thought it might be something electrical in my home. Every room i went to i heard the hiss,so i ignored it thinking that it was the electricity. I then realised it wasnt just my home....it went with me...
    Jaydedgirl Jaydedgirl 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 10, 2010

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    It started 2 years ago

    when I was going on vacation, something happened with the turbulence or the altitude on the plane, idk but during the whole vacation my ears felt weird but I couldn't tell why and my right ear hurt a lot when I covered it with my hand and took it off. I got really scared and...
    Becka99 Becka99 16-17, F Aug 17

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    For several years now I have had this high

    pitched tone in my ears. It is like I just heard something loud, but it goes on and on. I need background white noise to sleep. I have found it is worse if I don't drink enough water, but even when I do it is still there - just not as loud. It is annoying. What do you do to...
    NJinGa NJinGa 56-60, F 3 Responses Jan 1

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    It All Started When I Was About 25

    I started hearing buzzing or ringing noises especially when all was quiet around me. Then I notices I had a hard time understanding conversations in a noisy environment.After several trips to hearing specialists I was diagnosed with tinnitus!Cause unknown although there are...
    dammnednut dammnednut 56-60, M 2 Responses Feb 7, 2011

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    Since March 2010....

    Yes, I have been blessed (I mean cursed) with tinnitus. I live by an Air Force base and I listen to loud music and loud concerts. The result? Half deaf with ringing in my ears!! The left one is louder than the right one. Very annoying. I started college in January 2010. My major...
    LovelessDeluxe LovelessDeluxe 22-25 4 Responses Jul 29, 2010

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    Ringing In My Ears

    I have experienced a high pitched ringing in both of my ears for approximately 15 years now.  It's always there and never goes away.  When I first started experiencing the ringing I was very afraid and went to the doctor, but after testing was told nothing could be...
    pooge pooge 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 18, 2007

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    Cure For Tinnitus

    CURE FOR TINNITUS || Holistic Step-by Step Cure for Tinnitus RevealedA continuous buzzing, hissing, beeping, clicking, pulsing or whistling sounds in your ears may indicate a sign of tinnitus. Some may just be tolerable, but in most cases, patients suffer from anxiety, dizziness...
    judyjammy judyjammy 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 19, 2013

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    Been A Few Years

    I think it was about four years now since i first got the dreaded ringing in my ears. It came with an ear infection and i remember going to the doctors office to see what they could do, but honestly can't remember anything else about the first day i woke up with this noise. So...
    kryptkeeper kryptkeeper 18-21, M Dec 29, 2011

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    Constant Ringing For Years

    I have had tinnitus since high school and I'm now 32.  I'm married and my husband is used to the fact that I have it and can't hear certain things very well.  Nobody really seems to know how bad it is or how annoying it is.  Other people can't see it, and I...
    hollowground hollowground 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 28, 2010

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    Constant Ringing Between My Ears

    I didn't realize that this wasn't normal until about ten years ago. I was telling my second wife to be that I had a ringing sound in my head. She, being in the medical field told me I have tinnitus and that no, she did not hear that sound. Until that time I just assumed everybody...
    brucefj1s brucefj1s 56-60, M 3 Responses Dec 21, 2010

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    Shut Up!

    About 2 years ago I spent several hours in a casino, next to a very noisy machine. When I left, I had a ringing sound in my left ear. I thought nothing of it. After any loud event, I often would get that residual echo effect before things went back to normal. This was...
    SKeshvari SKeshvari 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 13, 2013

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    Back Then, And Right Now

    Back in the late '80s (when I was more-or-less happily married) I began to have just a -teensy- bit of tinnitus (hmm should I invent the acronym TBOT? or not?) which came on around bedtime. Thought nothing of it, even when I was jammin' with my buddies out in a rented park field...
    SlyOldFox SlyOldFox 51-55, M Jan 8, 2013

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    I have loud ringing in

    both of my ears. Does anyone have any ideas of how to treat this? I'm not going to a doctor. I prefer natural remedies. Thank you.
    SorrowofHeart SorrowofHeart 51-55, F Oct 27

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    steack2 steack2 41-45, M Apr 23

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    Tinnitus Is Piece Of From The Hell

    I am from Kurdistan,Iraq. I am looking for treatment since May 7, 2004 because I have Tinnitus and Hearing loss and Dizzyness: I infectrd this disease (adnation between one of the arteries from the intermediate ear and one of the nerves from the right ear) since May 7, 2004...
    shvan shvan 36-40, M Nov 7, 2009

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    I've had tinnitus for

    as long as I can remember. My tinnitus manifests as a multi-tone ringing. i hardly pay attention to it anymore even though it is always there in the background. Sometimes the tone changes dramatically and it always becomes a louder tone with a lower frequency. How does yours...
    JAFO8 JAFO8 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 12

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    Van Gough had the best idea by chopping of his

    ear.... Anyone got a spear knife my ears are killing me tonight?
    vanivoo vanivoo 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 12

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