This tinnitus is driving me crazy!

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   Posted 4/2/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I've had tinnitus in my left ear off and on for over a year.  This latest bout has lasted since December 31 and has been non-stop, except for maybe one or two days scattered here or there.  

For the past couple of days, I've noticed it is getting louder and it's kind of echoing too.  It sounds like a heart monitor when someone has died (we were watching Grey's Anatomy last night when that sound came on from an expired patient's monitor.  I told my husband that is exactly what I hear constantly in my left ear.  I think he finally got it!) 

Anyway, I saw an ENT back in January or February, but he didn't do anything, just said it was part of whatever neurological problem I have going on.  He offered no treatment at all, just told me to come back if it gets worse. 

Usually, I can just ignore it or drown it out by turning the TV or my music up louder.  But it's really getting on my nerves today (no pun intended!)  Is there anything at all that might help besides drowning the sound out?  I'm at work and can't do that right now and it's WAY too quite in here!

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   Posted 4/2/2007 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lisa

Awww...i'm sorry this is worsening. U don't catch many breaks. I'd be calling my neuro about this again and insist he listen to me. If not him, another doc. I can't imagine living with this on a daily basis. I'm not sure there is anything that can be done, but at least let them note the worsening on u'r records. Best wishes and hang in there!
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   Posted 4/2/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa,
    I'd be calling the doc back since it's getting worse and be very insistant on how bad it is and that it's a persistant, never going away type problem.  I found this article that might give you some suggestions or what you might ask your doctor about trying.  I hope you find something that works for you.
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   Posted 4/22/2007 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
There is a hearing aid type device that gives off 'white noise' which masks the tinnitus. Some say they are very good.
I suffer badly from tinnitus and has gotten worse 10 fold in past year.
I find that over tiredness does NOT help.
It drives me bonkers, I never believed a noise 'inside the head' could be so loud.
I wear hearing aids and am Rubella adult, maybe for me this is the cause but its never been THIS bad!
Ann Ireland

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