Possible help for Tinnitus

#1
Thought I'd shove this on here as I know there's a few members like myself with the scourge of tinnitus and it might be of use to someone and hopefully it could help someone else. I read a few months ago that tinnitus can also be made worse by blood circulation. I know this means my smoking doesn't help, but hey ho. I also read that Ginkgo Billba is good for circulation. About 6 months ago I did have a shot at taking some, but gave up after about 2 weeks, thinking it didn't work. But about 3 months ago my tinnitus was getting loud as hell in one ear, (mine's a high pitched tone) and thought about giving it another shot.

I originally got a tub of Tesco's Ginko Biloba tablets which was about £4 for 60 tablets. I did notice at the point where my tinnitus was at its loudest, after 2-3 weeks the level did drop:) From there I have started to use Morrison's ones (as Tesco had run out) and they seemed to work as well. I know this might not work for everybody, but for the sake of £4 it could be worth a shot and might be a help to someone!

Also I have found out in the last couple of months that if I stuff my face with chocolate (Blokes can have choco fetishes! Plus it's only that and fags that are my vices)! My tinnitus gets louder. ******* strange I know, but say I ate a couple of Yorkie bars or similar in one evening, then I would notice a difference, then it takes about a day to go down again.


Anyone else got anything that helps or aggravates it?
 
#2
Sounds to me that the higher your blood pressure the louder your tinnitus, as you said smoking will only aggravate it. Is it a result of service? If so get hold of veterans UK.
 
#3
I will try the pills you recommend as you can get them here fairly easily albeit they are a bit more expensive. In fact I will try anything to get red of the high pitched hissing I suffer from continually. And here's the rub - my hearing gets duller and duller over a couple of years and then I have to go and get me ears cleaned out by the doc. But the tinnitus remains the same whatever the state of my hearing.

Cheers!
 
#4
Sounds to me that the higher your blood pressure the louder your tinnitus, as you said smoking will only aggravate it. Is it a result of service? If so get hold of veterans UK.
I'm under the impression that as hearing protection is provided the MOD can get out of it as PPE is supplied. Which of course is no use when you take them off to explain you've repaired a weapon mount to the range staff after everyone was supposed to have finished firing and the .50 6 feet away lets off another burst.

I love laying awake at night with a lovely ringing. :)
 
#5
I use distraction sounds or "white noise" to help me sleep at night. You could also use other sounds or music played through your ipod or other player.
 
#6
When I talked to my doctor about this 15 years ago he gave me excellent and very useful advice, turn the radio up. After that excellent bit of help I just live with it and sit in the corner at parties unable to take part in any conversation.

I do find that my BP (now on tablets) will increase the level of noise although my new doctor keeps telling me it is unrelated. One of the good side effects is ignore some people as I have a valid excuse. Sorry dear what was that?
 
#7
Sounds to me that the higher your blood pressure the louder your tinnitus, as you said smoking will only aggravate it. Is it a result of service? If so get hold of veterans UK.
Those who were issued the ear plugs in the old day may have a good case but they changes the level at which you could claim to 75% loss. This may not be correct but it was what they told me as I left.

My damage was done doing safety on mortars in Canada. You had a choice of lessening to the safety net or putting on Amplivox.
 
#8
My blood pressure isn't too bad, it is the upper end of normal, but always has been, maybe I'll look in to that further though, I do have little blood pressure monitor at home, got it from Boots for about £15. I have got some high pitched hearing loss as well, but the MOD told me to bugger off as overall I've only lost about 17 - 18% and that's not enough to be deaf, comes from CVR(T). I've tried the white noise Apps, there's one on Android called "relax and sleep" plays various sounds, whales, sheep, seashore etc, but the wife doesn't find to easy to sleep with it on and to be honest I found myself be distracted by it when trying to get to sleep!

Shame eodmatt about ears being cleaned out, I know I need to get mine done, but the nurse where I work said that cleaning them should lower the tinnitus as the everyday sounds become louder and mask the tinnitus.
 
#9
Those who were issued the ear plugs in the old day may have a good case but they changes the level at which you could claim to 75% loss. This may not be correct but it was what they told me as I left.

My damage was done doing safety on mortars in Canada. You had a choice of lessening to the safety net or putting on Amplivox.
Totally agree, running ranges safely with amplivox on was never really possible was it!
 
#10
It's a bloody mare! Mine is a high pitched hissing like the one mentioned previously! right ear is the worst, its not so bad in the day with all the ambient noise but at night and in the early morning! Headphones help, I will definitely try the GB, thanks for the tip!
 

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#11
When I talked to my doctor about this 15 years ago he gave me excellent and very useful advice, turn the radio up. After that excellent bit of help I just live with it and sit in the corner at parties unable to take part in any conversation.
You must have had the same doc as me - he said that nothing could be done and just to live with it!

Mentioned it to my GP t'other day (new guy, other bugger retired TF) and he is sending me to the ENT to check that there is nothing fixable that is causing the buzz.

My main problem comes when in a crowded room/bar/restaurant, I can't hear as the background noise becomes a babble which makes hearing difficult.
 
#12
Thankfully I don't find mine too bad as it's not as bad as the wife's constant whining. ;-)

I blame mine on Chally 1 trials and crap trials hearing protection. To make matters worse I can't afford to bring it to the attention of the medical people as I'd probably lose my job. :-/
 
#13
There's a product being advertised in Australia that "may help with tinnitus" although it's primarily touted as a memory aid. I'll have a look and see if I can grab the ad.
 
#14
As a sufferererer of Meniers Disease, my tinnitus gets louder and louder when I am about to get an attack and it is an early warning to get some cinnarazine down the throat or else vertigo comes on quickly. As for the tinnitus, I find some background noise, music/tv, covers the humming.
 
#15
As a sufferererer of Meniers Disease, my tinnitus gets louder and louder when I am about to get an attack and it is an early warning to get some cinnarazine down the throat or else vertigo comes on quickly. As for the tinnitus, I find some background noise, music/tv, covers the humming.
You have my sympathy, my mother has had this for decades and I know just how disorientating it can be.
 
#17
My blood pressure isn't too bad, it is the upper end of normal, but always has been, maybe I'll look in to that further though, I do have little blood pressure monitor at home, got it from Boots for about £15. I have got some high pitched hearing loss as well, but the MOD told me to bugger off as overall I've only lost about 17 - 18% and that's not enough to be deaf, comes from CVR(T). I've tried the white noise Apps, there's one on Android called "relax and sleep" plays various sounds, whales, sheep, seashore etc, but the wife doesn't find to easy to sleep with it on and to be honest I found myself be distracted by it when trying to get to sleep!

Shame eodmatt about ears being cleaned out, I know I need to get mine done, but the nurse where I work said that cleaning them should lower the tinnitus as the everyday sounds become louder and mask the tinnitus.
Yep it's unfortunate. The ENT surgeon I see here (Saigon) told me that I have unusually hairy and long ear canals which makes it easy for them to fill with wax. I try to clean them as does the LBFM (Asians are always poking about in their ears and noses), but in the end I always have to see the doc. The thing is, I went to see my doc in UK about hearing loss (some frequencies are worse than others) a few years ago and basically he told me there was nothing he could do. Same with the tinnitus.

Last year when I told him I thought my ears needed cleaning out he had a look and said they were fine. Tosser. When I told the ENT bloke here what my doc had said, he muttered that my UK doc was "khon khon dien dien" (lazy and stupid). He then filled my ears one at a time with a mild solution of hydrogen peroxide and washed what seemed to be masses of wax out of them. A lot more than usual in fact.

After that he proudly shoved a small camera down me lug and showed me ear drums as clean as a whistle. I still have tinnitus, but buy my deafness has improved dramatically. Thanks Dr. (quack) Stuart you screaming tosser on 100,00 quid a year. The ENT bloke here is on about 2000 USD dollars a month and is a far better doctor.

And talking about blood pressure - a couple of years ago my BP was up and my doc (the same tosser) just gave me some tablets to take and bugger off.

In the clinic the other day they checked my BP (free check) and said that it was a bit high and gave me a computer slip, a bit like a supermarket receipt, with BP and heart rate on it. Anyway LBFM had a gibber in fast Viet with the doc and next thing I know I am having blood tests ("Just a check up, An Matt").

Come back at 1400 hrs (2 pm to you civvies).

I went back at 1400 and received another supermarket receipt, this time with HIV test results (negative (condoms condoms condoms)), liver function tests, cholesterol, blood fat and a few more. nothing exotic but a good basic set of tests. Clean bill of health.

Doc at the clinic asked me when I last had a set of tests like that done .... basically only before my deployment on jobs, never at my docs in UK. In fact although the clinic here is about the same size as my doc in UK's surgery, my docs surgery in UK is far less well equipped.

So if you have a doc in UK like mine who is bone bloody idle and doesn't offer anything but pills, insist on having a proper annual check. It might just save your life.
 
#18
Yep it's unfortunate. The ENT surgeon I see here (Saigon) told me that I have unusually hairy and long ear canals which makes it easy for them to fill with wax. I try to clean them as does the LBFM (Asians are always poking about in their ears and noses), but in the end I always have to see the doc. The thing is, I went to see my doc in UK about hearing loss (some frequencies are worse than others) a few years ago and basically he told me there was nothing he could do. Same with the tinnitus.

Last year when I told him I thought my ears needed cleaning out he had a look and said they were fine. Tosser. When I told the ENT bloke here what my doc had said, he muttered that my UK doc was "khon khon dien dien" (lazy and stupid). He then filled my ears one at a time with a mild solution of hydrogen peroxide and washed what seemed to be masses of wax out of them. A lot more than usual in fact.

After that he proudly shoved a small camera down me lug and showed me ear drums as clean as a whistle. I still have tinnitus, but buy my deafness has improved dramatically. Thanks Dr. (quack) Stuart you screaming tosser on 100,00 quid a year. The ENT bloke here is on about 2000 USD dollars a month and is a far better doctor.

And talking about blood pressure - a couple of years ago my BP was up and my doc (the same tosser) just gave me some tablets to take and bugger off.

In the clinic the other day they checked my BP (free check) and said that it was a bit high and gave me a computer slip, a bit like a supermarket receipt, with BP and heart rate on it. Anyway LBFM had a gibber in fast Viet with the doc and next thing I know I am having blood tests ("Just a check up, An Matt").

Come back at 1400 hrs (2 pm to you civvies).

I went back at 1400 and received another supermarket receipt, this time with HIV test results (negative (condoms condoms condoms)), liver function tests, cholesterol, blood fat and a few more. nothing exotic but a good basic set of tests. Clean bill of health.

Doc at the clinic asked me when I last had a set of tests like that done .... basically only before my deployment on jobs, never at my docs in UK. In fact although the clinic here is about the same size as my doc in UK's surgery, my docs surgery in UK is far less well equipped.

So if you have a doc in UK like mine who is bone bloody idle and doesn't offer anything but pills, insist on having a proper annual check. It might just save your life.
My first civvy doc here was bone ******* idle too, but he was a Pa, sorry, Asian chap. So I switched to an ex-RAMC Doc in the same surgery who is much better. The first thing he did was book an appointment with the clinic nurse for a full check similar to what your Vietnam folk did. So they're not all crap over here. The only bad thing about my clinic is the 14 day lead time to get an appointment with my own Doc, I can see any of them almost any time with pot luck. I just don't want to be saddled with that crap Asian again.

Btw, LBFM?
 
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