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March 5, 2010 6:47 PM Subscribe
Help me cope with tinnitus.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to health & fitness (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have been diagnosed with tinnitus caused by an "irritated nerve" ... there is no hearing loss or direct cause; they tell me that it's a nerve that's just firing when it oughtn't be. I hear a constant high-pitched whine, like the sound electricity makes. (I have been my GP, an audiologist, and an ENT, working together, and I am satisfied I received good care; I am pondering getting a second opinion but this will require 3 hours of travel and fussing with the insurance company, and I'm not particularly confident they'll have anything new to say to me.)
I was told the sound will either spontaneously disappear or it will be with me for the rest of my life.
Are there any strategies that can help me? Yoga, relaxation? (Especially anything that might encourage it to spontaneously disappear!) Do you have any recommendations for white noise machines to sleep to, that won't bother my husband too much? (And that are reliable and worth the money.) Are there white noise "songs" I can download on iTunes? Is there anything else in particular that's helped you?
It doesn't bother me much during the day as long as there's ambient noise (and music provides enough ambient noise when I'm otherwise lacking), but sleep is a real problem and quiet concentrating work can be difficult.