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Jason White

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09-04-2013 04:02 PM

I know a lot of us woodworkers have some hearing loss due to advancing age or loud noise exposure, which for some (including myself) results in tinnitus, also known as “ringing in the ears”.

Have any of you guys found a way to suppress or eliminate your tinnitus? I’ve seen every kind of doctor and have tried just about every type of therapy except for rTMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) which costs a minimum of $50k out-of-pocket here in Los Angeles. It’s considered experimental, so insurance won’t cover it. Plus, I’d rather spend that money on wood or tools! ;)

I’ve had tinnitus for about two years. It’s high-pitched and seems to be getting worse over time. I have some high-frequency hearing loss, most likely due to loud noise exposure. I now wear hearing aids, which helps with my hearing but has done nothing for my tinnitus.


- Jason

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 04:35 PM

I have he same thing. Nothing I have found will eliminate the ringing. Some days it’s loud, some days it’s dim.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 05:25 PM

Mine changes loudness, if it’s sunny for a few days in a row,I only hear a dim hissing sound but as soon as it gets cloudy, the ringing gets louder, I guess it has something to do with high and low pressure.
It’s not a life threatening condition so not much research seems to be done to cure it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 06:27 PM

I’ve just learned to live with it. To tell you the truth, I can’t even imagine not hearing it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 06:44 PM

+40 years… Worse at night. In the shop, I run an FM radio in the background and that seems to drown out the noise. Also riding the Harley with loud pipes does the same and gives me some relief. The hearing aids the VA provided do not help (but they promised they would!).

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Gerald Thompson

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 07:24 PM

My brain has learned to filter a lot of it. Years ago I was hit by a racquet ball racquet’s edge just under my nose to the left. My left ear has been ringing ever since and no MD has a clue what happened.

-- Jerry

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#6 posted 09-04-2013 10:10 PM

Hey Jerry, if your avatar pic is any indication… I have the solution for you.

Get those teeth fixed and your hearing issue will go away! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 12:22 AM

As a teenager in the mid 1960s I worked in an extremely loud automotive shock absorber factory. They offered no hearing protection for workers at that time and after 6 months the noise had permanently damaged my hearing. I have an 80% loss of all frequencies above 800 hertz. Maybe 90% in the case of my wife. And yes, I am blessed with the constant ringing of tinnitus.

I have read that there are hearing aids that can help, but due to what the Obama economy has done to my financial situation, hell will probably freeze over before I can afford any more $4000 hearing aids. I have to get by with the $129 variety.

Really, I just got used to the background noise. It’s possible to live with it, just another annoyance. Even has it’s advantages at times, like right now James Carville is squawking about how well the president is handling the conflicts in the Middle East and I can just turn my hearing aids down a hair and he goes away. Nice.

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 12:29 AM

The more you talk and think about it the worse it gets. Thanks for bunging the subject up, my tinnitus has now just gone up about three levels of loudness….......... Ringgggggggggg.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 09-05-2013 02:42 AM

I’ve had mine as long as I can remember. I don’t even notice it, most of the time; it’s just there. Maybe that makes me lucky.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 09-06-2013 12:08 AM

Wow… the Obama economy makes tinnitus worse or fails to fix it. I have “heard” it all now, even with MY tinnitus… Never mind that I got MY tinnitus under a RepubliCON Tricky Dick President while in Vietnam. I guess THAT does not count.

Raise your had if you agree, since I cannot “hear” you… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#11 posted 09-06-2013 12:49 AM

Mike, I did not say the unicorn prince caused or failed to fix my tinnitus. I said that due the fantastic recovery we are experiencing, I cannot afford the high dollar aids that I have read are available to help tinnitus.

I guess if I had a different mindset and looked to the government for help every time I felt shorted I could probably have me some free healthcare and a free Obama phone and get paid to get my house covered in free solar panels and change out all my lights to free LEDs and all that shit. Probably would help if I couldn’t speak English as well.

But I do not have that mind set. I think that kind of crap is what is killing the country and is making the producers so fed up with the situation they are at the point of giving up. Why bust your ass to get ahead when the government is just going to take it away and give it to the do-nothings.

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#12 posted 09-06-2013 12:54 AM

I have found, that if I keep my sinus’s as clean and clear as possible it really helps. For that I use one of those squirt bottles with a saline solution that is easy to make up. Days with high pollution, pretty common there in houston, (We have a not so good governator) I will get a ringing. After a good rinse it seams to go away.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#13 posted 09-06-2013 01:19 AM

madts you are lucky you can make it go away by simply using salt and water mixture,I’ll give it a try,Today the hissing has been so deafening.
Mike,how did you get your Tinnitus? I have heard most of the sufferers know when and how it all started,in my case it was a laud banging at the hands of my coworker when he was welding a huge gas tank . trying to pound the brackets to fit the bus.the same night the ringing started.,

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 09-06-2013 01:37 AM

Mike, I don’t think any aids will really help. Last april I had my right inner ear removed. There is nothing in there to hear with any longer yet, I still have that ringing (Viet Nam) in my ears….both. I asked the doc why, he said the tinnitus was not in the ear but in the nerves going to the brain.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#15 posted 09-06-2013 02:28 AM

You are right Gary. Tinnitus is the wiring from what used to be functional hairs in the inner ear, that have shorted out, overloaded, or who knows what. All that is really known is that those nerves transmit a false signal to the part of the brain that processes your hearing. The audiologist at my VA compensation hearing told me that hearing aids crap out at about 6khz and are only meant to help with human voice recognition. So much for my for my avocation and past employment studying endangered birds via auditory recognition in the field. I lost a government contract position because of failing a hearing test in a particular birds call range. And yet they question if that is a disablement… While some may not agree with this analogy, IMO that is like telling someone who lost an arm to just wipe their ass with the other hand and not worry about it.

FWIW, in the Navy I took care of the three steam turbine generators in the engine room and manned the ship’s power switchboard between the screws 4 on 12 off as we ran up and down the NV coast. Eventually the ~123dB high pitch scream of the turbines took its toll and the high pitch screaming failed to stop. We were told to not worry about the noise because ” will get used to it…” Funny thing about the military, it is a loud environment regardless of the service you served in. Another thing I found out from my audiologist is that the US military is THE BIGGEST consumer of hearing aids, in the world.

Oh, and never mind that we desalinated all that coastal agent orange water for use in our turbines, to take our showers in, and to drink… urgh… that is a whole ‘nother battle in its own right… }:-\

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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