The Loneliness of Tinnitus

Hi there

We believe you if your nearest and dearest do not.  Tinnitus is individual to everyone.  It can be shrill or monotone, a noise or humming.  People suffer it in different parts of the  head.

I wonder, purely unscientifically, if it has anything to do with lack of water.  Also lack of sleep stresses us and that can lead to an upsurge in our tinnitus.  I can’t hear it today, but I’ve been making myself drink lots of water.  The reason?  I have a deadline for a writer’s contest.  Not that I have any chance of being good enough; I’m just having a go anyway.  But if I’m stressed the tinnitus does its best to interfere.  I’m literally drowning it out!

What do you do to minimise your tinnitus?

Have a great week


Debbie Jeffrey


Tinnitus Goes For A Walk

English: Sign for the West Somerset Coast Path...

English: Sign for the West Somerset Coast Path walk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bog somewhere on the 'coast to coast walk' (in...

Bog somewhere on the ‘coast to coast walk’ (in the UK). I am not sure where it was exactly. Taken with a Kronica camera on film. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Tinnitus can be triggered by stress, so we took our own advice and went for a walk.

The sun was out, (the UK is having its summer now) and the birds were singing.  It was a glorious day.  The shoulders relaxed, the feet kept walking and strolling in this way lets your brain relax.  All it has to do is to look around and communicate with the feet.   We could go too far with this analogy.  I wonder how many mobile phone texters dent lampposts.

As for potholes…  we’re lucky.  Every safety barrier you can think of is installed and we only realise when we go abroad.  Twenty years ago we discovered  another country had the highest rate of one-legged men in Europe. There were no streetlights and potholes occurring together.   When they joined the EC, they built new roads with light.  I wonder whether their Audiologists notice an increase in tinnitus.  Their healthcare system was brilliant for everyone.

If focussing on something else works for you. please comment so that everyone else can benefit from your experience.  It matters.  Everything you do, matters.  Everything you do for someone else matters to them.

Have a good week


Debbie Jeffrey

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Tinnitus – Can We Make It Go Away?

Alpine snowboarder

Alpine snowboarder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




A friend rang up with earache after we went out walking yesterday.  I felt hugely guilty but it is a bug that her daughter has just had and she didn’t think she had caught it.  When we were walking, neither of us wore a hat.  If we had been in a place with snow on the ground, a hat would have been something we would do.  Ears like to be warm.  Think of the snowboarder in the previous post:) .


Relate that to tinnitus by wondering if we don’t think about it, will it go away?  When you next think about it, tell us.  If you never do, that’s great.  It will have worked for you.


Have a great week.


Debbie Jeffrey


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Bad News – Ironing Good For Tinnitus


“What’s wrong with ironing?”


Student son looks at me blankly.  I can see the thought revolving in his head:


‘What is an iron?  Is it relevant to me?’  Answer: No.  Dismiss mother ramblings.


“It’s good for the ears.”


He is out of the door!


The action of the arm and shoulder moves the muscle or tendon that goes up the neck and behind the ear.  If you reduce rigidity in the ear, you might reduce the ‘echo’ that is tinnitus.  A wild theory, a what if scenario, admittedly.  The bad news is that is good for men as well as women.


Exercising ears is good for us.  If that bone behind the ear gets very hard, the hearingwellbeing theory is that hearing will deteriorate.  It has no basis in scientific fact, but that might be because no-one has posed the question.


To keep bone tissue a bit softer, massage it very softly  in tiny circles or preferably, get someone professionally qualified and gentle to do it for you.  It is bone so it will be hard, but my Aston-Patterning instructor, 5-year degree course on muscles, tendons and skeleton, reckons that a body kept flexible lasts longer and in comfort.  I believe in that. That is him for UK students.  It was founded in the US.


Happy Ear Week!


Debbie Jeffrey


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Skiing, Snowboarding, what you fell over? Can that give you tinnutus?

Nearly 200 skiers and snowboarders participate...

Nearly 200 skiers and snowboarders participated in numerous slalom racing events; Commander’s Cup, Broken Tip and Individual competitions. This year, Peterson AFB won the Commander’s Cup for the second consecutive year and F.E. Warren won the Broken Tip category. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Virage relevé en Boardercross

Virage relevé en Boardercross (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve got a hearing-aid appointment today as one of mine fell off whilst skiing.  Okay,  I might at some point have found myself horizontal – doesn’t happen often!  First time away independently, I had to do up my own boots, so falling over just didn’t occur to me.  I could say:

“It is so rare 😉 that I was surprised and my hat fell off.”

But why were people looking at me?  Was it because my hat had been shaken by Colm, the snowboarder who kindly picked me up and in my daze I put it on inside out?  Or more likely, was it because I was wearing a hat and not a helmet?

The sober thought is that if I had banged my head, tinnitus would have been the least of my worries.  Skull trauma as the medical profession call it it, is a trigger for tinnitus.

One of the other snowboarders in the party related a ‘first headbang of the week’ and he has also been on the snow for many years.  He has a helmet and asked me what I was doing not wearing one.

“I’m only here for the weekend.”

Daft, isn’t it?  It takes a second to catch an edge, whether it’s a ski or a snowboard.  It was his way of telling me to get on with it, go buy a helmet.  He’s right; I know that so I will wear one.  Head bangs can trigger tinnitus; they can also kill.  It never used to be law to wear a helmet while skiing and then it came in for the under 18 group in Canada and Europe.  Snowboarders made them cool 😉 .  (They’ll hate that.)  Wind blowing through your hair, the feel of speed through the wind on your face.  Luke, the snowboarder looked at me.

“You still get all that.” He said abruptly “and it keeps your ears warm.”

“Excuse me?”  A snowboarder, tough, talking about comfort?

“Yep, warm and I can hear better.  It must be something to do with the hollowness of the metal helmet around my head.”

I think he’s right.  It’s another harder skull around the existing one.  Keeps your ears warm so they function better?  I’m there.

Why have I waited so long?  Because I hadn’t met him and I hadn’t had that explanation .  And if I hadn’t gone on a skiing holiday where we were 5 snowboarders and 2 skiers, I would never have found out.  I have never been intimidated by snowboarders as I believe in free spirits, but I didn’t know much about them.  Stories like these add to pictures in your head about conditions like tinnitus and how to avoid them, if possible.

I have to add that they were ‘gentlemen snowboarders’ as one skier said to me on a chairlift.  Actually they were experts.  They made it look easy as they shot straight down the hill and made skiers look slow.  I never thought to see that!  Of course I only ever saw them in action once, when two of us were meeting them and they glided towards us.   At the top of the slope, I was looking for my own line down the slope and when I looked for them, they had vanished.  In case you’re thinking about it, it’s harder than it looks.  Thanks to them; I had a great time!

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Tinnitus Disappears While on Holiday

Brain scanning technology is quickly approachi...

Brain scanning technology is quickly approaching levels of detail that will have serious implications (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Tinnitus disappeared while on holiday for four days.


Why was that?  Was it because I was absorbing lots of new sounds, sights and adventures that the brain did not have time for tinnitus?


What if we learnt something new every day?


What if we concentrated on something we read, want to do and make up a single sentence about it.  brain distraction is one name for it.


You could think about trying it.  Tell me if it works.


Be happy




Debbie Jeffrey


Talk Tinnitus



Can you see the birdie? Let it merge with the background like your tinnitus.

Tinnitus Indie / Movie Distraction

Find the Indie (independent) books and film markets.  There are great films being made that need your vote, your one-liner that you liked the acting or the writing because …  An example is ‘ Betsy And Leonard’    . It’s just a comment but it helps them for the next book they write or film they make.  Your opinion counts.  They write from the soul and share it with you.

When you focus on something else, the tinnitus can reduce.  If I think about it, maybe I can hear sounds or maybe it’s the fan.  The moment I’m absorbed, I forget about it.

When reminded that he has tinnitus, my Dad said:

“Oh, I’d forgotten about that. “

I felt dreadful and have never mentioned it since.  Same mild tinnitus issue.  People react in different ways.  What works for you?

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Why Wait For Tinnitus Week?

It feels like there’s a week of awareness for every cause and while they help, why wait?

I think we’ve got to be proactive with tinnitus.  If you can hear music from someone else’s headphones,  it hugely increases their risk of triggering tinnitus.  One theory is that the brain senses incoming noise and reacts by producing a similar sound of its own.  Suddenly you have noises in your head.  Worse, they don’t switch off when you want.

A great place to practise telling people is on a train or bus.  Stick a piece of paper to the back of your book, laptop or write it on your newspaper and go back to reading.    They will see it as you are holding it at their eye level.  They may look it up.  That is all you want.  It doesn’t have to be a permanent sticker.  If you did it on one journey, you might save someone from tinnitus.  Of course if they ask you about your sticker, you can tell them what it’s like to have it.

Telling people that they might get hearing loss in twenty years after listening to loud music doesn’t work.  Getting tinnitus can be instant.  Save someone today!

Is tinnitus just too much detail? CCL Hearing Wellbeing 2012

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Tinnitus Treatment

Tinnitus Treatment (Photo credit: gurucrusher)


Hi there


Sinus issues create the unpleasant sounds of tinnitus.  they range from a squeal to an orchestra and they play in your ears incessantly.  No wonder Doctor often think there is a mental health issue when it is just the constant noise wearing you down.  Depression is often the result and that is why you would see a Psychiatrist rather than any sounds making you crazy.  It often helps to explain to a complete stranger and you will add to their knowledge of tinnitus.


If the squealing is intermittent, it could be that you have it with a head cold.  Equipment to relax you includes electronic boxes, sometimes with scent to alert as many of your senses as possible.  That way, when you hear the calming sounds and smell a scent , say lavender, you will relax.   Lavender has antiseptic properties.  Karvol is a brand of eucalyptus oil that can be used overnight.  A few drops on a tissue, hung above your head or on the bedside table should help make you breathe more easily.  Other family members may complain vociferously so use it sparingly.  Your Doctor should always be consulted on sinuses.  This advice is for adults.  All children should see a Doctor as ear problems can be very painful.


Sinus noises include:








Keep tinnitus at bay with lots of sleep and by drinking lots of water.  If you can’t get to sleep, there are lots of remedies, starting with the equipment above.  Find the sound that most closely matches your tinnitus.


Until next week and more tips


If anyone dismisses your tinnitus, ask for a referral elsewhere.  It becomes more unlikely but if your Doctor doesn’t know, tell him!  It will help the next person.





Self-Help Groups For Tinnitus

As tinnitus is different for everyone, self-help groups rely heavily on information about how it tends to affect you and ways to make it more manageable.  It can become a social group and speakers arranged who give light-hearted feelings.  It depends on the group.  Why don’t you go to a group and make it sociable?

Dwelling on the negative is counter-productive.  If your tinnitus is severe, see a Doctor.  If you have any level you can be referred to a Tinnitus Clinic, which is often attached to your local hospital.  Don’t expect your Doctor to know about them.  They have only been going a few years.

Locally And Globally:

A leaflet arrived in the post:

Aldershot & District Tinnitus Self-Help Group

– 2nd Wednesday each month from 1.30 – 3.30 pm  in the Health Education Room, at the Aldershot Health Centre.

Basingstoke Hospital also runs one.  A nurse was running it for a long time.  She probably needs someone else to take a turn.

If you want to send details of yours locally and globally, feel free.   The more people who know that it is tinnitus and that they are not going crazy, the calmer they will be.  Anti-stress remedies are good for tinnitus.

Have a great week

Debbie Jeffrey