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

 

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New hearing-aids

Hi Everyone

 

I’ve got new hearing-aids from Siemens. I bought them during a turbulent period when I was going to shoot a short film. With three guys. They would all talk at once, wouldn’t they?

 

My head would spin. I had determined to buy new hearing-aids. They were on an emergency setting as I had silt in the river, also known as earwax. Charmed.

 

“Hello, can I look in your ears?”

 

This would normally be an invitation to scarper, but the chances are that he or she is a Hearing-Aid Audiologist. I have the lady version, who speaks my language, I hope.

 

Ten days later my ears were wax-free, if that is the term.  Now we could see what they were really like.

 

These hearing-aids have receptors in the tips. They aren’t the plastic half-open moulds that I had two years ago and they aren’t the ‘tulip’ tips that I’ve had until now. With the latter, I couldn’t hear because every time my head moved, they stopped working. I’m having the same problem with these. I shall have to find some people to talk to, so that I can test it properly.

 

This is what I want from a hearing-aid:

 

• I want them to automatically re-adjust to people speaking loudly or softly.

 

• I also need a dampener on them, to alleviate loud noises.

 

• I don’t want to hear the conversation of the people behind me. Just sounds will be enough to warn me of a lorry etc.

 

I want a conversation in a group.  I’ve just heard of Book Club locally.

 

Can you think of anything else?

 

Have a great  hearing week

 

 

 

Debbie Jeffrey

 

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Nothing Less Than Your Elbow …

Hello from the English south coast where it never rains (in the 2 months I’ve been here) yet today, there is a huge thundercloud sitting overhead. How exciting.  It is something to look forward to, when we are cosily at home.

Comfort is what you want with hearing-aids.  Have you seen the ones for £0.99?  The price and how to order are at the top of the webpage to make sure you focus on that.  It’s not about how they will work.  It is a question of how much damage you could do to your ears,whilst fiddling with something not made to suit them.  None of us wants more deafness than we have, thanks.

The frustration of explaining that plastic balls will never help hearing ,to  someone looking for a cheap fix ,is distressing.  Couple that with the fundamental issue of trying to hear and men refuse or kick things.  Women burst into tears or any degree of both.

I met a lovely man, so gentle, a collector of sound wires over 50 years.  I didn’t understand much of what he said, but that was because he was talking about connectors and my hearing’s not brilliant.  It was a missed opportunity to learn more about his specialist subject.  Older people have such a lot to give, but the young aren’t taking advantage of it.

Later I heard that he had pitched into hospital with an unrelated complaint and had thrown his dinner on the floor.  it was so unlike the sort of thing he would do, until I found that he had woken up to find himself on an alien planet, where people’s mouths moved, but he could not hear them and wanted him to do things he didn’t understand.  He didn’t know where he was. They hadn’t even put his hearing-aids in!

When the very kind and caring staff of the residential home found out it could be the hearing-aids she was mortified.  She put the phone down to go and tell the hospital straight away and later rang me to tell me that was the problem.   A perfectly lovely person had been labelled ‘difficult’.   All it needs is a little training for the staff on the ward and at the Home.

Being unable to hear can make you look you crazy as you are still missing half or more of the conversation. Patients and staff alike get fed up and give up.

If the properly fitted and moulded hearing-aid had been gently inserted, he’d have had a better chance of hearing.

A plastic ball gives you none of those and frankly, is dangerous plastic ball.  It could damage you in two ways.

a)       First you’ll jam it into your ear.  That means lots of time in hospital and pain. It’s a waste of £0.99 which doesn’t sound a lot until you realise 50,000 people could respond to the advert;

b)      You’ll jam it so hard into your ear, that you’ll hurt it and have to go the Doctor to get it out.  Any other way, including self-help will damage your ear and your hearing.

Also you really will go crazy with the waste of money,  time and hassle.   Our recommendation is to steer clear.  They are dangerous  to your health.  As Granny said:

“Nothng bigger than your elbow should go in your ear.”

Except a properly fitted hearing-aid fitted by an expert.  Nothing less will do for you.

Have a safe week

 

Debbie

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Tinnitus Goes For A Walk

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

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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)

Hello

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

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Tinnitus – Central Hearing Oops Heating Systems

Hello

My grandparents have had oil central heating for forty years.  The boiler still works the same as it always has, according to Granddad.  Grandma insists she can hear it rumble at night, even though she is not wearing her hearing-aids.  That is interesting in itself as Granddad has worked out that the system does rumble at a certain time in the morning.  it always wakes her up.

On the other hand, Granddad reckons the rumble calms his tinnitus.  Instant marital discord!

Grandma goes downstairs to switch it off and Granddad, he switches it back on!  The only thing that I can suggest is Charley the Sleeptime Bear from Sound Oasis in the US.  It is made for getting babies to sleep yet works brilliantly for tinnitus.  We renamed him Tinnitus Ted but Granddad is still refusing.  The purple lavender beeping machine has also been refused.  Any suggestions?  All gratefully received!

Heartfelt thanks

 

Debbie Jeffrey

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Squealing Tinnitus Or A Cold In The Head

Hi there

One of the main causes of tinnitus is issues with your sinuses.  Having a cold or flu can trigger it.  That’s because you have a runny noise and sort it with a tissue.  The harder you blow, the more likely you are to damage your ears.  Weird huh?  Unfortunately doing it can trigger tinnitus .  So keep it gentle.

Hearing squeaks when you have a cold.  Whatever it is you were just doing that might have caused that squeak, can you stop doing it?  Crazy I know but it’s just this screwball theory.  If it’s not that you’ll soon know as your house will be full of screwball people wanting to try it out.  This tinnitus is even less fun than the droning of the airconditioning constantly in your ears.

Lots of sleep and lots of water works for us.  Happy New Year!

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Tinnitus – Anything That Dehydrates

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Deep Eddy Pool located at 30.2765° -97.7732°,Austin, Texas, United States. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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DSC_4296 (Photo credit: Jeffrey Hsi)

 

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Olympic Swimming Pool Fast Lane Category:Outdoor_swimming_pools (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Hi there

 

My theory may be shatterbrained but every time I feel thirsty, the tinnitus drone feels louder.

 

After a swimming session, I don’t hear it ;   Alright, I admit that may be more to do with exercise than water intake.

 

Someone told me her mother swore by weighing herself before going into a swimming pool as waterlogging of the body would mean she would weigh more later!Drinking water works to send away tinnitus.  Don’t wait for it happen.  the brain will say:

 

‘You’re waiting for what?!’

 

‘Oh, that noise.  Okay I can make that noise.’  And the tinnitus will start up again.

 

Is this crazy?  Possibly.  You have always to remember that people have been thought crazy throughout history.  What happened to the guy who said:

 

“The world is round.”

 

“Yeah, right and Orion’s Star Belt signifies the end of the universe.”

 

Follow alcohol with water at Christmas and banish the tinnitus.

 

Happy countdown.

 

Debbie Jeffrey

 

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Book Launch shortly when we can unpeel Editor’s fingers from book.

 

 

 

 

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’   www.facebook.com/pages/Betsy-Leonard/168348073217371    . 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!

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Talk Tinnitus

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flu fighter bath oils (Photo credit: winged photography)

 

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:

 

squeal

 

drumming,

 

dong.

 

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.