Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)

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  1. MN_Jay

    MN_Jay Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Within the last 4 months, I have developed a ringing my left ear. What's worse is that as the weeks go by, it is getting louder and louder - now it is at the point where I don't sleep well. It takes me a long time to fall asleep and it'll wake me up in the middle of the night and then I'm awake for a long time before I can fall asleep.

    I do have signs of hearing loss that can come with getting older (I'm 41), and so far I've seen my family doctor, an audiologist and as of yesterday, a ENT Physician. Each one tells me the same thing, it's most likely a side effect of hearing loss and there is nothing they can do to cure it. This scares the crap out of me because I don't know how I can go the rest of my life with this torture. Anyone who's been through it will say how brutal it is - there is no getting away from it and there is nothing you can do to even temporarily relieve it. The doctors have said that white noise (like a fan or TV) at night as "sound replacement" often helps but the problem is that my ringing is so loud that if I turned the TV up that loud it would wake the whole house.

    The one good thing is that I am getting an MRI this week to see if there is something medically wrong. This is one time that I am praying that they find something wrong that can explain or treat this - this is pure hell.

    So anyway, the one thing that these medical professionals all were adamant about - hearing protection while shooting a gun is an absolute must. I was never too concerned with it in the past but they say that is what "probably" led to the hearing loss and ringing.
     
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    Sorry to hear that, hopefully they can figure something out for you. Would getting a hearing aid help since you would then be able to hear or would that just make the ringing louder?
     
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    I was diagnosed a few years back. I tried a drug (can't remember the name) that supposedly works to help alleviate the symptoms. It didn't work for me. I tried acupuncture and some special tea mixture for a while. That didn't work either. I have a constant ringing (sounds like locusts). I hope you can find something to suppress the sound a little. I haven't and have given up hope that I will.


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    Have had it since I was in the marine corps, over 20 years now. At one point I had this machine that created a background noise that helped a bit. Now I just deal with it. After a while you won't notice as much, but it will still be there.
     
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    When I got out of the Navy, I had a constant whine in my ears from being on ship with generators running at a constant frequency. I was only onboard ship 3 years not a lifetime so I hadn't done any permanent damage. The whine went away after a while of not being exposed 24hrs a day to the constant noise.
     
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    I've had constant ringing in both ears for nearly 10 years. Nothing helps. You learn to ignore it.
     
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    That's the interesting thing. I went to the audiologist assuming I would need hearing aids but she says I don't have enough loss to qualify. This surprised me because if I am anywhere that has any type of background noise, such as a restaurant, I can't hear a thing.

    This is the reason I got referred to the ENT physician and ultimately the reason I'm getting the MRI is because my hearing test results suggest I should hear a lot better than I do.
     
  8. MN_Jay

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    For the most part I can ignore it, the problem is that mine actually has different volumes. About 10 times a day, the volume really intensifies anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. During these times, I can't hear hardly anything out of that hear except for the ringing, and what wakes me up at night.
     
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    Really sorry to hear a fellow BH'r has similar hearing.
    Fortunately, it's mainly in my left ear, I had to learn to live with and depend more on my right ear.

    The first 50dBs is nothing but ringing....compensate with extra vision and a hunting partner.
    Best of luck,
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    Man that sucks, I hope you find some relief.
    Years ago, I started really protecting my hearing, both at work and while shooting. Mainly because I realized how important good ears are in the tree stand.
     
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    Don't all of you have crickets in your ears?
     
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    Mine is more like a field full of tree frogs. I hear fine, just the irritating tree frogs won't shut up.
     
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    I've got a mild case of it... Thought it was going to be extremely bad because of a singular event a few years back. I was in a double buddy ladder stand with my oldest boy and a nice buck came trotting in from our right. I picked his gun up and swung it over to the buck and told him to shoot.

    I had my finger stuck in my left ear because he was sitting to my left... but left my right ear open because I couldn't afford that much movement on that side of us. I thought I'd be fine... wrong. When he pulled the trigger, it sounded like a bomb went off over there.

    It was BAD for about six months. I went to the doctor and everything. It's finally subsided somewhat... though there is a light ringing there very faintly that I've just learned to live with.

    So what I'm saying I guess is if it's brought on by a singular event, perhaps it'll subside somewhat eventually...
     
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    Sorry you are having to deal with this. Hopefully, the MRI will lead the Docs in a direction that will result in a remedy.
     
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    Dang brother I hope they find a way to suppress that ringing.
     
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    If anyone finds something that helps, share. I've been to two ear, nose, and throat specialists... They both said it was just something I would get used to...
     
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    Try telling the misses, it's a subliminal message you need to buy a NEW bow!
     
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    Come on hh. You know you like having all of those voices in your head!
     
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    I've had some problems with it over the years, reducing my salt consumption has helped...
     
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    So that is what tinnitus is. Every time I try to do the swipe texting on my phone to spell tomorrow it always comes up as that first.

    On a serious note, hopefully you can get everything figured out.
     

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