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Tinnitus July 18, 2007

Posted by Rambling Man in General Bloggery.

I mentioned this in a post a few days ago – I have tinnitus – a condition whereby I hear a humming sound in my head and sometimes in my right ear, despite there being nothing to generate that sound.

It fucked with my head for a long time but now I have learned to cope with it. So much so that it now does not effect me in any shape or form – except when I am as hungover as a dog and deserve a bad headache !

The constant hum in my ear came as a complete surprise to me and although I have always been a bit prone to ear related infections, I never expected something like this to happen. I remember the night well. I had just moved into a new flat with TGW (The Good Wife) and I woke in the middle of the night thinking that the bathroom pipes were refilling or clanking. I woke my wife and both of us strained to hear this purring in my head. I remember thinking “Either it’s a helicopter doing the rounds at 4am or it’s something more serious!” … and so it was, that after all the scans and jabs and pokes a hospital could give you, they diagnosed me with tinnitus. They happily had a young trainee doctor hand me a leaflet about contacting some society for sufferers in New York and sent me on my way.

So there you have it – look after your ears. Hearing loss and stuff like tinnitus is no joke. Thank God I don’t suffer from it any more than I do at the moment. I have heard people say that theirs is like a jumbo jet landing in their head every 5 minutes …

While doing a bit of research on this is discovered that I am not alone – I am among a great list of sufferers including the following : Bono, Eric Clapton, Vincent Van Gogh (is that why he cut his ear off?), Leonard Nimoy and Barbara Streisand …



1. Grandad - July 18, 2007

Aha! Another sufferer!

I’ve had a high pitched whistle now for some years. Like an old 1960’s television. It’s damned irritating at times.

Maybe we should do a Barbara Streisand on it and charge people a few hundred yoyos to listen to our sounds?

2. Rambling Man - July 18, 2007

what an intriguing concept. i once had an embarrassing moment when at a screening of “Apocalypse Now”, when the choppers fly past in the opening scene, i shouted “Thats what my head sounds like!” – I had been trying to find the right sound to compare it to so my flatmates could realise !

3. Grandad - July 18, 2007

We have one of those yokes that you plug into the wall to scare off mice. It emits a high pitch screech, that is supposed to be above audible range, but if I put my ear to it, I get surround-sound!

Strangely, my hearing is excellent [for my age], but the whistle interferes with certain frequencies, so I have great difficulty with understanding speech [the sibilants get knocked out].

4. Rambling Man - July 18, 2007

whenever i’m in a train station i have something similar. it must be whatever way the tracks hum or something – blocks out everything else.

5. Grandad - July 18, 2007

The one thing that really annoyed me about it was that I went to my doctor and told him I had Tinnitus. So he sent me to the Blackrock Clinic to a specialist. He sent me to another specialist who gave a report back to the first specialist. He then sent their definitive findings to my doctor.

It cost me a fortune.

And their findings? – “This gentleman has Tinnitus”.

6. The Swiss Job - July 18, 2007

The list was impressive right up till you mentioned Barbara “pay €500 to hear me warble” Streisand. Shame she doesn’t suffer from crippling stage fright, modesty and a strong dose of reality with a smidgeen of cop on.

7. John (I need tinnitus treatment) Currie - December 11, 2007

Did you make any changes to your lifestyle that led to the reduction of the tinnitus noises? I know that if one looks after your immune system by watching your diet and vitamin supplementation it really can help with tinnitus.

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