Tinnitus tips

On November 23, I developed mild tinnitus. I’ve been hearing a constant sound in my head. The sound is a mid-pitched whistle or whine similar to what you hear through the wall when your neighbor is vacuuming. The principal frequency seems to be about 1.1 kHz. Here’s the closest I could get when trying to generate the sound in Cool Edit Pro.

The volume is not high – the sound is overpowered by the refrigerator in my kitchen, the sound of water flowing in the pipes in the bathroom. I can often hear it over my PC (several very quiet fans + quiet 7200 rpm hard drive) or during a conversation in a quiet room when nobody is talking.

As I’ve spent a lot of time reading and thinking about tinnitus, I want to share some tips that helped me get over the initial shock and go back to living normally. Much of the advice in this FAQ is based on what I’ve read about Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), the leading clinically proven tinnitus treatment.

What causes tinnitus?

Sometimes tinnitus has an easily identifiable cause, such as earwax buildup, certain drugs, hypertension, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or acoustic neuroma. (The Tinnitus FAQ has a catalogue of possible causes.)

Most cases of tinnitus, however, are “unexplained”. That is, they result from changes in the brain that are still poorly understood. Dr James Kaltenbach has written a good scientific introduction (PDF) to the current theories on the causes of tinnitus.

One thing that is known about this type of tinnitus is that it is associated with hearing loss. Between 60 and 90% (depending on the source) of tinnitus patients have some degree of hearing loss. This is, however, not a true explanation of tinnitus because the majority of hearing-impaired people don’t have tinnitus, and a significant percentage of tinnitus patients have normal hearing (especially among younger people).

When will my tinnitus go away?

If your tinnitus is of the unexplained kind, the question is difficult to answer. If you were recently exposed to loud noise (for example, you went to a concert), you may just have temporary tinnitus that will go away in a few days. In many other cases, tinnitus goes away on its own within 2-3 months. In still others, it takes 2-3 years. On the other hand, there are people who have had tinnitus for over 20 years. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any reliable statistics that would show what percentage of cases resolve within a few months. The best I could find was this informal survey.

What can I do about my tinnitus?

You can go to a doctor in case your tinnitus is due to something that can be fixed or treated easily.

You can try one or more remedies recommended by tinnitus patients – vitamin B12, magnesium, ginkgo biloba, caffeine withdrawal and paracetamol – for each of these, you will find people who swear it reduces their tinnitus. And you can certainly avoid wasting your money on the countless “tinnitus cure” scams ran by unscrupulous assholes all over the Web.

Other than that, there is currently no proven method of rewiring your brain to make “unexplained” tinnitus disappear completely and permanently. There are therapies that can lessen tinnitus or even make it disappear (Xanax, notched music therapy), but their effect is temporary, i.e. they must be continued indefinitely if the effect is to be maintained.

However, you can do two very important things:

  1. You can stop the noise from bothering you.
  2. You can learn not to notice the noise.

If you achieve these two goals, tinnitus will be no more of a problem for you than the color of the walls in your apartment. It will still be noticeable, if you choose to notice it, but it will not be an issue.

Dr Stephen M. Nagler describes this beautifully in his introduction to Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT):

TRT is not a cure for tinnitus.  It is a treatment approach designed with the goal of tinnitus ceasing to be an issue in the patient’s life.  It is designed with the goal of making tinnitus into a pair of pants.  Ninety percent of the time, people are unaware of their pants.  The 10% of the time they are aware, they do not “cope” with their pants, they do not “deal” with their pants, they do not “learn to live” with their pants, and they most certainly do not spend any time worrying whether the following day will be a “good pants day” or a “bad pants day.”  They simply wear their pants; and when the goal of TRT has been met, tinnitus should be just like that!

How do I stop the noise from bothering me?

The first thing you must realize is that the sound itself is not that much of a problem. Unless your tinnitus is uncommonly severe, the noise in your head probably does not interfere with your hearing in a significant way.

The real problem is that (1) you are paying attention to the noise and (2) you are reacting to it in an emotional way. In neurological terms, the auditory stimulus leads to a stress response. You find the sound disturbing, you can’t think about anything else, your heart is racing, you can’t fall asleep at night – all these problems are not due to tinnitus; they are due to your emotional reaction to tinnitus.

Does it have to be this way? No. You are probably surrounded by many sounds that are objectively louder than your tinnitus, yet you don’t give them a second thought. Every day, you sit in front of a computer that has noisy fans and hard drives, but you don’t obsess over it. While driving, you’re exposed to the sound of traffic and your own car, sometimes for hours, but that does not make you miserable. Airline pilots spend half their lives in the noise of jet engines, but they don’t make a big deal out of it. The only difference between tinnitus and those “everyday sounds” is that you interpret those other sounds as “normal background noise”.

As I sit in front of my computer writing this post, I am surrounded by potentially annoying stimuli. I hear the drone of the washing machine that’s running in the bathroom, the whirr of the hard drives in my computer, and some sounds of traffic outside the window. I am wearing eyeglasses that put constant pressure on my nose and ears; worse still, their rims impose themselves on my field of vision, putting a useless blurry border around whatever I’m looking at. To the right of my screen, there is a network router with bright LEDs blinking at irregular intervals. And whenever I move in my chair, it makes a fairly loud squeak. All of these things can be seen as irritating, yet none of them bothers me in the least bit.

There is no objective reason why I should be completely indifferent to all these stimuli, yet be disturbed by tinnitus. After all, tinnitus is just another sound I can’t do anything about.

Your emotional reaction to tinnitus is a matter of attitude. And attitudes to stimuli can change. I remember very clearly that I used to be annoyed by the ticking of the wall clock in my room, to the point that I had to take it down. Guess what? I recently hung it again and now I kind of like it. To take another example, there are people who are annoyed by the noise made by children playing in the playground. Often, the same people will find it much less annoying (or even pleasant) once they have their own children and begin to associate the sound with something pleasant.

It is helpful to realize that most of your negative attitude to tinnitus comes from the initial shock. If you had been born with tinnitus, would you worry about it? Certainly not. For you, it would be the way the world works – much like the fact that you have to blink every 20 seconds or so. Some people who have had tinnitus since childhood are indifferent to it to the point that they believe it is completely normal.

Finally, here are some positive thinking tricks to “become friends” with your tinnitus:

  • think of it as the “dial tone of the universe” (not everyone can hear it, you’re among the chosen ones!)
  • think of it as a noise that your brain makes when it’s working (it’s good to know your brain is working, isn’t it?)
  • think “my invisible force field is on and is protecting me” (this one was suggested by Thomas Tang in the comments here, I think it’s great)

What is partial masking?

Partial masking is a good technique that can help you stop reacting emotionally to tinnitus. Surround yourself with some sort of noise that blends with the sound of tinnitus without obscuring it completely. Good sources of noise include computer-generated noise, recordings with sounds of nature (rain, ocean, mountain stream, etc.), fans, radio static, air humidifiers, etc. There is a good free online noise generator over at SimplyNoise.com. Remember that if your goal is to reduce your emotional response to tinnitus, the tinnitus should still be partially audible over the masking noise. The reason is that you cannot get used to something you don’t hear. You can then gradually decrease the volume of the masking noise until your tinnitus becomes as boring and unworthy of attention as the buzz of the refrigerator in your kitchen.

Does tinnitus deprive you of silence?

Among tinnitus patients, there is a tendency to think “I will never hear silence again”, but it is worth noting that humans are incapable of hearing complete silence anyway. In a well-known study by Heller and Bergman (1953), out of 100 tinnitus-free university students placed in an anechoic chamber , 93% reported hearing a buzzing, pulsing or whistling sound. (Here’s another, more recent study of the same phenomenon.)

How do I learn not to notice the noise?

At the core of tinnitus is The Loop. The Loop is my own term for the positive feedback loop created by the following two mechanisms:

  1. The more attention you give to your tinnitus, the louder it gets. (What happens is, you are telling your brain “This sound is important/threatening, I need to hear it more clearly”.)
  2. The louder your tinnitus is, the more it attracts your attention, which in turn makes it even louder, and so on.

This is a vicious circle that can be extremely hard to break out of. In the first few days after my tinnitus appeared, I gave it so much of my attention that eventually I could hear it even while watching TV.

The loop starts when you focus your attention on the noise. Once you let yourself do that, the noise will get louder, making it much harder to get your mind off it. So Rule Number One is: don’t start The Loop. Whenever you find your attention wandering towards the noise, use your will to immediately focus on something else. Get busy. Slap yourself on the face. If you’re trying to fall asleep, try counting. Remember how miserable you felt the last time you let yourself focus on the noise. Do whatever it takes to take your mind off the tinnitus. If all else fails, mask it with music or some noise. But whatever you do, don’t start The Loop.

Learning to take your attention away from tinnitus takes training. One technique that helps with this is having a loud ticking clock in your room. The moment your attention wanders towards the tinnitus, focus on the tick-tock instead. Counting tick-tocks is also a good way to fall asleep.

Tinnitus gets louder when you are anxious about it, so anything that reduces your overall anxiety level is helpful. There’s medication like Xanax that is known to help, but exercise works great, too. If you make yourself feel so tired that you can barely move, it’s really hard to think about tinnitus – when your body is aching, all you can think of is how good it feels to lie down and rest. I would also recommend experimenting with cold showers. In general, anything that causes (safe) pain is good because once the pain is gone, you experience the opposite feeling: bliss, warmth, energy.

If you haven’t heard your tinnitus for some time, don’t listen for it. Don’t ask yourself: “Do I hear the noise now?” or “Has it really gone away or is it just temporarily masked by ambient noise?”. In the first weeks after I got tinnitus, whenever it stopped being noticeable, I would go to a quiet room and put on my isolating headphones to see if it really went away. I did this many times a day and all it did was make me notice my tinnitus again. In the end, I had to set a rule: I am allowed one “tinnitus test” per day, when I get up in the morning. For the rest of the day, no checking.

Remember: If you listen for tinnitus, you are just training your brain to hear it better. Don’t do it. Focus on other things in your surroundings and your life.

What if I’m already in The Loop?

Ah, yes. When you’re in The Loop, your tinnitus seems so loud that it’s like a tiger in your room – it seems damn near impossible not to pay attention to it. In addition, the stress you are probably experiencing does not make it any easier to exercise mental control.

Still, you have to help yourself. You have to get out of The Loop somehow. Here’s a method that worked for me: Mask the hell out of it and go to sleep. When you wake up the next morning, use every ounce of self-control you have to focus your attention on things other than the tinnitus. Keep telling yourself: if I let myself focus on it, it will just get bigger and even harder to ignore. Whenever your thoughts start wandering toward the tinnitus, slap yourself on the face or pinch the back of your forearm (this serves as negative reinforcement). The goal is to develop a mental habit to distract yourself every time you start thinking about your tinnitus. As time passes, it will get easier and easier to distract yourself when tinnitus becomes noticeable.

It can be hard to keep this up for the whole day, especially in the beginning, so use masking liberally. (Full masking is not recommended in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy because it removes the noise completely rather than letting you get comfortable with it, but my experience is that when you’re going crazy from listening to your tinnitus, masking it partially doesn’t make you any calmer. There are times when you need emergency measures.)

When you cannot help but pay attention to your tinnitus and it’s beginning to stress you out, you can try the following mental technique that I’ve found very effective. I call it the Refrigerator Trick. The trick is to imagine that the sound of tinnitus is made by an actual device in the room, perhaps a small refrigerator. It’s amazing that simply having that thought brings about instant stress relief. As soon as the sound is associated with an everyday object, it seems the brain no longer has any reason for alarm. Once the tinnitus is classified as an “everyday noise”, it is much easier to take your mind off it. To make this visualization more convincing, you can picture what the refrigerator looks like, where it’s standing, etc.

Useful resources on tinnitus

Update (Sep 2011)

I still have tinnitus, but have become indifferent to it to a degree I would never have thought possible. Basically, now it’s like the sound of the hard drive in my laptop. Sure, I notice it sometimes, but I don’t focus on it; I just go back to whatever I was doing. I’m certainly not sitting there writing an e-mail on my laptop and thinking “OMG, here’s the damn hard drive noise again, why won’t it stop?”. Needless to say, I don’t check the intensity of my tinnitus every day anymore. In fact, I’ve gone weeks without noticing it.

I used to be scared of going to sleep without masking sounds, as the silence at night brings the tinnitus out. Now it’s no big deal: I don’t pay attention to it, and on the rare occasion that I do, it doesn’t bother me; it’s just “that familiar sound” to me.

Update  – Plasticity (Aug 2012)

In April 2011, I wrote an HTML5 game (Firefox only) called Plasticity with the objective of rewiring my auditory cortex and thus reducing my tinnitus. The idea was simple:

  1. Some neurons are firing in my auditory cortex (since I hear the tinnitus).
  2. The cortex can reorganize in response to training.
  3. Conclusion: I’m going to train my auditory cortex and see how that changes the perception of tinnitus.

Did it work? It’s hard to say. I was of course hoping for a dramatic, unmistakable result – a total cure. That didn’t happen. I thought I noticed some improvement in the course of my training, but that could have easily been simple placebo effect. After a month of using Plasticity every day, I went on a short foreign trip. During that trip, I noticed that I was able to fall asleep without masking noise for the first time since I got tinnitus. When I got back home, I decided to stop using masking at home as well. I also stopped using Plasticity. In the following months, my tinnitus gradually became a non-issue for me. I would still hear it, but only if I tried to. It would no longer hijack my whole brain. Since the auditory training was effective (I did get better at recognizing sounds, as evidenced by better scores), I think it’s possible that the training somehow changed my brain’s neurological response to tinnitus. I wouldn’t bet money on it, though.

Anyway, I have now made Plasticity available to everyone on the Web, so you are free to try it if you wish. (Here’s some more information on the scientific justification and tips on how to use Plasticity.) It’s totally unproven, but, unlike the countless fake cures on the Internet, it’s also totally free (though I’d be really grateful for your donations if you can afford to spare some money).

Update – (SEP 2013)

Well, OK. The bad news is that my tinnitus got worse. The good news is that it didn’t really upset me. It only bothered me a bit for 2-3 days, then I quickly forgot about it.

How did it get worse? Well, there was a loud concert that I went to with a friend. My friend wanted to get closer to the stage, and, like an idiot, I followed her, even though the music was already uncomfortably loud where I was standing. In other words, there was a red light but I ignored it. Needless to say, I won’t be attending any loud concerts anytime soon. Which is fine with me, I’m more of a home listener anyway.

The concert left me with a threshold shift (reduced hearing) and a whistling sound in my left ear that persisted for about 3 days. My hearing came back to normal (for a while I was worried that it would stay that way), but the whistling never went away. It is much louder than the tinnitus I have in my right ear.

Now I am 90% sure that my original tinnitus was caused by noise as well (another super-loud concert). So here’s a public service announcement: If you have tinnitus, avoid loud noises, such as concerts in enclosed spaces like clubs.

How did I get over it? Same as before, only 100 times faster. (I’m getting good at this!) I used a bit of masking, Plasticity, plus exercise to relax, but mostly it was just the familiar “don’t let yourself think about it” technique. Initially, I felt pretty bad – mainly because I hated myself for making such a stupid mistake and because I was afraid my hearing would be permanently impaired. After a couple days, though, I started paying less and less attention to it, and now I don’t think about it as an issue anymore. Actually, I am quite proud of how quickly I stopped caring about it.

Good luck! Remember to post your comments here.


355 thoughts on “Tinnitus tips

  1. Hi Tomasz (I mean author of this article), I really appreciate tips that you shared here, because tinnitus it’s my case as well :-/ Can I get your agreement to let me translate this article into Czech language and post it on my website? Of course with full credits and link to this original. Automated google translations aren’t still so comfortable as Czech people would like to have.
    Thank you, Martin (tuzticzka[at]gmail[dot]com)

  2. I came across this blog as a result of searching out online wave generators and I’m very glad I did.

    I suffer from tinnitus as a result of a gunshot (30.06 hunting rifle) going off close to my head, then a decade-plus of thrashing away behind a drum kit onstage. That was decades years ago and I’ve had it ever since. Damaged my hearing too.

    I had hoped beyond hope that maybe there would be some treatment available that would actually reduce, or remove, the constant shrieking. But it seems the treatments consist of, “Get used to it” or “Don’t let it bother you” or masking it with external sounds.

    Not a very satisfactory treatment regime, but if that’s the best we can do at this point, well, that’s the best we can do.

    Thanks for posting.

    • Morgan, all tinnitus sufferers live in hope that one day there will be a cure. Like you my tinnitus is progressively getting worse, but I continue to smile and make the best of each day. Have a good day

  3. Wow this blog realy gave me hope.I’ve had my T for 2months now after my GP gave me BP medication and after 2weeks I woke up with this ringing in my head.I was very depressed even got an anxiety attack.I still have it but I stopped taking the BP medication but my T is still there but a little softer .I’m really praying for this noise to go away as it seems to be taking control of my life.

    • Hi Shirley,
      I’m 5 months into mine and at the point where it bothers me very little. I started out tracking it each day and trying to find out whether going to the gym, flying, doing certain things etc. helped or hurt but I ended up stopping all the tracking because it was just making me notice it more. I had the same anxiety’s you’re having and all I can tell you is Thomaz is right on with what he’s telling us. I’m as impatient as anyone and this WILL take time but you will stop noticing it once your brain recognizes it’s not a threat! Hang in there!

    • Well, I don’t really allow adverts here, but your overview makes a lot of sense. I agree about keeping busy. My biggest tinnitus improvements came when I was abroad or having an active social life. You’ve got to make your brain forget about the noise.

      • You are absolutely right…keep thinking this noise is normal. if you hear it, say to yourself…so what and focus on something more interesting. This way you’ll pay less attention to this noise. As statistics have it, put a 100 people in a silent room and more than 50% with normal hearing will start hearing the tinnitus noise. This proves..if we keep paying attention, you’ll hear the noise. Less is more.

  4. I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to you!! I make music for a living so really should have always worn ear plugs to every gig. Bieber didn’t on this time and come home with a ringing, 4 days later and it’s still there. I’ve been to the docs and getting an ear test, making sure there’s no actual damage but regardless of all that I’ve been googling trying to get info and the forums/blogs are either hopeful in a sense that is not informative or just stories with unique situations or they are negative, with sub stories of all The wrong things one should me be reading when trying to gain info and deal with the onset of tinnitus… Yet your blog was realistic, informative and everything was presented with a sense of hope even if the T does go, the management techniques, suggestions and like I said just all round realistic and honest way in which all the info you had learnt yourself was passed on !!
    I feel 100 times better, the ringing remains but I think with some heathy living and possibly your plasticy and me just eventually forgetting about it, it may go naturally!! At the very least I feel so much more hopeful after ready your blog even if it’s a matter of just masking and learning to forget it all the time !! I wish you all the best mate and sincerely thank you for time in writing this blog !!

    • Hey Josh, I woke up on morning with an awful hissing in my ear, after 4 or 5 days went to the Dr. He told me to give it three months, it should go away. Well that was three years ago, and it’s till here. I can tell you that the best way to cope with it is to try and forget about it and go on with your life, I think about it every now and then, and find myself listening to it, I guess just to see if anything has changed. I did this last evening and yes it was hissing and load as ever, I then went on with watching TV and again put it out of my mind. This is how best to deal with it, except that it may be with you forever, and hey if by some chance it goes away, well then that’s great, but if not, don’t let it consume you, if I can do it, anyone can, as my first week with this I had a panic attack, and was trying to make it stop. I hear the hissing as I type this, but it no longer bothers me, and I’m fine with that. Greg

  5. Hello
    Your post is what gave me hope that I can handle the problem. The truth is that almost two months I have experienced T and this affects everyday my life. I went through all the steps of doctors and tests and everything seems to be okay, but I have “ T”. In addition to noise in both ears i hear also pop in them.
    I had exercise (move my car cuz was stuck in the snow) and the next day appeared pain in the neck and slight noise. Noise in my ears strengthen and my physiotherapist finds that maybe I stretched muscle or torn muscle fibers. I have no idea whether the noise is associated with it or not.
    The way you think gave me hope that I can deal with the problem and that over time will become just like any other noise, that you just have to learn to ignore it.
    I wanted to ask some more specific questions and will be glad if you have time to answer me.
    1. How are you after five years with this T, there you have it yet and how to interfere with your everyday life?
    2. Did you deal with sleep and how? Were you able to sleep without masking sounds?
    3. Did you hear your T every day? Because if you are out and it is noisy is ok, but when you came to home and lie down to your bed and it is quiet I think it is impossible not to hear it.
    4. How does it change your lifestyle?
    5. Is it true that over time becomes better and you learn to control it (ask this because at the moment it seems very difficult for me)
    I’m absolutely inspired from your blog, and will continue to fight my T. I know that is a matter of time just to habitate this intruder in my life.
    p.s: sry for my bad English ;)


    • Dimitar,
      I hardly ever notice it — maybe once in a month. I sleep without masking sounds. I used masking only in the first few months. The biggest effect on my lifestyle is that I’m paranoid about loud noises. I don’t go to concerts (if I went, I would use earplugs), clubs. I use isolating headphones when using power drills, etc.
      It does get better with time.
      In your case, tinnitus appears to be of orthopedic origin. It could be some kind of joint disorder. For example, TMJ disorders can cause tinnitus. So it could be totally curable with some physiotherapy. If I were you, I’d look for more information online, maybe consult some specialists etc.
      Hope that answers all your questions. Good luck!

  6. Sorry for the 2nd post. It’s ALWAYS a good idea to start with and audiologist hearing test and ENT visit. Even though they may not be able to medically improve your “T” knowing that you are medically OK and whether or not you have hearing loss helps reduce anxiety!!!! In my case the told me my hearing is almost perfect so now don’t worry about plugging my ears before every loud noise I may encounter.

  7. Thank you for posting this information. When this first happened to me everything in here about fixating on my “T” was what I did! Staying out of “the loop” is working for me and I even have periods of complete silence at times. When it’s not silent it’s hardly noticeable.

  8. Going on 3 weeks now with cricket like/buzzing in my ears/head. I have been really depressed about this, losing weight, not able to focus. I am married and have 3 young sons. It has been the roughest thing I’ve had to deal with. All the articles I’ve read online gave me no hope what-so-ever but this one has given me a little bit of hope. I haven’t slept in days and I just want to be back to normal. Going to see and ENT in a week and hoping they can figure out what is causing this. Thank you for being positive and giving some tips on how to deal with this. I’m glad I’m not the only one out there.
    God Bless, Christina

    • Christina – i got T just about 2 years ago, and like you, i got terribly depressed, became a complete insomniac, and basically went nuts (i’m also a dad and a school volunteer and an otherwise normal guy:). I sought out the best medical help Northwestern could provide, talked to dozens of people, and generally freaked out. the one thing i started to hear (and ignore) repeatedly was “your brain figures it out and starts ignoring it. relax”. two years on, i regret all of the worry and stress i dumped on myself and my family. you WILL go back to normal and like me and others i’ve talked to, you’ll hear your T when you think about it, which is less and less and less over time. i know that it’s hard to believe, from where you are now, but it’s the truth. treat it like a flu – it sucks for now, but it WILL subside and you’ll get everything back. hang in, enjoy your kids, give your T the attention it deserves, which is none at all. you’re going to be fine!:)

    • This is exactly my symptoms, cricket sounds which in my case may be caused by loud noise from running powered equipment. Chainsaws may have caused mine but other things like vacuum cleaners would be loud enough to create this problem. I didn’t lose much sleep because I actually thought there were crickets! It took me weeks before I realized the crickets didn’t exist. Hang in there, it may get better on it’s own but I try to use ear phones when I use the saws now. Joe

  9. Thanks for taking time out of your day to set
    up this blog.
    I found it very helpful.
    I got rid of my Tinnitus in only 8 weeks.
    I hate to say it but no more live Football games. It was killing my ears.
    Goodbye S.D.C. Games.
    One other thing I would like to say, the noise only sucks bad, if you let it get to you.
    Like most Americans I’m big into Superhero movies.
    Every time I heard the buzz in my head I told myself,
    My invisible force field was on and fully protecting me. After that I kinda liked it.
    Like most things in life, you can’t do anything about the hand your dealt, but you can do
    A lot about how you play your hand.

  10. Hi

    8 Weeks into tinnitus. Finding that many of the things you posted here are working for me also. Deep breathing exercises to calm the physiological responses helps. A combination of partial masking and full masking get me through the day which is much easier now that it was 8 weeks ago. Sleep is still a challenge as I wake up after every sleep cycle but I am back up to getting 3-6 hours of sleep WITHOUT SLEEPING TABLETS. After being on them for a month, I consider this a great achievement.

    Thanks for your honesty and insight.

  11. Thanks so much for the article. I’ve had minor tinnitus in my left ear for a year now and in the last week it has started as a higher pitch in my right ear. Your article is the most encouraging lve read. Thank you!

    • Note that the author of the post assumes that his tinnitus is caused by Eustachian tube dysfunction which (according to my 5-minute research) may cause humming, buzzing, roaring, but not pure-tone tinnitus. It should also cause fullness in the ears or muffled hearing. Another symptom should be that if you change your altitude (e.g. going up in an elevator), it should be impossible to relieve the pressure in your inner ears by swallowing. If you don’t have these symptoms, you probably don’t have Eustachian tube problems. Go to an ENT if you want to be sure.
      In general, I think everyone should be wary of popping supplements based on a wild guess posted by some guy on the Internet.

  12. Glad I found this site! It’s been more helpful than the hundreds of others I’ve read. Recently turning 50 and some family turmoil in the last year or so created a great deal of anxiety for me and one morning I woke up with tinnitus for no explicable reason. I’ve read about miracle cures, changed my diet and medications, seen my GP and an ENT – nothing seemed to help and was beginning to wonder if the nightmare would ever end. The explanation given on this site for this condition fits me to a “T” (no pun intended) especially the emotional reaction to the noise. I’m already employing some of the suggestions and it seems to be helping. The mind is a powerful resource and hopefully I can utilize it to it’s potential. Thanks again for the helpful tips and I wish everyone on here success dealing with what can be a debilitating condition.

  13. I’ve had Tinnitus for nearly 3 months now. I went to an ENT and he said that there is nothing medically that he can do to stop it. How long will it take for this to end as it is driving me nuts. It gets louder every time I listen to soft music. Please help

    • As the comments here attest (well worth a read), tinnitus does get better over time (either through actual improvement or habituation), so there is a lot of hope. We have all been “nuts” from tinnitus, but many of us are now here to offer encouragement that your reaction to the tinnitus, if not the sound itself, will quiet down over time.

    • I have severe Tinnitus that started about three weeks ago. My ENT Doctor also told me that there is nothing medically that can stop it. I also noticed that it seems louder after listening to music, TV and the white sound machine that were recommended by the doctor. The doctor said it might get better after about 6 months. I hope so because it is also driving me crazy.

      • It almost certainly will get better, if only because you will get better at ignoring it and “adopting” it. Six months may not be long enough for habituation, however, just so you don’t get discouraged. It can take longer for the brain to adjust. And sometimes it really does get softer, but you can’t bank on that–although nice if it happens. Lots of people report that they almost never hear it unless they listen for it, but that takes time. This is not to minimize its impact on you, however. Tinnitus is something we’d all rather not have.

      • I’m sorry when you first get this is kind of tough I remember crying at night calling my brother and ask him just to pray with me on the phone but you’ll see I think I got used to it nor it calm down I think too there’s a lot worse things a lot worse just pray about it and ask for comfort don’t eat any sugar stuff stay away from caffeine and carbs juice

  14. Thanks a lot. My thing was over as soon as I woke up one morning. I have perhabs just stopped noticing it. I have taken it to be silence. But guys just one advice I know its tough but just blindly believe one day it will be okay. Trust me it will be okay ! You just have to believe

    • Take courage and know that tinnitus gets better over time, either because its actually better or because of habituation. In the meantime, be very kind to yourself. I went a little crazy that first couple of weeks and actually knocked myself over the head with a book, which gave me a headache in addition to tinnitus. I advise against this technique.

    • i was right where you are last year – i was to of my mind and wondering how i’d be able to live. a year and a few months later, and what everyone here says comes true. T isn’t much a part of my life at all. you’ll adapt. hand tight – trust this board and the people who have been there, it gets better!

  15. Hi guys, thought I give an update since last time I was here. My t is still there however the high pitch has gone to just ringing. I have stopped worrying a little as advice from to guys was excellent.. Thanks
    My ent appointment is not till mid January as my gp can’t help.. Need to know if I have a underlying condition…has anyone had to wait this long for ent appointment?

    • If it is an ENT who has a hope of figuring out an underlying condition it can be a very long wait. You can find an ENT in a heartbeat, but not one who will really go through the long diagnostic procedures necessary to find an underlying cause of this variable condition. One thing to keep in mind is that doctors can rarely help with tinnitus. Even if a cause is discovered, like hearing loss, it’s just a cause, not a cure. But, of course, there is the possibility of a correctable condition, so it’s always worth a thorough workup.

    • well and as far as going to a doctor about your ears I did. I felt it was a waste of money he said there’s nothing he could do about it it’s just part of what’s happening so its all on you. I have had this for 2 years and sometimes it’s loud and sometimes I don’t even notice it unless I think about it so I think that’s basically it is it something that sure mind gets used to and you learn to live with it and either that or it gets softer I don’t drink soda anymore I don’t have a lot of sugar anymore you’re certain things I don’t do to aggravate it because I know that after I’ve had that my head rings loud so that’s about it I wish you will miss and I hope that you find answers that you’ve come for this is a wonderful place for people that have tinnitus

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  17. I developed mine about 8-9 weeks ago now. Docs think it was an inner ear infection that I had as I had some visual issues as well (felt like I was on the deck of a boat for a split second a few times a day). I was mostly over that when the tinnitus started up. Why, exactly, is a mystery. Could be a side effect of the healing and coping my brain has been doing, could be some sort of hearing damage, or perhaps even stress related as the vestibular issue came at one of the most stressful points in my life.

    For the most part, I can deal with it. I notice it every day with some days being worse, especially at the moment with a head cold. Other days I was sure it was gone and nearly wept at the relief. It’s gotten much quieter since the beginning and though it isn’t gone I have to hope that it will either go away completely or at least my brain will adapt and I’ll just ignore it.

    The key is to stop thinking about it, but some times that’s hard. I went to see an ENT yesterday who inadvertently threw me into the loop. My physio guy and my family doctor both maintain that it will go away or I’ll adapt to it and then the ENT tells me that it will gradually fade away. Then when I repeat this to him, hopefully, he says it will never fully go away and that I’ll hear it if I look for it or I’m in total silence. Crestfallen, I tell him that I was hoping he’d just say it was going to disappear completely and he says “oh, well, it might.”

    So there you have it. An ENT who says it will totally fade away, be there for life but unnoticed, and also that it will completely go away. He said all of this within a three minute window.

    So, what am I to do? I was hopeful, if not annoyed, for the past couple of months that I needed to ride it out and it was getting quieter and easier to deal with on a regular basis. So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to go back to that mentality, ignore the damn thing, and see what happens. One thing to be heartened of is that for many it goes away completely within the first six months, with many saying it only lasted them 2-3 months. Why are the boards not filled with these people telling us this? Well, probably because they aren’t dealing with it any more and aren’t dwelling on it.

    This site helped me a lot today because I am in the middle of a minor panic/anxiety attack, yet nothing my ENT said contradicts anyone else. The truth is that neither he nor anyone else know how long it may take to go away or to get used to it. The consistent message, however, is that it will be much faster if you get out of the loop and don’t let it get you down.

    So that’s what I’ll try to do.

    Also, I promise that when it goes away (see what I did there?) I’ll write back here to let everyone know.

    • Thanks for this detailed entry. You are right that NO ONE KNOWS what will happen. I had a doctor tell me absolutely that it would be there *forever* and would not change, but it changed before I got home from his office. Tinnitus is frustrating for ENTs who want to help, and can’t. I still hear the tinnitus intermittently, but I have found that the course recommended here is the best advice, and I try to follow it.

      • What was really frustrating is that my head issue happened in mid-May and the tinnitus started two months into my recovery for that. A few places I’ve read say that tinnitus is sometimes part of the rewiring recovery and that it’ll go away. Hopefully that’s the case here.

  18. Hello,
    Sorry for my bad English, it’s not mij first language, i am Dutch :-)

    I have T now for 3 months and i have tried a lot of things but there was no relief to lower the tone i have in my head/ear.
    Also there are to many horror story’s on the internet so you get there quite depressed.

    Only your blog is one of the best on the internet and thank you for this to give people with T hope.
    But i have found just a other site with a possitive message on reddit from a fellow T sufferer with the headline : Cured My Own Tinnitus and Wanted to Share.
    So i read it and had tried what he was saying and for me if gives me 2 nights of not hearing my T, it’s much lower at day time to but i have tried it just 2 times so i am just beginning :-).
    So i want to share this message to and i hope it will give some people with T there life back without that sound in there head.

    I cannot tell if it’s helping all T sufferers but i think it will help some because this men is T free and for me it’s getting much better now.
    If you do what he is saying don’t overdo it please, but for the rest i wish you all good luck.

    Here is the link : https://www.reddit.com/r/tinnitus/comments/3d294k/cured_my_own_tinnitus_and_wanted_to_share/

    There is also a video on youtube to carry out this exercise, it’s in the same thread.


  19. My high pitch tinnitus had gone louder!. Been crying all day… It starts really faint then gets louder!… Can’t take this.. Don’t know what to do…

    • Hey Ricky :)
      We’ve all been through what you’re goijg through. I think there’s a reasonable explanation for it seeming to be louder.
      1. Being anxious/depressed about it makes you hyper aware of it. Your brain is going to concentrate on it more. Know that the more anxious you are, the louder it seems. (And it’s okay to feel anxious until you have your check-ups. Just stay away from Google. You will be fine.
      2. When you go into a fairly noisy room (e.g. watching tv) it’ll sound not too bad. However the moment you go to silence it sounds extremely loud. Know that it goes down slowly in silence to a constant level.
      3. When I first realised I had ringing in my ear, I was so focused on it I could hear it over everything. This is normal. Even now, I’m more aware of it and can hear it over the sound of the tv. It’s due to being hyper aware of it.
      I do recommend, however, going to the doctors and ask for CBT for what seems to be low mood and anxiety. It will help you cope.
      The road is not easy but you will be fine. Never forget that you are not alone.
      Would it help for you to say what made you realise you have tinnitus?

  20. I have had tinnitus for 3 weeks… Very worried as keep hearing high pitch noise.. I have children 6 and 12…and wife. Went doctors he has Refferd me to ent. just can’t concentrate. Not eaten in days.. Keep reading it may never go away… Please help

    • This isn’t advice about how to get rid of tinnitus, but I do have advice about reading about tinnitus on the web: don’t do it! This one is the ONLY site I ever read that was thoroughly upbeat, and I needed an upbeat site at the beginning when I was so freaked out and afraid.

    • I wanted to say a bit more. I don’t want to sound flippant, because my life absolutely fell apart when I first got tinnitus. They told me it would never go away also. But it actually *has* gotten softer over time, and even sometimes disappears, not just because I’ve gotten used to it, but (I believe) in reality. My husband’s tinnitus never changed, but he also adapted and now never notices it unless he listens for it. I want you to know you have friends here who have been through what you are going through. We are all hoping for the best outcome possible. The reason I said not to read, is that some sites capitalize on the initial panic tinnitus often causes to scare and scam people. Tinnitus turns one’s world upside down, but I encourage you to re-read the helpful information at the top of this site and be very careful about visiting any sites not listed here.

    • Hi Ricky.
      I’m 19 and have had tinnitus for two years. I was so traumatised that, like you, I didn’t eat and I was consistently worried for at least a year. I went to the ENT and everything was fine, and I eveI had a MRI scan which proved everything was fine. Scientifically, it was good to know. What wasn’t was not understanding where it had come from and why. I still don’t know. However, it takes time to forget about it, to ignore it and know it normally isn’t a problem. After your ENT appointment, you will have an idea of what the issue is. If there is nothing wrong, then you know it’s nothing to worry about. It’s the worst sound ever but being terrified of it makes things worse. I can hear mine and it’s just something I know will remain. God I hope this doesn’t panic you.
      Hearing it was horrific. The depression and anxiety and the effect on my life was huge. But I’m here now, accepting that it’s there, knowing I’m not alone. It’s hardto deal with.
      What might help in places like pubs or movoe theatres or concerts are musical earplugs. Cutting caffeine helps. This may just be me but almonds and pineapple help, too. White noise may help you sleep. Know that eating will help you cope, even if you have a bite of toast to help you get your appetite back.
      And it’s most likely that you’re not going deaf, if that helps.
      I really don’t know if this was helpful to you, but I at least hope you know you are not alone as much as you feel you might be.
      God bless

      • Aah… Thank you for your advice.. It has kind of helped. I just worry about my family as they are also suffering because of me. I just can’t concentrate taking my mind off this high pitch noise… Called in sick at work today.. Will go back tomorrow as just been googling all day and getting stressed


        • Ah yes Google is the enemy at times like this. Okay, hopefully this might help you:
          We Googe things becausw we don’t know something. We expect answers. When we can’t find the “cure” or reassurance we need, or read anything that reads as: “deaf”, “never going away”, “no cure”, I believe our minds go into a panic mode. We fear the unknown and more so when we can’t understand something happening to our own bodies. This leads us to believe there is no hope and that tinnitus is completely devastating. This can affect you and by extension anyone who sees someone who is suffering from something that almost seems to be ignored in science, something even unreal yet terrifying. It’s a horrible experience and know that your family aren’t suffering; they want to help but without knowing what you can do is hard, too. Your family are with you to take it one step at a time.
          Stay away from Google, as a conclusion.YYou’ve already found the best website that helps.
          Know also that taking a day off work is the best thing you could’ve done. Take your time to come to terms with that evil high pitched ring.
          I swear to you that in time, your brain learns to ignore it. I promise no easy ride, but always know you’re not alone. It can be isolating as others can’t hear it.
          I am no expert, can I add. I talk from experience.

    • Ricky – if sleep is your problem try using a sleep band. You can buy the wired and the wireless versions. Its just a matter of plugging to your mobile or laptop and listening to soft, calming music or white noise to help you sleep.

      • Thanks for the advice marie.. Feel a lot better.. Will stick to this site for defo.. Thanks sandy and Kate….sleep band sounds good will try… Will do going on Google….

    • Hi Ricky,

      The only thing what you MUST remember is: Never give up! It will be defenitely better in time!!!! Many of us here was on the same road as you’re now. I know how do you feel. I know that you think that the voices and sounds in your head are unbearable and it is impossible to live with this. For almost a year I have felt the same. I have Tinnitus for almost 2 years now and it took about 8-10 months to be able to tolerate and accept that this sounds will stay wit me probably for the rest of my life. I have 2-3 different sounds with changing intensity and volume. So beleive me when I am saying that it will be better. Just take all the advices of this blog and try to follow the “instructions” . Maybe it will take weeks or months but you’ll be noticing that you don’t listen to that anymore. First you’ll be able to forget it for minutes, later hours and than you won’t pay attention to it anymore. During this period there will be better and worse days and periods. I have some periods still when I notice it more but I know now that it is going to be better again so I don’t get panic. The more attention you pay for that the
      louder sound you’ll here. I know this from experience. I had to take pills for this for a long period. I know what do you feel and I feel sorry about you because I also wasn’t able to sleep for more than a months, I was so lost and hopless thinking that my life was ended. My husband could tell you terrible stories about my attitude, my panic attacks, anxiety and crazy behaviour. It was a real nightmare. This can be understood only by the ones was going through this, but If you show this to your wife maybe she will be able to see how big stress is this for you and how difficult to fight with this and maybe she will have more patient for you because I know that it is very difficult to live with this as a relative of someone having Tinnitus. Finally a good advice. Download some nature sound application with your devices and put it on for the night. I am sleeping with nature sounds still and it makes me relaxed and my it doesn’t bother my husband at all since it is so relaxing. Take care and don’t forget that: IT WILL BE BETTER SOON.
      If you feel down you can write me anytime at kontirda@gmail.com


  21. I started hearing the ringing sound (like that of the central heating) a few years ago, didn’t know then it was called tinnitus. Since I became interested in natural healing therapies I started a quest in order to find a solution.
    Applying Quantum-Touch by a colleague helped me for two days. Then it came back and I haven’t had the discipline to apply it to myself every day.
    Now I am treated by a chinese acupuncturist, she says that according to TCM the kidney energy is not right. It seems that the loudness of the ringing has decreased, but I’m still in treatment (and I still find it annoying).
    In my case it might be linked to bruxism as well (TMJ) as my molars have detoriated by pressing too much (subconsciously in my sleep?).
    Or clubbing which I did in my twenties/thirties (am now 40).
    I read that Qi Gong might bring relieve or eliminate tinnitus as well.
    Thanks for sharing including your updates, Tomas, very helpful to read.

  22. Dear Tomasz,
    first of all, i would like to thank you for all your supporting information,in this precious blog.This blog has been for me a real aid for a positive perspective for tinnitus.Since the last two months, i have developed high-pitched tinnitus due to loud noise exposure, that was produced from my bell’s saxophone.I overpracticed my sax this year,and i was exposed to high frequencies that triggered my tinnitus.I went to many docs,had many tests,and my hearing was almost superb.Just a 10 db hearing loss on my right ear.But i guess that, as an amateur musician and a music lover all these years (been in really many gigs and performances), that was really nothing special.Many friends of mine, have already much hearing loss and damaged acoustic nerves.They are all pro musicians.Some of them have tinnitus,other don’t have the symptom.Very few musicians in Greece wear hearing protection.Still in my country,few people are aware of such dangers.Not even my sax tutor, told me anything about such situations!! When the symptom kickstarted i was very distressed and pitiful.Thank God my buddies and my family,boosted my emotional state.After these 2 months,i am happy to say that my T has changed pitch (it’s higher now), and the volume has dramatically decreased.Some times my brain surveys the signal,other times it doesn’t.I have read many articles,patient cases over tinnitus,and i want to say that even the most hard T cases can dramatically improve! Time is a healer! At this point of my life i feel much more confident and positive,that things will get better! With the appropriate counceling and with showing respect to your auditory system,you can help very much the situation.Doc said that all people have T,but some are more susceptible to it.He also said, that hearing protection is to prevail hearing losses.Don’t know if this has a connection to the T.In any case we must protect our ears. Folks remember a very precious quote that my buddy told me: “Hard times don’t last long-Hard guys last forever” !!!
    I wish you all health and happiness!!
    Billy from Greece
    Alto Sax student

    • Billy (the Alto Sax student) – loved your comments re: T. Recently I have been saying to myself that my T is my friend..in the good and bad times. Let’s befriend it so that it can make living easier.

      • @Kate thanks so much!! Be strong!! A fellow sax player told me,that if he won’t detect his T in the morning,he will probably freak out!! Hehehehe!! I don’t want to diminish of the severity of T in some cases,but still these also have been treated.T exist in all people,but some just detect.Keep calm and enjoy life.It’s not that bad.Soon we will forgot the T…Blessings and strenght!! Peace!

  23. I have had T for almost a year now. I read a excerpt from a self help book that went something like..T suffers are giving too much energy to other people, and are not giving themselves enough energy? T forces you to look inwards instead of outwards, and care more about yourself and your energy? Obviously no scientific basis to this..but interesting…

  24. Enjoyed reading some of the comments from readers. So much truth – the big T for me came about 4 years ago. Bought one machine from audio people for $700.00+. Broke in just a couple of months. Like most, noise is terrible but I have been blessed by God to concentrate on other things more than the T. Jack.

  25. I was so happy to find this blog. I developed tinnitus about 3 weeks ago after trying to restart an antidepressant I had previously taken for 12 years. I never had tinnitus as a side effect of the medication in the 12 years I had taken it; however, after restarting it, and perhaps increasing the dose too quickly, I developed a “hissing” in my left ear. The psychiatrist thought it may go away if I lowered the dose and tapered back up more slowly, but that did not work. I have since stopped the medication all together 2 weeks ago, but am still hissing. I read some promising things online, and some discouraging. They say in some cases after antidepressant therapy, it takes a few months for the inner ear and the neurotransmitters to resume normal functioning. I sure hope this is the case with me. Or perhaps I damaged my inner ear for good. Trying to remain calm as you blog states, so that is helping keep the anxiety at bay.

    • Marla,
      I am in a similar boat. I restarted an SSRI 3 weeks ago after being off it 3 months from about 17 years of taking it. A week into the restart, I had a high pitched distant sound in my left ear. It last 20 min. A couple days ago a constant sound started in that same ear and has not let up. It sounds like a summer night with the windows open and crickets in full force mostly. I also have an ache in that ear. Have always had sensitivity in that ear where I could not put a phone up to that ear. High pitched noises also bother it a lot. The other ear is fine. This might be from hearing loss from loud music. Almost 3 months ago I was in an indoor club with loud music. Had ringing in both ears when got home. Lasted about 24 hours. I wonder if the ringing I have now is related even though so much time has passed. I have an ENT appt tomorrow. Not expecting much to come from it, but hoping for small possibility it’s ear wax or maybe fluid in the ear. Apparently the ringing can go away with those two getting remedied.

  26. Good article and agree ‘buyer be aware’. I recently got duped with buying the Thomas Coleman package after my tinnitus got worse and in my desperate search for a “”cure””, I bought the package which has useless information in it.

  27. Yesterday I read an interesting article in the newspaper, school children in Italy participated in a trial, whereby they were asked to listen to Mozart’s “K. 448 Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos in D major” for 1 hour everyday, their IQ improved dramatically. 78-90 years also participated in the trial, their memory improved considerably. The reason for this is that Mozart’s music helps the brain’s neurons and also helps calm the body. I researched this on the internet and couldn’t believe there are so many articles on this subject matter in relation to tinnitus. I then listened to the ‘K488’ and then the ‘best of Mozart’s’ music on youtube. God what a relief, I felt good, the tinnitus was a tad tame. I am going to pursue listening to Mozart’s music for the next 3 months. Interestingly Mozart also suffered from tinnitus and was eventually helped by his own music. Do give this a try, its free and there is no harm.

  28. I developed a very sudden onset T almost 2 years ago, when I woke up with this roaring loud ringing noise in both of my ears. The sound drove me absolutely crazy! After seeing an audiologist and an ears, nose, throat specialist, I discovered there was nothing wrong with my hearing, although I had some problems with the pressure in my eustachian tubes. Eventually I discovered that the cause was from TMJ dysfunction (I have orthodontic braces which have changed my bite) and my jaw puts some pressure on my eustachian tubes. When I first developed T, it drove me mad for months and months and months. I started eventually noticing it less and less. Then it eventually got to the point that I just didn’t notice it unless I was in a completely silent room, and even then the noise didn’t bother me. About a month ago my TMJ dysfunction started playing up again, and now the ringing noise has come back, louder than ever. It’s now a high pitched ringing. There have been times that I haven’t noticed it much, I can occasionally go an hour or so without really noticing it but once I am aware of it, I can’t stop noticing it. That’s when I put my headphones in and listen to classical music (which I don’t even like, but it masks the noise). Now I’m scared that I won’t be able to go back to how I was, not noticing the noise at all. I’m scared that I won’t be able to stop the anxiety. I get my braces off soon and I’m hoping that will relieve the pressure off my jaw, which will hopefully relieve the T. I have accepted that I will most likely have T forever and that thought doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that I will always be able to notice the T because it’s so high pitched now. Although it does seem to get better when my jaw doesn’t feel as tight. It’s still scary :(. Reading blogs like this help a lot.

  29. I’m lucky –my T comes and goes with stress! I heard it after taking a beat down in the ocean and it freaked me out! I had a 7 year gap where didn’t notice it. I find most ENT’s worthless – even when they’re looking at my nose, much less ears! It does seem (unless it’s REALLY bad — thank God mines not) it’s just kinda annoying. But if you ask most people — in a silent room can then hear T — bet most of them would say yes! they can hear something! Thanks for the article — ignore it and (unless really bad) it’ll go away or at least not be so bad. Oh this is interesting — I did meet with a young, smart ENT who said MOST people have the T go from the front of the brain to the back (like putting something in a closes you really don’t notice.) I have TMJ -which makes it worse but thank God not too bad — our vets are who need help!!

    A beer, a clonopin, goodnight!

    • Oh I really stay away from the HORROR storries on Google! Very bad to read them — and lets be honest we don’t know what they did to cause the damage….not that anyone deseves T! Good night! Reading too much is not good

  30. Hi Tomasz, your blog, especially this post, was very helpful and reassuring to read, thank you. Apologies in advance for the lengthy comment, but I just wanted to reach out to someone about what I’m going through presently. I’ve been a tinnitus sufferer ever since 2012, but have been having trouble dealing with a recent spike that occurred after attending a loud concert a few weeks ago. My initial onset of T was brought on by severe TMD (or TMJ as most call it) that I have suffered from ever since the first night I suddenly detected a loud, high-pitched ringing in both ears. The ringing was accompanied by ear stuffiness and pain, so naturally I looked to an ENT to see what was going on. Long story short and several medical specialists later, it was determined that I did in fact have TMD and that all of my ear issues, including the T, were a result of that. No hearing loss or anything. Initially I panicked and went through the entire range of emotions that previous posters here have outlined. I couldn’t eat for several weeks, my anxiety (already an issue) skyrocekted, and I couldn’t concentrate on anything else. I was prescribed Xanax, a host of muscle relaxers for my jaw and neck (also severely affected by my jaw condition), sleep aids, etc. However, eventually I came to accept my ‘head noise’ as something that was part of me to stay, and that’s when I truly started to move on with my life – until the other week. Since my T initially began, I have been protective over my hearing simply because my ears became super sensitive to sound after it started. I’ve been to 2-3 concerts over the years but have always worn earplugs and made sure to stay far away from the stage and amps. This last concert, I thought that was being responsible in following the same protocol, but… well, I don’t know what happened. I wore earplugs, regularly stepped outside to give my ears a break, and literally found the farthest place from which to watch the show from. Afterwards, I took my earplugs out and had no noticeable ringing or ear stuffiness, so I thought all was good. Went to bed but then woke up the next morning with a very subtle but *definitely there* ringing in my left ear – my sensitive ear since developing T. Initially I didn’t give it much attention. I thought it could be my TMD causing issues again, or that it was referred pain from preexisting neck dysfunction, as it changes volume depending on how I hold my head and/or bend my neck. But over the past several days, my anxiety over the noise has increased and therefore my perception of the noise has increased as well. Sleeping has been next to impossible, despite using a dream machine, having the windows open, and a loudly ticking clock on my bedside table. I have resisted the urge to use Xanax, as I know that is only a short term solution. I have also not yet gone to the ENT because I am dreading finding out that this time, the T is irreversible ear trauma from the concert (I keep beating myself up for going to that show!) I am leaps and bounds beyond where I was when I first developed T, but this setback has certainly hit me hard and is depressing to say the least. It’s possible that it could be related to my TMD but the fact that it developed the very next day after the concert leads me to think it’s some kind of acoustic trauma. The 2 people I went with, who also suffer from low-level T and wore earplugs (one of which is my fiancé) emerged totally fine.

    I am sleep deprived and starting to feel that panic mode come back – or as you mentioned above, I am in the loop. During the day it’s actually mostly imperceptible, but nighttime and trying to sleep is what really has me down. It’s such a high pitch frequency that it almost hurts my ear. I just lie there in the dark, feeling like my head is going to pop off from the pressure. Is there any chance the T will die down or that I will habituate again? It seems so much louder at night that my original level. Sorry again for the lengthy post… I’m just rather worried right now. :(

    • hi I just want you to know that it’s going to be ok the loop is no fun. time passes before you know it and things are different it gets better when you know it’s getting bad again you know its getting bad and you deal with it but then there’s the days where its way back there somewhere and you hardly notice it yes is probably for my lifetime I’ve had it for almost 3 years but you know what God is good my life is good life is good I love my life and this is just a small uncomfortable part of it that is unnoticeable most of the time god bless you

      • Thank you for your thoughtful reply, Cherie. I appreciate it a lot. I am doing okay with it all, I guess, but am just feeling really down right now. When I first developed T, I was suicidal for weeks, wondering how I would ever come to terms with this noise in my head that no one else but me could hear. Then, as most folks here have mentioned, I guess my brain became used to the noise and started to filter it out to the point that I stopped paying attention to it. And when I did, i was just another noise in my day that didn’t really bother me anymore, even when I slept. I used to dread putting my ear to the pillow because then it was just me and the T, but as Tomasz has mentioned, somewhere along the way it became nonthreatening. I guess that’s the whole acceptance thing. :) I think the issue this time is the guilt I have for going to the concert in the first place. Even though I was responsible about it, I knew this band was loud and the venue small and it likely wasn’t a place someone with preexisting T and eustachian tube dysfunction (from my TMD) should be. I was also drinking, so I my discomfort level was probably dulled. I never thought it felt too loud from where I was standing, but who knows. For all I know, the earplugs I wore shoved some wax down in my left ear and that’s what’s going on. I just wish I had never gone. I think that’s bothering me as much as the new level of T. Anyways, thanks again for the reply. I do know it gets better over time, I just need to be strong and hold out. And get some sleep. :)

        • Hi how you doing now ? My story is exactly the same as yours , I lay here now week 2 in a flare up caused by ETD and went to 1D concert woth my daughter last night and led here exhausted as where my tinnitus is alot louder than usual my anxiety levels etc are through the roof and I am mentally exhausted from constantly thinking about it , wish I could rewind to 2 weeks ago when in the day my T was so low it wasnt noticeable at all and at night just a fan on low was enough , scared to death this is permanent and beating myself up for homing in on it so much !! But finding your thread has helped as I dont know anyone with T ; which always makes me think , why me ?? Hope yours is getting better

    • I have quite a high pitched T and it’s noticeable. I hear it in quiet rooms and at night in bed. However, it never bothered me. I have had many nights with loud temporary T after clubbing or concerts and it had never kept me from falling asleep – when I first developed T I asked myself why it should now keep me from sleeping. There was no reason other than the fact that I gave it attention. I am 26 yr old and have had high pitched T now for 6 months – I habituated to the first bout after a week with this state of mind. after a month my T yanked up in volume and since then it has always been audible for me but it doesn’t bother me very much. I can easily sleep without masking though the noise is loud, however, I kind of like nature sounds to fall asleep. It is perfectly possible to habituate to high pitched tinnitus and the more attention you give the higher and louder it sounds

  31. October 2013 I was biting an apple. All of a sudden I got a very severe pain on right side of my face near to my ear. I could not shut my mouth and were holding still just to reduce the painful effects involved in movement of my lower jaw. I did not seek medical assistance because I knew what happened and reasoned it was less serious than a motor accidrnt and yet victims of motor acidents recover within three months most of the time. So I endured the pain for a couple of days and thought it was going to be fine in a while . But then some time I noticed a dual sound when I make sound. If you push number 6 and 8 of a piano chord simultaneously you get a dual sound. I told my daughter and laughed when it happened first time. It became quite disturbing…when we played a cd in the car..my right ear picked up the sound in a different tone than my left ear. So I thought what the hell is going on… It then started to notice a sound similar to waves of the sea. ..it later turned into a droning sound in my right ear. At that stage I was worried it could just be middle ear infection on top of all. Doctors could not confirm this but however started treating me with antibiotics and cortisone. But in fact the cortisone had an adversr effect. It affected my eyesight for the duration of the treatment. A couple of treatments followed. No difference. Then a doctor suggested I go for an MRI scan. Just then I decided no ways. I rather die than putting myself in that claustrophobic situation. So I just stopped medication end lived on. I got relief from filling my right ear up with cotton wool. It did not silence the noise…it just made me feel I am master over my ear and i shall cotton wool my ear as long as I want to. It really helped to reduce my sensitivity to loud noise…and I thought it was better for me to hear some real sound from blood circulation in my ear than the noise That I could not explain. …I had my hearing tested i the process…and the results were ” you hear better than a human being” . I liked to hear that!! So it is actually a fact that I have very sensitive ears to loud noise…and i push the cotton wool whenever I feel uncomfortable in this regard. …then there came 1 x day when I woke up realizing the noise is gone…it was 3rd January 2015. It felt weid but at the same time gave me so much hope. Later the same day the noise returned. I was ok with it. I lived on hoping for another noisefree day sooner or later. It happened. …. 23rd March 2015. Another noisefree day. About 12 hours. Noise back….Live on…28th March 2015. …during the night ….noise disappeared…29th March 2015…afternoon the noise returns… 30th March noise gone. …it ia gone for 2x Full days now….I live o without too high expectations….i case it returns. ..I am tellig my famile and co workers…the see the cotton wool on my desk…not in my ear currently… how appreciative can a person become !!! But as the author of this blog suggested…I shall remain realistic and jusy enjoy for now…tomorrow may be a different day ..how can any person tell what may come your way…I have started to figure out what did I do different lately… Firstly I have stopped using artificial sweeteners in my tea and caffeine free coffees. I drink it with one teaspoon of honey or sugar or sometimes bitter and black just to clean my tongue and mouth from milky stuff. I recently purchased glucosamine soluble tabs…and I have taken half a tab Three times per week. Could this have had an effect?? Tonight I am going to fall asleep in peace… and I shall appreciate every noiseless moment for as long as it is with me….maybe my damaged TMJ joint or whatever possible damaged nerves had at last been fully healed over the past 17 months?? I WISH all of you the best attitude and outcomes ….sooner or later…if nou such outcome, then at least the attitude…I shall keep myself updated with your inspirational ideas in case I need it in future… be a blessed person.

  32. After 16 month’s my tinnitus is finally going down to the point where it doesn’t register very much anymore. It use to be really load but it doe’s go down with time, I just wanted to share that with you guys. Good luck to you all Steve

    • steve – i’m 16 months in as well (i’ve posted here before, about 8 months ago) and my T, like yours, is something i notice pretty infrequently now. for a few months, i was in a death spiral – sleepless, terrified. as everyone says, you brain works it out. i’ve stopped using the electronic noisemaker (just use a fan now) at night and i can easily go a week without noticing my T. when i do, i forget about it again in a few moments. the first few months were terrible. then everything started to go back to normal. to anyone who is new to T, it gets better pretty quickly…..

  33. Wonderful article. Your tinnitus is mild. What about people who have tinnitus that is as loud as a fire alarm? Do you have links to good crickets sounds?

    And you may want to add Tinnitus Talk to your links, it’s my and many others go-to resource and tinnitus support site.


  34. Thank you so much for this blog. This gives us all hope, you are the best, please keep writing. I’m just a few weeks into my T, so, occasionally a little panicky. But I’m trying my best to change my thinking on it. The reality of it is that I can still do everything if I relax: I can still work, concentrate, enjoy my wife and children, exercise, sing, laugh, etc. We can all help each other with positive messages like this blog.

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  36. Thank you for this. I developed this war buzzing when I was 17. I used in-ear earphones and accidentally plunged them too hard. Thus, the ending result is me dealing with tinnitus. It’s funny, because prior to that event I have always listened to music at a moderately low level. I am now 21, and always got to sleep around 3/4 am b/c the ringing is so loud. It sucks b/c I used to meditate at night and I went through a bit of depression b/c of tinnitus. Breathing exercises and gingko biloba work. Caffeine is terrible for your ears & stay away from in ear earphones!!

  37. hi I too have had it for about 2 years from overdosing on Advil believe it or not too many and too short of a time made me sick then the tinnitus I have learned that if I stay away from caffeine and sugar free things and stress sometimes that is very manageable I wear earplugs at church because I don’t do well with loud that aggravates it but I too AM learning to live with it at the beginning it was bad is to cry and ask my brother to pray for me on the phone just to hear his voice to comfort me because I had just lost my husband yep new life but I too agree that it could be worse my husband died from cancer that was worse peace out

  38. You have no idea how much this helped me. Brought me a lot of much needed peace of mind and taught me how to handle the problem in the midst of panic. You’ve helped me so incredibly much. I can’t express how thankful I am that you wrote this and have reached out to help others experiencing the initial shock of tinnitus.

      • The funny thing about my situation is that I’ve had tinnitus long before I realized it as such. For the last couple of years I can remember occasionally noticing this certain tone in my head that I constantly heard if I listened for it – especially while laying in bed in a quiet room at night. It was a pretty subtle sound but was only loud and noticeable if I thought about it. I just assumed that everyone had this constant noise in their head if they listened hard enough, until a few nights ago when I saw a video about somebody talking about their tinnitus. This made me think of the noise that I’d heard throughout the last several years, and caused me to really start thinking about it. I listened to some common tinnitus tones and realized that tinnitus was exactly what I was hearing. Problem is, now, that the tone stands out because I’ve given it negative attention and attached an emotional response to it. I’ve gotten over the initial shock from the realization that it’s not normal and have been much less on edge now that I hear it so clearly now (like the article mentions – it only becomes noticeable once you start trying to hear it). I have gotten uneasy about it a couple times the last couple of days, but I think I’m finally getting back to the point where I don’t have to worry about it, but I’m now just aware of what it is and that I should be extra careful not to worsen it by being careful not to damage my ears in the future and to not react negatively to the tone when I notice it. I’ve just got to re-train myself to not associate the sound with stress or anything and continue on with my life, just how I have been for the last few years. It’s a very reassuring fact that I have control over how it affects me. Thanks for the reply!

  39. Tomaz, Thank you for creating this blog. I belive I have had very mild tinnitus for a long time but in just the last month or two it has gotten much more noticable and it’s causing me to stress out. Sleeping has become difficult the last week or so. I am glad I’ve finally found a place where I can see some positive feedback. I have yet to see an ENT or take any serious steps to try and mitigate the T. I am not sure if I should try some methods on my own or speak with the doctor first. Let me know what you think.

    • If you’ve had it for a long time, I don’t believe an ENT can do anything, except perhaps checking if your ears aren’t blocked (which can cause tinnitus to increase), or doing a history to exclude things like Meniere’s Disease. Perhaps they can prescribe Xanax, but that’s not a permanent solution. You didn’t say what methods you have in mind.

  40. It was really helpfull .. Thanks for sharing . now i know how to ignore it and how to make it not noticeable thanks again

  41. I owe this blog a great debt of gratitude. On Feb 23 of 2014, out of nowhere i got tinnitus. i went from ad agency partner/volunteer at my son’s school/6 day a week workouts, to total nervous breakdown. i have never, ever come close to experiencing the fear and insecurity i did in the 5 months that followed. i went to university researchers, doctors, went to a sleep clinic, sought out and spoke to perhaps 15 tinnitus “sufferers” (they all told me they didn’t feel like sufferers, but in my state, that’s what they were). i was nuts. the one message they all gave me, as this blog and the comments do, is that it resolves. it really does. one doc told me that your brain is very good at letting you tell it what is urgent, and what isn’t. and over time, it’ll figure it out on its own if you don’t. to anyone reading this excellent blog for the first time, what the author and others say is completely true – you will suddenly find that you don’t think of your “T” for an hour, then a half day, then a day, then perhaps a few days. when i notice it now, it’s only in passing. one doc i talked to has it – i asked, in my rookie panic, “so when do you hear it?”, and he replied, “only when i have conversations like this one, about tinnitus”. it’s true. i’d love to go back t myself in Feb and convey this, but temporal laws prohibit. so instead, to anyone worried about T’s impact on their life, don’t. it gets better. for sleep, i recommend this great app – http://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php# – lets you tune the noise just where you want it, unlike basic white noise generators. hang in, all of you. everything you’re hearing about the condition taking care of itself is true. and a last note, echoing what others have said, don’t buy any products that pretend to treat T. they are scams. i paid a lot of money (and, in retrospect, wasted a lot of time) to get this advice from many practitioners, so i share it with you here. :)

    • Thanks for the comment. Gives me more hope to see other people going through the same dilemma and have positive results. Looks like there is hope, after all. :)

  42. Thanks for the post Tomasz! By far the most helpful post I have read. I’m currently in the loop. My tinnitus has changed pitch, got louder to barely noticable and went away on a few occasions over an almost a two week period. My t started randomly one night at work, I noticed it over the ring of a computer. At that time I had been dealing with an acute onset of anxiety that was pushing me into depression. If im not focused on it and busy I realize that I haven’t heard it in a little while. On the other hand it gets really loud sometimes when I wake up suddenly or doze off for a few seconds. I have also been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea this week and will be getting a cpap today. I believe all the things I have experienced this past few weeks can contribute to tinnitus according to what I have read. I am sure mine will get better and go away and hopefully I can habituate really soon. Thanks for the positive and the article once again. Keep the info coming please.

      • My tinnitus is still there in the form of a light super high frequency ring but already I can go most of the day without noticing it if I am preoccupied. It still occasionally goes away completely. My anxiety has gotten much better and I have lost 26 lbs that has made a difference in my sleeping already. You really have to fight the urge to panic or stress over the ring to make it better. The first few weeks the outside of my ears would get sore from me plugging them to listen and the panic. I would suggest addressing other major health issues and anxiety first, then focus on the tinnitus. Stress and anxiety definitely makes it worse.

  43. Can you all please help?
    A Phd student at Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research (UK) unit would like people who have tinnitus to take part in a study. The student is trying to find out more about why tinnitus is so much more distressing for some people than others. All you need to do is to complete a survey with questions about how your tinnitus affects you and how you feel. If you would like to take part in this study please contact the Phd student directly on msxleha@nottingham.ac.uk

  44. I agree hundred per cent about scammers as to T cure ,they give out false hope ,shame on them that do this ,it shows no compassion to ones who suffer from this . Why are ones out there doing such dreadful thing it totally beyond my thinking .Karma sooner or later does catch up in one form or another ,either to them or a close loved one .who may one day suffer as we do from tinnitus .There is no cure ,just tips on how to cope for some .
    Kate ,lots are given wrong diagnosis to this balance ,very rare do Drs agree as to the right name for it ,one says Menieres you get queasy ,next says no ,then the next will say you get both .So who do you believe .?
    Best wishes go to all T .

  45. Recently I’ve been having dizzy spells and having read related issues with this, I noticed that Tinnitus and Meniere’s Disease have a lot of similarities. Has anyone read about this or had dizzy spells due to tinnitus?

  46. What an excellent read on all who posted ,lot of info ,put onto this blog site today by another tinnitus sufferer.Ive had tinnitus since 1996 ,but following a virus ,my Tinnitus has got worse ,plus now allergies and balance issues since the virus .will keep looking in .

  47. I just red the whole story, I can totally find myself in it. Also the times it got worse because I was to stupid to protect my ears. The “feeling bad” after it… Nice to read about someone who actually experienced it the same.

  48. Has anyone had a sudden-onset increase in tinnitus for several days after an MRI, and is there anything I should do right away before more time passes, like take a steroid? It’s been three days and the piercing whistle is still there, and I cannot sleep or function properly, and I keep crying in despair. It is like I am back where I was in 2006, when I first got tinnitus and thought I would die. The onset back then seemed more gradual, and though it became quite loud and unbearable, especially at night, after a few months I began not noticing it, and in the years since I’d come to hardly notice it (and could live with it when I did) until this MRI-induced acute increase three days ago. Any helpful advice would be appreciated — but positive only, please, as I am prone to panic and despair.

    • It can be fairly loud inside an MRI machine (up to 100 dB). Does your hearing seem muffled? Are you hearing the same tinnitus sound that you’ve always heard? If the answer to both question is “yes”, then it’s possible that your tinnitus simply seems louder because all the other sounds are muffled. Kind of like when you cover your ears, tinnitus seems to get louder. If so, this should pass within a few days of the exposure.

      Second, I think it’s possible for certain kinds of noise to trigger tinnitus. I’ve had it happen to me (with relatively soft sounds that could not have possibly caused the effect described above). It has always resolved itself rather quickly — but it’s important not to feed the emotional reaction to it, or it will get worse. Don’t get sucked into The Loop! Use the techniques I described in my post.

      Steroids are prescribed right after exposure to very loud noise, in order to limit hearing damage. The efficacy of this treatment is disputed — there are studies which show it works (if administered within a few days), and others that fail to show any effect. If you think the MRI could have been loud enough to damage your hearing, then you can go to an ENT and they can make the decision.

      It’s probably best to use ear protection whenever you’re exposed to loud noises for more than a few minutes. I use isolating headphones even when vacuuming, but that’s probably overkill.

      • Thank you, Tomasz. It is the same kind of tinnitus as before (only louder and more piercing), but my hearing does not seem muffled — if anything, my ears are very sensitive right now — certain sounds seem to echo or ping off the tinnitus in a painful way. [I have an appt with an audiologist who specializes in tinnitus, but could not get in until the 23rd. I am wondering if I need to hurry and get to an ENT within a 10-day window of the MRI noise exposure.)

        • Julia, if you didn’t experience muffled or somehow altered hearing (like a loss of high-pitched sounds) after the MRI, then I’d say it’s unlikely you actually damaged your hearing. At least my experience is that exposure to loud noise always causes a temporary loss of sensitivity (the technical term is “threshold shift”). Perhaps the MRI noise wasn’t that loud and it just happened to be the type of sound that interacts with your tinnitus. As I said, I find my tinnitus get louder in the presence of certain sounds. (For example, I can hear it in my left ear when I hear traffic noise, but when I put on isolating headphones, it goes away. This is really odd, because tinnitus is supposed to be “in your head”, and therefore independent of outside noise, but that’s what happens.)
          If this is what’s going on in your case, the only way is to make yourself stop thinking about it, and it will ease off.

      • I should add that in the 8 years I’ve had tinnitus, I have been careful about using earplugs at concerts and other loud events. Why I did not think to use earplugs during this MRI a few day ago I do not know — I am furious at myself because of this. The headphones the technician placed on me were loose, so I think I was pretty badly exposed to 100+ decibels for 20+ minutes.

        • It probably wasn’t 100 decibels, that’s like a jack hammer 1 meter away. Traffic next to a busy freeway can get up to 90 dB. (Check this page for a reference.) Usually, you can tell if a noise can damage hearing — it’s simply uncomfortable. Was it uncomfortably loud in the MRI machine? Did you want to cover your ears?

        • Inside the MRI it was very uncomfortable — it did sound like a jackhammer rattling in my skull. Today, Day 4, the tinnitus is still loud and piercing.

          Went to an ENT today; hearing tested fine (only a slight loss that could have been from years ago, when I also tested as a slight loss). He prescribed a short course of steroids. He also told me to order “Arches Tinnitus Formulas,” which I am very skeptical about, as they are merely $150+ worth of vitamins and herbs. I was surprised an MD would tell me to buy those.

          I need to know that I will be able to sit and read again, to sit and write again, and to sleep.

        • The tinnitus formula recommended by your doctor is, from what I’ve read, essentially ginkgo + zinc. I found this discussion of both supplements in Pawel Jastreboff’s classic book:
          In short, ginkgo could be helpful because it helps with stress, but no specific anti-tinnitus effects have been proved. (at least as of the time the book was written) You could get a generic ginkgo supplement that costs less than $150.
          Anyway, it’s great news that your hearing is not damaged. I’m sure you’re experiencing a temporary tinnitus flare-up and your brain will readjust itself soon.

  49. I also have tinnitus that reacts to static sounds around the same frequency as my tinnitus – fans, generators, traffic, fridges. The list is endless. Just a note that when I first came on here, I wrote about this, and got comments that it was because I was listening out for it, that’s all. This is not the case. Tinnitus that reacts in this way to external sound sources is very real, and could also be triggering an additional interpretative mechanism in the central auditory cortex.

  50. Just also wanted to ask those on here if in your first year if the perceived volume of your tinnitus decreased – a natural fade? Or what what the timeframe, if you did experience this? Note, this is different from habituation, which often may take longer.

  51. An update: Have now had tinnitus or 10 months. After the initial 4 months of hardly sleeping and loud sounds, I went on a daily dose of the benzo Lorazepam at just .5mg once per day. Unfortunately, I stayed on this for 4 months. The US doctor did not mention that long term use or withdrawal/tolerance could in most cases make t worse. So here I am doing a 5 month taper from 4 month use (ridiculous), and my t is as loud as ever again, my sleep broken, with vivid dreams.
    Feel like I have gone backwards.
    Benzos can be great in the first month or so, but after that, it can be a slippery slope as far as t is concerned.

  52. I don’t understand why the drug companies aren’t all over this. I had never heard of tinnitus before developing symptoms but I can’t believe the level of anguish and despair I’ve encountered online.

    And the “coping” techniques you read about are just as chilling. “Sleep with the radio on. Practice yoga. Take mind-altering anti-depressant drugs.” Sheesh…

    And even the people who claim to have “habituated” always have a caveat. “Well just the other day I noticed my tinnitus is louder but it doesn’t bother me 80% of the time…”

    I don’t want to “cope”. I want to go back to being the happy-go-lucky, carefree guy I was before this monster came into my life.

    I would gladly pay $100 a month for some kind of remedy that you take everyday to keep this thing at bay…

    If any of the drug companies are reading this, get on it. There is a billion dollars to be made here people. I wasn’t born with tinnitus so obviously it had to come from somewhere. If it came from somewhere, there must be a way to send it back there.

    Whoever figures this thing out is gonna be filthy stinking rich…

  53. This blog is a great support tool!

    I experienced severe T during and after completing chemotherapy. Actually started during chemo and also resulted in some hearing loss in the higher frequency range normal with age (61) but the real culprit for me was using the drug Cisplatin. Had hearing tests 5 months ago and last week to confirm the hearing loss, also saw an ENT who said not much can be done for the T or the hearing by the Cisplatin.

    The T was (and remains) constant and still overwhelms many other everyday sounds including normal soft conversation. It has significantly altered my ability to sleep (using Xanax and ambien every evening). The other side effect has been a “metallc” sound to normal higher frequency sounds: like dishes on a counter, cymbals/snare drums when listening to music, high pitched barking (our little dog!) – they all can bee ear shattering – I’m not sure whether this is associated with the T or the hearing loss or both.

    Anyway, working on using soothing music (just below the T level) at night to help mask the T and train the brain to ignore it. The first step is accepting that it isn’t going to go away on its own.

    Dave 7/18/14

    • My husband had the exact same hearing loss effect from Cisplatin. He said that a lot of music became “tinny” and “thin” after he’d taken the drug and he had trouble hearing conversation in noisy rooms. Just letting you know you are not alone. If you are still taking Cisplatin, you might want to check with your doctor about carboplatin as an alternative, but I’m not a doctor, so this is just based on my husband’s experience. My very best to you in every way.

  54. As a long time tinnitus sufferer (since I was 14) who has just this week suffered a sort of “relapse” of tinnitus in the form of a new noise I have to say that this blog and the plasticity tool are absolutely amazing! I have a tendency to anxiety and the sudden emergence of a new noise in my head almost made me insane during the first days but I immediately started to treat my tension neck and use the plasticity tool I feel like I’m going to beat this again in no time.

    Thanks for your insight! Everyone, remember: there may not be a miracle pill that takes away the noise forever, but there sure are good ways to make life a bit easier.

  55. So thankful for this post. I am a young woman at the age of 25, and I have been suffering from on and off Tinnitus for 7 weeks now (with no exact cause). I had been under a lot of pressure lately because of family problems and this condition isn’t really making it better. I had gone to different ENT’s, and all hasn’t help a lot. They just kept giving me medications which doesn’t help a lot. So I’ll try your method and hope it is working for me. Thank you..

  56. Thank you very much! I have been having tinnitus since i was very young maybe when i was in primary school. I first thought it was very disturbing but i just learned to live with it / ignore it…. but im 25 now that feeling comes back from time to time. It always gets on my nerves everytime i hear it at night when im trying to sleep……..its really irritating and i cant really calm down and relax. Ill will try ur ways to make it less annoying although i cant get rid of it forever. But thank you!! X

  57. Thought I would let you know that Riverside Medical Center is doing a Tinnitus study and I am going.
    That will be this Friday night. I will let you know if anything what is going on doing this trial

  58. Hi All,

    I am a 43 years old women with Tinnitus. I am Hungarian. I have had it once 6 years ago coming from nothing one day. I was also searching for help for a period. I went through on tests, CT, Bera (objective hearing test at brain), blood tests, etc. No result. No hearing loss, etc. I am quite stressfull person so the my best guess was stress as causing thing. Somehow – I can’t remember how – after about 3 months I didn’t focus on it anymore and I also can’t remember but somehow went away. At least didn’t hear it for 6 years. Until mid Februar, 2014. I woke up one morning wiht a very frustrating noise in my ears, specially in my lef ear. And than I made the mistake what shouldnt’h have. I started to be anxious, scared, frustrated. And it became louder and louder every day. I couldn’t sleep for weeks (6 years ago I had no such issue), I bacame anixous, depressed at a high volume. I couldn’t focus anything but the noise. I have hade heraring test again, MRI, neck X-ray, blood tests for diabetes, thyroid, etc. Nothing so far. (Thanks to Good). BUT after 1,5 month worrying and depressed a new noise formed on top of my basic noise. The basic one is such a speaker what is left swiched on mode (sometimes when its louder is more a ringing), but this second is very strange and it is like a kind of engine. My familiy is 100% that stress is what causing this to me. About the second noise I am also sure because it wasn’t existing from the begining at all, but my basis one…. I don’t know. It’s interesting that what could do 6 years ago I can hardly do no. Its simply difficult for me to be not scared. I take Rivotril sometimes when I feel too much anxious, nights for sleeping sometimes. In the begining I was not able to sleep at all, even without nature sounds, etc. And than I stopped doing this and try to fall asleep without it. The only thing we (my husband) use is to switch on TV (not too loud) put it on sleep function and fall asleep like that. I pray a lot ( am a beleiver) and hope that one day I’ll ba able to habituate this. I have no other choice as I can see. I don’t beleive in super cures and so. And I don’t noticed any changes by using less coffein (I neves drank coffee :) , getting vitamins, magnesium, etc. I take ginko for 2 months with no result. Sometimes it gets louder without any objective reason. So I want to stop thinking on what helps and what doesn’t. What I’d like to reach is that I am able to forget about it as I could do it 6 years ago. I’ll try it anyway. Its just something what I wanted to share with someone who really know what Tinnitus means. Thanks for reading…. if. :)


  59. tinnitus is the worst thing that has ever happend to me i felt as if i had done something wrong to get this curse as i call it but each day i cope with it im to young 22 to give up on my own life just becouse of this find something you love that helps a lot just finding things you like and think about them if you feel really down most days talk to someone listen to soft music try to sleep for a bit it easy for people to say youll be fine one here it nice to know that there are millions of people suffer with it you really do feel less alone we each have something that allows us to cope better with it !!

  60. Hi. I have suffered from tinnitus for 6 years. My tinnitus started after virus infection. As many bloggers have said a good sleep calms tinnitus and disturbed sleep aggravates tinnitus. I sometimes take 1/5 tablet of amitriptyline which gives me a calm nights sleep. Care though, some medications are known to cause tinnitus ! I had my gall bladder removed about 3 years ago and that’s definitely reduced my tinnitus levels.
    Finally, I read the American Tinnitus Association website for ideas- they are committed to finding a cure for tinnitus.

  61. Someone posted a blog on this site about research that had taken place in Israel, it emerged patients who were given the GABA amino acid found their tinnitus had lessened. I ordered the GABA powder from the internet, been taking it for the last couple of nights. I can report I have had sound sleep, the volume of tinnitus is much lower, I can actually concentrate on my work during the day time and relax during the evening instead of listening to the roaring, high whistling sounds.

  62. Thank you so much for this uplifting article, I am very grateful to you for putting it all in such a positive light. I think the mental filtering out of the worst of the effects is by far the best way to tackle it when there’s no ‘cure’ so to speak.

    I first started experiencing tinnitus about three or four months ago, after having had treatment for mercury toxicity (amalgam fillings replaced) which resulted in a severe candida overgrowth and other issues. There was definitely no other stressor which could have caused it.

    The saddest part for me with the tinnitus experience was that I no longer was able to find the peace and quiet I craved when wanting to escape noisy town life – my hilltop sanctuary where it was possible to not hear a manmade sound at all. I now carry noise with me constantly.

    Fighting it is of no use, the stress only gives me a headache and worsen the noise – a cacophony of chirruping overlaying a shrill turbine whine. Accepting gently what is, allows me to focus more fully on other more positive aspects of life thereby reducing the negative effect tinnitus could have, if I allowed it.

  63. I have tinnitus for about 6 years. I tried everythin in 6 countries.
    Please, don’t do the same mistake like me. Don’t waste your money with “miracles” and orthers stuffs from amazon or other websites. :)

  64. You are lucky if you can simply ignore your tinnitus. Mine is around 6khz, is about as loud as a car engine (is louder than people talking to me sometimes), and hasn’t stopped for a minute for the last 6 years. I can really understand why some people that kill themselves due to it, especially when some people have it several times louder than even i do. The only thing that I have ever been able to do is temporary reduce it with a brown noise machine (white noise makes it worse). My ENT said to do this because it tricks my brain into thinking that it shouldnt be hearing high noises. Also when I stopped drinking coffee and cut my salt intake way down there was a noticeable quieting. We gotta live with it, and eventually you get the point where it becomes such a part of you that the thought of silence is almost scary. Thats my take on it anyhow

    • Hi Nick,
      I am a regular reader, contributor and sufferer of tinnitus.
      I’m going on two years now, mine is more the sound of crickets which is a helluva lot nicer than what you must be experiencing!
      Jesus, a car engine!
      You’re showing a lot of strength and generosity contributing here.
      I think you’re an example of how we can used to just about anything.

      Take care.


  65. Hallo to everyone! I discovered this beautiful article and I decided to let go all other websites, because reading about tinnitus is going to make me more worried and anxious. Tips contained here are extremely useful for me. I’m italian and I am (or was) a professional musician, tinnitus developed during a loud concert kept 40 days ago. I’ve been playing bass in jazz or blues concerts during the last 10 years, but it was during a loud rock concert that I developed this problem; obviously it wasn’t the first time in my life, it happened to have my ears ringing after concerts, but this time it was louder and it didn’t pass until now (only in left ear). I feel pain sometimes in the inner ear, both in the left and in the right one. My doctor suggested me to take a musical brake, because tinnitus could grow up, so I’m not playing anymore!!! (a part the not-amplified bass when I’m home) until… I don’t know when. How you can imagine this is a big issue for me, as it is my only profession since many years, and a way to live. Anyway tinnitus now is not so strong, I can stay many hours during the day without hearing it. I’m probably learning to handle this new particular “condition”, but I’d like to know if I can continue my profession soon. So every suggestion is well accepted: if you know other musicians who developed tinnitus I can speak with, drugs (I’m taking magnesium and ginkgo biloba), info about earplugs, experimental cures. I found that make playing on the pc the exact frequencies of my tinnitus stop it, but it’s always very temporary, and anyway I think my ears need a rest in that particular range of frequencies. I stopped using white noise after I reading this article, and I found it a good idea. I’m accepting tinnitus and I’m stopping thinking about it. I completely stopped drinking alcohol and I’m practicing sport. Anyway, for what concern the musical part of my life, every (not-anxoius) suggestion is accepted. Thank you

  66. Hey Thomas!
    I was wondering if you are thinking to write another post about Tinnitus after all this years. It could be super helpful for everybody I think.
    Best wishes!

  67. Tinnitus discovered me March 9th. 2014, Like everyone else I am happy to have found this spot on the internet just because it’s positive and uplifting.

  68. Hi, was wondering if anyone knows of a pain medicine I can take for my back that won’t effect my tinnitus. I am in alot of pain. I have 2 herniated discs and I am scared of going for a steroid shot for fear it will make my tinnitus worse. Any suggestions or does anyone know if the steroid shot will make it worse? Thanks.

  69. Let me get back at it after posting once in December. It’s been 6 full months now and it really barely bothers me now. I am also battling with panic disorder this period which actually takes much of my energy and doesn’t leave me time for T. Jamie’s situation above is very similar to mine.

    What I wanted to add, is that I have visited a very good doctor who seemed to know what he was talking about who did some unique tests, one of which was checking how damage the ear cells that cause T are. He also measured the frequency of the T and also advised me to have TRT and/or a laser based therapy which is good for young people like me (27 yo). So I am wondering why no one has mentioned anything similar. I realize alo of people here might be from the US and the doctor told me that this is particularly popular in continental Europe, but I am really surprised that no one else has mentioned anything of this.

    Me, I didn’t bother as it doesn’t bother me all that much and if anything I thought that it will only make me think of it more while doing the therapy. A friend of mine, suffering also from T saw very good results with accupuncture, not sure if anyone here has tried that.

  70. Does anyone’s ears also clogged with tinnitus? Sometimes at night my ears get so clogged I have to keep swallowing to unclog them. I also get alot of pressure in my ears. I have had hearing tests and the ENT doctor has checked my inner ear. Everything is clear. I am also getting pain once in awhile in my right ear. I am trying real hard to accept having tinnitus and not to think about it but it is hard when my head is clogged.

    • Hi Lynda,

      Usually if your ears get clogged and your hearing is fine, it’s a result of either high pressure damage (say, from a lot of flying) or low pressure damage (eg. scuba diving) I’m not a doctor and I’m sure your ENT pointed these symptoms out to you. I do a lot of swimming and it usually helps my tinnitus but of course I swim im my condo pool, not ocean depths.
      Good luck.

    • Hi Lynda the condition that you refer to is called Eustacian tube dysfunction. I also get this a lot and its caused by a build up of fluid in the little tube that leads from your ear to your throat. I have to clear mine constantly especially after a cold. It should drain away naturally have you had a bad cold lately? Often I sleep slightly raised so as to try not to get it blocking up so badly. Has your ENT talked about antibiotics I also try Nurofen now and again as this can reduce the swelling in the tubes and help them keep clear. Also menthol crystals in boiling water and breath the vapour. I hope this helps just to let you know I am not a doctor but I find these things help.

  71. Hi Guys Just thought I would post a message as I have had Tinnitus for about 3 months as well. I have had my hearing checked by 3 ENT specialists and have great hearing for a 50 year old, their words not mine.
    I have a high pitch 11000hzt pitch and whistle in the middle of the back of my head which started after a long stressful drive to London from my home in Devon. The noise started in a very quite room a point that should be noted here is that according to the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis centre that I visited in London last month should be avoided at all cost as total quite causes the filters in the brain to widen and lock onto any noise that they can hear. As everybody can hear tinnitus in a very quite setting your filters lock onto the noise your brain makes or the disco tinnitus that you get after a gig etc, you then create an emotional link to this noise and the loop is created.
    The information that is made available here on this website is so true about tinnitus, it does get better with time as your brain relearns how to disregard the noise in your head ears etc, if you continue to think that tinnitus is something to be beaten or the enemy it makes it harder for your brain to let go of the loop. If you would like to hear a great tape by Jonathon Hazell one of the top tinnitus doctors in the world you can search for the tinnitus and hyperacusis centre in London and there is a massive amount of positive information and reassurance on that site. Please don’t think that I am trying to sell this as it is all for free and I have nothing to do with this site apart from the fact that I have been to see them once. All I would like to do is offer some positive news here as when I got tinnitus I searched the web and was utterly dismayed at some of the stories I read.
    On a positive note my tinnitus is now much quieter that it was, at one time I could hear it above the dyson, heartbreaking as I really thought that my like was all but over, having a 12 year old and a 10 year old, suicide was never an option but there were days when I could’t function so I totally understand where you guys come from. I hope this post helps, bless you all

  72. Hey everyone…
    So it’s been 10 months since the ringing began and… actually I’m doing pretty damn well! I’ve been through a roller coaster of events since last June when I first started noticing a loud ringing. I had so many problems but most are alright now. Luckily, I’ve noticed the only thing I was properly spared from was sleep. I guess I knock out too easily and I’m thankful for that though I guess it didn’t help a great lot.

    On the negative side of things now, I have moderate depression and anxiety triggered by the ringing however, on the positive side, I’m still alive and well, and my ringing actually rarely bothers me now, and when it does, it only bothers me for perhaps a minute before my mind drifts elsewhere. It’s annoyingly sad how little knowledge and understanding there is of tinnitus, however, to anyone who reads this, I have my own personal advice as a 17 year old… so I guess not everyone will find this helpful. However, I’ll never know who I could help unless I try to help. Here’s my five…

    1) Go to an ENT as soon as you possibly can. Put your mind at ease a little, knowing you’re not going to die/you’re not going to go deaf (almost all don’t have serious issues with tinnitus). It’s those catastrophic thoughts that make us panic and go crazy, and make us concentrate on it and make it go louder.
    2) Eat more pineapples. It has something to do with reducing inflammation of the inner ears which MAY be a hint to why people get tinnitus. They taste great, are healthy with lots of benefits so it’s a bonus.
    3) Eat almonds too. Some people swear it helps quieten tinnitus- not sure exactly why- but then again it could be a placebo effect which I guess is still good. Anyway it’s helping me, so could possibly help you? (This is considering you’re not allergic to almonds)
    4) Don’t avoid going to parties, loud places etc… just buy musician earplugs preferably off Amazon because it’s cheap and convenient. They don’t affect the quality of music- take it from a music-fanatic. They just make it quieter so it doesn’t damage your ears. I think the quality gets better to be honest. It’s also a great peace of mind, too, knowing you’re not damaging your ears! The more you avoid these kinds of things, the more worse you’ll feel.
    5) Leading on 4, do the things you enjoy, go out and have fun. By worrying, you’re getting yourself worked up and it’s best to increase dopamine (the happy hormone) by going out and getting active. It’s a great mood booster and it’s great for your body too!

    I hope these tips can help someone here. Good luck everyone!
    Sandy^^ :)

  73. Okay just wondering if anybody had any idea why I have got tinnitus and if it will go? I have had it five weeks and in that time it has destroyed me. I have not slept at all, I have had to defer my final year at university because I just could not function properly. My hearing is perfect, my ears are fine and it was not noise induced. I have not had a head injury, or a bad cold or any of the other causes that have been put forward. I was on no medication so that cant be a reason. I literally just went to bed and a ringing started. It is only in my left ear but it is so loud. I can mask it with things such as a fan or dehumidifier but can hear it over things such as tv etc. I am really struggling with this especially because five different doctors and an ent specialist cannot fathom why I have got it. Oh and I am only 21 years old as well.

      • Hi GKN,
        This blog is a very helpful tool for new tinnitus sufferers, it restores normality to an insane condition.
        I’ve said this before so please forgive me fellow blog followers for my repetition but it helps new victims.
        I’ve had tinnitus for 2 1/2 yrs now. I hoped it would go away and it did not. ENT specialists have no cure or even treatment other than masking devices.
        Personally, I am now used to the loud crickets in my brain, they are there right now as I write this. But they are a part of me now.
        Live your life, it really does get better with time.


    • Hi Monica,
      I’m also a young sufferer, being in first year at university, so I totally understand the situation you’re in right now. I first developed it in October and found it so awful at times when I first had it that I couldn’t get out of bed, and it reduced me to tears countless times. But trust me when I say that it gets better. More than anything you just have to accept that it probably won’t go away, at least not immediately; the sooner you do that the better. I found that as soon as I did that, stopped searching for cures, and stopped going on internet forums about tinnitus, it became so much more bearable. It’s now at the point that I don’t really notice it for 90% of the day, and even when I do it doesn’t bother me anywhere near as much as it used to. Personally I found that masking it with noise did not really help me, and that when I stopped using it and just forced myself to get used to the noise it became more bearable….obviously the same thing doesn’t work for everyone though. The main thing is just to keep up with your daily life and try to keep as normal as possible.
      Hope this helps, even in a small way.

      • Thank you for your message that has been really helpful. Today has been a good day I have managed to get on with things and the noise has not been the main focus of my day. When I got this I was so shocked I always assumed it was in older people with hearing loss and noise damage I never knew you could just get it out of the blue and at such a young age. But after searching around I have realised many younger people have got this a friend of mine has a little boy who is only nine and constantly crying and screaming because he has a noise in his ear that sounds like someone is blowing a loud whistle in it all day long. It has made me realise that I am not alone in this and there are people much worse off then me. Thank you for taking the time to write your message and offer support. I have actually chosen to defer my final year at university until next year because I couldn’t cope with all my deadlines on top of the tinnitus and the insomnia that has come along with it. If you have managed to carry on with your university work then I take my hat off to you. Hopefully in a few months time I will be where you are at now when I only notice it now and again.
        All the best

    • Monica, I know it has been tuff on you. We all get it. If you can be calm it will help. If you believe in God, pray it will help. If you can just know that doing something else instead of concentrating on this will help.
      I pray that this will have an end date for you. I understand some young folks like you will have an end date. Pray for Peace and it will come.
      I am old er 63 and I would say 50 percent of the time or more I can ignore it. Get on with my life.
      I lost my husband to cancer a year and a half ago and you know, it could of been worse. This is not a death sentence.

      • Thank you that is really nice of you to say. I have been much better today I actually managed to get some sleep last night (with an increased dose of a tablet to help me sleep) and today I have been much better at not focusing on it. The lack of sleep is really whats causing me not being able to cope with it. I am booked in with a hypnotherapist who is experienced with working with tinnitus to help me change the perception of the sound and help me to deal with it if it is long term. Thank you for your support and I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. This has certainly made me appreciate my family and friends who have been there for me at what has certainly been the lowest point in my life. I know that I can’t let this control me and take over my life like I have been letting it the past five weeks.
        Wishing you luck and happiness

        • Thank You Monica. I too take something for sleep. If you look at the back of the packages at the store they are all the same drug. the newest dose of that is 50MG same med put out by zzz Quill The Pharmacist at the VA suggested it to my brother.
          I hope you have good results form the hypnotherapist let me know

          • The tablet I am on is technically not a sleeping tablet its an antidepressant which they have found in low doses can be used as a relaxant to help stop worrying keeping you awake. The doctors aren’t too keen on putting me on a sleeping tablet as they are for short term use only I am not sure where you are from but here in England they hate prescribing sleeping tablets they stay away from them if possible. If I continue having trouble sleeping though I will be going back and asking for something a bit stronger. I will let you know how it goes with the hypnotherapist. The NHS wont even consider you for therapy over here unless you have had tinnitus for six months (chronic) so I have had to seek alternative options. Thank you again for your support

    • Dear Monica, have you had a MRI? I had a friend with the same in one ear, and it turned out to be an acoustic neuroma, which is completely benign, and he had it removed 3 years ago. He now wears a hearing aid and it completely helps.

      Hang in there, it is no fun but you must push yourself to move on.

  74. I have had tinnitus for 2 months now. Was dealing with it but woke up today and my right ear is pulsating. It is hard to ignore since everytime it pulsates I feel it. I just went to an ENT doctor last week and my ears were clear and he didn’t see anything wrong. Going to get a hearing test next week. Does anyone know why my ear is pulsating now? It is really scary since now I have the ringing and pulsating, my ear also is very clogged today. The ENT shot something up my nose before he put the tube in my nose to look at my ears. I hope that didn’t make the pulsating start.

    • wow, my doctor didn’t do any of those things. Just a hearing test and the bad news that this is my new normal could or not go away.
      I have had pulsing too. you are ok. The doctors cost tons and do little cause there isn’t much they can do. Try to find your peace place. I just ignore it if possible, if not just deal with it.
      Life could of gotten worse I guess.

      • Lynda – Cherie is right. You need to acknowledge the horrid tinnitus is not going to disappear over night. You have to slowly accept it somehow and learn to ignore it, this is the most difficult part. Even when you hear the noise, surf the net or do something to take your mind off the noise. I usually have the tv as background noise and always surfing the net for things…until I get physically tired. I’ve also been consuming Cheshire cheese half an hour before bed..it is very bizarre but I have had a good sleep due to this. You may want to check this out on the Daily Mail website. All the best

  75. This really was super helpful for me. I read it every time I got depressed, and for sure I will overcome this annoying (because it is just that) condition.
    Thank you Tomas!

  76. I got a steroid injection in my back and 2 weeks later on Christmas day I came down with a massive migraine. My blood pressure was very high, so my doctor thought the migraines was from the high blood pressure. Finally got it under control but now I have ringing and clogged ears. I had an MRI and everything is fine. Went to a ENT doctor who said I have TMJ but I have no other symptoms for it. I still get migraines once in awhile but the clogged ears are really bothering me. The ringing bothers me mostly at night but have been taking a low dosage of Xanex to help me sleep and I also listen to music. Now I am having problems seeing. Wearing my contacts give me a headache and I just had my vision checked acouple of weeks before the migraines started. Going back to the eye doctor to see if my prescription has changed. Needless to say the injection in my back did not work and now I have horrible pain (sciatica and herniated disc). I have read that anti-inflammatory medicines make tinnitus worse. I am trying to find something to take to relieve my back pain but doesn’t make the tinnitus worse. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • I’ve also read people saying that various things make their tinnitus worse – caffeine, painkillers, alcohol, etc. Personally, I’ve never experienced much of a difference. Or, to be more specific, my daily fluctuations in tinnitus (best after waking up, worst before going to bed) are much bigger than any changes effected by caffeine, aspirin, etc.
      I think it’s possible that some people are just experiencing placebo effect (or, more properly, “nocebo”) – they expect to hear a difference, so they hear it.

  77. I first had tinnitus 25 years ago, with 4 years of thinking I was going mad. I can’t remember how he tinnitus disappeared, then 8 years ago it returned. I suffered for 7 months and again it went away. Back in Dec’13 the tinnitus returned with a vengeance. I just didn’t know how to cope once again I was in a vicious circle. I had sleeping tablets for a month..tried cranial osteopathy which didn’t work (been told it takes 2 years or so for the treatment to work). What has helped me is relaxing and getting rid of my anxiety. I massage my feet each night with sesame oil in particular the ear points on the feet. I practice 15 mins of brahmari pranayama. Since last week I have been having saraswat churna (Ayurveda herb mixture) with honey and ghee. I bought it from ebay. it has helped calm my anxiety attacks. I have also been having a couple of teaspoons of herb brahmi n hot water Last night for the first time since having tinnitus I slept without a sleeping tablet and feel refreshed this morning. Although the tinnitus is still there but I am learning to ignore it. All the best.

  78. I love u man
    just have read 100 of articles on tinnitus as I am suffering since a month and going mad, I feel this is the best article and possible cure I have ever read.
    Thanks a lot.

  79. Just discovered a story by a board certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hanscom, some of you might find useful. Dr. Hanscom reports finding a way to conquer his tinnitus (created, he thinks, from years in the noisy construction business when he was younger). His technique is very much like Tomasz’ and those presented by others here who have learned to deal with this condition. It’s interesting to get a story from a doctor who suffered with the same situation … a story which has a happy ending and offers hope: http://www.drdavidhanscom.com/2012/10/the-ringing-in-my-ears/

  80. I noticed a “ringing” in my ears (more like a constant high pitched buzzing like the sound electronics give off) about two weeks ago after starting a new medication. Once I realized that the sound was internal and not external I called my Dr and we found that the muscle relaxer I had started taking did have tinnitus as a rare side effect. So it’s been about a week now without taking the med and still no relief from the tinnitus. I know that it could take months or it may never go away. Dr is getting ready to refer me to an ENT just to check hearing loss and whatever else. I’m 41 years old and have never really had any issues with my ears except for two bouts of severe vertigo that went away with medication and time.

    I appreciate you article and hope to find your suggestions helpful. Right now I can ignore it for the most part when talking to people or watching tv, but “silence” seems to amplify it… and during work even if i have music playing it seems like the loudest sound in the room.

    Thank you again for the article, I will be attempting a lot of your suggestions and hope to find some relief

  81. i share everyone’s sentiment about this post. It has been of tremendous value, thank you Tomasz!

    i also developed tinnitus just over 3 months ago, and have been through the same ride as most people posted here. I also have some hearing loss at higher frequencies, which seems to have caused the tinnitus. At this point it is annoying at times, but manageable so far.

    I met with Dr Robert LEvine, who apparently is one of the worlds leading researcher into tinnitus (Harvard). Here is a youtube video of some of the work he has done on the use of benzodiazepine drugs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaj7bpLd4MY and how to use it: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxkb2N0b3JsZXZpbmVzdGlubml0dXNzaXRlfGd4OjEzZWQwZWQxYTY4OTBjOWU

    He also believes that muscular issues can cause tinnitus. I usually hear the sounds much louder in my left ear, as if it is coming from somewhere on the left side of my brain. He noticed that the muscles in the left side of the neck were larger, and suggested i try acupuncture with someone he specifically recommended. Haven’t yet, but it is interesting that i started to exercise again (after having not exercised for a long while) around the time i got tinnitus. Though i am not sure how all of it is connected.

    I haven’t done the valium thing either since i am working on simply dealing with it as is, but i would love to hear if anyone has had any experience or has seen other research on this.

    I also have placed my cell phone on the night table near by head while sleeping as my alarm clock. Who KNows what these things can cause.

    Finally, i have noticed that my tinnitus (more in the left side, sometimes it sounds like nothing is coming from the right) starts buzzin when i hear a piano, or if i am in a room with lots of neon lighting.

    Thanks again

  82. I have had tinnitus for over two years. I have stopped many things that they say are reasons they get loud. caffeine aphinameniphine diet or zero calorie anything. it did change the amount of noise I hear. I have it the most in the evening after I have eaten and all the calories from the day and the stress is resting in my body.
    Sometimes it gets so bad I would call my brother to have him pray for me. He passed this last September so I just turn up TV or radio or something.
    I hope it will go away but, I doubt it. I have to live with this the rest of my life.

    • Hi all,

      I’ve noticed some very dire postings here lately and I feel the need to speak up. I’ve had tinnitus for almost 2 years now.
      At first I thought I was losing my sanity, it was very scary. I looked out my condo windows thinking it was coming from outside. When I realized it was in my own brain I got even more scared. The mental trip is very intense and can make you feel alone and helpless.
      I discovered this fantastic blog and realized I was not alone. After 2 years I am now functioning fine and am “used” to the noisy companion in my brain. Yes, I wish it wasn’t there but it’s a part of me now and the more you learn to accept it the more you learn to live with it.
      I’m hearing it now as I write this post, audio frequencies rise and lower sometimes but that’s me now.
      I still live my life, I work out all the time, work at my job, and listen to music.
      Do not be afraid of this thing called tinnitus, it’s attached itself to you but you can live with it and it does get better with time.
      I work with a fellow who has ALS, that ain’t fun.

      Keep strong, it really is a mental thing, mind over matter.
      Me personally, I don’t remember silence, my “crickets” are a part of me now.

      Be well.


      • Hey Riick, I just got your post in my mail box. I know it is strange to think this is going to be with us till die.
        I as well got away from that stuff but really in the evening I guess it is all the food that has turned to sugar and the stress of the day.
        Sometimes I just put my ear bugs in to get rid of the noise. I hope I am not making it worse.
        The Dr.’s were a waste if time and money. Some was anything from the store..
        I guess this is it. I wish I was one of the ones that it came and went or comes and goes. but no. not me. ;)

    • Cherie,

      I first posted on here almost 2 years ago. I destroyed my ears at a concert with my son. His ringing ended as soon as he left the concert and mine has never gone away. I have been through all the worst experiences of panic you can imagine. A few doctor visits and hearing checks. I lost high frequency hearing because of this one trauma. I remember pacing in my bedroom crying and calling my sister in law who suffers from Meniere’s. She has been plagued by ringing for years as a side effect of the disease. She copes just fine and talked me through my worst moments. The side effects of Meniere’s is so extreme that ringing is the least of her problems. The trick at first is constant background noise and training your mind to listen to ALL noises around you–not just the chirping. Easier said than done. Focusing on the ringing is exhausting on all levels. Physically, my body couldn’t handle the stress anymore and mysteriously my brain switched it’s focus on it’s own. Also, you mention prayer. A coincidence or not…I belong to a bible study and during one of our meetings it was amazingly quiet in the house and the ringing was extreme. I started crying because I couldn’t take it. My friends were so worried. Without any delay they all prayed over my ears–sounds nuts! I didn’t know what to think but I was willing to try anything. These are incredibly faith filled women. The ringing didn’t go away–but around that time I just started coping. It became just another ambient sound. I no longer even need to sleep with a fan. Never underestimate the power of prayer! A big part of this is not allowing yourself to be sucked into the panic spiral. All will be ok.

      • god is great prayer works it might be what you were expecting but knowing that God is with us. I give this to him as well and can be present with life and put it on the back burner.Thank you for sharing that.

  83. Mine is really loud sometimes only on my left side. I don’t think it will ever go away. I have cut out all the stuff that is the so called triggers and it still comes on strong at night. I have had it for over a year or two. Yes I shot guns had husband die and life sucks but stress caused. I don’t know about that. It is inside the ear the ENT said. 63 and tired of it all

  84. It’s now approaching 4 months since my tinnitus started. I’ve followed a similar emotional trajectory to many of the others that post to this blog. The most difficult time was a span of 6 weeks in late November and December during which time I was unable to sleep and working myself into a panic, anxiety state. I had made the mistake of taking pills to fall asleep (Ativan, zopiclone) for 3 weeks and when they stopped working, I began to despair. I saw no light at the end of the tunnel, could not see how I could continue to function at work and envisioned a life devoid of joy.
    On Dec. 20, I went cold turkey on sleeping pills. I was off for 2 weeks till early January and took advantage of this time to devote myself to relearning how to sleep with tinnitus and without pills. The first week was a sleepless hell but I gradually emerged from the darkness stronger and more resilient than I have ever been. These are the things that have helped me:
    1) Found a therapist who understood tinnitus. I’ve now seen her 3 times and she has been an enormous help. She taught me that the tinnitus was a product of ‘thoughts that had gone a little to far’ and gave me strategies to prevent the tinnitus from triggering emotion (the limbic system) and the ‘fight or flight’ adrenaline response. These strategies have really worked in ‘down-regulating’ my nervous system.
    (a) breathing to relax – breathe in through your nose and then breathe out twice as long. Focus on the sensation of breathing and let go of the negative thoughts. Use when negative thoughts come into your head or when you feel generally anxious. Keeps you out of that downward spiral.
    (b) mindfulness meditation – at her suggestion, I enrolled in a 12 week mindfulness meditation workshop. Been to only 3 classes and am doing my homework with fantastic results already.
    (c) energy psychology – tapping on accupressure points on your body and face several times a day while verbalizing your worries and expressing your beliefs that they may improve. Needs commitment and you have to believe in the treatment somewhat for it to work. I believe, I believe, I believe…
    2) Exercise – I made a point of walking, cycling and in bad weather, walking the treadmill. A great and natural non-drug way to combat anxiety and improve sleep.
    3) Building on successes – once you begin to sleep more and gain confidence, you can begin to ‘tame the beast’ that is tinnitus. Realize that it is largely a product of your mind and your anxieties. The greater control you gain over your mind, the better you feel and the quieter the tinnitus becomes.
    4) The book “The Tools” by Phil Stutz and Barry Michel. Wonderful and unique approach to curing yourself of your anxieties and neuroses. Read the chapter on “Reversal of desire” and substitute ‘tinnitus’ for ‘pain’. To shrink the tinnitus, you must desire it, approach it, become one with and conquer your fear of it. Only then can you begin to move forward. While I have truly benefited from Tomasz’s insights (one of the best tinnitus blogs on the net), I have learned that avoidance of the tinnitus may not be the answer for all.

    My tinnitus has been extremely quiet for the past 3 days and I am thrilled by that. I recognize that it may come back but I’ll be ready for it with my brain down-regulation strategies poised for action. I truly believe that over time, using some of these approaches, you can ‘rewire your own brain’ and cure yourself of your tinnitus.

  85. Thanks for everyone’s comments on the board. My tinnitus has been going on for a year with different degrees. I like to contribute it to my CPAP that was initially set to a higher pressure than it should have been which caused alot of popping in my ears. I had it re-calibrated a couple of months after but my ringing never stopped. it got louder recently when I went on a flight with a sinus cold I was getting over (BAD IDEA).. Fluid filled BOTH ears and it took over a month to start to drain. The ringing was LOUDER with fluid and still loud with some of the fluid drained. UGH.. Hopefully, it will get less intense over time but I have to agree that rewiring the brain may be the sure answer..

  86. I’ve lived with T for as long as I can remember, and never really worried about it. It was simply part of life…”the pants” I’d been wearing for years….
    But abruptly, about a month ago, it got REALLY loud and was suddenly accompanied by a feeling of pressure in my ears, sometimes a pulsating kind of feeling. I don’t notice it much during the day, or maybe I just don’t focus on it or care…however, it now wakes me out of a deep (or light) slumber, and there’s no way to get back to sleep without listening to music.
    It’s the new pressure aspect that has me concerned, and the volume of the whistling and ringing.
    Turning on the fan seems to work…except that it’s cold now in winter! :)

    • I think you should see an ENT. The pressure sounds like a mechanical problem unrelated to tinnitus. If your ears are blocked because of some fluid buildup, tinnitus will seem louder because the ambient noise will get softer. Sometimes my ears are blocked after swimming and that makes the tinnitus louder.

  87. Hey guys, I also have Tinnitus the last 4 months and I have to say it does get better. Two months ago, I couldn’t imagine it won’t bother me at all in such a short time.

    I think the common thing between us all is that we spent too much energy on it, I have talked to people who had it and didn’t even bother going to the doctor. Speaking of which, try to get as many opinions as possible, I found doctors telling me completely different things.

    Also, to add to the update of a loud concert making it worse, I also got it from a loud concert, but I have continued going to them; I don’t think it is impossible to enjoy these anymore; just use common sense, wear earplugs, stay away from the speakers and if you feel the noise levels get uncomfortably high leave.

    • Yes, I think there is definitely a connection between neuroticism and how much you suffer from tinnitus. Some people are just more prone to worrying, obsessive thoughts, anxiety etc. than others. Once they discover a mildly annoying sound in their head, they fixate on it and drive themselves nuts.

      A friend recently told me that one night he discovered he had a constant noise in his head. He immediately dismissed it as a minor problem, never occurred to him to go to an ENT, read Web forums, etc. He is the opposite of neurotic — one of the most emotionally stable people I know, the kind of guy who never gets angry, anxious, worried, etc.

      I’m a fairly neurotic person myself, but I have learned to recognize some of the bad thoughts and “shoot them down”. Realizing that there is nothing inherently “annoying” about a stimulus, that it’s your thought patterns that make it annoying or neutral or pleasant, has really helped me become a more accepting person with regard to tinnitus and other things that used to bother me. It’s not like you have full control over your feelings, but once you realize that they happen inside of YOU, you can start seriously thinking about what techniques you can use to stop your brain from reacting in a certain way.

  88. Hi All, just wanted to write an update. I have now had tinnitus for 8 weeks. Initial onset was from anesthetic. But various treatments have added more tones. This included anti anxiety meds, the pressure changes in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, 2 tapers of prednisone, and most recently an acupuncturist actually added electricity to needles on my head, saying it worked for her stroke patient (which turns out is opposite from tinnitus and our neurons over firing). So what was low buzzing in my left ear, is now around 4 tones, some high and piercing in both ears. I have learned the hard way now just to leave it alone. I worry I was so obsessed in trying to fix it, I have now passed the point of no return. I find things that bother the tinnitus are loud noises, stress, lack of sleep, inflammation, electricity. Things that help are sleep (which I am still not really doing), epsom salts bath (muscle relaxing), deep breathing, meditation. I hear all the time that in most cases, in the first year, the tinnitus can be substantially repressed/diminished. So I am hanging on to that hope right now.

  89. I went to an ent doctor and told him I had tinnitus. I showed him an xray of my ear & neck and he found that my styloid was 5cm. He told me the avg styloid is 2cm and that could be causing my tinitus. I surgically had it removed. I woke up from surgery and my tinnitus is now worse.

  90. Hi Tomasz and everyone else!
    I’ve had some kind of tinnitus for as long as I can remember. When I was very little and trying to sleep, I’d ask my brother if he also heard something. Someone explained to me that it was natural, just the sound of blood circulation.

    But as a teenager and my early twenties (I’m now 25), I suppose I listened too often to music that was too loud on my iPod. The volume of my tinnitus gradually increased. It didn’t go from imperceptible to loud in a day, but the realisation was rather sudden – “my god, it’s actually quite loud”.

    I don’t have trouble sleeping with it, and I have also experienced forgetting when I focus on reading or listening to another, irregular sound, for instance. It doesn’t interfere with the things I “need” to do during a day.

    What frustrates me about most tinnitus advice is that the general advice is to mask it, to do something that distracts you, or to think of something else. The reason why is that I love to meditate, and I love silence. For both of these, tinnitus is quite an obstacle. Meditation and silence used to be my sanctuary, my escape, my best time alone. Now I’m anxious of meditating and being in silent rooms because I often end up a little more frustrated than when I was before.

    I’ve found more sites than yours, Tomasz, who says that T can get better. But I haven’t found much concrete advice on what to do. I will stay away from coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, loud music and try to exercise – but is there something else? Is there any study showing that you can meditate T away, or something along those lines?

    Thank you all for sharing your stories and tips!

    • The way I see it, tinnitus could be helpful in meditation. Instead of focusing on your breath, or a mantra, you can just focus on the sound in your head. But to do that, you’d have to lose the negative reaction to it, and instead grow to accept it. Think of it as the dial tone of the universe :)

      I’m not sure there is any solid evidence that coffee makes tinnitus worse. In my case, it makes it quieter, as does anything that makes me more alert. My tinnitus has always been worst when I’m tired. For me, exercise actually makes it “objectively” louder, but it reduces anxiety. Not sure about alcohol, I drink sometimes, and haven’t noticed any change. I do agree that loud music (uncomfortably loud) is something you want to avoid, as it can produce tinnitus.

  91. Thank you for the comments. And the blog is so wonderful. Especially the ticking clock. The pitches I hear are in a certain range, so I think when I experience static or noise in that frequency, the tinnitus also reacts.
    They say that tinnitus can reverse itself if in the first 3 months. I wonder if any new sufferers on here have experienced this? Where it completely goes away.

    • Lisa, have you tried pseudoephedrine ?(Sudafed, contained in many cold remedies). If it’s Eustacian tube relates then that might work.

    • It can definitely go away, but people don’t usually write about it on message boards when it happens. Just like you only see sick people in hospitals — doesn’t mean that people never get better.

  92. Hi, first off thanks for the blog tips, TT is very scary and its lovely to read something positive. I have had mine for three weeks now and altough its still very much there I am surprised how quickly I have started to deal with it. So if you’ve just got TT and are freaked out, dont worrry, it gets better!!

    For me it started out of nowhere, no loud noise or physical discomfort, just noticed a loud high pitched ringing in my ears that didnt stop. I went to the ENT and she said everything was perfect and she put it down to stress. My TT was loud, VERY loud, and I was very very frightened for the first week. Having never experienced a panic attack before I had 3 serious panic attacks in a week. I am 32 and I have always been 100% healthy and fit, so i didn’t recognise my own behaviour, I was extremely stressed, almost constantly panicked and very depressed. The doctor put me on Sleeping pills and anxiety pills to calm me down. Sleeping didn’t happen at all without heavy anxiety pills

    But then as I got used to it my brain began to adjust, and I got my “thoughts” back, and the last week has been pretty normal. for large parts of the day I dont even notice it, and it gets louder when I get a bit stressed or think about it, which makes me realise that I DO have some leve of control over this.

    I still haven’t figured out how to sleep, I have come off the pills but I am only getting 3hrs at a time, with an hour awake, then another 2/3, but I am working on it, I have affectionately called it my new “sleep training project”.

    On the good side, my 10 days of literal mental breakdown gave me some extraordinary gifts. I called my dad and we talked about how scared I was, and it opened up a line of communication that we have never had before, he called me every night since its been great for us. Also having had a very happy event free 12 months with my girlfriend, I saw her for the first time in a crises situation and she was amaxzing, and now, in relative sanity, I realise how great she is, and I know how lucky I am to have her. Also I have no got a very motivating reason to start exercising properly as running is really a great stress reliever.

    Anyway, I’m not out of the woods and my TT seems very loud still, but I am a million miles ahead of where I was three weeks ago, and at the time I really dodnt think that would ever be possible.

  93. I developed tinnitus 17 days ago. I am a singer and musician, so I am tuned into the buzzing tones all day and night long. It started when I went to an ENT for a blocked Eustachian tube, something I have had before and which passed. He sprayed lidocaine up my nose so he could check the opening with a probe. Hours later my ears started buzzing and haven’t stopped since. Static noise at the same frequency seems to make it louder – showers, fans, generators. So basically wherever I go, I hear it. Looked up lidocaine, and it is ototoxic. Cannot believe that an ENT actually brought this on. I am hoping it will go away. I know I suffer from anxiety anyway, but my auditory perception is everything as a musician. Many of you who posted on this thread have had it only for a few weeks. Has anybody’s gone away? The doctor said it should go in a few weeks if due to one time ototoxcity. But not so sure this ever goes away. I know I cannot live with this long term. I will not make it. You are all so very brave.

    • Lisa, the reason static noise makes it louder is that you’re focusing on the tinnitus so much, so your brain is trying to amplify the sound that you perceive as threatening. Believe it or not, many people get tinnitus and, when they notice it, never give it a second thought — after all it’s just a little noise, it doesn’t really impair your hearing. The problem with tinnitus is that your neurotic reaction to it is “feeding” it (see my comments about The Loop). The only way out is to stop treating it as a threat.

    • I’ve had it for a good 25+ weeks now and honestly, it sometimes goes away (for very brief moments of time; say, a minute) and comes back. Like Tomasz says, it really is because you’re paying attention to it that it sounds loud and… the best way to describe it is that it is f***ing terrifying. I hardly notice it now. I’m also a musician; (pianist & singer), so my perfect pitch matters to me so much (I can hear notes and replicate them perfectly as long as I’m given at most a minute xD). And honestly, no matter how loud the ringing is… I can still hear extremely well. & since it’s due to the ototoxicity you were given, just give it a good three months or less to really clear up. I promise that it gets better. I was sure that my whole life would be ruined; (my anxiety reached an all time high, I was diagnosed with depression, I was terrified to go to loud places in case I became deaf) but… all the worry is literally for nothing but fear. To be honest, I’m seeing an ENT tomorrow so I’ll see what they say. Pretty nerve-wrecking to say the least in case I’m completely wrong and there’s another, deeper underlying problem (catastrophising: this is my depression taking over I do apologise). You’re very brave too~~~ AND do not look too much into tinnitus. It’ll only scare you!! Things published on the internet may not be true, even if they’re on legitimate websites.
      Well, good luck anyway~^-^

  94. I have had my T for seven months now. In the beginning it was very scary. For the first three months, I went through a very wild roller coaster ride. But I was very lucky since mine is very light I could hear it only in very quiet places and does not bother me when working. I aslo found this forum very helpful! And it is true; it gets better in time.

  95. I’m in my late 50’s with tinnitus for the past 6 or 7 weeks. Saw ENT and had hearing test – ‘mild’ bilateral high frequency sensorineural hearing loss – ENT thought it was noise-related. Seems to come and go between ears – R then L, both and occasionally neither.
    No one on this blog has mentioned notched-music or notched white noise therapy. There seems to be a fair bit of encouraging literature on both (see below). Interested in your thoughts on this.

    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 January 19; 107(3): 1207–1210

    • Chuck, I used notched noise to mask my tinnitus at night for many months. It helped me fall asleep (as any noise would have); I don’t know if it helped, certainly it didn’t make a dramatic difference.

  96. I find this blog very interesting. I have read over all of the posts and can relate to most of what everyone says. I have had tinnitus for over 12 years now. It started with someone firing off a full clip from a 45 cal handgun not even 3 feet from my left ear. It took a week before I could actually start hearing sounds from that ear again. It felt almost numb with no tingling during that time, but constant ringing. I have had the high pitched ringing ever since. I never went to a doctor about it because I figured my hearing is damaged and from what I read back then, there isn’t anything that can be done about it.

    I will say it almost drove me to have panic attacks within the first year because all I could focus on was the high pitched squealing and the thought that it would never go away. You do finally get to a point where you start to ignore it, although there are days it flairs up but then subsides. I have worked in an industrial setting where my hearing was tested yearly and the first test revealed significant hearing loss at high frequencies.

    What brought me here was researching hyperacusis. My wife believes she may have it because there are some noises that just drive her insane such as a ceiling fan ticking, water cooler humming and young children screaming while playing, just to name a few. It’s a real problem for her. She gets irritated with me when I tell her to just focus on something else like we learn to do with tinnitus. She looks at me like she wants to stab me in the neck. To make it worse I find some of the sounds soothing so I prefer to have them there! That’s when I found the post by Tome Schultz on 12/27/13. There are a couple of sounds that just set me and my tinnitus off. The main one is a water faucet. I won’t even notice the high pitched ringing until the faucet is turned on and bam! It’s like the tinnitus volume was cranked to full volume. There is very little information on the topic of hyperacusis caused by tinnitus. I’m glad I found this site because it puts a new perspective on what might be a common problem my wife and I share. I think it’s time we both have it checked out by a doctor.

    • Thank you for posting this. The audio demonstration of what tinnitus sounds like was quite realistic. Though I was disappointed that there was no mention of Jastreboff’s TRT. TRT must have helped thousands of people with tinnitus.

  97. Beware of scams folks!
    People that take advantage of us tinnitus sufferers are the scum of the earth. This is a physical condition, it can’t be cured, only controlled. I do believe in karma, evil karma to all those that promise quick results to tinnitus.
    I just noticed my tinnitus flared up, well worth it to send this message. Do NOT listen to assholes selling “cures” for tinnitus.

  98. Thank you so much for writing this blog. I have learnt a lot.

    I wonder what happens if people start exercising a bit more? Going for a run each day. Might take your mind off the noise. I might try it.

    • Hi, I am fit and healthy (5’11”, 11 stone) and never did that much regular exercise, then I got stress related TT. I started running every second day and it is a great help. Usually after I run 20 mins I forget about it completely for a few hours, sometimes all day, and its quiet enough that I have to concentrate to see if I can still here it at all. Well worth a try :)

  99. Hi all,

    I feel the need to send a message out to all new T sufferers, it gets better. I’m going on 2 years now and it just becomes part of your life,
    I am 55 years old, pinched nerve in my neck that never goes away plus the tinnitus. But I see my co-workers and friends suffering from much more serious things: cancer especially..
    Dealing with Tinnitus is a state of mind, the crickets in my head are part of me now. In fact, the only time I’m aware of them is when I write these entries.
    It gets better! You’re not alone!


    • Rick-

      Did you cut out caffeinated drinks including coffee? In addition to excercise, did you change your diet and/or supplements that you think was a benefit. Thanks for you input.

      • Hi Greg,

        I definitely cut down on my coffee, only 2 cups per day now. I have noticed alcohol makes my tinnitus worse, especially the day after drinking so I’ve cut way back on that also. My diet hasn’t changed much but I generally started eating healthier with less sugar intake.
        Goo luck.

  100. Thank you very much Tomasz. I have developed T six month ago and found your blog about 3 months ago. Mine is very high at about 15khz but very loud. I was really panicking and going crazy about it. Because I am musician it was a lot harder to me. I keep coming back to what you said about tinnitus and checking if my attitude has change and I can say yes it has changed after all those months. Of course my tinnitus remains the same but its the attitude like you said. So yes leaving with tinnitus is not easy but you CAN adjust and learn to live with it and go back to your old self. Once again thanks for your help!

  101. Greg,

    I’ve had a mild case for years, but only at night. This time it’s getting in the way of my daily life. I sure do hope it goes away, but that possibility seems so far off right now. I need to learn some ways of “blocking it out”.

  102. Thanks so much for this blog. I developed T less than a week ago and am securely in “the loop”. I feel as if I’m going crazy, but while reading your post and the comments I feel as though the tinnitus has quieted. I hope that this gets better, and that the sound will bother me less. I wonder if steroids would help me, my concert was over three weeks ago.

    Sending lots of love to all T sufferers out there. <3

    • Ben, being that yours was brought on by a concert, you may be one of the lucky few and your T will go away. I’m however not one of the lucky few, and just live with it, paying as little attention to it as possible.. Best of luck! Greg P.

  103. Hi Sandy,

    My symptoms of ear ringing matches your. it’s 6 weeks since i got ear ringing at the middle of the night and it is fluctuating since then. Sometimes it;s there and some of the times it goes away. Doctors say it is infection but even after it got cleared, the ringing still continues. Now they say, that i am stressed up and ask me not to focus upon it.

    Can you let us know if yours has gone away. It will give me a great assurance that i am not struck up with it forever

    • Hey Vikas,
      I’ve had my ringing for almost four months now, and what a ride. I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety and depression… and I’m only 17… which is really inconvientient but you know what? I’ve become so accustomed to the ringing now. It still bugs me at times but that’s rare now. My ears get clogged up 10000x quicker since being infected, and even though the virus has gone (I think), it’s still there. It has improved over time. It’s really faint now.
      I’m seeing an ENT soon (just to be on the safe side), and I’m also going for therapy for my disorders, and I’m here just to say be strong and keep being strong. Even though I have really bad lows at time for other various reasons, it’s still fine to live with, it’s bareable, and like this blog says, and almost everyone commenting, it gets better. Though I am precautious now- I take earplugs with me to wedding parties and such. But apart from that, nothing has changed ^-^

  104. I like your tone generator. It’s the best I have found online, except for one thing: there is no volume control. Any chance you could add that? (I use digital output on my computer and therefore can’t use my computer to control volume. Adding to that, my external amplifier does not have exact control for volume, so it is way too loud even at its lowest setting.)

  105. This is the best article I have read on the tinnitus topic thus far. Thank you for posting. About 3 weeks ago, I just noticed my right ear had a slight ringing and thought it might be earwax buildup. I used some debrox and went to bed without giving it another thought. However, the sound got louder and louder and I decided to visit my dr who told me I had a slight ear infection. I was given antibiotics, and though the sound lessened, I noticed my other ear had the same ringing sensation. I went back to my dr who told me I had an infection and to continue the antibiotics. The antibiotics finished 2 days ago but the sound is still there, though considerably lower. It doesnt affect my hearing but it has made me depressed and anxious. I think I am already In the loop and I am trying my best not to think about it or listen to the sound, but its hard. I realized, the more depressed I am, the worse the noise gets so I am trying to stay positive and watch silly videos. I am using white noise to sleep but I dont want to become dependant on white noise just to mask it . I also play music through out the day to mask the noise and get my mood up.This article really gave me a positive outlook and hopefully, I can get improvement soon. Thanks for posting.

    • Thanks! Experiences like yours show that the biggest problem with tinnitus is not the sound itself, but one’s attitude to it. I’ll link your post from the main article.

  106. Hi Greg,

    Thank you very much for writing this. I’ve recently began my tinnitus research and your post is one of the first thing that I’ve read.

    I’m glad that I could read about your discoveries as they further reassured me that I’d finally found the real cause of my countless, countless sleepless nights. Everything you write sounds so very familiar that it’s just calming to hear it from somewhere outside of my own head.

    My life’s quality have deteriorated enormously for the last couple of years because I cannot fall asleep until I’m totally drained almost every single night, which greatly impacts my day activities. I first thought I can just ignore all this, the noise, the problem, forget about it. Yeah, but subconsciously everything was there, I was still hearing it and it was annoying and I didn’t know why I was annoyed… This contradicts the theory of ignoring the noise but only superficially – the two are different things: not acknowledging the problem and ignoring the sound. Anyway. Before I got my tinnitus the thing I love most in my life was to get somewhere quiet and listen to the silence.

    Since this is one of the first stops in my journey I’ll be continuing with some of the links you provided – some of them look very promising.

    Thank you very much once again!

  107. Rick-

    Question…I realize that everyone is different but after one year, do you ever have to mask the sound? Also, when swimming….do you wear ear plugs? After six months, I’m still trying to work through this challenge. Thanks.


    • Hi Greg,
      No, I don’t wear ear plugs when swimming. I ran this by my ENT and he said ear plugs would not be a benefit to stopping or improving my tinnitus. Since I do have hearing loss in both ears there isn’t much I can do. I did try masking with audio clips of nature, thunderstorms, etc and it is effective but now after 1 year I’m surprisingly used to the “crickets” in my ears.

  108. I so much appreciate all the comments here. I’ve had tinnitus now for about three weeks and I’ve been so discouraged and anxious about the situation. I have a question: Is there anyone else whose tinnitus changes constantly? I will hear it sometimes in one ear and sometimes the other. Tone and pitch and intensity and quality (i.e., buzzing versus a clear tone) all vary throughout the day. I feel like this is quite unusual and means that getting used to it is going to be a challenge. My hearing is normal. Anyone else having a similar case?

    • I’ve talked to numerous ENT specialists during my 1 year of tinnitus and have learned the primary cause is definitely hearing loss. This is true in my case, high frequency hearing loss caused by many loud concerts and too much time with the earphones turned up loud.
      I’m told by the ENTs that the second cause can be a virus. Marie, if you’ve had tinnitus only 3 weeks this may be very good news for you. If your hearing is normal, perhaps a virus is causing your problem. If that’s the case, your tinnitus will go away in time.
      Good luck and hang in there.

      • Hi Rick, I’ve had my ringing for about 7-8 weeks now and in that time, it has considerably gone down now but now the frequencies are changing a lot. Sometimes it sounds like bells, others just a drone and it’s never constant anymore. Some mornings I wake up without any ringing and then it suddenly appears out of the blue throughout the day- even in silence for when I’m reading- not really caused by anything loud. I know I haven’t had any hearing loss- I took a test and my hearing is far above average so this isn’t an issue. My doctors (I’ve asked two doctors) has assumed it is a virus. If so, how long will it take to actually leave? I’m no longer as affected by it daily although it does bring about anxiety attacks especially when on a road journey or going to a party (which I am now going to get musician earplugs for). Does it vary? Or can it still last longer? Thanks! :)

        • Hi Sandy,
          I’m not a doctor, just a fellow tinnitus sufferer. An ENT specialist would be better equipped to answer your questions regarding a possible virus.
          I’ve had numerous hearing tests and they all come back with high frequency hearing loss, the major cause of tinnitus.
          Second cause is a virus. If you have perfect hearing, this is the most likely culprit. How long the virus lasts I don’t know.
          One of the most frustrating things all of us on this blog share is that doctors don’t seem to have any treatment options other than masking or time.
          For me, time worked. It’s now 13 months and I’m listening to my “crickets” as I write this. I’m more aware of it because I’m thinking about it right this moment.
          But 5 minutes from now when I’m working out at the gym and socializing, I’m not even aware of the tinnitus.
          I hope this helps. It’s a mysterious ailment but this blog has helped me a great deal and I hope it helps you.
          Take care, peace.

    • I am having tinnitus for the last 6 weeks and it fluctutes constantly. Sometimes it’s there and sometimes it’s not there. My hearing is normal and the ENT specialist says it is due to stress. Tinnitus is only in right ear. Also had Brain MRI and it is normal. Just wanted to know whether your Tinnitus still persists otr it has went away

  109. This is really helpful and comforting. I developed Tinnitus today and I think it may have followed many years of watching movies with loud sound on my home theatre system. The static on simplynoise is helping already, but I also seem to feel a little pain in the ears. Would it be wise to see an ENT specialist?

  110. I have one main question I really want to ask- will I ever be able to enjoy weddings, festivals, concerts, even watching movies and going theatres… and the such? I now feel so terrified of the idea of going to these things- the idea that I’ll make the ringing so much worse. I don’t want to be the odd one out in my family- I’m already outcasted as it is without this added shit. It’s fudged up my life quite a considerable amount already but I’m still trying my best to overcome it and be myself again. I even feel really scared of going on a bus- with the idea it’ll damage my ears! That sounds stupid but yeah. How about normal headphones on low volume- is that a no now? Tinnitus can go and eat shit. >.<

    • Hi Sandy, Try to go on and do the things you enjoy. I have been dealing with this beast for several months, and like I have told others on here, try to get it off your mind and go on with your bad self… I play guitar as a hobby, and I plan to continue.. Best of luck! Greg P.

      • I agree with Greg. Sandy, your comments remind me of myself a year ago when I first developed tinnitus. I was afraid to go swimming (which I love), wear earphones, listen to live music, etc. It doesn’t help that ENT specialists tell you there’s nothing you can do to help you.
        But time does help, your brain adapts and the tinnitus becomes a part of you and, believe it or not, not noticeable much of the time now. Live your life normally, time really will help.

  111. Thank you very much! it helps knowing that there are people going through exactly what i am, and have overcame it. iv had T for around 3 months now and i occasionally have frantic flare ups and dive into anxiety but this helps. my father and aunt both have it to and they say they have had it so long they dont even notice it anymore. it takes time and patience but your brain is amazing and it has the capacity to deal with trauma like Shittius over time haha. hang in there everyone we are not alone, it sucks but we are in this club together.

  112. Your site is very encouraging. You reinforce what I think is the answer which is to keep it in perspective and most importantly accept it and even embrace it as just part of the new you.

    A good site for free nature MP3 is this one:


    This has a number of good masking sounds for Tinnitus. I like the crickets because my Tinnitus is around 9200 herz and the cricket audio is mainly at the high end of the frequencies.

    • Good news to know that site of nature sounds collection.
      But … how to determinate the frequecy of my tinnitus ?
      Is there any windows free software that does it ?
      After knowing the frequency, how to procede to choose the correct sound as good masking sound ?
      Very thanks in advance.

  113. This is one of the best write-ups on Tinnitus I have come across. I’m an acoustics engineer and have quite loud tinnitus in both ears, like a constant high pitched screech at about 4kHz. It began very suddenly on 1st of Feb 2011, possibly due to stress at work(?), and has never really stopped since. I’m very careful with my hearing and use ear defenders and ear-plugs if I think I might damage it (including using 18dB attenuating earplugs at concerts!). The advice to “learn not to notice it” is excellent. Your post is obviously making a big difference to a lot of people! Well done!

  114. You are seriously one of the most awesome people ever. After reading this it makes so much sense why I’ve been so stressed. I feel like I can handle this now and not let it bother me. Before I read this, the high pitched sound was taking over my life and literally, straight after it isn’t as noticeable. I aim to conquer it. I’ve only had it for three weeks and a day after a nasty virus but it had gone from being undeniably loud and frightening to a high pitch that doesn’t bother me as much and is much quieter. I feel I have the strength to move on now and not let it control my life. Man, I used to go straight into quiet rooms just so I could hear it, close my hands over my ears and focus hard… not anymore now! Much love from a fellow tinnitus sufferer~ ^.^

  115. Another note….I’ve had an MRI and other tests, which were negative. ENT…just live with it. It came on like a train through my ears. I’m struggling.

  116. Greg and Rick-

    I’ve had tinnitus for the past 6 months and at times it seems to be getting better but I’m trying to stay positive. I’m 54 and this has really been a challenge. I’ve always been active and physically fit with no health issues. Any words of encouragement? Thanks for your help. I try not to discuss it with family because they already think I’m a hypochondriac.

    • Hi Greg,

      It was exactly 1 year ago this weekend I developed tinnitus. I’m 55, otherwise very healthy, I work out the gym 5 days per week, watch my diet, etc. The first few months is by far the worse time with tinnitus, I thought I was losing my mind. But I can tell you that it does get better. Yes, my tinnitus is still there but I go long stretches without being aware of it, sometimes hours at a time. And hen I am aware of it, it’s just part of me now.
      No more tears, no more worry. It does get better.

  117. I developed tinitus about 2 weeks ago after a nasty head cold. Ever since, I’ve been driving myself mad and got very anxious and have been in therapy since. I’ve also started on Propanlol, to reduce the anxiety effects.
    I used to notice it all the time, even the tele. Because I became so oppssesed with the sound. At night, was the nightmare every day. Recently, I’ve never heard it during the day and the smallest if noises ie. the computer or clock can drown it out.
    Sometimes I wake up in the morning and it’s gone and when I go to sleep. I’m hoping its on its last legs now.
    Thank you for this blog, it’s nice to know I’m not on my own.

  118. I’m glad I found this blog and am heading over to the forum suggested above to read some more stories. I was put on zoloft for depression a month and a half ago. After 3 or so days i noticed my left ear occasionally ringing, this progressed to both ears and after 10 days of the high pitched ringing getting worse I stopped the zoloft. It has been 18 days since then and the ringing is present 24/7. I don’t sleep for roughly 24 – 40 hours and when i do finally fall asleep I’m lucky if I manage more than 5 hours. I’m hoping the ringing will stop and is not a permanent thing but I’m now starting to think that it will be with me from here on out. It is extremely encouraging to read that many others are able to live normal lives, even with the constant noise. I have cried many times in the past couple of weeks but after reading this blog I feel like now maybe this is something I can take control of. Thanks so much :-)

    • Hi Elli,

      I had to reply to your email because you sound exactly like me 1 year ago. I just woke up one morning in July 2012 with the ringing in my ears. I too cried and thought I was losing my mind. I went to 3 separate appointments with ENT specialists and discovered I had high frequency hearing loss in both ears (too many concerts and too loud volume in my earphones). I’m 55 years old and I realize now the tinnitus is with me now but the good news is that you will get used to it Elli. I’m so used to it now a year later that I’m not even aware of the tinnitus 90% of the time. It becomes a part of you and you will adjust. Hang in there, it gets better.


    • Elli, I agree with Rick that you will adjust to it.. I woke up with this awful hissing in my left ear about 6 months ago, thought I would go crazy the first couple of weeks. I now have learned to just adjust to it as you would an appliance running all day in you home, at least if you take this approach you won’t expect to just wake up one morning and it be gone, and maybe one day it will, but you will be able to deal with it if it don’t.. Take Care! Greg

      • Hey Greg,
        What a great reply. Tinnitus is very sinister because it’s inside your own brain. The first month is the worst because you’re so helpless to treat it.
        As I write this update I hear the hissing in my ears but it’s the norm now and it doesn’t affect my life. I love to read and my “hissing” is part of my life, it’s just there.
        Our capacity to adapt is what makes us human. Elli, it gets better, I promise you that.

  119. Tinnitus started to bother me more than a month ago, a permanent whistling sound that drove me crazy to the point I couldn’t sleep anymore. It’s the sound I used to hear after being to a really loud concert. Apparently there is nothing wrong with me medically and am taking some Ginkgo Biloba pills for a week now — it makes no difference but at least I feel I’m doing something and my doctor also said it would irrigate my hearing. Yesterday I decided to take a few days off from work and did NOTHING at all, just slept on the couch watching/listening to TV, and then took my wife out for dinner. Today I ran 5Km on the treadmill (workout did’t affect the noise) and drank no coffee. The tinnitus is still here, of course, but I am sure this has something to do with stress and fatigue. I guess it probably will never go away but I am crossing my fingers hoping the sound will decrease over time. In any case, I will NOT let it ruin my life, as it did for a few days last week — I am 36 and hadn’t cried for many years but after a few sleepless nights it just became too much.
    My message today is: don’t despair, remember you are not alone and tinnitus is in fact a manageable problem. PS I live in Portugal and over here every herbal store or even pharmacy has some sort of cure to sell you — it’s probably the same in the US and all over the internet. I tried some in the beginning but now am convinced this is nothing more than charlatans trying to make money over other people’s misery.

  120. With which software can I determinate the frequency of my tinnitus ?
    After that how can I find the correct sound/music for my problem ?
    Thanks in advance.

  121. Sometimes when I try to sleep I hear these loud frequency sounds in my head, they start low then increase higher and higher to a point that my feet shake. I try to snap out of it but cannot make a move…wen I receive an opportunity to make movement. The sounds stop, when I fall into sleep mode again. Then start. What is this?

  122. Ursula,
    I recommend white noise so that you have a distraction from your ears. I use a fan or use a white noise app on my phone. You can still hear the TV but the white noise helps a lot.
    I always use a fan to sleep as well.

  123. I have had tinnitis for over a year now ,caused from high frequency hearing loss. Your site has actually made me feel a lot calmer, knowing that their is hope! It does seem like it has gotten better, especially when I am busy with friends, or when I am working I hardly hear it.I also think my stress level has gone down since I have faced the fact that this is part of me and I have to deal with it. It is worse for me in the evening, it gets loud especially when I,m watching TV I hear the tinnitis over the TV.I take half of a xanax at night and I sleep very well. How can I conquer this TV thing ? My bad Times are in the evening with TV on or TV off, the noise is loud.

  124. Thanks Rick. My ENT said the same but most people with hearing loss don’t have tinnitus (my 86 year old mom for example). I haven’t come to accept it yet – maybe in another year. I have a list of possible causes and I am checking them off as I try them. Right now this excersise lead is what I am working on. So I am trying to understand the changes in the body that occur (as you listed) when you excersise and think something in that link is damaged and perhaps can be corrected. Don’t know but speculating on muscle, skeletel, arteries clogged/narrowed, neck or other… I jog so I wonder if the vibration/thumping may adversely affect a damaged/out 0f place “something” in the body that is related to the intesity of the tinnitus.

  125. Hi,
    I have had tinnitus for about a year now. It is worse in the morning and then fluctuates through out the day. The only direct correlation I can find is that after I excersize (jog, bball) it invariably intesifies.

    I have tried ginko, magnesium, hearing aid, zinc, stopping nsaids, stopping all meds (restarted meds when no changes).

    Can anyone extrapolate why my workouts would make it worse and what I might conclude from this correlation to help reduce/cure my tinnitus? Much Thanks! Mohammed

    • Hi Mohammed,

      I have identical symptoms to you. I’ve also had my tinnitus for a year. Worse in the morning and worse after workouts. Although the workouts make me feel great everywhere else my tinnitus is worse.
      The only theory I have is that while you’re working out, your heart rate increases, your blood pressure goes up, your entire body is running faster, hotter and louder (in the case of the tinnitus). Also, I notice stress greatly increases the tinnitus for all the same reasons.
      After a year I’m learning to live with it, it’s just a part of me now. My ENT has confirmed I have hearing loss in both ears and this is a direct cause of my tinnitus.

  126. I had an inner ear infection diagnosed on April 10 2013. Was given BIAXIN (poison). On the 17th of April 2013 tinnitus started. I am a mess. My GP gave me Ativan for 5 nights and I could cope with it during the day. Went to ENT had 2 hearing tests in 3 weeks…my hearing is perfect…it is NOT my ears therefore he cant help me! Can you believe that! He told me to take 5mg of Melatonin before bedtime. I felt awful the next day…groggy almost all day!!!! Tried nothing last night….I think I slept for 45 minutes the whole night. I was doing breathing techniques…at one point the tinnitus subsided but coult NOT get back to sleep. My nerves are shot. In 3 weeks I have become a complete disaster. I need help.

    • It gets better; so much better! I remember my ENT telling me the same thing, even getting mad at me. He said, “It’s like a pair of shoes, you don’t think about wearing shoes most of the time and they don’t bother you.” I didn’t want to hear that. I needed help and hope. THERE IS HOPE! I don’t mean to diminish your suffering, I know it’s real. For me, exercise during the day really helped me. I missed a lot of work at first because I could not sleep, so I exercised (walking which turned to jogging).The first week, I couldn’t drive 5 miles without almost falling asleep. I only share that to say that now I don’t think about it. It’s hard at first and takes a little time but have hope. It will, absolutely, positively get better. Turn to your family and friends for support. Turn to prayer if you believe in God (I feel it helped me). See a speech and hearing specialist. There are hearing aid type devices that are designed to help you adjust to it. There are options and there is hope. Soon enough, you will be encouraging others who are new to tinnitus.

      • Thanks for your reply. It helps a lot. How did your Tinnitus start YoungOldster? I am at the 2 month mark yesterday. Since it started I felt on some days like it was going away. Right ear is much much worse than left…the left one I can hardly hear the T sometimes. I am being pro-active. I grind my teeth and was told years ago to get a guard so went to dentist to rule out TMJ. No TMJ only sensitive jaw muscles and sensitive teeth so I have started a tooth guard at time just 2 days ago….it seems to make it worse…a coincidence? I dont know. Last night I went to bed my Tinnitus was very low…fell asleep and my T was very loud in right ear. So I am confused lol! I have other symtoms that started like a thumping in my ears not deep down but a thumping nonetheless…doesnt last long. Also when I am sleeping on my right ear (which is the worst one) last night I heard a sound that sounded like your cell phone is vibrating…not constant thank God. Going to our hospital for a Tinnitus consultation with audiologist on July 3 and going to my allergist in July also. Tinnitus for me started with “fluid” in my ears…so something is causing this. Hope I get an answer to all my questions. I wish you all the best and hope one day the noise will cease! L.O.V.E.

      • p.s. I have been taking Seroquel 25mg at bedtime only. This has helped me quite a bit. An anxiety medication. Some nights I have take 12mg and it worked too. I dont want to be on meds for the rest of my life though. Cannot wait to go to Tiinitus consultation!

      • hey..i am 6 days into tinnutis..it came out of nowhere..i think maybe i took too much aleve when i was hung over.wayy too much…i feel bad because do i have to suffer like this for the rest of my life? night time is the worst..that constant ringing and buzzing in my ear woke me up almost to a panic attack and i started crying and weeping like i have never cried before..on the floor…asking God to remove this awful sound from my head..is it truly possible and true that you could reach a point when this sound does not bother you at all anymore? this almost seems like a miracle…i would do ANYTHING to reach that point …i did have a cold before and i also had a little bit of an ear ache before all this happened..the ringing is on the right side of my ear/head and its worse whenenver i am in a silent room or sleeping i hear that high pitched whistle non stop..NON STOP!!! how could one live their life for the rest of their life like this..please give me hope for i am losing hope..i need relief..i need encouragement..i believe in God and surely God does not want us to suffer so much like this…does he? help me…please!!!!!! i went to the dr.he looked at my right ear..he said it was a little red and gave me antio biotics..im not sure if this will help..you see i have always had tiny mild tinnutis andi could always ignore it..but this time it is soo intrusive and powerful…

  127. I’m 41 and have had tinnitus over a year. I just woke up with it April 17, 2012. Night and day does not go far enough to say how much better life is now vs. then! In the beginning, I couldn’t think of anything but the ringing. It consumed me. I felt trapped, claustrophobic, miserable, couldn’t sleep. I didn’t know if I could go on. It took time but I adjusted. I started exercising, lost weight, and used medicine for a while (Xanax, mostly, and some sleeping medicine). What really helped were the relaxation techniques I learned online and by going to a hypnotherapist. I was able to stop using the medicine and go to sleep on my own. If I woke up at night, I would go through the relaxation techniques again and go back to sleep (basically telling each part of my body to relax starting at my feet and working up, sounds so goofy but I promise it works). I got to the point where I could hear the ringing, but it didn’t bother me, AT ALL! ZERO! I never thought that was possible. Then, believe it or not, I think it went away for quite a while. And then it came back! And I had to readjust. But I don’t want to give anything but hope. THINGS GET SO MUCH BETTER! SO MUCH BETTER!!! Have hope! HOPE!!!

  128. I wonder when I will reach that point. 4 months in it and still aware of this sound 24/7, worst in the morning but present during a day – low volume , high tone hiss. Wish I can forget about this sound, trying my best but still react kind of negative to it.

  129. thats great news… and pleased you are doing so well… so would you say it hasn’t affected the quality of your life at all?

      • This forum is so helpful to tinnitus sufferers. It’s one of those conditions that only a fellow sufferer understands. I’ve had my tinnitus for approx. 9 months now and 99% of the time I’m living my life unaware of the “crickets”. Every so often, usually when I’m reading, I’ll be aware of it but even then it’s just part of me now. Time really does help a lot!

  130. Can I ask how you a finding your tinnitus now? I am just at the end of my second month with tinnitus…. I still get anxious about it and the whole “I have got this for the rest of my life” but each day week gets a tiny bit easier than first two! Thanks again!

    • I only notice it once in a few weeks (usually when I’m sick or tired, or when my ear is blocked), and even if I do, it’s no big deal. Don’t think about “the rest of your life” – focus on today. A wise man once said “Don’t worry about it twice”. Let “tomorrow’s you” worry about tomorrow’s tinnitus. Today you have only “today’s tinnitus” to deal with.

  131. I’m not too sure if I have tinnitus because this is only my first night of hearing this noise. I’m probably just self diagnosing as most googlers do. I had a bit of a panic attack thinking i was hearing things but then read up on it and feeling alot more calm now. I do have an extremely blocked ear and I do wear hearing aids, but right now I am laying in bed and it is 6am im usually asleep by now. The thumping started at around 4am. I am extremely tired and unable to fall asleep. But I’m going to try and listen to music or count and see how it goes. Hopefully this is temporary due to my build up of wax and nothing too serious. I do like my sleep and silence. if anyone has anything positive to say or any tips please reply it would really help and put me at ease. If this keeps happening I’ll definitely see my doctor.

    • “Thumping” doesn’t sound like tinnitus at all. I’d say your ear is blocked and you’re simply hearing your pulse. Try irrigating your ear canal with a large syringe filled with lukewarm water.

      • Thankyou heaps :) that’s what i was thinking I just needed to hear from someone else. I’ll go doctors ASAP to get my ears unblocked. Thanks for your response!

  132. I must admit I am yet to read all of your post BUT … I have noticed my Tinitius is worse with exposure to Microwaves – ie: Wireless, mobiles, DECT phones- anything that emits Pulsed Microwave Radiation.

    I have had a friend comment when they stayed over (slept for a few weeks) that their tinitius is much worse in the city than in the country side (where my friend resides). He has very poor mobile coverage and no wireless internet / home network to speak of, so I concluded that he isn’t usually exposed to much RF.

    I have since purchased a 200Mhz – 8.5Ghz radiation meter to follow up on this.

    I just thought I would share this before reading the rest of your article. (I don’t know why, I just got a bee in my bonnet about it).

    Now, back to read your post …

    • Hi there,
      I must say your blog made me feel more positive about this whole situation. I only developed tinnitus 4 days ago due to loud music exposure. I barely go clubbing and well this time I left with more than a hangover. Though I didn’t notice the ringing until about 12 hours later, which I do find strange.
      I’m 19 and really don’t want to be stuck with this for the rest of my life.

      I went to the doctor twice in the past 4 days. My last doctor coincidently suffered with tinnitus for about 3 weeks and it went away. I find relief in knowing that it can go away for some. He told me it should go away in a few weeks, as it was only one night! Fingers crossed right.

      Anyway your blog opened my eyes and I found it quite calming. Thank you :)

      Live with no regrets!

      • Hi Tiffany,

        I am currently in a very similar situation to you, being 19 and having developed tinnitus after a night out clubbing, something I don’t do very often. I would be really interested and would find it very helpful to hear how you are coping with it now, or indeed whether it has gone away at all?

  133. I’m so glad I came across your post. I thought i was losing my mind, but I’ve been hearing a sound in my head now that sounds like a hard drive with a flanger on it. Or a bathroom with an echo and a toilet that runs off and on again. It’s just relieving to know there’s at least one other out there.

  134. Thanks for a great site, and Thomasz – thanks for your post on Dec. 13 where you say that if it hasn’t been going on for long, it is probably a passing thing – this has given me some relief (time will tell if it was fake relief or not)

    My story – i woke up 15 days ago, and heard a high-pitched ringing in my head. I knew immediately what is was, but thought that it would just pass

    I saw my own doctor after 6 days, who cleansed my ears as i had some wax. He then referred me to a ENT. After he removed my wax, i felt that i heard things louder – and the sounds at my work (work in an office with 10 people) seemed to bother me – especially high pitched sounds.

    As i am too much of a worrier, i looked up far to many articles – which only made me feel worse as i then feared i would have Menieres or that it would never stop. I then noticed slight dizzyness, nausea and a general loss of hunger – i didnt feel hungry at any time and had to force food into me.

    ENT saw me on day 9 – nothing wrong with my hearing or ears, and no sign of menieres or other stuff. He said it was probably a passing virus, and that it would take off over time. I asked a loot a questions, and maybe he got a bit annoyed with me as he at one point said “you’ll have to learn to live with it”

    I had called various ENT’s – and prior to making the arrangement for day 9, i had also arranged to see another ENT. I went to see him today – and the results were the same – He also thought it would dissapear and that 15 days really wasn’t a long time. I have also had a cold for 4-5 days, which he said could also have an effect. I have developed a minor headache, but he didnt think it had to do with the “T”

    I have no trouble falling asleap at night – but have woken up 3-5 times at night, having difficulty to fall back to sleep. I always try to fall asleap for an hour or so, before using some static sounds (i use a white noise i have found on youtube) because i fear that i will then grow to not being able to fall asleap without masking.

    I can now cope with the office sounds a bit better – some high pitched sounds still bother me.

    I previously went to Spinning classes 3-4 times a week where the music is loud, but only for a hour, and still quite lower than in a night club/concert setting – i do however fear going there now as im afraid it affects my “T” – even with earplugs. I did go on day 13 which made me feel good – but on day 14 my “T” seemed higher.

    At work my mood was normally very good – but the last 10 days it has been up and down. I try to be in good mood, but its difficult – probably because i focus to much on the “T”

    Im going on a 14 day trip overseas in 9 day – hopefully this will help me to think of other things.

    Once again thanks for a great site – and your guides have allready cheered me up a little.
    (sorry for the long post)

  135. A friend was going through a difficulty time + she said what helped her is blogging..hence I found this sight.
    I have had tinnitus for approximately 16 years + after suffering greatly I did the TRT about 8 years ago. I did learn to live with it + have been fine. As many people mentioned you adapt, excercise, and mask the sound.
    But recently the sounds became quite loud again…I had tremendous stress + lack of sleep. The stress factor was eliminated (work related) but the sounds have continued. I have been back to my audiologist + she confirmed this is stress related. Also getting support from a Naturopath + chiropractor but the reality is I have to take a few steps back and learn how to cope again. I got off course. I have put the maskers back into my ears because all I do is focus on the sounds! I love the fact that it was mentioned to only check 1x a day! Brilliant suggestion + one I will attempt.
    I am encouraged that I will eventually be back to where I was before this onset, this is from all of the encouraging words I have read today.
    I want to add that my tinnitus came without a clue…but my advice to all is to protect your ears, always.

  136. Great article and great responses. I’ve had tinnitus for 6+ years and for the most part, it doesn’t interfere with my life at all. Mine is of the high pitched “ringing” (that is the closest sound that I can use to describe it) variety and it is 24/7. It definitely gets louder when I am tired (I can actually use it to let me know when I need to get some sleep!) and is present in the morning as well – until I am fully alert and on to my day. I found this blog because this past week it has become very loud and persistent – I am assuming that this has to do with me having been ill with the flu/cold during that time.

    As a long time survivor :) of this condition, I can tell you that yes, sleep (or lack thereof) directly effects it, paying attention to it will cause it to amplify and you can live happily with tinnitus!

    I am sure that I have some degree of high frequency hearing loss (I haven’t had it checked in ages) as I am 54 and grew up listening to loud rock music as many others here have. But, other than that I am a very healthy person – age just happens. That said, I know this is not the cause of my tinnitus and I am going to share how mine started in case it may help someone else. Over 6 years ago I was in a deep depression due to a divorce and made a poor choice to overdose on Xanax. I woke up from this and drove myself to the hospital to get checked out (or in my case, checked in). It was after this event that I began to experience tinnitus and it has been with me every day since then.

    Sure it can be annoying at times (like now as I mentioned), but I have come a long way from the place I was in 6+ years ago and I have also just accepted this constant “sound” as part of who I am now. There are days that pass without me even noticing it, although I “know” it is still there. Basically, it is like “oh, there it is again” and I either go to sleep or just continue on and it subsides into my not conscious awareness.

    I would be very interested in any homeopathic remedies that people know of that have proven successful. I can, and will happily, live forever with this condition, but I also wouldn’t say no to a “cure”!

    I would also love to hear an mp3 of my sound…I have yet to find one.


    • Your response was wonderful, Starla. The place you’ve gotten sets a realistic goal for many people with this.

      The connection between stress and tinnitus seems to be attracting more research. This March 2012 study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3328238/) suggests a link, and is worth a read. It says: “Long-term stress exposure and its deleterious effects therefore constitute an important predisposing factor for, or a significant pathological consequence of, this debilitating hearing disorder.”

  137. This has slightly increased my confidence, I’ve had tinnitus for around 5 years now and I’m only 14. It’s a lot louder in my left ear and is mentally distressing, the tinnitus came from ETD. Which is a terrible condition that I received after a horrible ear infection in my left ear.

    I still have ETD to this very day and it doesn’t bother me very much but I just want to know how fluid behind the ears could cause such a horrible ringing noise! I think ETD has done some sought of damage to my ear that really just depresses me.

  138. Wow great work on this site.. I woke up three days ago with the loud sound of a Florida Cicada bug sound in my ear. First day thought I would go crazy, today after finding this site, I feel much better. The cicada is a sound I hear each summer and kinda like, so I try my best to just think that the sound is just those summer cicada bugs, even though it’s full winter here in Florida. Thanks! Greg

  139. Hi
    Thanks for great tips. I`ve had T for years but It got worse lately, and my life went down the drain. But after I read your tips I feel I can overcome this battle again. I think your tips are soo good you schould write a book:) thanks, Jesse

  140. Rick,
    Sounds like we went down the same road for sure! I blame a lot of my problem on Bob Seger and Rod Stewart. My job required a lot of travel on the road and they were a lot of company. Too much I’m afraid. Like you when I wasn’t in the car I far too often had earphones in my ear and the volumn up loud. The result, “Severe high frequency hearing loss”. I know the diagnosis is correct as before I purchased my hearing aids I saw three different audiologists and you could lay the results of each test over each other and they were practically identical. You’re right, I’m trying to stay busy and focus on other things. Recently joined the Y and spent about two hours there a few days ago and never once thought about my tinnitus. It’s up to us to deal with the problem as I saw three different ENTs and none offered any hope other than “you have to learn to live with it.” I will take your advise and try and stay busy. I’m determined to not let this get me down.


  141. Good stuff Tom,
    Tinnitus, although a physical condition is also for fellow sufferers a very mental and emotional thing to deal with. Just chilling out is important.
    I’ve had two seperate ENT specialists tell me that my high frequency hearing loss is the direct cause of my tinnitus.
    And my high frequency hearing loss was my own doing.
    My years of enjoying Led Zeppelin, The Stones, etc at high volume with earphones has caused the high frequency hearing loss but now I’m OK with it. The “crickets” in my brain are there now, so be it.
    One other thing, when i’m busy with work or friends, the tinnitus definitely subsides. So keep busy!


  142. Thanks Rick,
    Another thing that helps is hearing from people who are dealing with tinnitus yet maintain a positive attitude and offer hope that things will get better. It’s really strange that prior to the on-set of my tinnitus I had never even heard of it and since it commenced I have not found any of my friends/acquaintances who have experienced the problem (to any significant degree) and whom I could relate with. I felt very alone and then started checking on-line and found out I was in no way alone. You’re right, blogs like this may be among the the best forms of therapy we have.

    Thanks again and good luck!


  143. Unfortunately my tinnitus definitely reacts to and become considerable more intense with certain sounds and they seem to be of a high-frequency nature. I was diagnosed as having a severe high-frequency hearing loss so there may or not be a connection. This does make the tinnitus harder to deal with but I’m trying to use some of your suggestions to help overcome the problem. That seems to be the only real option I have as all the other measures I’ve tried have been fruitless.
    I recently stumbled upon what appears to be an explanation for the additional problem I’m having with sounds. It’s a condition called Hyperacusis and it seems that about 40% of tinnitus patients have it. As far as percentages go it looks like I got the bad end of the stick. Never-the-less, I’m trying to stay positive and deal with it the best I can. I had been so lucky, not only with my health but with practically all aspects of my life, that I can it’s time to pay the piper. I’m getting older now but when I was young I loved music and liked it loud. Wish I had it to do over again!

    Thanks for starting this blog! The information has been helpful to me and it’s nice to know you’re not alone in trying to deal with this lilfe-changing ailment. I plan to keep fighting.

    • Hi Tom,
      I certainly related to your comments. I too have been moreless a lucky person in life and I spent years listening to loud music, particularly with my mp3 player. Paying the price now as well. One thing I notice that helps is simply time. 6 months ago I never imagined I’d get used to the tinnitus but now I can go hours at a time without noticing the ringing. good days and bad days but I’m still a very healthy person aside from the tinnitus. Blogs like this help a great deal.

  144. I’m glad I stumbled upon this block as it has given me a great deal of insight into my tinnitus problem and some possible self-help measures I can take to possible help control my reaction to it. I started having tinnitus in February during the course of a severe sinus infection. While my sinus infection finally was cured the tinnitus has remained and seems to have actually gotten worse. What concerns me most is that over the past month or so I’ve noticed that my tinnitus actually picks up everyday sounds, water from a faucet, the air freshener, humidifier, the fan on my computer, etc and increases in intensity. I suppose most of the sounds are of the high-frequency type and I do have a high frequency hearing loss. I was fitted with hearing aids and the hearing aid specialist stated the sounds of tinnitus should remain more or less constant and that I was probably getting some sort of feed-back. This is not the way it is with me, I know my tinnitus is aggravated and made worse be these sounds and they don’t have to be loud nor do I have to be wearing my hearing aids.. I have done considerable research on the matter but have yet to come upon anyone having described a similar experience or even an article that speaks of this problem. I would like to know if anyone does have this problem or if my tinnitus may be of a different nature. I would greatly appreciate any information. .

    • I think it’s possible your tinnitus gets louder in the presence of everyday sounds because you’re focusing on it. At least that’s what I experienced. I would watch TV and listen for my tinnitus at the same time; sure enough, I could hear it over the TV. I only got better after I started consciously forcing my attention away from the tinnitus.

  145. Hello all.
    This is just an FYI to all new tinnitus sufferers. I first developed my tinnitus the first week of July 2012 and it scared me. I was looking around my apartment for what was causing this noise until I realized that the source was internal, not external. After a few visits to an ENT I learned that I had hearing loss (specifically in the high frequencies) which was causing my tinnitus.
    The good news: I still have it but have learned to live with it. Some days I don’t notice it for hours at a time. So relax, exercise, live a healthy lifestyle and be cool. I’m grateful that I still hear most of what goes on around me. The tinnitus is now just a part of me, and not so annoying when you understand the cause: namely, hearing loss. We’re all getting older and hearing loss goes with the territory.

  146. i have it too it really has changed my life it has made me very ill if lost out on many sleeps and the sounds are loud it can be to hard but u have to be strong and fight it make friends with it as thy say

  147. As I’m writing this, I realised that I too might be suffering from tinnitus. Had some pain in my right eat and I’ve noticed soon after the pain I started hearing a soft high pitched sound in the background at the moment its bearable and I can deal with it. Im still not sure if it’s indeed tinnitus or just because I have colds and stuffed nose. Should go to my doctor and have it checked? Is there any special diagnostic procedure that will be done to confirm if I really have tinnitus? Aside from the ringing sound, are there any other associated sign and symptoms along with it? Like headache vertigo dizziness lost of balance to make sure that it is. Trying very hard to calm myself down and not to panic. Please help me! And I just wanna what different types of sounds of tinnitus. Does it vary to different individual? Is there any site on the net that mimic the sound of tinnitus just to compare it to mine. Didn’t sleep well last night had panic attacks. Thanks so much in advance

    • If you haven’t had it for a long time (like 2 weeks), chances are it’s just some passing symptom, especially if you have a cold. It’s possible that your ear has a wax buildup, which can cause a ringing sound (at least in my case it does) — usually you can notice some discomfort or the fact that your hearing is slightly worse in one ear.

    • If the ringing is recent, I suggest you go see your doctor asap and get their opinion. Hearing loss is the most common cause of tinnitus. Have you had exposure to loud noise for a prolong period of time? If you did, tell you doctor about it. I know that steroids can help cure your hearing loss if taken soon after the trauma that caused the loss itself. Tinnitus varies in sound depending on the individual. Tinnitus may make your ear may feel “stuffy” or “plugged” at times. It can also cause vertigo if the tinnitus is sever enough. Good luck, and try to stay calm, stress can make it seem worse.

  148. Thanks. Kind of you to share. I’ll try your game too. Mine comes and goes.. I’m generally good at not getting in the loop; but seem to have unwittingly entered it again in the last week.. your tips will no doubt help.

  149. Thanks David for the informed and thoughtful comment. Your validation that I didn’t do in my hearing — by trying to be physically fit — is a huge comfort. And thanks for the comments on how stress can amplify tinnitus.

    My tinnitus started more than two years ago. Saw a general practitioner at the time who said it might go away, or it might not. Then went to a renowned hearing clinic, about six months ago, where I was told there really isn’t anything that can be done. Pretty discouraging.

    Curious if anyone else has found ways to calm the limbic system and allow it to help filter out tinnitus. Any suggestions would be appreciated. “The Loop,” as Tomasz described so beautifully, can be a powerful gravitational force to overcome.

  150. Thanks for the well-thought out tips, Tomasz. Seems like the raging scientific debate is whether tinnitus is a symptom of existing hearing loss made worse by stress, or directly opposite, whether the tinnitus noise itself blocks the listener’s ability to hear frequencies over the noise of the tinnitus. Wondering if you’ve found a way to see if the tinnitus is causing hearing loss, or if the hearing loss causes the tinnitus.

    Also, hoping to get someone’s opinion on whether hearing loss may have been caused by running on a treadmill indoors for about 58 minutes three to four times a week for a few months (in training for a race). My smartphone measures the decibels of the machine between 85-90 DBs, sometimes spiking briefly at 92 or 93 for just a second or two. Thanks all.

    • Hello,

      One thing I’ve had confirmed by 2 different ENT specialists is that hearing loss causes tinnitus. I’ve had 3 seperate hearing tests and have substantial loss in the higher frequencies. This high frequency range is now replaced by the noise in my ears/brain, tinnitus.
      Just an FYI, I saw Pete Townsend on David Letterman last night discussing his tinnitus, he says that he’s gotten a lot of relief from taking herbal medicines from his homepath,

    • Hi Matt,

      Hearing loss causes tinnitus, not the other way around. 90 DBs of sustained sound is where hearing loss starts to occur. At that level, it would take hours on end to have permanent hearing loss, around 8 hours I believe. It would be very surprising that your treadmill caused your hearing loss.

      Stress does affect the way you perceive tinnitus. The limbic system is responsible for your habituation to it. It’s like when you’re wearing clothes, you don’t feel it unless you think about it. Well tinnitus is the same. After some time, your brain will get accustomed to the sound. Stress can make it seem worse because your limbic system is busy dealing with your stress.

      How long have you had your tinnitus? If it’s been within a month, I implore you to go see an ENT ASAP to have a steroid given to you. It could save your hearing. If I would’ve known this myself, I would’ve probably saved myself from tinnitus.

      • I just found this blog–have had tinnutis for over a month now…
        thought it was left over from bad sinus infection where I went through two antibiotic RX and a steriod 5-day pack then RX for bronchial inhalor (another type of steroid) and another prednisone. During that time I flew home from FL and when the plane was decending my ears popped and my ringing went away…once the sinus infection started up, I had problem with ringing…
        Finally went to my dr who said he could see no obvious reason and did cursory auditory test–said I had loss in both ears.
        I went to ENT today and had audio test–found reduced hearing in my left ear (where the ringing is) and nothing in my right. I told this doctor about my sinus infections and the RX w/prednisone and that about two years before my husband and I had been in a serious car accident but thankfully not had any severe trauma–just seat belt trauma…but the airbags front and side came out. I asked if the air bags could have damaged my ear. He said that was distinct possibility–and that yes, it could have taken this long to make the damage known…I am a 65 yr old woman who was never into loud music, don’t use headphones, worked as teacher where noise was constant but not like machine shop…

        I don’t know what to believe–I am taking an over the counter allergy antihistimene proscribed by my family doctor in case there is any fluid in inner ear–but the ENT didn’t ask about that–he proscribed what I think is a tranq of some kind which I probably won’t take…wasn’t ready at pharmacy when we went by after the doctor visit.

        Neither one recommended another round of steroids since they both said tthat using steroids–even Advil–can cause this problem.

        Frankly I have noticed NO change in my hearing except for the difficulty witth the ringng interfering at time…I understand that damaged hearing can cause the tinnitus–but it doesn’t always…since I didn’t have an auditoryy test before this started, I guess I don’t axiomatically believe that tthe hearing loss is so severe that it is causing it now…

  151. Makes me feel a lot better! Especially the part about humans not being able to hear total silence anyways; I never really thought of it that way. I have a slight case of T for a little over a year now, and totally feel the heart rate racing and anxiety when I notice it. I found a great music track that provides amazing relief and am keeping myself so busy that I simply don’t have the energy to freak out about it! I am still a bit concerned though, because I am only 22 and like going to parties etc. Even though I am usually wearing earplugs (and am the only one of my peers to do so) sometimes it seems they don’t work. But I am gonna try this approach – and keep going to parties I suppose because I can’t let this control my life! And at 22, who knows maybe its just comfy and will eventually leave.

  152. Excellent insight provided regarding avoiding obsessing over the noise.

    It was somewhat ironic I had a recent bout with “T” given my preference for total silence, even when surfing, which is why I retired a noisy desktop for a laptop which produces virtually no noise by comparison, and speakers are always muted.

    After 59 years of perfect health, which never required a family physician or check up I experienced an unexplained, 4 week episode of “T”. Was anxiety the cause? After 3 weeks of vitual total isolation the intermittent hum in the left ear gradually subisded and absent by week four. I can now look back with amusement at the first night I began documenting the hum, having attributed the invasive noise to something that had to be related to the house or other external source. Google “The Hum” and you will find very little mention of tinnitus, but much about strange events akin to bigfoot.

    Yes, I was developing coping mechanisms during my short episode of “T” but there can be no doubt I prefer life without the unwanted and univited companion. August 29, 2012 to September 22 is a time period I am unlikely to forget.

  153. I have tinnitus, after driving home on a sunny afternoon last week. The sound was very bothering, so I decided to look it up in the web. Needless to say, all of the websites I’ve stumbled across scared me a lot more then what it is. Most of them were quite negative. Now, I’ve found your block and you are probably the only positive person describing this symptom. It’s been a week already and I still have it. I really hope it will go away soon. In addition, I hope your tinnitus will be gone soon. All the best to you.

  154. Thanks for this. This blog was the turning point for me in calming down about my recently aquired accoustic injury tinnitus. It was instrumental on sending me on a rational positive path. Now out of the bad loop, and into a good one, and although the tinnitus is still there it is rarely my focus and I don’t react to it emotionally anymore and am actually my happy self again.

  155. Hello all tinnitus sufferers,
    I am a computer tech by trade so naturally my tendency is to troubleshoot. What can I do to help relieve these non-stop ringing/buzzing/hissing sounds.
    I’ve been searching the web endlessly and blogs have been extremely helpful.
    So I discovered a site:
    that has audio files of various tinnitus sounds.
    Personally, I hear crickets, a high pitched non stop sound 24-7 and I found an audio file on this site that matched my particular tinnitus affliction:
    [audio src="http://ringinginears.net/audio/klingeln.mp3" /]
    I listened to it with earphones on an endless loop with earphones for 10 minutes or so.
    I removed my earphones and was astounded that I no longer heard the tinnitus sounds.
    Now, tinnitus is such a mental thing and your brain will bring it back if you’re looking for it.
    But I think I’m on to something here. Listen to a similar sound externally and the internal sound gets cancelled out.
    I’m curently a day without tinnitus and I try to remain calm in my success.

    I would love to hear from fellow sufferers, check out this remedy.

    Rick Nellis

    • Only fair to report my tinnitus has returned after 2 days of “non-cricket” heaven. Back to the drawing board. Off to see an ENT next week but i’ll continue my own trial and error approach.
      The mp3 files do offer relief, tinnitus volume is lower afterwards.
      But I woke up this morning with it loud and clear.

      • Hi Rick. I haven’t had tinnitus for very long (3 months approximately) but I did notice it comes and goes. I can go for 1 week without it and it comes back. At first I thought it was gone for good but it bounces back. Who knows, maybe some day it’ll go and never come back.

        Have a great day!

        • Thanks for the reply David. there’s a lot of comfort in knowing you’re not alone with this strange condition.

      • Rick, you might want to try Plasticity – an auditory training game that I just made available. Who knows — it might offer some relief (I would be thrilled if it did). See the update above for more details. Good luck!

  156. Nice write up. I’ve had tinnitus for about the last 30 years now and have been living most of your recommendations. In fact, the first time I heard my tinnitus today was when I saw the reference to your article and started reading it. I find that having soft to medium noise in the background – nice music or the television left on, the tinnitus just disappears – or as suggested, nature sounds etc., mask it completely. Background noise can be soft.

    Something that caught my attention in the comments from Hillary(?) attending a concert with her son where she forgot her earplugs and sustained some damage. Yikes!! If the sound levels are so high that she has to wear ear plugs or risk damage, why is her son or other children at that concert – risking a lifetime of damaged hearing??? Why do concerts where children attend have to be THAT loud?? If I had children, I would never allow them to attend and event where their hearing could be damaged.

    Just my $0.02 and worth every penny you paid for it.

  157. Thank you so much for this “positive” information.
    As Hillary mentioned, a lot of the tinnitus info online is very doom and gloom oriented, makes things worse.
    I’ve had tinnitus for about a month now, just woke up with it one morning. No concerts, no loud noises but I do wear an mp3 player when I exercise so I suspect I may have had the volume too loud.
    I was very panicky at first but this blog has helped me a lot and by the way, the free “thunderstorm” mp3 file at simplyNoise is a great masker (1 hr long), very peaceful sound when I’m trying to get to sleep.

    Thanks again for all the useful info and positive reinforcement.

  158. Thank you so much for your post Tomasz. I’ve just recently got tinnitus and I had a lot of fear and anxiety from it. Your post is Very inspiring and makes me feel much better about it. I can’t say it’s a severe from of tinnitus, sometimes I don’t hear it at all. I can swear it’s not there, but then it comes back, and goes away again. Time’ll let me get used to it, that’s if it doesn’t go away completely..

    Please keep us up to date on your progress!

  159. This blog is really inspiring. I have been really struggling and suffering from Tinnitus for 7 weeks. It has totally changed my life. I was under much stress, depression, anxiety and lack of sleep. Tinnitus thrives in those situations. Today I am much calmer and ready to take my life back and not let tinnitus rule me. I was here first, I am in charge.

    Please keep updates on your Tinnitus progress. I think your tips are wonderful.

  160. Thanks for that Tomasz – I just got back from a big birthday party of 30 people at a noisy chinese restaurant – looking quite foolish in ear protection I’m trying out for a month – while on the inside wrought with worry over this mess. I’m cutting my hours back at work immediately to focus on health and wellness!

    I’m happy to have found this site and made your acquaintance.

    For anyone following this thread I forgot to mention that my ENT specialist also closely examined my TMJ (I often grind my teeth at night); he recommended I wear a night guard – which I had and started using again after a month off – and it has helped at least my sleep, and thus my ring.

  161. Thanks for your work on this!

    For what it’s worth here’s my story:

    One month ago I was on vacation in Asia going to loud clubs most nights. I have professional earplugs but got caught without them. I was beside an insanely loud speaker on New Year’s Eve for a couple hours which made my left ear physically hurt for 3 days; the pain resided but the tinnitus has been here since – It’s been 4 weeks exactly now and it’s about half of what it was but still noticeable all day and all night.

    Similar to the comment above I arrived home to a horribly stressful situation (unspeakable really) – this along with jet-lag gave me less than 4 hours of sleep per day for 3 weeks – I think this had a lot to do with exacerbating the tinnitus.

    My insomnia was so bad I saw a doctor who first prescribed 1 Xanax at bedtime – this helped me forget the Tinnitus enough to sleep for 3-5 nights but then it’s effect wore off. Next he gave me Zopiclone as it’s considered less addictive. It knocks me out and I find every time I get a good sleep I wake up feeling a little less concerned about the Tinnitus and also the volume of it decreased.

    I have seen an audiologist who advised that compared to the last time I was tested 4 years ago I have lost 5-10% of my hearing in both ears (not just the left that got so hurt on New Years) BUT that my hearing is still (barely) in the normal range.

    For more information I got myself referred to an ENT specialist 3 days ago who advised my ear drum pressure was normal both sides (which apparently is great news as drum trouble would be a much worse outcome); he however did put me on oral steroids (prednisolone) for 4 days and advised me that this is the best known possible fix for tinnitus after an audio assault on your ears – he also noted that it works best if administered right after the incident (not 4 weeks after as in my case) and that it works more often for younger people like teenagers who had a loud bang at a shooting range or something like that (not so much for a 41 year old guy like me who has been around loud music for decades).

    I share my story as I am only 4 weeks into this as a record for myself and anyone else who may benefit from what I have written.

    Thanks again for your great summary article.

    • Thanks for posting this, Kevin. In my experience, good sleep is crucial — my tinnitus always flares up when I’m sleepy and is almost nonexistent right after I wake up, when I’m well rested. Your condition will get better for sure — the only question is, how much better? I still can’t believe how much my tinnitus has improved over the past year or so.

    • Kevin– I’m having almost the exact same experience as you. I went to a concert with my son 5 days ago and my ears have been ringing like crazy ever since. It is so upsetting because the last time I went to a concert I had earplugs in the whole time–I knew better! We assumed because it was a bluegrass concert it wouldn’t be too bad. I have gone to the ENT and he put me on prednisone, but beyond that he only wants to check my hearing to see if I have loss in the higher frequencies. Everyone is saying it will eventually get better–but it’s hard not to assume the worse . This is the first sight I have come across that has not sent me into a complete panic. It’s actually helpful and positive. I can cope with this if I know it will lessen over time–it’s hard to believe right now that it will. I would love to hear how you are progressing. I am 45 years old and am reminded how delicate I am in my old age!!

  162. Thank you! Developed it about a month ago during a wax blockage and infection episode combined with a highly stressful life situation. I can tolerate it fairly well while active but sleep has become a problem, both drifting off and remaining asleep for more than a few hours. Working to shake it off. This is very helpful.

  163. Thanks for these helpful and good tips. I developed “T” 4 months
    ago and my life has changed completely . I`ve been in and out of the loop many times now and after reading your tinnitus tips; I`m inspired to take back the control of my life!!
    Thanks :-)

  164. That was a really useful article, many thanks, almost felt as if my tinnitus eased as I was reading! I’ve had mine for years now and it changes from day to day but always good to read about others who also suffer but who have taken a positive step to getting over it.

    One thing I would add is that exercise is incredible at de-stressing and therefore reducing the amount that tinnitus effects your life – after a run in the morning everything seems brighter even if you have rining in your ears.

    • I agree. My life is so much better since I started exercising (running, swimming, cycling). After a nice run, my mood is great for the whole day, and even the next day I can feel a little more “oomph” than usual. Back when my tinnitus really bothered me, exercise was like a vacation away from the anxiety. I still heard the noise, but it no longer had the power to upset me.

      • Have you had problems sometimes with swimming? I do waterpolo and sometimes, next day I have the feeling that the tinnitus has developed a little bit more. Is there any real danger with water, or maybe it is just my mind?

        • Yes. If water gets in your ears, it can block them slightly. Because all the ambient sound is softer, the tinnitus seems louder by comparison. For me, tilting my head and shaking it vigorously right after swimming removes the water.

        • I’m a former competitive swimmer and after 50 years of swimming, here’s my remedy: put a few drops of rubbing alcohol in the ear, let it sit a few seconds, then turn your head and let it drain out.

          Should clear out any water.

        • Claudia,
          I used to use that technique. I diluted rubbing alcohol with warm water and put it in my ear with a syringe.
          When I told an ENT about it, he advised against it because alcohol can irritate the skin in your ear and make it too dry.
          Nowadays, I just use the head shaking technique; works for me.

  165. Wow thanks for sharing, this really gave me hope, I also have a minor ringing after going to a loud club night, it has been about a month which seems like its getting better. Also mind if I ask, has your ringing progressed ? did it get any better then it was? Thank you!

  166. Thanks for helpful tips. I developed tinnitus 9 months ago. It has been one hell of a shock ever since. It sounds 10 000 Hz in the head 24/7. I hope to habituate soon because obsessing over it just makes it worse. Again, thanks.

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