Post by LFS Post by Steve Hague
I'd be amazed if no otherat has this condition. I've learned to live
with it, but a young colleague has just developed it and is horrified.
Has anyone found a treatment that works? I've tried many that don't. I
don't want him to go down the same route.
I've generally heard that nothing cures it, but it's worse when there's
silence, so white noise helps - really any noise, but white noise might
be easier to sleep with. But I don't want to be just another "outsider
looking in", so please ignore me.
Post by LFS
The British Tinnitus Association may offer help: www.tinnitus.org.uk
When the thing in my head was discovered medics kept asking if I had
tinnitus and I kept saying no. It hadn't occurred to me that the gentle
sound of rushing water in my right ear was tinnitus. As my hearing has
deteriorated, it now sounds like a waterfall but hearing aids make a
difference and it doesn't bother me much. I know many people suffer
very badly so I'm grateful for that.
That's the first time I've ever heard that it can be broad-spectrum.
I've always imagined it was a single tone nerve malfunctioning, thus
seemed like a pure tone that comes and goes (or doesn't go in the worst
cases). [I tend to think of it in electronic terms, as that's my
Thinking about it in electronic terms, I would imagine that it _might_
be possible to "ground" the misfiring nerve - but I can see that most
medical people would be very reluctant to do that sort of operation,
which would I imagine be of similar complexity to doing a cochlear
implant, on an ear that is otherwise working OK, as any such I presume
always carries the possibility of doing damage. (And the "misfiring"
might not be at the source anyway, but anywhere along the path from the
cilia to the brain.)
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
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