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How many here have hearing loss and/or Tinnitus?

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    Hearing is still good.
    Tinnitus is very bad.
    At best it sounds like a field full of insects singing under the August sun.
    At worst it sounds like katydids screaming at the top of their little fiddle-things.
    Went to a specialist who diagnosed me with smaller than standard arterioles near the hearing mechanism; he said blood has to force through them and makes the rushing, singing noise that I perceive as tinnitus.
    He said it could be relieved with a vasodilator.
    Like diazepam.
    I told him no thanks, I have no wish to sleep with Prince Valium, and he seemed pleased at the response.
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    Valium isn't a traditional vasodilator. While it has shown ability to vasodilate some arterioles, it's primary use is not as a vasodilator. It's primary use is as an anxiolytic - a medicine that relieves anxiety. Prolonged use of a benzodiazepine such as valium can actually cause tinnitis. However, common medicines used to treat tinnitis are anxiolytics and antidepressants, which sometimes show a beneficial result.

    You can try niacin, which acts as a mild vasodilator and is available OTC. It does cause skin flushing, which may be bothersome, however.

    I have tinnitis caused by my old occupation of being near jet engines in the Air Force. It's mildly annoying, especially when it's quiet or when what I'm listening to is in the frequency range of a jet engine. However, it doesn't stop me from passing a flight physical, as long as I avoid caffeine, and relax.

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    11 years spent playing the drums (age 6 to 17), with loud music cranked in headphones to play along with in my teens.

    Constant mild ringing. I never noticed the ringing until a few years ago though (early 40s now).

    I see kids with their thumping car stereos and just shake my head...

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    20+ years on the flight line and flying are not good for hearing, do have some tinnitus really bad since it affects the speech frequencies.
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    I have tinnitus caused by taking Erythromycin for Roscea for many years. I used to sell and fit hearing aids and did some research for a client that had tinnitus. I discovered there is a long list of medications that are known to cause tinnitus and there, on the list was my cause.

    I stopped taking the medication orally and use a topical and the ringing has not worsened in the last 10 years. It's not any better either. Never tried green tea. I do know there are many causes of tinnitus, such as exposure to loud noises and white noise does help provide relief at night.

    The noise is not in the ear, even though it appears to be originating there. It is created in the brain. Folks with a extremely severe case have actually had their auditory nerve severed to try to gain relief. Then they were just deaf, with ringing in their ears.

    There are other medical causes, some which are treatable with medication.

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    Has anyone tried Quietus for Tinnitus Relief ?


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    For my age, (27)I actually have pretty severe hearing loss. Mostly what can be attributed to abuse in my childhood, and some very severe ear infections.

    I can't hear in crowds or busy work situations, unless I am looking right at you, and I get some ringing in my ears at times. Also can't hear my son when he starts crying at times. His voice just gets to a range I can't hear in, but I pick it up on the way down.


    My father in law has the ringing really bad though. His doctor suggested some sort of noise cancelling hearing aids, which helped him for a good while. They apparently cancelled out some of the noise, as well as made people a bit louder.
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    I got a Ruger Super Single Six for my 15th birthday, in 1969, along with a large quantity of .22 WMR ammo. My ears have been ringing since that day. In addition to gunfire without adequate hearing protection, in my youth, I spent a lot of time around noisy machinery with no hearing protection. I've lost probably 50% of my high-frequency hearing, and a significant proportion at all frequencies. It does have some advantages, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy-SS View Post
    Has anyone tried Quietus for Tinnitus Relief ?


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    I'd like to know that, too. Even more, I'd like to know what its magical two ingredients are.

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    My Hearing Loss cost me a job with the FBI in '98..........yeah I regret not protecting myself better.

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    My hearing issues are aircraft related, not guns. Slight loss, no ringing. At a young age my dad made me wear ear plugs at the gun range. I was always mad at him for that. At 44, I thank him for it everyday.

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    Constant ringing - 24/7. Twenty years in the navy around teletype printers and aircraft carrier duty.

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    My ears are ringing all the time from construction work, concerts, guitar playing and all around disregard for my hearing when i was young. Not from shoosting though.

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    ive worked in shops my entire life and didnt start using hearing protection seriously until the latter years....slight ringing all the time and some hearing loss...cant get it back...

    young guys laugh about it now when i warn em...theyll remember it later....

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    My wife says I have selective hearing........

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