Any remedies for ringing in ears (tinnitus)?

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    Any remedies for ringing in ears (tinnitus)?

    I am sure all shooters know what tinnitus is, but if you don't, here's the Wikipedia definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus

    Anyway, I've had ringing in my ears for about 30 years now. I did a lot of shooting in my younger days without adequate hearing protection, so I have no one to blame but myself. Nowadays, I wear LOTS of hearing protection, lol.

    I'm sure some others here have tinnitus and I'm curious if anyone has found any remedies that help?

    thanks
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    Don't necessarily blame the past shooting for the ringing ears problem. Some medicines can make it happen or make it get worse. I suggest that if you have not already discussed the problem with an ENT specialist, you consider doing so.

    It is my understanding that there isn't much to be done about this problem, but still it should be looked at by an apporpriately qualified physician.

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    I agree with Hopyard, see your doctor. A shooting friend of mine has had ringing in the ears, and his doctor gave him a hearing aid. He gave it to him for his hearing, but noted that sometimes it got rid of the ringing too. It did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    Don't necessarily blame the past shooting for the ringing ears problem. Some medicines can make it happen or make it get worse. I suggest that if you have not already discussed the problem with an ENT specialist, you consider doing so.

    It is my understanding that there isn't much to be done about this problem, but still it should be looked at by an apporpriately qualified physician.
    Thanks, I'm not on any meds so I'm fairly sure that was not the cause. If anyone here has ever shot .357 magnum with no hearing protection, then you realize the SPL's that I have been exposed to. Hunting rifles are dang loud too. Plus I shot all kinds of other rifles/handguns with no protection.

    What are the vets doing about this? I gotta imagine that someone in the military would get tinnitus, especially after a few combat missions.
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    tinnitus does happen naturally as we get older, but shooting .357's w/o hearing protection has alot to do with it. You just gotta protect yourself...
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    high blood pressure and other conditions may cause tinnitus as well

    see your doctor, get your BP checked make sure this is not a sign of something more serious

    stay safe and happy shooting....

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    Mine started the day I was born and has not let up in, well, let's just say a lot of years. I manage to ignore it since I don't know what it's like not to have it. It does get worse when my BP creeps up. I'd just have it checked out by the doc because it can come from other medical issues.

    Oh, and shooting, chain saws, snowmobiles and loud rock sure screwed up my hearing but it never seemed to change that ringing in my ears....... what, huh?
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    My tinnitus is from the Army. The best way to deal with it, as you probably have learned is to either drown out the ringing with noise, radio when you go to bed, or hearing aids that will "amplify" the normal sounds to override the ringing. There are experiments with "white noise" to setup a counter frequency
    to nullify the ringing with no real success.

    If anyone things they are too MACHO to wear hearing protection when they shoot, don't. It isn't worth the hearing loss and the constant high pitched sound of ten thousand crickets.

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    I'm young enough that I don't have any hearing damage (yet, and will try to keep it that way), but when my ears ring, I find that "poping" my ears ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valsalva_maneuver ) helps a bit.

    I agree with everyone that said you should probably discuss it with a doctor - a 30 year medical condition probably won't be solved by some home remedy you found on a handgun forum.

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    There is no cure for tinnitis. In fact, as of last year, they still didn't know why it happens anyway. it also has different forms from a popping noise, to sounding like crickets to the ringing. Wearing hearing aids can help mask it. Mine do. And as other have previously mentioned, certain health conditions can make it worse.

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    I have ringing in my ears ,but I was in a car wreck at age 16 that gave me permanent hearing damage,its really REALLY annoying and often painful.


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    I don't but have a high freq. hearing loss from jets. I just lucked out for years on the gun part. I now wear electronic muffs.
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    I have a tad of tinnitus after working with musicians for 15 years. I discovered it one night in the middle of the woods where there was no noise and I kept wondering what the heck was that noise I was hearing.
    Like others said, there is no cure for tinnitus yet. You can get a wave or water sound generator and play it in the background and it will alleviate it a lot. The other way is to learn to ignore it, filtering it in your brain. Recording engineers learn to ignore it. They actually know how to "filter" it from their brains but it comes with the practice they have in their profession since they can concentrate in one particular instrument or effect in a song and literally not hear the rest of it. Sort like when a mother in law is yapping away in the living room while you are watching a football game.
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    As everyone else has stated, no cure. My doctor told me to try 1/2 an aspirin or a little soft music in the background. Either helps a little, but does not make the ringing go away completely.
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    Just noise rest or some hearing devices counter act it.

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