I am guessing that if you've found this page that you are looking for a way to get rid of the pain and suffering caused by tinnitus. If you have it, and you have been trying to find a treatment for it for a while, then you do not need me to tell you anything about the technical-medical reasons for it because you probably already know them. You need a cure.
Essentially, tinnitus can be caused by a whole range of things, but the effect is much the same – ringing in the ears, a high-pitched hiss, pops, a low-range buzz and often pain. It's distracting at the least and can have a disastrous effects on people's lives.
My particular tinnitus is the high-pitched hiss type and I had it for (would you believe) 50 years. It began when I was a 16 year old old Air Force Cadet and we went rifle shooting. I was really excited when we got on the bus and headed towards the rifle range. Like all kids I thought I was invincible and really wanted to try myself out against the world.
They gave us old WW1 rifles – big heavy things with a bolt action and a 5-bullet magazine. When my turn came, the instructor told me to pull the butt back against my shoulder, look along the sight and just squeeze the trigger … and …
THE TINNITUS BEGINS
BANG !!! It felt like my head exploded! I could not believe it! It was full of the noise of the gun going off and I just could not hear anything else. Fortunately, one of the other cadets interrupted things by accidently firing one of his rounds into the earth with great clods flying all about, so the instructors called a halt and I did not have to shoot anymore.
After a while the noise settled down but everyone seemed to be saying things in “eshes” instead of “esses,” and when the bus started up to take us home it made a curious hissing sound. So did everything else. I also felt a bit giddy and weird. There was not any pain but the noise kept on and on.
It went on like that for a few days, but being young and male I thought it was one of those things I would just get over. Gradually the noise subsided, but a high-pitched hiss took over and lasted and stayed – in fact I have been listening it ever since. It was a bit like the noise the old TV sets made. Sometimes it would increase, sometimes diminish, but it was always there and it stopped me from enjoying things I used to love – like being in the country away from the traffic and hearing the birds and the peace and quiet and, despite strangely, organ music .
I went and saw the family doctor about it after I had an ear infection. He diagnosed ” Tinnitus ” and that some sensitive nerves had been affected but said there was nothing that could be done about it. So I just learned to live with it and got on with my education and career. I became an Engineer and then a Project Manager and then a Director and Consultant creating big buildings.
THEN IT GOT WORSE!
One day, I went to a wind test of one of these buildings. They had mounted a WW2 fighter against a set of windows, turned on some water sprays and started it up. Crude, but effective and very, very noisy! I must have stood too close too this thing because when it stopped I found my head ringing like crazy with the same effects as the gunshot.
This time though, the hissing noise stayed on but was much more intense and there was also some pain and a continuous rumbling sound like someone had left a diesel truck running next door. Now I started to get desperate and consulted some experts and got nowhere. I also found I had some other health issues and decided I would get serious about sorting everything out – including my hearing.
I saw every doctor and audiologist I could find who I thought might know anything about tinnitus symptoms and treatment. Nothing. I took drops – even dropped some into my ears. I experimented with noise gadgets that were supposedly to cancel out the internal noise. Nothing. I considered surgery and quickly thread that idea right out. I looked at learned university papers and scoured every area of the library and Amazon. I tried deep relaxation and that helped quieten things down a bit but I also discovered that I appeared to be going a bit deaf.
I surfed the internet like a pro looking for answers, possibly some tinnitus treatment online instead of a surgery or lab and found a lot of gratuitous advice and misleading nonsense, some of which cost quite a bit. But I kept bumping into this particular website that talked about providing a tinnitus miracle. At first I dismissed it as a load of hype, but then I kept seeing testimonials by others who had been helped and actually were freed from their tinnitus symptoms. Occasionally, I bought the book and did what it said to do.
A BIT OF UNPROVEN RELIEF!
It did not cost much and it did involve a bit of effort – but so far it seems to be worth it! I am into my second month and already the symptoms are reducing – but not eliminated. I am starting to hear things I have not heard for years – mainly sweet silence. I feel so happy about this and can not stop talking about it. Most people who do not have tinnitus do not know what I am raving about – but some do.
I realize that my tinnitus symptoms may not have been as severe as others. I was able to live with it for decades. But I know that some of you feel as though life is intolerable with noise and pain that just does not stop. I seem to have found something that works at least a noticeable bit. If it continues then I will publish the methodology and results in a future article. I do not want to mislead you at this stage but I hope to provide you with some … well, hope.