Tinnitus - any help/suggestions etc

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I am posting here because I can't think of a more appropriate place for doing so - and any suggestions would be welcome.

I have probably had tinnitus for quite a long while. I have been on various meds including mirtazapine and Lithium.

Has anyone found that they seem to have developed tiimitus as a result of being on one or other psychiatric medication.

I have just had my ears syringed and it is no better. If anyone wants to know how to test for it - or whether they have got it - say put your hands over your ears - if you can still hear something then you have got it - in my case it is a whooshing.

Internet sites say that it can be caused by stress - last night I had been to a party and afterwards I noticed it.

I aso notice it when I am lying in bed alone - particularly when I am not particularly tired - last week I had to get up and do a Sudoku to get more tired!

I have found on a NHS website that there are NHS tinnitus counsellors.

I would welcome any feedback, any pointers to other resources or any help that people can give.

To be honest I used to tell it myself  that it was the blood coursing round my brain - and I was just hearing what everyone else did - for some reason I have only just become so conscious of it.

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    Hi nick,

    i suffer from tinnitus and sympathise with you, mines a high pitched whistling, yes it does get on your nerves but you learn to ignore it, I advise the hearing clinic they will give you a hearing aid which does help a bit. I need to see them again as its a complexed thing they say but white noise is suppose to be good . Always keep radio on or TV some noise. Of some sort is good. I wish I could help bu tour not the only one there are many sufferers .   They do say stress makes it worse. If you have any ideas please let me know . 

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      Hi Carole

      Thanks for your reply.

      Some years ago, I did sleep hygiene and in that they tell you not to do things late at night to make the mind more active, but, of course (or at least it seems to me that, I notice it more when there is less going on in my mind to dsitract me.

      I have come round to thinking that we learn behaviour to avoid situations - so that maybe I got used to getting to school late (and therefore general lateness later on) because I possibly wasn't good at situations in the school playground when I was young. I don't think it had anything to do with turning up at the airport 3 days late when I went on holiday in August wink

      Not now but I generally work at the PC with the TVon in the background (I don't imagine that I am particularly unusual in that.

      But I don't have a MP3 player or use the sound on my phone - mainly because I can't make the earpieces stay in my ear, and I find working out how to transfer music problematic. I use computers a lot - but I am not a geek!


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      Hi Nick, haven't any specific advice on tinnitus.  But at bed time I use an app on my phone called Deep Sleep by Andrew Johnson.  I pu the phone on speaker very low and tuck it under my pillow so it's just loud enough to hear (and not disturb my partner).  I wonder if something like that might be enough to distract your ear from the tinnitus enough without causing your mind to get out of it's sleep patterns/habit.

      Just a thought

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      Hi Clarkio

      thanks for that. I am not quite sure which specific app you are referring to. I have done a Google search and there are lots of apps which include the line Deep Sleep in their first sentence. Can you give me more details or an Internet webpage address.



      You can message me if you like.

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