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Ringing in the Ears: My Experience With Tinnitus

I began experiencing tinnitus some years back. I consulted with my doctor and also began doing my own research. This is what I've learned.

No, you're not hearing things

No, you're not hearing things

What's That Noise I Keep Hearing?

Many people, especially as they age, become bothered by an odd noise that only they can hear. It may sound like a ringing, buzzing, humming, or hissing. The medical term for this is "tinnitus."

I began having this problem myself some years back. The doctor sort of shrugged and said something on the order of "Yes, that happens sometimes." It was basically a brush-off, so I set out to research the condition for myself.

Hearing a noise that is not there can be unsettling. Until you figure out what it is, you might even think you're losing your mind, as you ask your partner, "What's that noise?" In reply, they look at you strangely and say, "What noise? I don't hear anything."

Medically, it is not dangerous; merely annoying. It can sometimes be a symptom of an underlying problem, but that is less common. Approximately one in five people experience tinnitus at some point in their lives. It can be temporary or permanent.

Note: There are two accepted pronunciations for tinnitus. It can be either "tuh-NITE-us" or "TIN-it-us." Both are accepted in the dictionary.

What Causes Tinnitus?

As you may recall from your high school biology or physiology classes, the ear is made up of three parts:

  • The outer ear, or ear canal, ending at the eardrum
  • The middle ear, containing the bones that transmit the sound waves from the eardrum
  • The inner ear, a fluid-filled space containing tiny hairs that vibrate and send the message along the otic nerve to the brain, producing all the sounds we hear

When the tiny hairs within the inner ear become bent, broken or otherwise damaged, usually by repeated exposure to loud noise with no ear protection, it is as if they are permanently sending a signal of that frequency to the brain. Hence, it truly is "all in your head," and explains why no one else can hear "that funny noise."

Sometimes the cause is physical damage to the ear from an injury; sometimes it can be a symptom of something else, such as a blood pressure issue. There can be other causes, ranging from types of tumors in the area to stress or long-term exposure to loud noises.

Decibel Chart

All of these sounds can damage hearing; the higher the dB measure, (i.e., the louder the noise) the less time of exposure you can stand before suffering hearing loss. For example you don't want to be next to that 175dB howitzer minus ear protection.

Decibels (dB)Appliance or ToolOther Sounds








snow blower, hair dryer

busy city traffic


vacuum cleaner


food processor, belt sander

inside subway car


leaf blower, chainsaw

rock concert






fireworks, gunshot



cap gun



howitzer cannon

What Can Be Done?

Unfortunately, there is no real cure. There is not a lot that can be done to reverse the condition unless it has been determined that the cause is physical.

Therefore, when you first notice you are having this problem, it is best to see your doctor and have it checked out.

If the doctor finds you have high blood pressure, he or she can put you on appropriate medication, or lifestyle modification to treat that underlying problem.

There can be other, more serious causes, but they occur much more rarely. This is why you need to see the doctor—to rule out those possibilities.

What Does It Sound Like?

It is different for nearly every sufferer.

I first experienced it as a low, two-toned (diatonic) humming, almost like a distant electric motor constantly running and changing pitch. Fortunately, it is not loud, and does not interfere with my daily life. That pitch has changed, however, and these days, it sounds more like this, but at a lower volume.

Many suffers are not so lucky. For them, it is a loud enough sound to bother them even when there is other noise and conversation happening. Still others experience the volume at a high enough level to truly interfere with their lives, up to and including making it hard to hear people speaking.

From the same site I used in the example above,you can hear an example of how it might sound to a person who is bothered even when other sounds are present. That is just one page of a single instance. The main site of has a list of sound files you can experiment with.

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The site also gives a full medical description of the physiology of the problem. There are several pages, and the site also discusses hearing loss, stating that if you have tinnitus, you have some degree of hearing loss.

How Do You Manage Tinnitus?

Most of the time during the day, it does not bother me--there is enough other background noise to mask the inner disturbance. The old, "I can't hear you when the water's running!" effect.

However, at night, trying to get to sleep when the world has gone quiet, it's quite another matter. It's as if the volume has been turned up, and it does cause me trouble trying to settle down and fall asleep.

My management choice is a sound generator, much like the one below. It's no larger than a clock-radio. I can set it for any of several nature sounds, such as ocean surf; rainstorm, running brook, etc., that are peaceful, relaxing sounds. I do not hear the tinnitus above these more pleasant sounds, so I can fall asleep in peace.

Once you have the device, this solution is essentially free, as they don't consume more than pennies worth of electricity. Many such soothing sounds are now available as apps for smart phones or tablets.

White Noise Machines May Help

Don't Get Drastic!

For each person, the choice of how to deal with this annoying malfunction of the body will differ, as the way the condition manifests will also differ from person to person.

Do not opt for a drastic solution! People have been known to go through horrible operations, deliberately rendering themselves deaf, all to no avail, because the sound is not arriving via your ear canal and hitting your eardrum; it's "all in your head," remember?

For the same reason, trying to block the sound by hiding under a pillow is also ineffective.

A Frustrating Conclusion

After all is said and done, this is one of those unhappy endings where after all the explanations, the final conclusion is that there is really not much that can be done about the matter.

It's a "learn to live with it" scenario. I hope at least to have provided some useful insight into the why's and wherefore's of this aggravating condition, and offered some recourse for dealing with it so that it is not interfering with living your life.

Update: April 2017

I have just read a page from the National Institutes of Health about ongoing research on this problem. There are many new interesting avenues being explored. While there is still no cure, there is a body of medical professionals looking into the matter more closely than in the past.

And another interesting tidbit I came across: yes, deaf people can suffer from tinnitus. That's because it's not an actual sound, but just the sensation of a sound caused by various nerve interactions in the brain. They may actually feel it as a vibration, rather than a sound.

Yet another article describes a new experiment using stimulation of the vagus nerve to teach the brain to rewire itself to eliminate the noise. Hope is on the horizon!

An excellent reference with information for everyone from parents to teachers to doctors, is found at Noisy Planet, sponsored by the National Institute of Health's National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders division.

Always Check With Your Doctor

This article is based upon my own research, as well as my personal experience with this problem. I am not a doctor or medical professional.

The information in this article is not intended as a substitute for proper medical care and consultation. Some causes of this problem could be serious, and you should always consult your doctor regarding any health issue.

Further Reading

What's Your Experience?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Liz Elias


Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on January 09, 2017:

Exactly. It seems they are always just practicing. Which is why it's called a practice.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 09, 2017:

Thank you, Glenn. I agree; it's time we had doctors who do what they do 'for real' instead of having 'a practice.' That terminology has always bothered me. A doctor sets up a practice. Should they not have finished 'practicing' in med school?

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on January 09, 2017:

That update you added is very enlightening Lizzy. I'm glad to see that there are new ideas being explored and that some doctors are looking into tinnitus more closely.

I stopped going to doctors for my tinnitus and just decided to accept that I have it, especially since all the doctors I went to knew nothing about it, even though they claimed they did.

The thing you mentioned about "deaf people can suffer from tinnitus" has been proven to me. I knew someone who only had tinnitus in one ear. So her doctor performed surgery to sever her auditory nerve so that she would only have one ear working, but that being the good one. After the surgery she still heard the ringing in the operated, and now deaf, ear.

How sad it is that some doctors are only experimenting on patients and not honest that they know nothing.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on November 28, 2012:

Hello, greenpharmacy,

I'm using a masking sound machine, myself. In my case, it probably is due to the aging process, as I've never been around constant exposure to loud noise or music.

Unfortunately, in spite of my advice to others to get a medical evaluation, I've not had that luxury myself, as I don't have and cannot afford medical insurance.

Thanks for your comment...much appreciated.

psood0nym on November 27, 2012:

You're right about the medical check-up on precautionary grounds, of course. Also, it may be that the experience of tinnitus can arise from both feedback in the auditory cortex and from injury to the ears. I suspect the software is more effective for treating the former, but it's free to try so those who have suffered ear damage have nothing to lose.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on November 27, 2012:

Hello, psood0nym

Thanks for your comment and that interesting information and novel perspective.

On one level, it seems to make sense. However, I think anyone suffering from this condition would be wise to first get a medical evaluation to rule out physical causes such as injury or high blood pressure.

If all that comes up negative, then I say, "experiment all you want to find whatever works for you as an individual." Thanks again for your contribution.

psood0nym on November 27, 2012:

I've found that the audio program "Tinnitus Tamer" works well for treating my tinnitus. You can try if for free at the link below. It works by reproducing your individual tinnitus sound externally -- fine tuned to match the subjective quality of the sound via equalizer adjustments you make yourself -- through headphones.

The theory behind its success is that, on a neuroelectrical level, tinnitus is an errant positive feedback loop in the area of the brain responsible for producing auditory perceptions. By reproducing the subjective tinnitus sound externally using the software and focusing on it attentively, the same internal aural perceptual signal that is feeding back on itself in the brain during our experience of tinnitus is naturally targeted and, over time, hopefully de-patterned.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on November 04, 2012:

Hi there, triciajean,

Oh, I know what you mean. Mothers/Martyrs. LOL So sorry you ended up with this annoying result of supporting your kids' endeavors.

I do wish they'd focus on a fix...but I guess it's low priority compared to cancer and other devastating illnesses...

Thanks very much for sharing your story.

Patricia Lapidus from Bantam, CT on November 04, 2012:

The ringing in my ears started right after I went to a semi-professional band concert where my son was playing. I did wear ear plugs but the volume was extremely high. The things we mothers will do to support our children even when they are grown. (I don't have high blood pressure.)

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on November 01, 2012:

Hello again, tiffany delite,

Yes, it can be in just one ear--mine is. (Not that it is any less annoying!)

I'm glad the article helped explain the problem for you. Sometimes, the constant problem starts with just a now and then issue; sometimes it starts out as constant from the beginning. There's just no predicting the pattern of this issue.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Tiffany Delite from Wichita, KS on November 01, 2012:

thank you so much for your hub...i can't say that i have had this exact experience, but i do occasionally have a ringing sound in my ear...usually one or the other, but never both. the length and volume of the ringing vary, and i haven't really figured out any pattern. i think i always thought it had something to do with my sinuses...blessings!

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on October 31, 2012:

To my readers: I apologize for all the uncorrected typos in the previous comment reply; I was away from home, trying to use HP from my Nook e-reader, and it's very hard to do for me, as I'm not a "smart phone" user, and am unaccustomed to working on a small screen, and one-finger typing. Plus, it is very difficult anyway with 65-year-old eyes, even with my glasses and 'pulling' the screen image to a larger size. ;-)

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on October 31, 2012:

Hello, HSchneider,

Thanks so much forsharingyour experience.

You are probably very right about damage fromloud rock music!

Loud noise of many kinds can cause all kinds of hearing issues.

Howard Schneider from Parsippany, New Jersey on October 31, 2012:

Great information, DzyMsLizzy. I am also a sufferer for years. I think my condition comes from years of patronizing loud rock and roll bars and being close to the speakers. Not sure, it's just a theory. I am like you that it only really bothers me at night but I am used to it. My sounds at night are like there are crickets outside. Of course, a whole lot of crickets.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on October 21, 2012:

Hi there, fancifulashley,

Sorry to hear that you, too suffer from this annoyance. I'm pleased you found the article and links useful, however.

Stress may not be a direct cause, but stress can raise one's blood pressure, and THAT can be a cause of tinnitus.

Best wishes to you in your search for relief.

fancifulashley on October 21, 2012:

Thank you for the information as well as the links. They were really useful. I have been having ringing in my ears as well as some lose of hearing so this gives me a starting place of figuring things out. I think mine may be stress related, though, which is nice to know since I did not know stress may have this kind of symptom.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on October 17, 2012:

Hello, Joshuajayde,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It is true, loud music, or any loud noises over a period of time can cause this damage. I'm sorry this happened to you at such a young age.

Your suggestion is a good one for the many people who do own those 'smart phones' these days. I just thought of another one: I am also sometimes lulled to sleep by one of my cats purring next to me, which adequately covers the annoying noise. Maybe they should have a purring cat 'white noise' sound!

There are so many sounds now available; for myself, I prefer a steady, rushing sound, like a brook or steady rain. I find that crickets, seagulls with ocean waves, jungle noises, etc. only keep disturbing me back awake when those alternate noises intrude on the background ambiance.

Thank you so much for your well-thought-out comment; I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

Joshuajayde on October 17, 2012:

Great hub!

I'm in the same boat as Andy, another user who commented before me.

When I was a kid - mostly my high school years - I had a lot of anger issues that I really should have sorted out with sports or something. Anyhow, I kept a lot of things in and dealt with them on my own - nothing too unhealthy. Except my addiction to music.

There was just something so incredibly liberating about hearing someone else get so ANGRY in the music I liked - the hard stuff, like Atreyu and Marilyn Manson and Otep...I felt like they were screaming for me, releasing my stresses for me. Anyway, the louder it was, the better I felt.

Now I regret that coping mechanism. Sure it helped, but now my ears ring constantly. It's definitely a result of the headphones - not that I've been officially diagnosed (no insurance) but I first really noticed it when I was 19 and it hasn't gone away. It's been five years.

For those struggling at night : most smart phones will support a white noise app, and most of the apps are free. I have one, literally called White Noise, that has a variety of different sounds that I can play while I sleep - waves, crickets chirping, a thunderstorm, etc. They take some getting used to - maybe it's best to do it on a weekend, when you have time to adjust. But it really helped me sleep easier, and it uses less energy than a fan - which I used to use all night.

Hope that helps.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on October 16, 2012:

Hello, Fiddleman,

True, both high blood pressure and continued exposure to loud noises can be contributing causes to this annoying condition. With all the advances in medical science, it is maddening that they haven't figured out a workable solution. Perhaps blood pressure medication might help in those cases where that is the underlying cause, but then again, it is not guaranteed.

Thanks very much for your comment and adding to the discussion.

Fiddleman on October 15, 2012:

Great hub on a common phenomenon, I have it but not all the time. I know little can be done to stop the ringing. I do have elevated blood pressure but take meds to control it and I think working in a factory and being exposed to constant noise of machinery and motors contributed to my problem.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on October 08, 2012:

Hello, innerspin,

Gosh--I do hope your screen name isn't about your ear/balance issues! I've had some vertigo from time to time, and it sure is not fun. On those occasions, though, it's been a pinched nerve in my neck not an ear problem, and the chiropractor fixed me up in just a few minutes.

I'm glad you found the article useful, and I hope your husband does try out his CD, as it can be helpful. Mine is simply a "sounds" setting on the clock-radio, and I just leave it on all night, so if I waken, I can get back to sleep again without stopping to fiddle with things.

Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

Kim Kennedy from uk on October 08, 2012:

I was interested to read your experience of tinnitus, my husband's had it for years, he hears birdsong type noise. He's hard of hearing and can't actually hear real birdsong. I have inner ear damage on one side which affects my balance, but fortunately not my hearing. So we only have one fully functioning ear between us! I've bought hubby a white noise CD but he's not tried it yet. Glad to read that you find it helpful.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on September 25, 2012:

Hi there, Beege215e ,

Oh, my goodness--in stereo no less! How awful. I can only imagine double the annoyance. I'm glad you've found a way to manage it so that it is not too disruptive to your life.

Don't you think enough folks are bothered that it's time they figured out a cure, instead of just telling us to 'learn to live with it?'

Thanks very much for sharing your experience; I'm pleased you enjoyed (is that the right word for this topic?? ) the article..

Beege215e on September 25, 2012:

Okay, I have stereo Tinnitus, both ears all the time. Have had for years, and no there is nothing to be done but live around it. Not too hard. I barely notice it when I am with other people, I can hear them just fine. Before I go to bed I listen to some meditation music and can usually keep that in my mind while I settle in for the night. You are so right in what you say about it, it can be bothersome, it was when it first started, and you are also soooo right, nothing can be done, Learn to live around it. I agree with you 100%. Good article

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on September 24, 2012:

Hello, Marketing Merit,

Thanks so much for your sympathetic comment. It usually bothers me only at night, when all the daytime activity has ceased, and it is (thankfully) in only one ear.

It sounds as if you have found solutions that work for you, and that is a good thing. We live on a quiet street in a semi-rural area, so there is not really any 'outside noise,' but if that works for you, that's great!

Maybe someday, they'll be able to fix it, but until then, I guess it's just up to each of us to find a workable solution for our individual situations. Thanks much for the votes!

C L Grant from United Kingdom on September 24, 2012:

Great Hub DzyMsLizzy!

Sorry to hear experience tinnitus all the time. Is it in both ears or just the one?

As you say, the night time is when tinnitus becomes really irksome. My free solution is to open the window and listen to the noise outside. I find rain particularly soothing and the freshness of the air extremely calming.

I also have just a normal desk fan in my bedroom as I find the whirring noise of that also helps mask the tinnitus sounds.

Finally, relaxation is the key for me. My tinnitus is much worse when I am stressed and a few deep breaths helps considerably.

Voted up and interesting.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on September 23, 2012:

Hello, Glenn Stok,

Thanks so much for adding to the discussion. I did enjoy your hub, and I realize that no two sufferers are going to have the same experience. I don't know that mine is any worse--I only hear it when everything else is quiet...such as right now; I'm alone in the office, no music is on, the door is shut, the cats are not running amok, so it's there...the sounds of my fingers on the keyboard are not quite enough to mask it, but I have learned to ignore it; I'm only hearing it now because I'm thinking about it. LOL

However, during normal daytime activities, I don't hear it, because it is easily masked by things such as TV, conversation, kitchen activity, etc. It is only at night while trying to drift off to sleep that it is bothersome. I've not had the hearing tests you mention, but I would say that mine is a fairly low-frequency sound.

Thanks so much again for stopping by and sharing. and for the votes!

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on September 23, 2012:

Great description of tinnitus, Lizzy.

I searched for your hub after reading your comment in my tinnitus hub as I was curious to see what your experience is. 

It seems that your tinnitus is much worse than mine. I only have one solid continuous tone, which is why I got used to it. But yours, with the two-tone effect, one of which is continual starting and stopping, must really drive you crazy. I would think that it is much harder to get used to.

It's good that you can sleep at night by using the sound machine. This is a useful solution for many sufferers. But not for all. I tried it, both with the white noise and with various sounds of nature. None of that worked for me because my tinnitus is at a higher frequency that does not get covered up by the sounds.  

The good news about the frequency of my tinnitus  is that I can carry on conversations with people and hear them perfectly, while at the same time hearing  my tinnitus. To put it another way, one does not interfere with the other.

I find too many articles on the Internet that claim to have a cure. All they are doing is advertising untested products. Your hub, on the other hand, is very clear and honest. Like you said, "we learn to live with it."

Voted up and useful.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on September 21, 2012:

Hi there, Denise!

Thanks very much for your sympathetic comment. I can imagine being driven nuts by this--especially if it is of a louder volume than what I'm dealing with. I'll have to check out Glenn's hub as well. Thanks for the votes, also!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on September 21, 2012:

I'm sorry you have to suffer with this, Lizzy. I just read another article about this subject by Glenn Stokes and I know people who have been hospitalized b/c the sound drives them crazy. Great hub, BTW Rated Up/U/I

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on September 02, 2012:

Hello, MamaTschet,

I'm glad you found the article and comments interesting. It is, indeed an annoying condition: coupled with hearing loss makes it worse.

That "insurance decductible" nonsense needs to go away. You pay your bills in good faith, and they want to back out of returning your investment in full. Bah!

I've not heard of the daytime white noise treatment, but it sounds as if it masks the annoying sound in the same way as using it at night. I hope you are able to find your way to obtaining relief by that means. Thank you so much for your input.

MamaTschet from Northern Colorado on September 02, 2012:

Very interesting hub and comments. I have been suffering from Tinnitus for years now. I had an ear specialist confirm the diagnosis. I also have hearing loss in both ears. They actually do have a treatment for it - unfortunately my insurance deductible is more than the treatment cost. It involves wearing a "noise machine" for a determined amount of time every day. Somehow it triggers something that helps ease the ringing.

At first for me it was periodic. Often times waking me at night with intense ringing. Now the ringing is constant... and I have grown used to it. Someday when I have the funds available I will invest in the treatment. It is hard to describe to others who have not experienced it.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 31, 2012:


I'm no doctor. The best I can offer is to either get yourself a "white noise" machine to mask the sound and/or see your own doctor to rule out underlying conditions.

Best wishes.

Andy on January 31, 2012:

Its actually the worst at night..I guess all the daytime noises do block it out...I wish there was something to block it at night...theres nothing worse than trying to sleep and your ear is screaching...

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 31, 2012:

Hello again, Andy,

I cannot speak for others, but I do know I am troubled worse at night; as I mentioned in the article, I believe that is only due to the lack of other sounds masking the tinnitus sounds during the day. Things are generally quieter at night, making the ear noises more noticeable.

Andy on January 31, 2012:

I was wondering if any of you find it worse at night...I find at night when Im lying there..its really makes a oooo. sound...sometimes I get dizziness...could be my inner ear....I work in a docs office and they said theres not a lot that can be done for tinnitus..I also have dry ear canals...

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 31, 2012:

Hello, wordscribe43--

I sympathize. It is maddening. My preferred sound setting is rain or a babbling brook, but my current machine plays ocean waves on the beach, which is an acceptable substitute.

Best wishes, and I do hope they find a cure; but I doubt that is high on the list of research priorities.

Thanks very much for stopping by and sharing, and thanks for the compliment.

Elsie Nelson from Pacific Northwest, USA on January 30, 2012:

Funny about the noise maker at night... I do the same thing to deal with my tinnitus. I have what's called pulsatile tinnitus only in one ear. This means the tone coincides with my heartbeat. It's maddening! I'm listening to it right now, it's late and quiet here... Great hub, sorry you're a fellow sufferer.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 30, 2012:

Hello, Andy--

Thanks for stopping by. I don't know about being able to hear electrical currents in your brain. The voltage is too low, and nothing like the AC hum you get from a flourescent light fixture, for example.

The best course of action is to always first check with your doctor.

Andy on January 30, 2012:

I get whicked tinnitus..I don't know if this is true or not...I read it somewhere on the net that's when you hear ringing....that its actually elcectrical currents in your brain...or an ear tone is dying and you'll never hear that tone again..I get it DAILY...especially my right much walkman using as a kid I guess

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 29, 2012:

Hi again, triciajean--

Yes, it can sound like so many different things at different times. Sometimes I get more of a high-pitched whining/distant ringing sound...almost as if some far away alarm bell is going off... It does vary, and is so annoying. I wish you peace.

Patricia Lapidus from Bantam, CT on January 29, 2012:

Melovy and DzyMsLizzy, I think my tinnitis sounds like the passage of blood through a vein or vessel near the inner ear. It's a high-pitched rushing sound.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 29, 2012:

Hi, Melovy--

That is interesting. When my husband was ill recently with a bad head cold, he experienced a temporary form probably his pulse, which he described more as "whoosing, roaring river" type of sound, constant in pitch. I imagine that differs for everyone.

Thanks very much for sharing, and for the additional information, and the link.

Yvonne Spence from UK on January 29, 2012:

I have several different tinnitus sounds, and one is similar to the one you describe. I eventually realised it is that I can hear my pulse in my ear. I think from what doctors have told me that something can be done about this particular noise, but I’ve only just been for my first appointment with a specialist, so not sure as yet. I have read that it’s sometimes caused by anaemia (not so with me.)

The British Tinnitus association is currently doing research into tinnitus and looking for people’s unanswered questions so that they can focus the research where it’s most wanted. If you’re interested this is the link

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 27, 2012:

Hi again, triciajean--

Oh, I have no doubt of that. Loud noise or music is definitely one cause. ... and in the case of today's youth, I don't see any difference between what they call music and I call noise. ;-) I'll check out your hub! Thanks.

Patricia Lapidus from Bantam, CT on January 27, 2012:

For a story of how you can get tinnitis from loud music, see my hub

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 27, 2012:

Hello, triciajean--

Well--the ads, as you know, we have no control over how they are selected or placed, so not having tried the products, I can neither vouch for nor deny their truth.

Interesting about Vitamin E--what a connundrum, since it is of such heart-health benefit.

There is another homeopathic that is supposed to help, but it is of limited availability due to federal regulations making it illegal, and the fact that it is not legal (for medical use) in all states. I refer, of course, to Cannabis.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experience; much appreciated.

Patricia Lapidus from Bantam, CT on January 27, 2012:

I notice there are a couple of ads on this page claiming to help or cure tinnitis. I wanted to mention some possibles, though these haven't helped me yet. My ear doc says sodium can contribute to tinnitis. Also, I read somewhere that Vit E may increase the volume of the ringing. I lowered my Vit E dosage and did get some relief. I also have a homeopathic for tinnitis but I haven't taken it consistently enough to test it.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 26, 2012:

Hello, Minnetonka Twin--

Gosh, what a rough way to go. I'm sorry you had to go through that trauma. Your experience does underline that there are sometimes underlying causes that are beyond the mere annoyance factor. Thanks for sharing your story, and I hope you are now fully recovered.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on January 26, 2012:

Excellent information on tinnitus. About eight years ago I started hearing this weird 'furnace like' noise. I even went to my neighbor across the hall thinking she had something turned on. I finally realized what it was. Interestingly enough, I was diagnosed with lung cancer soon after I started hearing the noise. Once I got the tumor removed, the humming was gone.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 25, 2012:

Hi there, steph--

I'm glad you found something of value here; but I do wish there was a better solution I could have reported. Most of the time, I manage some rest--thanks very much. ;-)

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on January 25, 2012:

Great tips on the white noise. Too bad there is not really a cure for Tinnitus, but you have explained the condition well. Hope you get some good rest! :)

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 25, 2012:

Hi there, triciajean--

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. It is, indeed, a different sound for everyone. I know what you mean about trying to "think it away." It does not work. Maybe people who know how to meditate can use that as a technique. And yes, reading and getting engrossed in the story is another method of ignoring it to the point of 'not noticing.'

Patricia Lapidus from Bantam, CT on January 25, 2012:

Thank you for an informative hub, DzyMsLizzy. I got tinnitis quite suddenly from listening to my son's rock band. Electronic music can be dangerously loud and mother's can be dangerously devoted to their children's concerts.

With me it's a high-pitched steady ringing or buzzing. It's constant. When it makes me frantic, I put on music or ocean waves. Sitting down to read a book helps because soon I'm absorbed in the story and forget. I tell myself I don't have to make it go away--I couldn't keep my attention on it if I tried!

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 25, 2012:

@ Just Ask Susan--No, you're definitely not going crazy! It is annoying, though, and can make you feel crazy. Thanks for stopping by and for the votes!

@ Millionaire Tips--Glad you found the article useful. You definitely might want to see your doctor to rule out blood pressure problems. Thanks for your input, and best wishes.

@ Robin Kemp--I'm glad I was able to shed some light on what is a very annoying condition for many people. Thanks so much for letting me know it was useful.

@ Seeker7--I sympathize with your co-worker. The condition is real, does NOT mean you are "hearing things and going crazy" in the usual sense of those terms, but left with no recourse, or knowing how to mask the sounds, it sure feels like it can drive you crazy! Loss of sleep is no joke; it can really foul up your ability to function.

Thanks so much for your addition to the discussion, and for the vote!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on January 25, 2012:

Hi Lizzy,

Great hub about this very irritating condition. I've seen folks driven crazy by this condition and one woman I worked with used to be in tears with it, basically because she couldn't sleep that well with the noise going on!

Great hub + voted up!

Robin Kemp on January 25, 2012:

Thank you for this informative hub. Now I know what I am experiencing periodically.

Shasta Matova from USA on January 25, 2012:

This has happened to me, and it is very annoying. I thought it was because somehow the volume had been put on max on the tv when I turned it on one day, and I had to listen to the full sound for a few seconds until I was able to turn it down. I think after reading this hub though that it might have been blood pressure. That's a good thing to know that the two are connected. Thanks!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 25, 2012:

So glad I came by to read your hub. I've had this happen to me but it only happens periodically. Glad to know I'm not going crazy and next time it happens I'll know what it is.

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