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So for the last 2 weeks (at least) I have had a high-pitched noise apparently in my Left ear. I work around computers all day, so for a while assumed it was a fan or hard-drive noise.

Noises around me (like computers or the fridge for example) do seem to amplify the noise in my ear (head?) but I hear it just about continually now... even lying in bed.

I am reading around the subject now, and tinnitus does seem to be one that goes with Diabetes.

Time to visit my Doctor to see if she has any words of wisdom or will refer me on to any specialist(s)

Can anyone else relate to this? Any suggestions or advice gratefully received. :) Thanks
 

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I have had tinnitus for a very long time. It may be coincidence but I seem to notice the noise 'more' when there are not many other noises in the house. I can't say when my tinnitus started as I've had ear problems for the better part of my life. Also coincidence but seems to be more annoying when my blood sugar readings are out of target.

When the tinnitus is particularly intense I turn on a radio or put in a CD and try to distract myself from hearing the noise in my ear. I have it in one ear only as I am deaf in the other ear. Truly sorry I can't be of more help to you. Very good idea to see your Doctor. Let us know how you get on.
 

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I wouldn't mind mine so much as long it could play a tune, but the constant one note.............................
 

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Many thanks for the kind words of support Strawberry and Marty. :) I have been reading about the surprising incidence of this condition and its intractability to treatment... you have my sympathy.

I can get some relief in quiet places but it seems that especially at work with the hum and whir of computers etc... if anything it gets louder.

I saw my family Doctor who had a look-see with an otoscope, then flushed out some wax with warm water -- which provided some temporary relief -- and on re-examination said the Left ear-drum looked inflamed; so perhaps it is a middle-ear infection. She prescribed some antibiotics so we''ll see how it goes over the next few days. If that is not it then I can arrange to see an audiology clinic.

Here's hoping it is an ear infection :cool:

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And I agree Marty... even a selection of jingles from my favourite TV adverts would be better that this :couch2:
 
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At times my tune will get out of control. I will take psuedo decongestant and massive amounts of guefiensen 1200mg a day. It will get worse when I first start but it will soon relieve the pressure. I also am seldom with out a radio playing, covers up the ringing.
 

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The pharmacist asked if the Doctor had mentioned a decongestant (she hadn't). Is that worth trying? If so what type do you recommend?
 
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I've had tinnitus for over 30 years, probably the result of a rear-end motor vehicle accident back before headrests were introduced.

It only bothers me at night, when everything is quiet, although now that I'm thinking about it, I notice I can hear it now. I had a hearing test recently and was told that my hearing is fine, apart from some slight impairment in my left ear at the very highest and lowest tones.

However, since my diagnosis, I've noticed a slight humming in my right ear, sort of like the humming of wind through wires. I'll ask my doctor to look at this when I go for my 3 months checkup in a couple of weeks.
 

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I get lots of ear problems especially after I fly. I usually will take a nasal decongestants to help. I tried the Nettie Pot and it actually intensified the pain. Plus after the bad press last month I stopped using mine. The thing that helps me most is heat from a hair dryer or heating pad. I only get the ringing every so often.
 
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The pharmacist asked if the Doctor had mentioned a decongestant (she hadn't). Is that worth trying? If so what type:cool: do you recommend?

I take the 12hr psudonephadrine sp every 12hrs if your BP will let you.
 
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Hi all. I have bad tinnitus in both ears. Started a few years back when I stupidly cleaned the gutters during a storm and got whacked by lightning. At least I think that was the start. Medics haven't been able to help at all and no advice. Seems to be worse since the diabetes but again not sure. It is the same frequency as crickets so I never hear them - lol always a silver lining.
I find distraction works to get past it - any sound I want to listen to so that the brain concentrates on that. Hey being a male and only able to do one thing at a time works here as well.
Good luck with it and any advice or ideas welcome.
 

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Hi all. I have bad tinnitus in both ears. Started a few years back when I stupidly cleaned the gutters during a storm and got whacked by lightning. At least I think that was the start. Medics haven't been able to help at all and no advice. Seems to be worse since the diabetes but again not sure. It is the same frequency as crickets so I never hear them - lol always a silver lining.
I find distraction works to get past it - any sound I want to listen to so that the brain concentrates on that. Hey being a male and only able to do one thing at a time works here as well.
Good luck with it and any advice or ideas welcome.
So what you are saying is its Spring time in your head 12 months of the year ehh.

Been hit 3 times so far by lighting, never a direct hit, but I would have made Tesla grimace a couple of times to see that 6 inch wide blue flame shooting out of my hand.

Last time I got hit. A bolt of lighting hit the roof of the house next to ours. The electricity went thru that house into the ground up thru our house and as I went to grab my cast iron skillet a nice blue flame shot out from my hand to the skillet. Blew the lights out and the breaker to the stove. Dinner was served.
 
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Hey that is it - spring all year. New there was another very good reason to smile.
Lightning is very scary stuff and I am now terrified of it so stay safe when she is around. Mother nature is a good woman but when she gets moody or aggressive I give her a lot of respect and stay out of her way. Lol like all good women.
 

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I think I had a quieter version, but by the time of dx and ever since, it seems like I have a cricket orchestra going fulltime in my head! UGH.

My doc does not seem interested and I know hearing aids are not helpful. He is "into" antihistamines, but they do nothing for me ... or knock me out.
 

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Wow! all this lightning stories makes me kind of nervous.I walk 3 or 4 times a day .The only time I won't walk is when its lightning outside.
I also have ringing in my left ear. The thing I do thats seems to help is after I'm done showering is I take a hair blower and dry out my ears real good. That seems to help me. You might want to give it a try. It don't cost you anything. Good luck!
LIFE IS GOOD
 

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Here in sunny South Africa I swim a lot and that probably has something to do with the tinnitus as well.
I have found it is a lot louder when blood pressure is up as well but the db has increased it a lot and doesn't seem to vary with bg.
I have tried all sorts of thing to bring it down with no luck.
On the lightning all I can say is don't stand in the rain storm barefoot in shorts holding a steel bar above you head to try and clear gutters. Lol sometimes we do the stupidist things.
Now to watch the Dirty Dozen.
 
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