Hearing management

Posted by: JCK | 2009/03/18


Noisy ears

I have a permanent ringing in my ears. It' s not something that gets to me but if I am in a room where there is no sound at all the ringing in my ears is very clear. If there is too much noise, say for instance crowded places or just lots of people talking at once the left side of my ear makes this beating sound and sometimes it is a scratchy sound. If I move my jaw that it clicks the beating sound continues. It eventually fades away. This only happens if there is too much noise. I do go to clubs with music etc but it doesn' t seem to be a problem. I don' t surround myself where there is too much loud noise or music. I am just curious about this. As a child I had a lot of ear wax, I had to get it washed out by a doctor. It was a horrible feeling but I only remember vaguely as a child.

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Hearing Expert

Dear JCK

The sound that you are referring to is called Tinnitus and it has a number of possible causes. To name a few: alcohol, smoking, hearing loss, noise exposure, vitamin deficiencies, blood pressure, certain disease, certain medication, certain foods, stress etc. The important thing is to get to the root of the problem. I would recommend that you see your GP for a good general check up and also see an Audiologist for a full hearing evaluation. If you don't know of someone in your area, then please let me know and i will gladly refer you (izabelle@widex.co.za)

In the meantime, please remember that a healthy lifestyle and diet will help in the management of tinnitus.

Please let me know if you need any further information
Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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Posted by: JP | 2009/05/18

I have this constant ringing in my left ear especially when it is quite. I have been on don' t know how many different medications from my GP, but with no luck. He referred me to an Ear, nose and throught speciallist who did all the tests only to tell me that he cannot find anything wrong with me. He suggested that i go for hypnosis, i don' t know how this will help!! After spending all this money on consultations and medicine i am still back at square one with no answer or sullution to my problem. I read on the internet that you can buy a book with 10 steps on how to overcome this problem, don' t know if this is only another money making scheme. CAN YOU HELP PLEASE AS THIS IS DRIVING ME NUTS!!! Regards

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Posted by: Pearl | 2009/05/14

I have a major problem,I was diagnosed with nuero sensory hearing loss in my right ear 2yrs ago. There is a constant ringing sound in my deaf ear and it' s really bothering me because I can' t have a normal conversation without asking for the person to repeat what they said. What can I do to reduce the noise in my ear?

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Posted by: tkzee | 2009/03/25

I also have the same prolem with my ears - apparently i have leakemia 4 7 years now but my ears still ring like hell - can i get to know where i can get the invisible hearing aid and for how much

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