A Positive Thread: What Calms Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lisa88, Mar 2, 2014.

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    1. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      OK, a positive thread: What, if anything, helps your t calm down? Please also let us know the reason for your original t onset. I think this info might really help some of us. Thanks so much, All.
       
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    2. carol kane
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      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Hi Lisa, i think this is a fantastic thread, i haven't really found anything that calms it down as i'm still way too anxious and fearful of it at the moment!!! but i'm looking forward to hearing what works for others, and trying them out, how are you doing at the moment? any improvements?
       
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    3. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Thanks, @carol kane
      No improvement as yet. Grrr.
      Mine was caused by local anesthetic 4 months ago.
      My t does seem to have a mind of its own. But I know that sleep and stress reduction often helps. Exercise, yoga, massage, long walks, distraction, talking to friends.
       
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    4. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Lisa what was the local anesthetic for? Are you returning to the UK soon? sorry to go off topic!
       
    5. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
    6. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      Laying on my back with a small pillow under my neck with my head back. Very slowly the sound seems to lessen.
      And, some accupressure. The best quick fix is busy activity.
      I've had T for decades because of loud music.
       
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    7. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Yes, Brian. My higher t sounds seem to diminish when I put a covered hot water bottle at the back of my neck, base of my head. But my two lower tones, with the initial onset of anesthetic, do not seem to react to that.
       
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    8. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Sorry, not quite sure why I called you Brian :)
       
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    9. Magpie
      Sporty

      Magpie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/1999
      Nothing calms my T but when I'm focused on something else I'm less aware of it. When you are thinking of something else you aren't thinking of tinnitus.
       
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    10. Mark McDill
      Curious

      Mark McDill Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Papillion, NE
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely stress, anxiety, an antibiotic and nsaids
      I'm not exactly sure why my T started; perhaps too much Ibuprofen for osteoarthritis pain and loud music from ear-buds while running (that's my best guess). I also suspect my T is derived from my upper cervical issues (C 5/6/7)

      I find the following helpful (even though during physical activity my T will likely increase, it decreases substantially afterward)

      Playing racquetball (2+ hrs)
      Running long distance (6 miles)
      Swimming (2500 m)
      Icy Hot Patch on the neck/shoulders and a heating pad
      Good night's sleep

      But most of all, finally learning not to react to it; that was/is the Olympic Gold Medal
       
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    11. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Thanks, @Mark McDill
      Seems that if you got your cervical issues seen to, maybe the t may even go away.
      Great that exercise works for you too.
      Thanks for sharing. :)
       
    12. Stina
      Psychedelic

      Stina Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Tartu
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      The reason for mine was long-term exposure to loud music and stress. Good sleep and relaxation calms mine down, also focusing on other things.
       
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    13. Martin69
      Artistic

      Martin69 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      (Health) Anxiety
      Focusing on something else and good sleep.
      Also sitting on the balcony or going for a walk listening to the birds helps.
      But mine does not change very much.
      Stress makes it louder.

      I think at the end of the day you should try living as you did before T onset.
      Otherwise you have always in your mind that it has changed your life.
      Of course this is much more difficult than said.
       
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    14. DebS

      DebS Member

      Location:
      Ohio, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Usually mine lessens overnight; sometimes when I wake up the T is much lower. As soon as I get to work it starts up again. Sometimes I can't wait to come home and go to bed to escape it. I think mine is cervical related as well, so laying down helps quiet it. I've also been trying restructuring my diet and loading up on vitamins, but so far I've not really noticed a difference. I also had myofascial therapy for 7 weeks, but that didn't seem to do anything for the T (altho it felt good).
       
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    15. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Thanks, All. @DebS : Hopefully, you have tried too osteopath/chiro to straighten the misalignment.
      I have cervical issues too, and googled some really helpful things re cervical and tinnitus. There are even some surgeries that helped resolved the t.
       
    16. DebS

      DebS Member

      Location:
      Ohio, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      No, I haven't been to a chiro yet...have you? If so, did it help?
       
    17. Carlos1

      Carlos1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Root Canal
      I have to agree with Deb a good nite sleep always quiets my T ....I love the mornings T seems to always be at its lowest. ....Sometimes couple beers does the trick also
       
    18. Tormod

      Tormod Member

      Relaxing my shoulders and forcing my chin in helps me. Now that I focus on this posture issue my Tinnitus is completely gone. Been like this for a few weeks now.
       
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    19. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      ^ sounds very encouraging, because I may have this same issue. Forward head posture, neck problems etc...
       
    20. FlyFish

      FlyFish Member

      Location:
      Western US
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012
      Calming it down is sort of relative. I believe my tinnitus was brought on by extreme stress, anxiety and sleep deprivation. Although I've gotten better at managing those things, the tinnitus remains with me.

      I have created song playlists of calming music and use Bose QC-15 noise canceling headphones. The only "white noise" that seems to help is a gentle stream sound of flowing water. A 20-30 minute dose of this sometimes help. Running outside helps sometimes too as it focuses my mind "in the moment" and takes the focus off the sound.

      I also use Xanax towards the end of a really bad day but I use it sparingly.
       
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    21. jewellanne1010

      jewellanne1010 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/1999
      T came from scuba diving. I listen to nature sounds and pray a lot.Trying to push forward and think positive.
       
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    22. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      @Mark McDill
      Please, what is an "icy hot patch" (i don't know English very well).
       
    23. Kathi
      Balanced

      Kathi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NJ/USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/30/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      HFHL and stress
      A good night's sleep, and "Journey into Relaxation" by Yasmine Buraik, here's a link:

      https://sites.google.com/site/yasmineburaik1/

      Soft Belly mediation is deep breathing. I also love Relaxation Room, Autogenic Relaxation, Progressive Relaxation and Place of Bliss. I never did anything like this before my T but I was willing to try anything and it really helped me. Now it's part of my day. Yasmine is also on iTunes podcasts (free).
       
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    24. MCK Trader
      Cowboy

      MCK Trader Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Howdy everyone,

      Perhaps not entirely off thread [still new to forum] -- I agree that a restful night of sleep usually calms T. But, what do forum members often use to obtain frequent nights of restful sleep?

      MCK Trader
       
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    25. Native020
      Cool

      Native020 Member

      Location:
      Orange County, FL, United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly from scuba diving along with medication
      I was a scuba diver years ago and I think that the barotrauma that effected my middle ear back then may be responsible for it. Back then, since I couldn't equalize well in the right ear, there was some build-up of blood in the middle ear that was flushed out in the Eustachian tube using medication. When I get T, the right ear feels stuffy like there's a Eustachian tube blockage. Sometimes I use the Tinnitus Tamer and set it to generate tones at about 4000Hz which simulates a bathroom shower. Also taking the natural form of alpha lipoic acid (R-Lipoic Acid) which is a strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
       
    26. Fiore
      Doubtful

      Fiore Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      I drink cat's claw tea i find it help my anxiety and it states helps with inflammations. Mine was due to ear syringing and or the drops they recommended AFTER the syringing which I have recently found out that contain Lidocaine (which has tinnitus as a side effect).
       
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    27. CarolinaGuy
      Wishful

      CarolinaGuy Member

      Location:
      Virginia
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely ototoxicity
      Drinking my beloved craft beers makes mine better. Or maybe it just makes me not care about it.

      Of course, I can't become an alcoholic because of T. LOL. So drinking every day isn't an option.

      I think mine started because of good 'ol Advil - Ibuprofen - which I was taking after dental surgery and a back injury.
       
    28. Indianajohn
      Arsewit

      Indianajohn Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Decatur Indiana
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud chronic noise for three months
      it's for sore muscles
       
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    29. Davo
      Curious

      Davo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      00/02/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud concert
      Hey great FOCUSSED thread here!

      I am going to come off caffiene end of the month - there is always a spike with that one.

      Recently downloaded some hypnosis tracks, one specifically for tinnitus - helped me to relax deeply and then be less emotionally affected by the tinnitus after I hear it.

      As with everyone else - when I am focussed on the topic/conversation I forget the tinnitus.
       
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    30. Gr8fulDude
      Balanced

      Gr8fulDude Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      Meditation and Mary Jane.
       
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