Cicadas Are Taking Over

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by StopCicadas, Jan 25, 2020.

    1. StopCicadas
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      StopCicadas Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meningitis
      I have had tinnitus for as long as I can remember. I have never had silence.

      I believe it was caused by Meningitis which I contracted as a 10 day old baby. It caused a few problems, teeth and hearing, so it's not a leap to think it also caused my tinnitus.

      For a while all I heard were thousands, and thousands of cicadas but as I got older it has got more severe to the point of affecting my sleep and daily life while also increasing the types of sounds I hear. There is pulsating, ringing, cicadas, static and what I call a long, high pitch line that fades in and out. It definitely gets worse in certain situations which I now avoid as much as I can.

      I just really, really, really want some peace and quiet for once. Some form of silence.

      Because I have never told anyone or seen anyone for this particular thing, is there anything that could potentially lessen it that doesn't require medication?
       
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    2. Grand05

      Grand05 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ear infection
      Sorry to hear you had to go thru meningitis as a 10 days old baby, life is very cruel. You could try Gingko Biloba at 120 mg dosage a day, NAC 600 mg a day and maybe Lithium Orotate 5 mg a day to see if you could see some improvement. Take them at least a month.
       
    3. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      Are you wearing hearing aids? That’s the first step...
       
    4. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      StopCicadas
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      StopCicadas Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meningitis
      No I haven't got hearing loss to that degree, just certain frequencies and letter sounds don't register properly. Is that something I can go to a clinic and ask for if proper hearing loss isn't involved?
       
    5. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      There could be. You should see a doc. Why haven't you?
       
    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      StopCicadas
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      StopCicadas Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meningitis
      Didn't think there was much anyone could do from what I saw. I just thought it was pretty normal until recently. I also tend to have a lot of physical problems and I hate bringing up more issues when I don't have to.
       
    7. OnceUponaTime
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      OnceUponaTime Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Oh, so sorry you are struggling right now.
      Have you tried Melatonin to help you sleep? Are you masking?
      Try to calm down, the anxiety makes tinnitus so much worst.
      Once
       
    8. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      More studies show that even minor hearing loss correction can be beneficial to tinnitus perception. Definitely get a hearing test and try a hearing aid, some have masking combination with pleasant sounds...
       
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    9. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      StopCicadas
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      StopCicadas Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meningitis
      Yeah when I really struggle I use Melatonin, I try not to rely on it too much though. I mask with music most nights.
       
    10. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      StopCicadas
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      StopCicadas Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meningitis
      They do?? Does it drown out the rest of the world too when the masking is active or is it just light?
       
    11. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      By regaining some frequencies it may already help you with the perception of tinnitus. The masking volume is set by your audiologist normally but you’ll be able to hear external sounds well. Loud settings would harm your hearing, the audiologist will know all that...
       
    12. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      StopCicadas
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      StopCicadas Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meningitis
      Wow, that's very useful to know, thank you.
       
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