My Method That Seems to Be Working!

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    1. MarkD
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      MarkD Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Hi, my name is Mark and I'm from Sydney, Australia. I'm no expert but I would like to share some of the methods I've applied in reducing my T from a 7/10 to about a 1 or 2/10 which is barely audible.

      My problem over the past 5 years has been poor blood circulation and I'm borderline diabetic so I have to manage my body and what I eat quite carefully. Plus I have to drink lots of water to keep my body hydrated. As soon as my body is dehydrated my T gets louder.

      Here are some of the things I do on a daily basis:

      1. I juice fruit and vegetables (preferably with a blender so you get the fiber benefits) to improve vitamin intake and blood circulation to my brain and ears. Fiber allows your body to stay hydrated because your digestive system and intestines use up a lot of water.

      2. I take a Multivitamin, Zinc, Ginko Biloba and Fish or Krill oil supplement because evidence shows that these vitamins and Omega 3s improve blood circulation. Apparently poor blood circulation is one of the major causes of T. I also have flax seeds on my breakfast with soy or almond milk.

      3. These supplements are combined with a healthy, balanced diet - fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, legumes, brown rice, grains etc. No artificial or processed foods. I've even stopped taking protein supplements because they contain sweeteners. Even if it says natural sweeteners you can never be sure that its not contributing to your tinnitus. I also don't smoke, drink alcohol, drink caffeine and cut down on sugar and salt.

      4. I drink approx. 2 litres of water per day. A good amount as soon as I wake up and when i sleep so that I'm not dehydrated during my sleep period. I believe sleeping is when the body does most of its healing an recovery so its important to be hydrated and full of nutrients.

      5. I exercise 1-2 times per day (morning and night). A brisk walk of 2kms is all the body needs to have blood circulation working optimally. This usually makes me extremely tired by bedtime so I can almost fall asleep standing up.

      6. I realised I was sleeping every night on my right side and I had my T in my left ear so I determined this was probably due to inadequate blood supply. I now sleep on my left side and have noticed an improvement. I think its important to make sure that your head is not elevated too high when sleeping to ensure your head and ears receive adequate blood flow. I'm considering sleeping without a pillow if my T doesn't continue to improve.

      7. If the T is audible I put some masking sounds on. I like rain and thunder masking sounds found on YouTube and usually have it play from the last 20 minutes. You can have it play the whole time you sleep if you get a better sleep that way.

      8. I no longer listen to music or watch movies with headphones. I keep everything on a low level and when outdoors I avoid loud noises like cars, trucks, lawn mowers by placing my hands on my ears or wearing ear plugs.

      9. I sit at a desk most of the day for work so I now avoid sitting as much as possible especially after I have eaten. When you eat and sit down for prolonged periods, most of your blood flows to your stomach for digestion. This means that your brain may not be getting adequate blood supply.

      10. I don't shower for extended periods because this can dehydrate the body which effects your blood circulation also

      11. I stay relaxed by keeping busy, socialising with friends, going to the gym, keeping myself organised.

      12. My GP has also prescribed wax removing ear drops which seems to be working before he refers to me to an audiologist or ENT specialist.

      I know this may not work for everyone because my health issues are specific but I really hope my method helps others in tracking down the specific cause of their T. I'll keep you updated as to my progress.
       
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    2. Cassidy
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      Cassidy Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress Overdrive
      Some great suggestions - even if they do not work directly on the tinnitus for some people, the increased health that comes with following these guidelines will definitely aid in dealing with it better. When did your T start? How long did it take you to start getting used to it?

      I'm about to get into juicing as well - what vegetables do you use / recommend in particular? Do you have a favourite drink? Some vegetable juices can also be used to aid in sleeping so I'm considering this as well.
       
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    3. Robb
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      Robb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2013
      @MarkD I appreciate your post with helpful, beneficial health insights.

      But to keep realism sticked to it, according to your profile you have T since this month.
      It is to early to tell for you if it will remain, the most positive thing i can conclude out of it is that you in worst case will have a light chronic T to deal with.

      Personally to me this is on the border of a success story.
       
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    4. tyty
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      tyty Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US/Oklahoma
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Mark, How long have you had T? Mine is going on 4 months now.
       
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    5. alifalijohn

      alifalijohn Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/14
      Very Helpful Thanks!
       
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    6. MarkD
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      MarkD Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Hi Cassidy, thanks for your kind words and yes we might as well do everything in our capacity to make our T better or improve our quality of life by staying really healthy. I'm not 100% sure when my T started because I initially had the cicadas sound and we have cicadas going crazy here in Aus during summer and Autumn so my T may have been masked for a period of time. My guess is it probably started during May but I only started noticing it at the start of June. I also have a very faint 7500 Hz Tone in my left ear (found here - http://www.ata.org/sounds-of-tinnitus )

      As Robb mentioned, I may not have chronic T, it may just go away or I may have to manage it for the rest of my life. It could be a simple case of wax build up but I wont know until i see an ENT specialist in the next week or so. My inner ear is a little sore though after a few days of wax removal so maybe i had an infection or virus because I got a sore throat out of nowhere a couple of weeks back also.

      I think we all go through similar feelings when we encounter T for the first time and I just wanted to share some of my ideas because ive been battling health issues for a while and have beaten most of them and then all of sudden this happened.

      The exact cause of my T is unknown but my gut feeling is it was a combination of factors. My blood circulation, metabolic issues, the regular use of headphones and one instance when the source was unexpectedly loud and really hurt my ears (about 2-3 weeks ago), mowing the lawn without ear protection etc. Not giving my ears the respect they deserve! ;)

      I'm assuming most researchers and doctors etc can only do controlled tests with one substance, one type of therapy, one drug or vitamin etc and wouldn't be able to do broad tests based on lifestyle changes and that's why i reckon a common-sense approach can give you your best chance at reducing or dealing with your T. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself given the right conditions.

      With regards to juicing, I like to have about 70% vegetables and 30% fruit. Fruit is great but it has a lot of sugar in it which i have to manage because of insulin spikes etc. I like a lot of green vegetables like spinach, cabbage, beet greens, parsley. I also like beet roots, carrots, celery and maybe an apple, pear or pineapples thrown in. Here's a good article on which vegatables are most potent.

      http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/die...use-fruits-and-vegetables-20140609-zs23u.html

      I'm not sure which ones help with sleeping but i do know that when you start juicing for the first time it makes you very drowsy because your body goes through a detox period.

      http://juicinghacks.com/best-natural-sleep-aid/

      Cassidy, How long have you had your T? Do you know what caused it?

      Hi Robb, I agree 100%, its not really a success story because we don't know what type of T I have yet, whether its temporary or chronic or whether anything I've done has actually helped it. Its way too early to know but I have noticed my T has been quietest when I've stuck to this method and had a good nights rest.

      How have you been? Germany are looking strong this World Cup. ;)

      Hi TyTy, sorry to hear you have T like me. I've had mine from anywhere between 4-6 weeks I reckon. At the moment i'm just sticking to my routine, I see my GP again in 2 days and he's going to wash my ears out before he refers me to an ENT specialist. Where are you from? How are you going? Do you know what caused your T?
       
    7. Cassidy
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      Cassidy Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress Overdrive
      Hey I had T since October 2010 so almost 4 years now - completely forgot about it for 2 years but stress built up and I wasn't taking care of myself - bad diet + stress made me have a relapse. I am now getting back to habituating although I have multiple sounds in my ears now (or maybe I am just paying more attention to what I can hear / more sensitive to it) so the process is taking a little while longer than I had hoped but I am confident I can get there. I think it was extreme stress that caused it in the first place (again coupled with bad diet).

      Great to hear about juicing making people drowsy! Victory!! 2 in 1.

      And Germany look awesome (as always) although I hope they don't bomb out in the semi-finals as always!!

      Spain on the other hand is a different cake...
       
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    8. chrisnic

      chrisnic Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/27/2013
      Thanks for the positive suggestions. I am going to try all of them. You gave me some hope. Thanks so much!
       
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    9. MarkD
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      MarkD Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      You're very welcome. I would also like to add that while you're following your healthy lifestyle routine its really important to keep your ears plugged around noisy environments otherwise you'll continue to damage your ears while they're trying to heal and you wont see any progress.

      One additional exercise that I like is walking on a treadmill at 6-7 kph while slowly raising the incline to 10% over the course of 60 mins. Its a really good way to get your blood circulating without jolting your body. I read a couple of times that jolting activities like jumping, running, basketball, soccer etc could make your T worse if you're not careful so something to be mindful of.
       
    10. MarkD
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      MarkD Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Update: Had a great gym workout last night. Rather than lifting heavy, this time I focused on doing high reps at lower weights until my muscles were burning. After my workout I had a wholesome meal...T-bone steak, brown rice and vegetables. Slept like a log, woke up this morning and my tinnitus was barely audible.

      Seems like the cause of my tinnitus could be metabolic and maybe something to do with insulin resistance.

      I'll keep probing my routine to see If this is true.
       
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    11. Ervan
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      Ervan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Now how your T?
       
    12. Ervan
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      Ervan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Can we talk private? I want ask something about your treatment..
      How long u try this treatment?
       
    13. Ken219
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      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      Looking forward to your follow ups.
       
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    14. MarkD
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      MarkD Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Hi Ervan,

      My T is the same, most of the time its barely audible but when i'm not feeling well I get a mini flare up that lasts several hours or until i get some rest.

      So yeah, highly recommend following a daily routine because it kills two birds with the one stone. It gets your mind off your T and at the same time has the potential to cure or reduce your T.

      This specific T-fighting routine has been going on for about 6-8 weeks.

      I'm still not sure what is causing my T but will be going for a blood test this week to see if anything shows up.

      Sure, you can send me a private message if you wish.

      Hi Ken,

      This week i've focused on increasing my monounsaturated fat intake. As you probably know, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the "healthy fats" that fight cholesterol. I suspect that when I got sick during the past 3-5 years my cholesterol levels may have increased and caused blocked arteries.

      I've been eating lots of pumpkin seeds, almonds, avocado, salmon, tuna and peanut butter on wholemeal bread.

      I also increased my fish oil intake from 1 capsule to 2 per day. These are triple strength 900mg Omega-3 triglyceride capsules. I'm also taking some nice organic zinc tablets as well.

      Almost immediately i noticed an improvement in my sinus, breathing and tinnitus so i think i may be on to something.

      I stopped taking the Ginko Bilabo capsules and didnt seem to get worse so I think i can safely assume they're not having an affect on me also.
       
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    15. Ervan
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      Ervan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      What your medication? And what doses? Thx you..
       
    16. MarkD
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      MarkD Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Hi Ervan,

      I'm not currently taking any medication and would be ultra cautious if it was proposed to me by a doctor. It's good to be a skeptic when dealing with prescription medicines.

      Atm, I'm taking a few supplements (noted previously) while i'm probing what works for me. Eventually, i'll only supplement what I believe is having a positive effect or where there's evidence of a deficiency, which will be documented in my blood tests.

      I'm aiming to get most nutrients and vitamins from my diet.
       
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    17. tyty
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      tyty Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US/Oklahoma
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection

      Mark my T started this past mid March 2014 and had not let up, I have many factors that I feel contributed to my T. I had a long running sinus infection that was treated with several weeks of antibiotics and eventually steroids. It seemed to help relive my sinus and bronchitis. I visited my Chiropractor and had my back and next adjusted due to a stiff neck…after my neck was popped I started having T.
       
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    18. MarkD
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      MarkD Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      I agree, i think in most cases it's a combination of factors that contributes to people getting T. My ear was definitely weakened due to certain health factors and then after experiencing some mild acoustic shock it brought on my T. If my ear was fully healthy it would've most likely been able to handle it.

      Are you going to get your back and neck looked at?

      -----------------------------------------------------------------

      Update: Been drinking squeezed lemon in water which combined with the fish oils and mono/polyunsaturated fats has really cleared out my sinus and ears. They haven't been this clear in years.

      Here is a couple of good articles I found today also.

      http://www.naturalnews.com/031021_tinnitus_inflammation.html#ixzz379CK16bx

      http://www.askanaturopath.com/faqs/blocked-ears/p/407
       
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    19. tyty
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      Location:
      US/Oklahoma
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I had everything scanned, mri's and X-ray- I has a serious car accident at age 16, rear ended while at complete stop. This is i feel predisposed me to many of my my issues, plus at age 11 fell running on concrete and fractured my jaw! Obviously I had so many variable in this puzzling onset- my neck is for certain in need of surgery but that I refuse. I might resort to injections to see if that helps tho. I am really not in serious pain with my neck- mainly stiffness is my problem. I plan on starting yoga again and getting weekly massage! Also just curious my ear crackles a lot like water trying to come out but Ent and MRI show clear? Do you experience this? Hoping its a good sign. STill believing for a miracle! Praying.
       
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    20. tyty
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      tyty Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US/Oklahoma
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection

      This is great info and I am trying to use your plan and make it applicable in my life too. I am a few steps ahead of you as far as being diagnosed bc I have been diagnosed with high frequency hearing loss and am now seeing TRT training and being fitted for hearing devices which also have white noise (or whatever your prefer noise) as a setting. My audiologist has trained under Dr. Nerger she said who sits on this panel of doctors so I feel very fortunate to have happened upon her here in the city where I live. My TRT training started yesterday and I am on my way to hopefully will reach a level of success with all that I am attempting to resolve my tinnitus which has become extremely overwhelming for me.
       
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    21. MarkD
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      MarkD Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Thanks tyty, my routine was initially a bit extreme in the first month of encountering T but i'm a bit more relaxed in my approach now. I'm still taking a multivitamin, fish oils and flaxseed/linseed etc. Still eating a balanced diet with fruit, vegetables and nuts rich in magnesium and zinc. Still drinking plenty of water and exercising every 2-3 days. I'm still enjoying my daily cups of hot organic cocoa (or cocao) with soy milk and honey as a sweetener. lol

      When i get tired and its time to crash I go to bed and keep my sleeping patterns consistent also. That's really important IMO. I'm very wary of pushing myself too hard physically and mentally and just swim with the tide. That's really important also IMO. The body and mind does have its limitations.

      I still have a faint hissing sound mainly in my left ear with a very light one in my right ear but i don't notice it that much unless I listen to it. I keep myself busy focused on my goals, family, friends and leisure activities and i find that really helps in dealing with my T also.

      I really hope you get relief from your TRT training and the doctors provide you with a pathway towards dealing better with your T. You're sounding very positive and i think with that attitude things will improve. I look forward to your updates and if there's anything I can do to help, pls let me know.
       
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    22. MarkD
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      MarkD Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      tyty, i also think getting out in the sun and absorbing some vitamin D is good for you. Basically enjoying yourself, relaxing and getting some rays are all things that can help your T.
       
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    23. tyty
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      tyty Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US/Oklahoma
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      You know Mark D that is exactly what I have been trying to do everyday after work...I am really working on the relaxing an enjoying life.
       
    24. ruben ruiz

      ruben ruiz Member

      Location:
      Tucson, AZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I believe it was meds and stress
      A lot of nice sentiment here. Maybe I can add a thing, coconut milk instead of soy. Raw organic coconut for the stomach. Bless us all. Were all from the same family. Its a real humiliating experience.
       

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