Symptoms

Tinnitus: The bells they toll for you

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Tinnitus “TIN-uh-tus” or “tin-NY-tus” is the worse sound in the world. My volume has been quite loud lately but, apparently, I have no control over the volume. Tinnitus is simply the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. The bells, the Bells!! It isn’t a condition itself but rather a symptom of another condition. Such as, hearing loss. Or, migraines. Or, hell, could be a build-up of wax in your ears. 10-15% of people have experienced tinnitus before.

You can hear; clicking, buzzing, ringing, roaring and hissing. Low pitch, high pitch. Constant, periodic. So loud it interferes with other sounds, or so quiet you only notice it when it is quiet around you.

One cause, by the way, is loud noise exposure. My Step-father has this kind. I had read a study specific to this kind that said melatonin helps with this very specific kind. And he finds it works, when he takes it regularly.

I have chronic tinnitus. But I have TMJ as well and chronically it isn’t that loud or noticeable. Now with a migraine it tends to get louder and a much higher pitched. With the streak of bad migraines lately it is been quite loud. I usually listen to the radio at night to distract myself from this sound in order to sleep. And it is far louder than that lately. I am astonished I do manage any sleep, to be honest.

With migraine with aura, tinnitus can be an auditory aura. For example, when I say it gets louder and higher in pitch it tends to be in my aura stage. But then you want to make sure it isn’t Meniere’s Disease, and if you get hearing loss, this is something to look into.

Yet.

If you get vertigo and dizziness with your tinnitus as I sometimes do you could also get, as I do, Vestibular Migraines (used to be called Migraine Associated Vertigo or MAV).

Yet.

It can occur in the Headache phase of a migraine.

If a specific cause of the tinnitus is identified, treatment may be available to relieve it. For example, if TMJ dysfunction is the cause, a dentist may be able to relieve symptoms by realigning the jaw or adjusting the bite with dental work. If an infection is the cause, successful treatment of the infection may reduce or eliminate the tinnitus.

Many cases of tinnitus have no identifiable cause, however, and thus are more difficult to treat. Although a person’s tolerance of tinnitus tends to increase with time,19 severe cases can be disturbing for many years. In such chronic cases, a variety of treatment approaches are available, including medication, dietary adjustments, counseling, and devices that help mask the sound or desensitize a person to it. Not every treatment works for every person. Vestibular.org

 

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