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One way to ignore Tinnitus is to turn on a radio to a speech only channel, we have Radio 4 here in the UK, turn down the volume so you can here the talking but not make out what is being said, concentrating on trying to hear what's being said helps. This is something which helps with temporary Insomnia too.

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Alas I didn't take the OP's advice and it seems now I have this condition even though my piano is digital!
I have a small 4x3 practice room and my digital piano can output 50 watts of power. Even though most of the time I've had set to 4/6 of volume, it's proven now to be too much, given the acoustics of the room. I remember one friend being surprised by the execive volume but I ignored him. Well, I have only myself to blame. :-/

For what it's worth, I'm gonna visit a doctor as soon as possible and also lower the volume from now on.


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I'm glad this old thread came back, some interesting stuff. I'm 67 and have high-pitched tinnitus that I blame on spending too much time at the gun range in my youth. I notice ti the most when I am playing my Casio with headphones on. ANnoying, but not debilitating.

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Originally Posted by bluebilly
One way to ignore Tinnitus is to turn on a radio to a speech only channel, we have Radio 4 here in the UK, turn down the volume so you can here the talking but not make out what is being said, concentrating on trying to hear what's being said helps. This is something which helps with temporary Insomnia too.
Yeah silence increases Tinnitus. I have a bit of hope that if my case is indeed audio related, I'll recover.
And falling asleep with radio talk on rocks! hehe

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I'm glad this old thread came back, some interesting stuff. I'm 67 and have high-pitched tinnitus that I blame on spending too much time at the gun range in my youth. I notice ti the most when I am playing my Casio with headphones on. ANnoying, but not debilitating.
Interesting that the "effects" are different from one person to another, mine sounds like hushhh hush. :-/

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Mine sounds a bit like the old test pattern sound when TV went off for the night (yes, I'm that old).
It is loudest in my right ear, and slightly different pitch in each ear.

Not very helpful to a piano tuner, and actually painful when I tune in a soundproof room.

I sleep with a fan on blowing in my face, partially because it helps me with my breathing, but mostly because the white noise covers up the loud ringing in my ears.

I once took a fan to Europe with me, I brought what I though was a voltage converter.
Plugged it in, turned it on. It ran really fast for about 3 seconds and then when up in smoke.
Turns out it was an adapter (U.S. plug to European plug) not a converter :-)


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I would also add that if you grind your teeth when sleeping this can cause tinnitus as the jaw muscle becomes tense and causes ringing in ears. Stress is also very common reason for ringing. The ringing can come and go. ENTs are seeing so many more patients for tinnitus during the pandemic as stress levels are elevated. Some times a bite guard from the dentist and or some relaxing methods (meditate, walks, etc.) can remove symptoms but it takes time.

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I sleep with a fan on blowing in my face, partially because it helps me with my breathing, but mostly because the white noise covers up the loud ringing in my ears.

There are some audio tracks that do the same. You could play them with your phone or tablet. I have a few short ones (rain and sea waves) that I play to help me to get asleep.


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Oh, wow. Ya, I have had it my whole life. Could have been from anything. It gets really, really bad when I have caffeine, of course. At night it gets so bad that if it's quiet, it's like someone is blowing a squealing, howling, metal-on-metal sound into my ear. Thankfully my wife's CPAP covers it up most of the time. smile

The interesting thing is that even though it's incredibly loud, it doesn't cover up the ability to hear other sounds through it, even very soft ones.


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I have had a constant high frequency in my left ear for twenty-six years. It started suddenly in 1995 after a particularly bad influenza. I therefore assume that was the cause as I have not been exposed to excessively loud noise. It doesn't bother me at all but I posted a poll on Pianostreet and was shocked at the proportion of pianists, mostly young, who have tinnitus and worse, are seriously worried by it.

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I have it in my left ear, for 25 years now. I had a milder form of Meniere’s that started when I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter. I had a lot of stress going on at that time and I think the combo wasn’t good for my health. Anyway, I recovered fine, but I did lose some hearing. The tinnitus doesn’t bother me, I’m so used to it by now. I do have to wear musician’s ear plugs in loud environments, and I also wear them when I’m full out playing piano, but not usually for slow practice. Always protect your hearing! 😊👍


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Originally Posted by SonatainfSharp
It gets really, really bad when I have caffeine, of course. At night it gets so bad that if it's quiet, it's like someone is blowing a squealing, howling, metal-on-metal sound into my ear. Thankfully my wife's CPAP covers it up most of the time.
We use a white noise machine at night, it’s super helpful to mask any noises, in the ear or not. 👍


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I've had it for years. I also have meniers so sometimes the tinnitus will get worse in my left ear when the deafness increases. Basically tinittus takes the place of deafness. The more deaf you get the worse the tinnitus. Does anytning really help? Yea... getting your hearing back. Good luck with that. I have just learned to live with it. It's like a permanent fall day with the crickets roaring.

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Come to think of it, I grew up with constant strep throat and ear infections. But back when I was kid, doctors didn’t do anything about it. That might have something to do with it!


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So I just learnt that it could be caused by not only loud sound, but also infections and stress (anger included). I will arrange for a doctor visit ASAP!

P.S My friend who is learning the violin has been suffering from the condition for one month now. So it's not just the piano of course. I'd say the odds of having Tinnitus could be higher when playing a naturally loud instrument so close to the ears such as the violin.

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I should add, I take a lot of medications as well as herbal concoctions for my meniers disease and one of them is flavonoid. The company that makes Lipo Flavonoid claims that it is "considered by ENT's to be the most effective over the counter solution to reduce ear ringing." Does it work? My tinnitus, deafness and dizziness is so up and down I can't tell what helps and what doesn't. But... it can't hurt.

I will also add although in today's world I think everyone knows this... wear ear protection for any loud noises. I teach sporting clays so of course we all wear ear protection (if we didn't we could rename the clinics "Tinnitus clinics") but I also wear them when mowing, sawing, hammering and even vaccuming. I wish I had done that from an early age. (I still remember practically sitting in the speakers at a Steve Miller concert when I was 16). I've been told that when ever you experience ringing in the ears after a loud noise you have perminently lost some hearing. I've also been told (as mentioned earlier) that tinnitus is a sign of hearing loss.

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Originally Posted by Peyton
I should add, I take a lot of medications as well as herbal concoctions for my meniers disease and one of them is flavonoid. The company that makes Lipo Flavonoid claims that it is "considered by ENT's to be the most effective over the counter solution to reduce ear ringing." Does it work? My tinnitus, deafness and dizziness is so up and down I can't tell what helps and what doesn't. But... it can't hurt.
How long have you been dealing with the condition? I’m sorry you have it, it’s not very pleasant. I tried many different herbal remedies and didn’t find any of them helpful. Some were downright bad for me, causing heart palpitations, which stressed me out even more! What helped tremendously was learning stress relief practices, plus a low sodium diet. “Mind Over Meniere’s” by Glenn Schweitzer was a helpful book.


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I should add, I take a lot of medications as well as herbal concoctions for my meniers disease and one of them is flavonoid. The company that makes Lipo Flavonoid claims that it is "considered by ENT's to be the most effective over the counter solution to reduce ear ringing." Does it work? My tinnitus, deafness and dizziness is so up and down I can't tell what helps and what doesn't. But... it can't hurt.
How long have you been dealing with the condition? I’m sorry you have it, it’s not very pleasant. I tried many different herbal remedies and didn’t find any of them helpful. Some were downright bad for me, causing heart palpitations, which stressed me out even more! What helped tremendously was learning stress relief practices, plus a low sodium diet. “Mind Over Meniere’s” by Glenn Schweitzer was a helpful book.

I've had meniers for around 20 years. Fortunately I only had the periodic deafness in my left ear ans of course roaring tinnitus. Unfortunately the extreme vertigo began a little over a year ago. I've had three serious attacks where I couldn't move and just lay and vomited for a few hours. I've since lost my pilots licence and almost my instructor job. You can't fly if you run the risk of vertigo. I take a number of chinese herbs for vertigo, a diuretic for my inner ear, low sodium, no caffene and do a regime I came across on a meniers forum. It includes Lysine, flavanod, Vitamin B and a number of other things (I can give you the name of the regime if you are interested). Since doing all of that I still am dizzy some of the time but nothing like what happened last summer. It gets worse in the summer so I'm hoping this regime holds off the worst of it. Glenn's book is a help (as is his blog) but more than anything it's just nice knowing you are not alone. BTW, the herbal remedy I like best is called Inner Ear Balance. I also have a heart problem called a PAC but I find the herbs don't bother it at all.

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I believe those who can see a relation between caffeine and this condition should visit a circulatory system doctor. This includes myself as well. :-/


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Originally Posted by Peyton
I've had meniers for around 20 years.
I’m really sorry you’re dealing with this. 🙁


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