Category Archives: Tinnitus

What Tinnitus Is Teaching Me About Recovery

12 May 2016

He was a huge help. His uniform said “Security,” but he was more like a human GPS. I was late for an appointment, sweaty and in a bit of a panic. I walked up to his building and before I could even open the door, he had it open for me. His uniform threw me off a bit. I wasn’t looking for trouble, just directions. “Can you tell me where this address is?” I asked. “Right around the corner, up two blocks,” he answered. In a few minutes, I was at my appointment. Grateful and now focused on getting my hearing checked. My hearing needs some care and attention these days. Not because my wife told me to get it looked at, although she probably has wondered about it.I have tinnitus, a constant high pitched ringing in both ears. It is not a gift, not a super power, just an irritation. It’s like having a pre-adolescent Justin Bieber singing one continuous note in my head. For more about my journey with tinnitus, see this humorous post on the 16 Ways to Cope With Tinnitus (Ear Stalking). The doctor did not tell me anything I did not know. There is not much that the medical system can do for this condition. Thanks, Doc. Turns out the Security Guard was more helpful than my Doctor. I guess that I’m like Humpty Dumpty. My doctor can’t put me back together.


Can You Hear This Hissing Noise? Tinnitus and How To Live With It

23 Feb 2016

Any ailment can be frustrating and upsetting, but tinnitus sufferers will tell you the constant humming sound goes beyond that. Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source. It is usually described as a ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring or humming sound where there is no external sound source. It can lead to clinical depression. There may be a single sound or two or more, and the noise may be there all the time or come and go. It can be heard in one or both ears or in the head.”


The Facts About Tinnitus

20 Feb 2016

Tinnitus is a noise (e.g., buzzing, ringing, roaring) in one or both ears or in the head when there is no external sound present. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 40 million Americans experience tinnitus of some type.