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My DH has severe tinitus. Is there anything he can do?

(20 Posts)
mummyloveslucy Mon 01-Aug-11 18:12:53

Hi, my DH has hearing loss and tinitus in one ear. It started about 3 years ago, for no known reason. The Dr said there wasn't a cure for it, but there are coping mecanisms.
It really is driving him mad. He's the sort of person who can't stand a ticking clock, or rustleing noises. It's making him quite depressed and stressed.
Is there an operation that would make him totally deaf in that ear in order to get rid of the tinitus? He only has 20% hearing in that ear anyway. He said he'd much rather be deaf in that ear.
Are there any things he can try? Herbal remadies, drugs, acupuncture etc?
It's really starting to effect all aspects of his life. sad

Coffeeisking Mon 01-Aug-11 18:42:32

Hi, my dp also has this, he has full hearing. i know he tends to listen to white noise on headphones which masks the tinnitus.

relaxation techniques and/or hypnotism, avoid aspirin and caffeine, magnesium vitamins, a herb called ginko in tablet form. all of these can help.

mummyloveslucy Mon 01-Aug-11 19:03:34

Thank you, I'll get him those vits and herbs. The white noise could be helpful at night when he's going to sleep maybe as it does keep him awake.

HeWhoWillNotObey Mon 01-Aug-11 19:33:38

I have tinnitus in both ears following a head injury (I also can't abide bloody clocks and rustling!) and asked my GP for a referral to an audiologist. She was great - explained what tinnitus is exactly and suggested I try a hearing aid to turn down my brain's gain (or hearing amplification). I now have a tiny little aid and it does seem to help; not a cure but a help.

mummyloveslucy Mon 01-Aug-11 19:46:05

they did give my DH a hearing aid but he lost it. hmm He was too embarassed to tell them so he never got it replaced. I'll tell him to let them know, even if I have to buy a new one.

trumpton Mon 01-Aug-11 19:48:43

Please try THIS DH suffers from tinnitus , (his is a side effect of Thyroid problems )and it helps him emnormously.

mummyloveslucy Mon 01-Aug-11 19:58:20

thanks trumpton, I've added it to favorites and I'll have a good look at thnat later.

nightcat Mon 01-Aug-11 21:55:24

this is a really interesting technique, thanks trumpton, could well be something that the vibrations clear in the ears, definitely worth trying, I also tried Mg that I think has helped a bit

Fefeffion Wed 03-Aug-11 20:05:20

My oh also has this in one ear and finds that it is much worse if he has had a few beers, something to do with the yeast.

Parietal Wed 03-Aug-11 20:10:03

Has he had a brain scan? In rare cases, tinitus on one side can be caused by a benign growth near the nerve. It should at least be checked out.

mummyloveslucy Wed 03-Aug-11 20:16:48

Thanks for letting me know that. I will get him to have it checked. He doesn't really drink anymore, he does like his cheese though, which I've heared can make it worse.

Parietal Wed 03-Aug-11 20:18:02

It is possible to operate but is high risk and doesn't necessarily cure the tinitus.

Imnotaslimjim Wed 03-Aug-11 20:23:36

My dad has tinnitus in both ears and at one point was completely deaf because of it. Hehad hearing aids for a while but they didn't to much. He's now had desensitisation treatment, where you retrain your ears to listen to the external noise rather than the noise in your head and it seems to be working for him. Maybe your DH could look into that?

mummyloveslucy Wed 03-Aug-11 20:33:37

Thank you, yes we will look into it. He's willing to try anything.

Jonnyfan Wed 03-Aug-11 21:57:17

I have tinnitus, but am only aware of it when I listen for it- sounds odd I know. I am a teacher and find the daily noise of school masks it, at home I always have radio/tv on, and radio in the car. I try to always tune in to external noise, as Imno said.
Sometimes it maked it hard to get to sleep, worse if I get very tired.
I tried researching it and found no really effective treatments, apart from the one Imno mentioned.
A friend's DH had it very badly, would vomit and be dizzy as well as the noise, and he is now much better. Not sure what tratment he had, but just to encourage you smile

Jonnyfan Wed 03-Aug-11 22:00:29

WOW- try the link from Trumpton!!!

Eddas Wed 03-Aug-11 22:08:54

OMG I have ringing in my ears on and off and I just tried the technique on Trumptons link and it works shock I don't get the tinitus all the time, depends what i've been doing, and like others I tend to have noise most of the time so I notice it less.

My sympathies go to your dh it's highly irritating sad

Onemorning Wed 03-Aug-11 22:14:37

I have tinnitus in my right ear, and hearing loss, following an infection.

I've broken my hearing aid again(!) but when I have it it's brilliant. It means that I can hear stuff over the tinnitus, and when I'm not wearing it I notice the tinnitus much less.

Selks Wed 03-Aug-11 22:30:17

Bookmarking so that I can try the link later. Ta. Sympathies to your DH.

supercally Thu 11-Aug-11 21:29:12

Wow Trumpton thank you so much, that is amazing. This should be a much more widely known technique.

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