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My DH has severe tinitus. Is there anything he can do?
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.
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.
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?
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
OMG I have ringing in my ears on and off and I just tried the technique on Trumptons link and it works 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