So anyway, in the tank, I thought I had the music turned off but I was hearing this really loud buzzing all of a sudden. I thought it was the speaker because they did allow music (which imo is silly, since the point is deprivation). Anywho, as I paid attention to it, the noise got louder, suddenly it hit me this was my tinnitus. And in a weird biofeedback sense my awareness affected the noise and as I paid attention to it, I just turned off the sound and it was gone for the rest of the hour.
Eventually came back and had it ever since.
Went to a similar place in Venice, CA, but was not lucky enough to have the same experience. The tank was also very different. Liked it much less than the NY place.
Sorry for rambling.
...and here's an explanation of why it might work from /r/bestof: https://www.reddit.com/r/bestof/comments/3l54rd/reddituser_a...
(Also, I once went to a doctor as a small child because I kept hearing this steady beat when trying to sleep. Well, when you hold a pillow to your ear, you can hear your own hearbeat...)
Sometimes I'm almost excited about growing older and losing that range of hearing.
Then I discovered it was from the electrical apparatus.
I actually have to get quite isolated to not be able to hear anything though. Not that I especially try to, although I do tend to disconnect my power extenders before going to sleep, just in case.
Did anyone see improvements following the exercises mentioned in the paper?
For example these:
It actually took me quite a while to realise that it wasn't normal. I wonder how many people are in the same situation and have tinnitus, but don't realise.
Oddly enough, it doesn't really bother me. I've just readjusted my baseline of what silence is to me.
I'm in the same boat where it doesn't really bother me. All I need is a small amount of ambient noise and it's a complete non-issue. A simple ceiling fan suffices for me. It only bothers me when I'm in complete silence, which basically doesn't happen.
But by far the worst consequence of tinnitus and the real problem (at least for me) is disturbance of sleep. At first I couldn't fall asleep - because of the noise which manifests itself most strongly in silent environment. So I was lying in bed for a few hours before falling asleep (now I got accustomed so I can fall asleep faster). But even worse is that the noise wakes me up after like 4-5 hours. That means I'm completely exhausted all day, because I need 7-8 hours of sleep to feel refreshed. I tried Zolpidem, which can get me 6 hours of sleep, but its effect wears off rapidly if taken for a few consecutive nights. Now I take Mirtazapine, which works better. Also it helped me to take Magnesium supplements.
I went to a tinnitus clinic and they did a profile of the tinnitus I hear. Then they configured this app to amplify sounds of those frequencies to mask my tinnitus. When I'm hearing a low buzz the app can almost completely remove it, but it doesn't work quite as well with a high frequencies.
You'll need rubber ear buds that form a tight fit with your ear canal.
Since the app only amplifies sounds it doesn't really do anything in a totally quiet environment. You might want to play pink noise to give your hearing something to work with. I've experimented with different kinds of noise, but this type seems to work the best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXtimhT-ff4
Btw, I've already tried some noise generators for Android and I've observed strange effect - I have ringing only in the left ear so I used only one ear bud with the generator. Then when I turned it off, it induced noise in the other ear. It was like the brain was generating signal to compensate for the external noise in the left ear and when the noise generator was turned off, the spurious signal in the right ear became hearable. Fortunately this effect was only temporal.
That is the equivalent of saying that "meditation is just sitting there, thats it".
Most teachers agree that at least some hands on lessons are helpful if not essential. If you are going to try to learn from a book then this one is the best I heave read on the subject http://www.missyvineyard.com/content/view/1/2/.
If you do have this problem, then going to an Audiologist and not an ENT is really helpful, especially an Audiologist who specialised in this field.
I had it completely the other way round and realised my depression is causing my Tinnitus, they put me on anti-depressant medication and my life had been much better since. An ENT (Ear Nose and Throat specialist) will only be able to give you an MRI and let you know that nothing is physically wrong with you.
It's actually kind of similar to how a neural network functions, and the pathway that causes the ringing sound has a higher weight value than the other sounds you hear, so you hear it more... this causes your fight or flight response to kick in and you focus more on the sound as you think it's a threat, and the sound becomes louder - even though its only a phantom sound.
If you do have Tinnitus, maybe consider that stress or work or some other factor in your life is overwhelming you and seek help for it.
Tinnitus can also be caused by a Vitamin deficiency, such as Vitamin B12 and D, or sometimes tension in muscles in your jaw... very rarely is Tinnitus actually caused by being over exposed to load sounds.
(If someone wants me to participate in studies about this)
One is (the standard?) that you get from loud music and stress, which is the result of your inner ear / hair cells being damaged / misbehaving. Extreme-case: You permanently lose part of your hearing.
The second (rare?) is without impairment of hearing. To be honest you are the second person I know who shares my experience. And none of my doctors ever heard of this before. Most think I imagine this / or it's a psychological issue manifesting in your body.
I'd guess it's some kind of nerve pinching, maybe bones/muscles are involved too. Hard to say.
A few years back when I researched this I found at least one study with 10-20 individuals who reported this kind of tinnitus, but seems very rare. The result was something like "Many factors are involved in creating a tinnitus".
> Most think I imagine this / or it's a psychological issue manifesting in your body
That's a shame. The fact that it amplifies as soon as I tense my neck muscles should be testable within a lab environment.
I too thought that it was nerve pinching, and because of such, was always under the impression that it was normal. When explaining this to my wife, I just get blank stares :)
I totally freaked out in 2011 when these problems cropped up. I got my eyes/ears checked, brain MRI done. Nothing came up in any of them. Now my doctor/family thinks that I'm a hypochondriac and I imagine all of these.
Over a period of time I've made peace and I'm grateful to be alive.
Thanks for sharing this article.
Anyone know anything more recent?
After trying lots of different ear protection methods (mostly ear plugs but also some head phones), I've settled on these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00REAQTF4/ref=oh_aui_sear...
They're simple, filter high dB sound but you can still hear people speak.
See a doctor for further advice and treatment. Once you damage your hearing it could be too late to recover.
I dont see many "scientists" measuring the damage caused by physical shocks to the body like playing rugby or loud noises which are often well above "health & safety" levels in towns & cities, like sections of the Northern line on the London underground, or using personal music playing devices and so on.
Probably best to consider tinnitus the result of damaged nerves which the brain will attempt to compensate for where possible, just like one's hearing improves at night to compensate for the loss of sight as a natural survival mechanism.
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