do you have tinnitus ?

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I've never even heard of Tackhead

aka the mafia (as in mark stewarts backing band after the pop group), on-u sound system etc.
in the late pre-major label era, 80s with adrian sherwood on the live mix, they made a noise like i had never experienced before.
bass booms, shrieking top end industrial noise distortion, with drums that rattled the innards.
fantastic stuff.

mark e, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 19:42 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Does this come and go? Sometimes it's there, sometimes not. Is it more that it's ever-present, I'm just not, for whatever reason (idle thoughts about something else, etc.), always aware of it?

clemenza, Saturday, 30 January 2016 20:04 (four years ago) link

There is no way to objectively measure tinnitus really. And it presents in a wide variety of ways.

Οὖτις, Saturday, 30 January 2016 20:50 (four years ago) link

With me it's always there, more pronounced at times (like when I have a head cold). I can tune it out for days at a time, but I'm always aware of it. Weird thing is, when I first acknowledged to myself that it was a permanent condition, it stopped being a problem. My anxiety was really more about finding the right treatment options, rather than the T itself.

henry s, Saturday, 30 January 2016 21:22 (four years ago) link

About once every week or two, I experience a ringing for ~5 seconds that slowly tapers in amplitude until it's gone. I assume that's tinnitus.

Toof Seteltha (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 30 January 2016 22:26 (four years ago) link

Also worse with head colds for me. At its best I don't notice it unless I'm in a really silent room.

Three Word Username, Saturday, 30 January 2016 22:31 (four years ago) link

xpost - I get that 5-10 second ringing too, on top of the tinnitus. Usually once a day or so. The temporary ringing is a bit different, certainly more pronounced than the ongoing tinnitus I deal with.

henry s, Saturday, 30 January 2016 22:58 (four years ago) link

That 5-10 second thing used to worry me - like one day it will start ringing and then never stop. It's probably normal though.

skip, Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:27 (four years ago) link

I get that too, same worry. blocking the ear with my finger helps a lot, seems to equalize it

the 'major tom guy' (sleeve), Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:33 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

I knew it was probably overcautious to bring earplugs to a Mark Eitzel gig and they were new ones, I haven't been to a gig since 2013. They were called Thunderplugs and the guy who sold me them was really enthusiastic about them.

I put them in minutes before the support band came on, it sounded way too muffled, but then I couldn't get one of them out my ear. The more I tried, the further it got lodged in my ear, I couldn't get the fucker out, it was painful the whole night and I was really pissed off that could have happened so easily. This probably sounds like I stupidly shoved them in but I really didn't.

My mother picked it out with tweezers and it was difficult, painful, and a little scary. To think I was considering trying small scissors to grip the little tube in the centre if we didn't have tweezers.

Thunderplugs went in the bin. I'm going to look for plugs closer to the older plate style but I'm honestly not sure how much I need them, I never go to anything brutally loud except one Swans gig that wasn't as loud as feared. It's impossible to measure how much you'll need earplugs for this or that gig.

Has this happened to anyone else or do I just have huge gaping earholes?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 13 March 2017 00:30 (three years ago) link

Hasn't happened to me but it was always a fear I had. I only really use the cylindrical or bullet-shaped foam ones you roll until they're thin and then insert.

Have you tried Elacin ER20s? As a tinnitus sufferer, my days of going to see Dinosaur Jr are over, however at the gigs I do attend I always wear plugs. If the gig is quieter than expected with the ER20s you can always pull them out slightly. I think the only gigs I've not needed plugs at is Magnetic​ Fields because Stephen Merritt has hyperacusis he keeps the volume down.

Grantman, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:44 (three years ago) link

They look easier to pull out because they have longer tubes but I'd prefer something more like the older plate ones, if they still make them.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 23:08 (three years ago) link

I have trouble with ear plugs too. A lot of shows I go to I seem to spend more time fiddling with them than enjoying the band. I walk out of venues wth muffled hearing, not so much because of noise levels, but because I pushed the plugs in so far they compacted all the wax (of which I am a prolific producer.)

henry s, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 23:23 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Anyone try this?

DJI, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 19:38 (three years ago) link

Sounds temporary at best, but sometimes even temporary relief is helpful...

DJI, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 19:41 (three years ago) link

I've done something like that before but my tinnitus isn't that bad, so I didn't notice much difference.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 19:44 (three years ago) link

I'll probably try this at some point, but I'm not expecting much and anyway, I've reached an understanding with my tinnitus. You have to kind of fall in love with those things you can't change, otherwise they will drive you crazy. I don't say this when I have a cold and it gets worse, but normally it's a pure, consistent sound that isn't so hard to deal with. Maybe others have it worse.

henry s, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 19:55 (three years ago) link

Have any of you tried the background noise generator

Commence blatant fawning: It's an incredible collection of about 150 soundscapes, field recordings, drones, music, background chatter, machine sounds, white noise, etc., each made up of 10 different tracks with individual volume sliders, randomizers and presets for endless variety and fine tuning.

They have several generators specifically geared toward tinnitus (see the section called Synthetic Noises), but listener testimonials on many of the soundscapes claim varying amounts of tinnitus relief. It does seem that every testimonial is for a different combo of sounds and volumes, so you'll probably have to try a bit of everything to find one that might work for you.

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 6 April 2017 04:10 (three years ago) link

Can someone precis the video - it's region blocked

Sat in a pub with friends last night when, dead on 8pm, a DJ started up and suddenly nobody could hear anybody else. The ringing is bad today.

koogs, Saturday, 8 April 2017 13:03 (three years ago) link

lying in bed this morning at about 5:30 listening to the birds waking up and something clicked and the tinnitus got suddenly louder and changed frequency (to one that masked out about half of the birdsong). it's grim. i hope it stops.

tons of batshit tinnitus 'cures' on youtube.

koogs, Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:06 (three years ago) link

see an ent as soon as you can (make sure that includes a hearing test with an audiologist)

the tests you undergo are simple hearing tests so it's nothing painful

i n f i n i t y (∞), Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:44 (three years ago) link

i do wonder how on earth (ho ho) kevin martin copes with his gigs as 'the bug' as they are supposedly insanely loud.

never seen him mention anything re ear protection.


mark e, Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:57 (three years ago) link

maybe he was already deaf after years in metal bands in his youth

Odysseus, Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:00 (three years ago) link

cosign, it's amazing

doctor reckons, and i hope, that my recent noise upturn is related to recent / ongoing cold / sore throat / etc. and that antibiotics will clear it all up.

it's still there, still as loud, but it now sounds like it's more to the left than it was.

koogs, Thursday, 4 May 2017 21:04 (three years ago) link

doctor reckons, and i hope, that my recent noise upturn is related to recent / ongoing cold / sore throat / etc. and that antibiotics will clear it all up.

every time i get a lurgy, the inner ear buzz increases.
hopefully once you are clear it will subside to a more acceptable level.

mark e, Thursday, 4 May 2017 21:56 (three years ago) link

"Inspiral Carpets drummer killed himself after 20 years of 'unbearable' tinnitus"

koogs, Saturday, 6 May 2017 14:37 (three years ago) link

That's awful. Stories like this used to keep me awake way more than the actual tinnitus when it first set in. Then I would look at people like Neil Young, who must have it as bad as anybody, and he gets by. Made me think there was a way to make peace with this thing. And there is. Like Steve Martin (another sufferer) said, "you just get used to it."

henry s, Saturday, 6 May 2017 15:11 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

Ha, after one failed attempt I got an ENT appointment in the post this morning. April 2018, 11 days short of the day it started.

koogs, Monday, 27 November 2017 18:52 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Tested on an actual Guinea pig...

koogs, Thursday, 4 January 2018 03:28 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

so, 11 months after this kicked up a notch i got to see an audiologist (nhs sent me to a private hospital as they had no appointments until july (it was put back 3 months))

he said there was hearing loss at certain frequencies, but didn't seem to consider that the ringing was drowning out the tones, making them hard to spot, rather than not hearing them exactly. (the audio equiv of being dazzled by the sun, say). he generally didn't look too happy about the situation.

MRI booked as well, but i worry that all the metal in my teeth will rule that out.

i also realised that i've lost my earplugs. haven't used them this year. will buy some more but the ones i like are a penny below the amazon free postage limit.

koogs, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:46 (two years ago) link

(he also singled out Brixton Academy as a dangerously loud venue)

koogs, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:47 (two years ago) link

My brother, my sister and my mother all wear hearing aids now - how I've escaped God knows, it's murder on my throat having to shout all the time, let me tell you.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:19 (two years ago) link

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