Ringing in Ears

Larry Hatmaker larryhat at oregon.uoregon.edu
Mon Mar 6 09:43:20 EST 1995

In article <3j6ik0$ahq at news.duke.edu>, bft at acpub.duke.edu (Brian Taylor) wrote:

>Hello All!
>I am a 20-year old student here at Duke, and although I am not an
>audiologist, I have a question for all of those out there that are.
>Basically, I have a nerve hearing loss, around 86 dB loss.  I wear two
>hearing aids, both behind-the-ear Phonak PICS (very very nice - anyone else
>have these?).  Anyways, the last couple of weeks, I have been having
>severe  ringing in my left ear.  I don't think it is from the hearing aids,
>because I got them in August and they did not cause this to happen before. 
>It is keeping me up at night but seems to go away when I have the aids in
>during the day.  I have not gotten a decent night's sleep in a month and
>cannot even take naps anymore.  The funny thing is that it will seem to go
>away with the aids in.  Or are drowned out...
>In case you are wondering, I did see my audiologist about it, and she
>looked in my ears and told me everything looked fine, and that a doctor
>really could not tell me anything.  She did give me some things to try to
>reduce the problem:
>Reduce Caffeine
>Reduce Aspirin (I never take it)
>Reduce Stress (I exercise all the time)
>My question to you is, do you know anything else that could help?  Could it
>be the "program" in my hearing aids (programmable) that is maybe passing a
>frequency that is bothering me?  Although if this were the case, I think
>this would have started when I go the aids last year...
>I am just concerned because I need to protect what little hearing I have
>left and hope that this willnot adversely affect it.
>Any suggestions would be welcome.  Feel free to e-mail or post, I can check
>the group regularly.  Help!! I want to sleep again!  :)
>Brian Taylor                                            
>Duke University '96
>bft at acpub.duke.edu
You might also check out the News Group <alt.support.tinnitus> They seem to be very helpful there.

Larry Hatmaker
Center for Electronic Studying

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