Tinnitus seems to be the voice that gives warning to the sufferer that something in life is out of whack, that something is not right, and something must change. In fact, it’s an old wives tale, that if you have ringing in your ears, God is trying to tell you something. But, it is up to you to decipher what that something is.
Hearing ringing in one or both ears is happening to over 50 million Americans. Of these, about 12 million have Tinnitus severe enough to seek medical attention. 7 million no longer lead normal lives. Of these, 2 million are completely disabled.
Up to 400 million people are affected worldwide. Of these millions, many have been diagnosed as having Meneire's Syndrome Dis-ease as well. And, of all these millions, there are no studies to conclude how many of these people are Highly Sensitive People or if being highly sensitive is even a factor. There are also no studies proving the cause of Tinnitus, which is why it is considered a syndrome.
Over 90% of all Tinnitus sufferers share 5 possible causes in common.
Sinus issues, usually related to allergies, especially to gluten, which is found in natural grains.
Some form of anxiety.
Nerve damage of the inner ear.
Ludwig van Beethoven was born December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. Ludwig's ears were, perhaps, damaged by his father when he was just a boy. It was known that his father would drag Ludwig out of his bed to beat musical genius into him.
He developed Tinnitus, which would come and go in varying degrees. By the time he was 31 years of age, the whistle and buzz in his ears was constant. Low speech tones were unintelligible and shouting was unbearable. Meaning he probably also suffered from hyperacusis.
By the age of 47 he was completely deaf and remained so until his death in 1827. I am sure, like everyone else who lives with Tinnitus, he felt positively mad at times.
Artwork: Ludwig Van Beethoven by Joseph Carl Stieler
Types of Tinnitus Syndrome
Typical Tinnitus sounds like the occasional ringing that we hear that goes away after a few seconds, except that it doesn't go away. Variations of Tinnitus include noises in one or both ears that sound like a whistle, crickets chirping, frogs croaking, whir, roar, click, whoosh or loud humming.
Typical Tinnitus ear noise may be either hard to hear, except when you are in a quiet room, or as loud as a fog horn, making it impossible to understand and communicate with others at all. Tinnitus sounds may even change several times throughout the day and night or over a period of days, weeks and years. Tinnitus usually starts episodically, meaning it comes and goes. Each time it returns it appears to come back worse than the time before until, finally, it stays.
Pulsatile Tinnitus ear noise pulsates right along with your heart beat, which can be very disturbing. It often stems from a food sensitivity or environmental allergy.
Typewriter Tinnitus ear noise sounds like a clicking or ticking (like typing).
Brain music is another symptom of Tinnitus. It's actually auditory imaging. It is quite startling to discover the pieces of music or conversation you thought you heard in the background were actually just your brain's way of trying to make sense of Tinnitus noise. Hearing partial words when no one is around, whispers you can just barely make out when no one is whispering, or lyrics you can't quite grasp when there's no music playing, are common occurrences for those with Tinnitus. No. You are not crazy.
Some Tinnitus sufferers report startling noise surges while trying to fall asleep. These noise surges may accompany sleep jerks (muscles jumping as they relax) that may also occur simultaneously upon hearing an outside noise, such as a heater clicking on.
While Tinnitus is characterized by internal head noise, Meniere's Syndrome is generally categorized as ear pressure and imbalance, causing vertigo. Often, people suffer from variations of both, a situation that can drive one insane rather quickly.
It may take some effort on your part to discern your particular type of Tinnitus, but if you are committed you may be able to reverse Tinnitus and Meniere’s symptoms, at least to the degree of hardly ever noticing it.
The Very Real Stress of Tinnitus Syndrome
Tinnitus, to no surprise, can cause panic attacks. Imagine a fog horn, lawn mower, or a the static of a radio blasting in your head every minute of every night and day, of every day of your life, and not being able to get away from the noise. Others can't hear it and have a tendency to disbelieve it is such a serious distraction leaving one feeling misunderstood and isolated. This kind of stress effects sleep patterns, hormones, and the immune system, which I can only suspect makes Tinnitus even worse, and can lead to depression.
Possible Causes of Tinnitus Syndrome
There are many theories about what causes Tinnitus Syndrome, but no one cause. What causes your friend's Tinnitus may not be what causes yours. It is commonly thought to be due to hearing loss, but not all people with hearing loss experience Tinnitus. It is also thought to be a blood sugar problem, but not everyone with hypoglycemia or diabetes has Tinnitus. I think you get the idea. There are many, many possibilities, up to and including being sensitive to electromagnetic energy fields. I reveal a slew of possible causes and natural remedies in my e-book, Tinnitus & Meniere's Remedies for Highly Sensitive People, below.
Tinnitus Syndrome Associations
Spiritual/Psychological Cause of Tinnitus: There is something you do not want to hear or be bothered with, perhaps your own inner voice. As a result, you are covering it up with noise or going deaf to avoid it. Either way, you are not wishing to listen. What is it? What's got your internal tea pot whistling?
Medical professionals are treating Tinnitus with antidepressants, muscle relaxants and anticonvulsants. A popular anticonvulsant is Neurontin (gabapentin), which is also used for diabetic neuropathy, menopause, hypothyroidism, migraine and Burning Mouth Syndrome.
They are also using Klonopin. Both, Nuerontin and Klonopin slow down electrical activity in the brain. This leads me to believe that one of the key causes for Tinnitus is over-stimulation.
Doctors treat Typewriter Tinnitus (clicking sounds) with Carbamazeprine, which is a prescription medication used to treat epilepsy and bi-polar disorder. It is an anti-convulsant and mood stabilizer. The herb, Kava Kava has the same properties as these types of medications. However, it is not completely without side effects, so my suggestion is to, either, supplement with L-Tryptophan or to eat foods containing Tryptophan, such as bananas or turkey breast. Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin, which we need for calm. Again, low serotonin levels in the brain can cause Tinnitus. If you are currently using any medications, talk to your doctor before supplementing with Tryptophan.
Note: If you take anti-seizure medication, it would be a benefit to you to supplement with Folic Acid in order reduce the chance of over-all vitamin deficiency.
I encourage you to look up the side effects before trying these drugs for Tinnitus. There is currently no specific drug or herbal remedy that will remove Tinnitus completely and forever. If you run across something that takes your Tinnitus away, please contact me at once so it may be shared with others. Better yet, write a book and make a million dollars!
Meniere's Syndrome is a term for bouts of dizziness and vertigo in varying degrees of continual or episodic intensity. There may, or may not, be an apparent cause. Meniere's may or may not also involve Tinnitus and all or any of the symptoms already discussed under the umbrella of Tinnitus symptoms.
There can be a feeling of pressure in the ear (usually on one side of the head), sometimes a coinciding head, neck or shoulder ache, as well as some blurring of vision in the eye on the same side of the head. Meniere's is sometimes referred to as a migraine without the pain.
Meniere's Syndrome is usually caused by excess fluid in the inner ear caused by allergies and food sensitivities, but not always.
Spiritual/Psychological Cause for Meniere's: There may be a refusal to see things as they really are. Therefore, what you see is distorted. Fear is a part of this picture.
1. Vertigo is a feeling that either you or your environment is spinning out of control, usually with the sensation that the spinning is to the left or to the right.
2. Dysequilibrium involves unsteadiness, gait disturbance (how well you walk) or general imbalance.
3. Presyncope is a feeling of faintness or light headedness.
4. Mixed dizziness is a combination of two or more of the above types.
5. Nonspecific dizziness does not really fit into any of the other categories. For example, symptoms might include the inability to focus the eyes, which may be more related to muscle conditions.
Reasons for chronic dizziness are difficult to diagnose as chronic dizziness may involve multiple systems in the body, especially as we age, as well as psychiatric disorders, particularly anxiety and depression.
Our eyes constantly focus on moving scenery and our ears help orient our body to movement. When there is a dysfunction, or dis-ease, in either, conflicting signals are sent to the brain. The eyes and ears are not telling the same story. The brain is confused. The result is anything from slight imbalance to a whirling, falling sensation as the brain tries to unscramble the message and send an appropriate 'picture'. Muscle tension may also cause a feeling of imbalance and dizziness, even vertigo. In the case of Meniere's it feels more like the room is spinning. With muscle tension, it feels more like you are spinning. This makes it easy to understand how muscle tension and Meniere's can spell disaster.
Spiritual/Psychological Causes of Dizziness or Vertigo: Worry and fear, both conscious and subconscious.
Tinnitus & Meniere's Remedies for Highly Sensitive People
Do you have hissing, ringing, buzzing or whooshing in your ears? You are not alone. Tinnitus affects millions and can drive one nuts in a hurry. Highly Sensitive People are often particularly plagued with the noise of Tinnitus, which can mimic anything from the sound of a cricket to the high pitch of a smoke alarm.
Here's what's inside.
Possible causes of Tinnitus, Meniere's and Dizziness.
How to perform a cerebellum test to see if it’s the cause of your dizziness.
The 4 types of hearing loss associated with Tinnitus.
A thorough list of Tinnitus causing drugs from A-Z.
Tinnitus over-the-counter product ingredients you should be cautious of.
Natural remedies for Tinnitus, Meniere’s, Dizziness and Seasonal Allergies.
My own special report on the leading cause of Tinnitus rarely talked about by doctors.
Additional book references for healing the leading cause.
What others say has worked for them and why these remedies may have.
Tinnitus can cause sensory disorientation, anxiety, and depression, as well as effects your confidence and lower your self-esteem. Everyone is different. There's no one cure for Tinntus, Meniere's and dizziness. Perhaps, this e-book will contain the information that will stop the ringing once and for all.
Misophonia is emotional sensitivity to certain sounds, such as others chewing, animals grooming, water dripping, a dog barking, an appliance whirring, someone coughing, a clock ticking, a child crying), which can cause certain individuals to experience irritation, anger and even rage depending on the duration of the sound and how sensitive they are to it.
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