Never getting any peace and quiet

Have you ever heard of Tinnitus?

I hear it every waking moment of my life, literally.

Ironic I know, since I’m a mom and many times our biggest complaint is never getting any peace and quiet, but I literally never hear silence.

Tinnitus is a ringing in the ears when no outside sound is present. That literally means I never hear true silence.

My tinnitus presents itself with a high pitched whining noise. As I write this entry I can make it turn on and turn off by how much I pay attention to it.

Imagine the constant whooshing sound of running water constantly in your ear. Doesn’t sound that bad right? Now turn the pitch of the sound up until it sounds like nails on a chalkboard. Not so pleasant any more, right?

That’s what I hear from the moment I wake up until the moment I fall asleep.

I recently read that there are a few reasons for this ringing. One could be inflammation in my body caused by diet or medication that I’m taking. I tend to think that this is from diet more than medication since I am not on anything that I have taken daily since I was in junior high.

For some people the ringing becomes so annoying that they go crazy trying to get rid of it. I’m not at that point yet, but I do have my coping mechanisms. As I am writing this, I realized that my gum chewing habit might be one of them. Chewing makes enough noise that my ears turn off from the ringing to the sound of my chewing. I also listen to music and watch a lot of TV. Having background noise helps distract my brain from concentrating on the noise.

I recently downloaded an app that is supposed to help you retrain your brain to not hear the ringing. I’ll have to report back later if it works!


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7 responses to “Never getting any peace and quiet”

  1. Tina McFarlane Avatar

    I have it and found out that I have a mild form of hearing loss. My mom wears a hearing aid, so I probably will in the future. If you can, get an appointment at a hearing clinic. I found, at least mentally, it helped me to cope with it better once I found out the cause. I’m glad that you found some ways to deal with it.

    1. Patty Gordon Avatar

      The last time I had my hearing check they said I had Auditory Processing Issues, but that my actual hearing is fine. I often wonder what might come up if I did one of those food allergy tests. I was reading that sometimes reactions to food can cause inflammation and that leads to ringing in some people.

      1. Tina McFarlane Avatar

        I’ve heard about that. Good luck with finding out.

  2. vaniheart Avatar

    I used to have it, mine felt more like a tractor starting, it started on its own and ended on its own 🙈🙈

    1. Patty Gordon Avatar

      You’re lucky! Ive had it so long I don’t know what started it or what might stop it.

  3. Danielle Falcon Avatar

    I deal with tinnitus as well, though luckily my constant sound is quiet enough that it doesn’t bother me a ton unless it is really, really quiet where I am.

    1. Patty Gordon Avatar

      It’s so funny how it can consume you if you aren’t distracted and sometimes you don’t even notice it at all.

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