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am having such a problem with tinnitus at night.  Drs. have so little to say.  Any helpful ideas.  Would so appreciate.  I feel like the only one bothered.

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I have it when I take out my hearing aid, so obviously at night--thankfully I only have it in one ear (the hearing aid ear).  If I put that side down on the pillow, it seems to help.

 

I don't really have any suggestions, just wanted to let you know what I do that helps.  You might try those soft ear plugs?

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My sister has this issue and she sleeps with her TV on all night, or how about a white noise machine. Glad I don't have this because I can't sleep with any noise. Hope you find something that helps.

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@catter70 wrote:

My sister has this issue and she sleeps with her TV on all night, or how about a white noise machine. Glad I don't have this because I can't sleep with any noise. Hope you find something that helps.


I bought a white noise machine to try to mask my tinnitus. All it did was make more noise that I didn't want to hear.

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I've had it for many years.  There is no cure.  I put my hearing aids in the minute I wake up and take them out when I'm ready to sleep.  

@mattyliz there have been other threads on the topic.  Try using the search box, you may find helpful information from last conversations. 

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@DrKelli wrote:

I have it when I take out my hearing aid, so obviously at night--thankfully I only have it in one ear (the hearing aid ear).  If I put that side down on the pillow, it seems to help.

 

I don't really have any suggestions, just wanted to let you know what I do that helps.  You might try those soft ear plugs?


That is so interesting. I too, only wear one hearing aid but I cannot fall asleep if my normal ear is blocked. 

 

My right ear is impaired so if I try to fall asleep on the left side I feel like I am in a sound proof booth.

 

I think the soft ear plugs is worth a try.

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Thanks to each of you for support and trys.  I so appreciate you.  If you find a miracle, I know you'll post.  Have a lovely Christmas

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@mattyliz There are some causes of tinnitus that you might have under your control. One cause can be use of medications such as the use of aspirin and other NDAIDs. Other medications include certain antibiotics, cancer drugs, water pills (diuretics), antimalarial drugs and antidepressants. Ear blockage with wax can be another controllable cause. Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can also contribute to tinnitus. Chronic diseases can cause tinnitus and for some of the diseases, with proper control the tinnius wanes. Visits to specialists might be warranted to determine the underlying cause and devise a treatment plan if warranted by the causal condition.

 

Some treatments:
Earwax removal

Treating underlying vascular conditions, including high blood pressure, with medication or surgery

Hearing aids if the tinnitus is age related or induced by noise

Switching medications if the tinnitus stems from a medication

Use of a white noise machine such as fans while you sleep

Use of an in ear masking device that priduces a low level white noise 

Use of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. This is a program administered by an audiologist

       you wear a sound masking device in ear are receuve directive counseling to notice    
        The tinnitus less over time and to feell less stress over the tinnitus.

Use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you learn techniques to cope.

Prescriptions for anti anxiety and depression medications, if deemed necessary.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Still investigational.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best advice: get use to it.   

 

Mine started in 2006. I'm convinced that a medication that I was prescribed was the cause.   I also have moderate hearing loss which is a contributing factor.  Got a lot worse (louder) after some recent "jabs." 

 

One strange thing that seemed to help occasionally - Gatorade.  Probably just coincidental.

 

My "sound effects" change frequently.

 

 

 

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@DrKelli wrote:

I have it when I take out my hearing aid, so obviously at night--thankfully I only have it in one ear (the hearing aid ear).  If I put that side down on the pillow, it seems to help.

 

I don't really have any suggestions, just wanted to let you know what I do that helps.  You might try those soft ear plugs?


@DrKelli 

 

I hope you don't mind my asking, but is it common to take the hearing aid out at night?  Is it more comfortable without it in? 

 

Reason I ask, I'm going back to my ENT to try out hearing aids in a few weeks.  I guess I'm hoping they won't *bug* me/be uncomfortable.  I only need one for one ear.  Thanks in advance.