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    Tinnitus not caused by hearing loss

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    I have tinnitus. It comes in a few forms:

    • Heartbeat in ear if I lay down.
    • Low background ringing.
    • High pitched ringing to the beat of my pulse in my left ear. Happens if I run.
    • High pitched ringing if I have a lot of alcohol


    I saw a hearing specialist, he said not to worry about it and didn't know what to do. I had my hearing checked, and it's perfect.

    Mainly I eat fish, meat, eggs, sweet potatoes, vegetables, cottage cheese, berries, and sometimes rice. I don't supplement magnesium, maybe I should.

    Possible causes:

    • Had a bike accident, hurt the left side of my jaw. Its still tense, but thereapists can't seem to fix it. I noticed the heartbeat in my ear after this, and a dentist had suggested it could happen.
    • Had my wisdom teeth out. Only noticed the ringing after this, but it might have been present before.


    It may be some other thing. Has anyone had experience with non-hearing loss related tinnitus. Specifically, has anyone *beaten* this kind of tinnitus?

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    I have it. I have not beaten it. I've had it for as long as I can remember. When I was little I thought I was a secret agent and the ringing was them calling me (this happened after I told my grandmother my ear was ringing and so she told me to answer it).

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    I've had it for as long as I can remember. According to my mom, when she was pregnant with me she got some kind of horrible flu and she's had it ever since. So it wouldn't surprise me if I've had since birth. I honestly don't know any different and would probably be a wreck if it suddenly went away. Mine sounds a bit like cicadas and gets louder when I'm getting sick.

    I haven't seen any change in it, either with eating Primal or taking magnesium (I take 1000 mg every day now to keep the migraines away). I wouldn be interested in seeing if anyone else has actually made a dent in the noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by primal_newbie View Post
    I have tinnitus. It comes in a few forms:

    • Heartbeat in ear if I lay down.
    • Low background ringing.
    • High pitched ringing to the beat of my pulse in my left ear. Happens if I run.
    • High pitched ringing if I have a lot of alcohol
    I did hear a report of someone's tinnitus disappearing when he went on a ketogenic diet. I've no idea why that should happen, and maybe it wouldn't work for you, but it might be something to try.

    [LIST][*]Had a bike accident, hurt the left side of my jaw. Its still tense, but thereapists can't seem to fix it.
    Which therapists? Was it craniosacral, for example?

    I like Alexander technique myself. It's not a therapy; more a form of re-education, based around losing excess tension. You don't really address parts so much as work on your overall organization in that. Benefit to particular areas emerges almost as a by-product. It's the best thing I know for losing acquired excess tension. You might try a handful of lessons in that -- say three or so -- that would probably be enough to see whether it suits you, and assess what benefits fall out.

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    If you have TMJ or other jaw issues (clenching/grinding) it can worsen tinnitis.
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    Lewis: I tried massage, and one physiotherapist. I'll continue to look for someone who can set it straight. Is there a good starting resource for the alexander technique?

    FrankiG: I don't *think* I clench my jaw at night. The right side is completely fine, only the side hurt in the accident is still tense. That said, how do I rule out TMJ? The doctor didn't seem concerned, but maybe another specialist could diagnose it?

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    I have severe tinnitus, pulsatile tinnatus (whooshing heartbeat type), and strange clicking mechanical noises... Sometimes so loud I can't sleep or hear other things clearly.
    All due to a medical condition (I had mild tinnitus previously, but it was no big deal) so... not really helpful I guess.

    If you think you clinch or grind in your sleep see/ask your dentist. They can hook you up with a guard to wear at night that will reduce it some and at least prevent you from destroying your teeth. I have TMJ and I'm a grinder (Bruxism)... I was starting to do damage to my teeth... a night guard isn't sexy, but my teeth will stay in good shape this way. Some of the newer night guards are also very small, unlike the old full upper molded ones. I want to get my old full guard replaced with one of these... Keller Dental Laboratories- NTI-tss Plus?
    I really suggest a custom made guard from the dentist if there is a real grinding issue... the OTC guards don't fit well, are uncomfortable, and probably won't be worn.

    It would also probably be helpful for you to read though the Subjective tinnitus portion of the Tinnitis wiki... LOTS of stuff there.
    Like aspirin and some antibiotics can cause tinnitus... (in reference to the tooth extraction and injury you mentioned).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus

    ***Edit... I just re-read... you said you only noticed the ringing after having the wisdom teeth removed. My bet is that the antibiotic is the culprit. The ringing will likely resolve itself in a month or two. Relax.
    I know how truly irritating it can be as I've been living with it very loud and intense for about a year, but the more you think about it, the worse it is.
    If it bothers you while trying to sleep consider having a radio or some white noise on in the background at a low volume to drown it out and help you ignore it.
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    Sometimes high blood pressure is associated. That's all I've got.


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    Hmm. I mix live rock bands for a living. I have tinnitus, though my hearing still checks out fine (though not as well as it did 15 years ago).
    Eating Primal hasn't changed it. I think it's just the cost of my lifestyle.

    My understanding is that tinnitus that doesn't go away is a sign of permanent hearing damage.

    If you go to live concerts...tinnitus.
    If you listen to those little ear-bud headphones...tinnitus.
    If you work around machinery (doesn't even have to be all that loud) without protection...tinnitus.

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    I had pulsatile tinnitus as one of the many symptoms of adrenal exhaustion, worsened with high BP. It has markedly improved over the last 6 weeks of following PB. BUT it is still there and no way to know if it will go away entirely. Good luck, I know how annoying it is.
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