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This web page is dedicated to answering some important questions about Tinnitus. It is compiled from and makes reference to multiple online Tinnitus resources. It is not intended as a substitute for a health practitioner.

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General Tinnitus FAQs

1. What is Tinnitus?
2. How many people are afflicted with Tinnitus?
3. What causes Tinnitus?
4. What treatments are available for Tinnitus?
5. I have recently discovered that I have Tinnitus, what should I do first?
6. Tinnitus is driving me crazy! What should I do?
7. Does our healthcare pay for Tinnitus treatment?
8. Will my insurance pay for my Tinnitus treatment?
9. Is there a cure for Tinnitus?
10. Where can I go to learn more about Tinnitus?
11. What aggravates Tinnitus?

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus varies from person to person but it is generally described as a constant ringing, buzzing, chirping, roaring, hissing or whistling in the ears. Some may have Tinnitus in one ear or both and some describe it as coming from inside the brain. Tinnitus can be high pitched or low pitched and can be constant or come and go intermittently.


How many people are afflicted with Tinnitus?

It is estimated that as much as 15% of the world's population suffers from Tinnitus in one form or another. About 25% of these people have Tinnitus severely enough to seek medical attention. In recent years the number of Tinnitus sufferers has grown significantly. This may be due to a number of environmental factors including exposure to loud noise.


What causes Tinnitus?

There are several causes of Tinnitus. It is important to note that no one cause is more prevalent than another and the exact cause of each person's tinnitus cannot be determined. Here is a brief list of some known causes.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss - Loud noises can damage and even destroy tiny in the inner ear and this cannot be corrected. Hearing loss due to exposure to loud noise can also accompany Tinnitus. It has been recorded that up to 90 percent of all tinnitus patients have some level of hearing loss.

Prescription and Over the Counter Medications - Many medications contain chemicals which can be toxic to the ear. Depending on dosage some medications can cause temporary or even permanent Tinnitus. Before taking any medication discuss the possibility of contracting Tinnitus with your doctor. And, always read the fine print of possible side effects enclosed with most over the counter medications.

Ear or Sinus Infections - Sinus infections can cause temporary or permanent Tinnitus. Depending on how severe the infection please read the labels on over the counter medications because some of them list Tinnitus as a side effect.

Rare Causes of Tinnitus - Though less common than the above listed causes the following is a brief list of some of the more rare causes of Tinnitus; Jaw misalignment, Cardiovascular disease, Tumors, Head and neck trauma.


What treatments are available for Tinnitus?

Currently there is no known cure for Tinnitus however much research and millions of dollars are being spent every year on finding a cure. Depending on who you talk to there are a number of treatments available for Tinnitus such as prescription medications, natural remedies, homeopathy, acupuncture, ginko biloba, natural healers, tinnitus retraining therapy, tinnitus maskers, diets etc...

Each person is different and will respond differently to each tinnitus remedy. It is impossible to predict the outcome of any particular therapy. If you have tinnitus consult with your doctor about possible solutions.

Many people have had little success with most tinnitus treatments currently available. If you want lasting relief, you may consider an alternative approach. Listen to Paul Tobey's Tinnitus Seminar which you can instantly download now.


I have recently discovered that I have Tinnitus, what should I do first?

Please see your medical practitioner. They may have many suggestions as to what you should do next and what possible remedies may be available. But, more than that...it is important that you understand your options and therefore do some research before deciding what to do. There are many products being marketed on the internet that claim to have success in treating Tinnitus. Most are completely bogus! Beware the outrageous claims of a cure and most of all, make wise decisions before you part with your money.


Tinnitus is driving me crazy! What should I do?

If you are at a point where you feel you cannot suffer one more day with Tinnitus then please tell someone. Very often Tinnitus sufferers feel alone because they think no one can understand what they're going through. Tinnitus is invisible and therefore many tinnitus patients feel completely alone. It is important that you contact a loved one, a doctor, a psychiatrist or anyone that you can talk to and share what you're going through.


Does our healthcare pay for Tinnitus treatment?

Visits to your family doctor and ENT specialists for Tinnitus are covered by Canadian Medicare. Medications are not covered and neither are specialized Tinnitus therapies.


Will my medical insurance pay for my Tinnitus treatment?

Not likely. Though medical insurance benefits differ greatly most do not cover any treatments for Tinnitus.


Is there a cure for Tinnitus?

No, there is not known cure for Tinnitus. That's not to say that people have not been cured. Many people have experienced a complete disappearance of their tinnitus. How this happens exactly is unexplainable but it is definitely possible to be cured.


Where can I go to learn more about Tinnitus?

There are a number of non-profit Tinnitus organizations dedicated to helping Tinnitus patients with treatment options, education, prevention awareness and even counseling. For a list of these organizations please click here.


What aggravates Tinnitus?

Even though Tinnitus may be permanent many people still experience different levels of volume. There are number of aggravants that have been documented to cause a heightening of tinnitus symptoms such as: salt, wheat, alcohol, coffee, citrus fruits, dairy products and even stress. It varies from person to person but usually by trial and error many tinnitus patients are able to figure out what causes their symptoms to be more severe and therefore are able to avoid those situations.


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The following article appeared in "Tinnitus Today" the journal for the American Tinnitus Association. It is a story which resonates deeply with many people suffering from Tinnitus. It is the true account of how Canadian Concert Pianist Paul Tobey learned over to time to deal with his severely debilitating form of Tinnitus.

My Choice - by Paul Tobey

I have devoted my life to the study of sound. I am not a physicist, a doctor, a scientist, nor an audiologist. I am a master of sound, an accomplished concert pianist. Since the age of eight, I’ve studied the relationship between the body and the vibration of musical notes. What I couldn’t have known is that one day I would deeply yearn for the one note I would never hear again – the note of “no sound.”

Perhaps the tinnitus was caused by all of those over-the-counter decongestants I was taking for my flu, or maybe it was the stress of being at the pinnacle of my performing career, or maybe it was the news that my wife, Nancy, was giving up a good paying job, or a combination thereof. Whatever it was, one night I dreamt I was sitting on an airport tarmac between two jet engines. When I woke up, I realized this noise wasn’t just a dream. It was in my head! I rolled off the bed onto the floor in a fetal position with hands over my ears.

Over the next few weeks, I begged doctors to help me. My journey of hope began with visits to family doctors, referrals, and audiologists. Weeks turned into years with more research leading my wife and me to more doctors, shamans, and dozens of healers around the world. We live in Canada, but traveled to as far away as Japan.

What started as my journey of hope turned into a dark and painful life with bouts of deep depression. The tinnitus sabotaged my music, my marriage, and sometimes my very desire to live. The worst part was that because my injury was not visible to the world, people had no appreciation or ability to feel compassion for my suffering. I felt very alone. It suddenly occurred to me that maybe Van Gogh cut off his ear to make his suffering visible to the world – not because he thought it would stop his tinnitus.

Believing no one in the world could understand my physical pain, or my emotional burden, I turned to the Internet only to find chat groups with more stories of chronic depression and misery. It became clear I wasn’t alone in my suffering, but it didn’t make me feel better about my situation. That was when my wife became the most afraid, and ordered me to stay out of the virtual company of these sufferers, and instead to stay abreast of research through the American Tinnitus Association.

I was so busy fighting the tinnitus and struggling to make it through the day, I barely noticed my wife’s struggle with my tinnitus too. I had no energy for her personal fight to keep me alive, or to fight the Canadian Hearing Association when they told me they couldn’t measure the volume of the noise I hear (higher than their instruments could measure). I had no strength to fight the audiologist who sold me “white noise/masking hearing aids” that, despite my discipline, hope, and full cooperation, didn’t work for me. I didn’t have the energy to fight other health professionals who tried to help but whose good ideas didn’t work. They got my money; I kept the tinnitus.

My last hope, or so I thought, was an audiologist and medical doctor team who specialized in treating musician’s hearing problems. Because I’m self employed, I have no drug insurance plan. Feeling for my situation, they gave me dozen packets of antidepressants. Feeling hopeful that maybe they would work, I poured the boxes out on the kitchen table. That’s when I noticed my wife’s anger and when she gave me the ultimatum: “Paul, either you choose to live your life on antidepressants, or you choose to face your disability and conquer it. If you choose to conquer it, you will live a happy life with me and Adrian [our son]. If you choose the antidepressants, you will miss your music and your family. It’ll all be gone.” She stood there with hands on hips and said, “You choose now, because I’m ready to live with whatever you choose.”

With my glimmer of hope turning into profound rage, I swept the table with my arm, and all the pill boxes flew around the room. My rage turned into deep sorrow for my loss of silence, and I bawled for the longest time, curled up on the floor. Nancy never came to comfort me. Maybe she knew I needed to let go of my rage. She watched standing at a distance and repeated the words “You must choose now. It’s been four years, and you have to choose what you are going to do.” I sheepishly got up knowing that I would get no sympathy from her now. This was tough love. I picked up the packets, and began to flush the pills down the toilet.

I cried all night, mourning the fact that after four years, the tinnitus wasn’t going away. I had cried many times before, but this time was different. On this night, I began to surrender to the tinnitus. I knew the tinnitus would somehow have to become my new best friend.

But I wouldn’t be doing it alone. With Nancy and Adrian by my side, my tinnitus healthcare team at the ready, a new spiritual mentor into my life, I was introduced to books about the theory of mind, body, and spirit. I kept a journal of what I ate, how I lived, and my thought processes. Over a period of time, I learned by trial and error that I could control the volume of my tinnitus by completely eliminating wheat products, milk, caffeine, yellow vegetables, pork, salt, red wine, and citrus fruits from my diet, and introducing a high-protein diet of beef and certain types of beans, plus broccoli and other green vegetables. What I eat seems to control the volume of the tinnitus. I learned that exercise, sex, meditation, and playing the piano kept my mind off of the tinnitus for long stretches of time. I learned that my negative thought processes had kept me focused and addicted to my tinnitus, and that I could actually control my thoughts to take the focus off of my tinnitus. I learned that no one else in the world was empowered to heal me, and that I would ultimately be responsible for my own healing.

Seven years later, I am a completely new person. Tinnitus has transformed my life – in very positive ways. Because of the tinnitus, I have walked an 850km pilgrimage across Spain, produced spiritual films, composed symphony music, became a certified motivational trainer, and am currently writing my first book. I am healthier, wiser, more grounded, humbled, and very grateful for my life.

Because of the tinnitus, I now teach people how to find their inner strength and use it to conquer their mind’s attachment to illness, vulnerabilities, emotional burdens, and fears. And yet, with all of my professional credits, nothing in my life’s journey comes close to my personal accomplishment of conquering my tinnitus. No, I may never experience silence again. But tinnitus now serves as a beacon in my life. It is no longer the cruel enemy that once controlled me.

As a master of sound, I can tell you that the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard is the suspended space between two musical notes – that open space of “no sound,” of silence. It’s such a great gift. But I’ve learned that other profound gifts do come, and from the strangest forms of suffering. As my loving wife once said in one desperate attempt to save my life, “It’s your choice.” And so I’ve chosen.

- The author Paul Tobey has developed a "How-To" information kit called "A Practical Guide to Tinnitus Free Living." It comes with a beautifully edited eBook, an accompanying audio recording and an audio meditation specifically designed for Tinnitus Patients. A must have for all Tinnitus Sufferers!


Here Are Links To Other Helpful Tinnitus Articles

  • Tinnitus - The Marriage Killer
    Tinnitus may be driving you crazy but it also affects (or infects) everyone around you. Many marriages cannot withstand this kind of adversity. You need to know what you can do to prevent your marriage from breaking down. This article may help.

  • Sleeping With Tinitus
    One of the biggest challenges that I hear from Tinitus (constant ringing in the ears) patients is their inability to get a good night's sleep. In this article I offer my Ten Top Ways to Get to Sleep.

  • Breaking the Tinnitus Habit - A How To Guide
    What you focus on expands! Therefore, if you're focused on your Tinnitus and how much it's bothering you, you're just going to get more of the same. Learning newer more positive habits surrounding Tinnitus is difficult but certainly possible!

  • Tinnitus - For Whom the Tinnitus Bell Tolls...and Tolls...and...Tolls
    Since there is no proven cure for Tinnitus many patients are left wondering what to do. However, you can control your symptoms by focusing on healing from within.

  • A Tinnitus Handbook A Self Help Guide
    Do you need a self help recovery plan that will help your tinnitus to heal? There are four areas of yourself which you can work on to cause your Tinnitus to heal. This Tinnitus Handbook a Self Help Guide will help you.


For More Information About Paul Tobey Visit His Piano Music Website.

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