We were speaking yesterday about Tinnitus. There is a company who has technology that seems to be getting positive results for treating tinnitus and has clinical trials to prove it. It is called Lenire:
Tinnitus Talk also did a podcast with one of the developers:
I have a contact with them if you are interested in discussing this technology on your program.
Living with this can be horrible. I do not have it now. But, back in 2010 or so, I was suffering from all sorts of side effects from Lunesta. This was one of the side effects I had. Thankfully, it all stopped after 3 months. The ringing in my ears was the last thing to go away.
But damn, I could hardly get to sleep some nights because it was so damn loud. I can’t imagine living with that for years
Fortunately, I got used to it but the first 3-6 months were tough. Others have it way worse and the sad thing is that there is just not enough attention to the ailment since it isn’t “physical” threat but boy is it a mental torture for so many people. I believe some have even committed suicide because of it.
@Leo While you are right that nerve damage might not be repairable, I think a treatment to stop the tinnitus signal is possible. That would not necessarily deal with repairing the nerve. It’s reprogramming the brain. The podcast I mention explains this better.
Hopefully, you will consider having them come in and explain their treatment as a guest someday.
I am going to have to check this out. I have been living with tinnitus for the past few years due to a tumor in my ear. The good news is that zapping the tumor with radiation worked well and stopped it’s growth. The bad news is it made the tinnitus much worse.
So far the best thing I have done is get a white noise machine for the bedroom. It doesn’t stop the tinnitus but it does make it easier to tune it out while trying to sleep.
I’ve had it as far back as I can remember and mostly manage to ignore it.
As a child before I knew it was in my head I would spend ages looking for whatever piece of electronic kit was whistling.
It progressed into 3 tones. When at its worst I hear a high, a low and an oscillating tone all at the same time.
If I also have a headache at the same time it is flaring-up, it makes me so physically ill that I vomit.
That really is a roll of the dice, and thankfully doesn’t happen often.
I seem to remember Leo talking about how the FDA is relaxing regulations on hearing aids so that they don’t have to undergo expensive medical device certification. I’m hoping a tech company will come up with air pod like hearing aids that help compensate for tinnitus. Something that you can actually afford. I’ve had tinnitus for almost 20 years. I try to pretend it’s crickets on a nice warm summer evening. High pitched crickets.
That’s exactly what it sounds like! I try to describe it to my co-workers, and said it sounded like a summer night in Mississippi. I have to have a fan going to sleep (or at least an open window), and also use a small desk fan at work. I’ve noticed diet, ie too much sodium, makes it intensify.