Tinnitis Question - constant ringing in your ears

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  1. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

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    Do you suffer from Tinnitus? Do you attribute your Tinnitus to shooting without hearing protection or possibly from other causes. Would you estimate your Tinnitus as being moderate or severe, moderate being always there but not very loud or apparent, severe being a constant ringing or other sound.

    Did you guys know the correct pronounciation is Tinn uh tiss, not Tin EYE tiss.
    Did you know that this condition is common with dentists and hair dressers - because of their exposure to the high-pitched sound of electric drills and blow dryers. SO, if you are a dentist who likes to blow dry his hair before going to the rifle range...
     
  2. Dave King

    Dave King Well-Known Member

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    I have tinnitus, had it for many years. I wear bilateral hearing aids but nowaday even they don't mask the ringing very well. I attribute the majority to Navy noise (deck grinders, needle guns and high pressure air relief valves lifting). I'm sure I've lost some due to gun fire, loud engines (motorcycle and car) and age but mostly I attribute it to age and having good loud fun.

    Aspirin seems to make it worse for me and I avoid using it.

    I'd say mine is severe, the ringing is quite loud and at times I can't understand why other folks can't here my ears ringing. My right ear seems the loudest and is somewhat annoying if I care to pay any attention to it. Every now and again the pitch will change a fair bit for some reason but mostly its a constant monotone ringing. The noise level and pitch are definately different between the two ears.


    The following was stolen from an authoritative internet site..

    "There is some confusion as to the correct pronunciation of the word tinnitus. Many people pronounce it tin-night’-us while others, including most doctors, prefer to say tin'-i-tus. Both pronunciations are considered correct and many dictionaries list it either way. However, the Old English Dictionary, which is renowned for delving into the history of words, describes the first usage from old German as tin-night’-us."

    I was taught and use the tin-night'-us pronunciation variant.
     

  3. HeskethPritchard

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    I got it and its moderate and worse in my left ear.

    I lifted my ear defender to talk to my spotter when a guy next to me in a tunnel range let go with a .475 Rigby (I think it was) %@&* me that hurt real bad and gave me a terrible flinch that took sometime (about a year) to get rid of.

    I looked it up on the net and I read somewhere being overweight can cause it and I used to shoot without protection in the Army so I pretty much knackered now :eek:

    Still I get to ignore the missus when she nags about my shooting and I blame it on the Tinitus.

    Is that the phone ringin...................................
     
  4. royinidaho

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    I've had it for years. I have no idea of its cause. My ears, both of them, sound like a night time Lusiana Swamp. I have no trouble with it or hearing loss due to it. Its just there. However, I do have hearing loss at certain freqs expecially in the right ear. The ear closest to a cheap speaker in a cheap for unpadded/uninsulated van I drove for years. Also do to loud noises, mostly engine room, and fella like Dave King's buddies with those needle guns chipping paint.;) Also years of shooting with out ear protection.

    It once left for several consecutive days. I couldn't hear any better but it about drove me nuts.:rolleyes:
     
  5. Surveyor

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    <raises hand>

    field artillery, guns, and prior ear infections (serious enough to cause ruptured drum)

    Despite the ringing, I can still hear well enough to hear critters doing their thing (calling or walking through leaves).
     
  6. CatShooter

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    I got it... both ears... serious.

    Came from chemical causes - nerve damage from Mercury.

    Shooting never bothered me because I was wearing ear protection "before it was cool".

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  7. Dave King

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    Paul

    So what is more appropriate then, catshooter or mad-hatter???




    Oh.. and to stay on topic... yes, my ear are still ringing.
     
  8. dbhostler

    dbhostler Well-Known Member

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    Is That The Phone Dear?

    I have had this problem for a number of years. Due I think to a combination of things; 1) No use of hearing protection in my youth, 2) 37+ years as a locomotive engineer, 3) Radiation therapy for cancer, 4) Nothing between ears, head is an echo chamber. It is severe and sometimes very bothersome but have learned to deal with it. Ear Doctor says nothing can be done. I usually have earplugs with me at all times, even someone clapping their hands is painful. As a result, I insist our grandchildren wear hearing protection around sound 85db and up.
    db
     
  9. stxhunter

    stxhunter Well-Known Member

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    i have it in both ears not to bad probabley got it from several years of drag racing we never thought to use hearing protection around the cars that we where running with open headers
     
  10. Dead Beat

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    i have it in both ear's to much pipe welding and grinding between pass's
    plus a the middle bone's fused together it has a name but my spell check cant even spell it oticscrousis a 70 DB loss in the left ear and about 50 in the right they checked the nerve it fine . roy said it the best a summer evening in the south

    JIM
     
  11. HeskethPritchard

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    What...................!!! :eek:

    Did someone say somethin?................:eek:

    The bells...... The bells..............

    Oh come on guys someone had to do it an I figured it might as well be me :D:D

    It never stops me sleepin but I hate thinkin about it just in case it does one day.