I am 40 years young and started suffering from tinnitus in about July of 2011. It is a high pitched tone in both ears. It will be really bad for a about 4-5 days then I get a few days with no tinnitus at all. Some days it seems so loud I don’t see how people around me can’t hear it!
I saw my MD in September and he referred me to an ENT in October. That visit resulted in me finding out that I have some high frequency hearing loss in both ears. He basically told me that hopefully it would calm down in the winter when there wasn’t so much noise. He suggested I see him next summer as a follow up to see how I am getting along.
As far as medical history goes, I am generally in good health with no blood pressure problems and my blood tests have always been good. I have had a ton of ear infections in my life and still get probably 3 a year. I also suffered a herniated disc in my neck from martial arts in February of this year and went through PT for that up through May. Don’t know if that has anything to do with it or just a coincidence??
As for vitamins and meds, I take a B-12, multivitamin, two fish oils, and ginko daily. I also have take an alprazolam a couple times a week before bed to help me sleep for stress. The tinnitus doesn’t cause me to lose sleep. I will also use some apps on my iPhone for tinnitus if it is really bothering me.
Anyway, I think I might research the hearing aid route next summer if things don’t improve. I assume that I can demo them for a while before I decide to buy them since it will be a major expense and my insurance won’t cover them.
Thanks for letting me vent!