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For the last few weeks I have had constant, loud ringing in my ears. Is this related to Diabetes and what do you do about it?
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I've had tinnitus for a number of years. I went to a specialty clinic for it, they said its like a roof dripping, it could be from anything and hard to find. You can check with your doc, maybe its a med issue?
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The sensation of "ringing in the ears" or hearing noise, buzzing, whistling, etc. is a condition called Tinnitus.

I have it. I think I was in denial about it at first, but I kept on hearing it in the quietest of times and places. I first noticed it late last summer. I went to my doctor, who sent me to an Ear/Nose/Throat specialist. The E/N/T checked to see if I had wax build up or water behind the eardrum (no in both cases). Then I had to make an appt. with an Audiologist. It was determined that although I hear fine there was some hearing loss in a certain frequency or pitch. That is the cause in my case.

To the best of my knowledge, Diabetes has nothing to do with it. Age, and hearing loss are more relevant. I am a 55 year old male.

To me, it sounds like being in a country meadow at twilight in summer ... the noise is like "crickets," "cicadas," or "tree frogs." A colleague at work, a woman of my age, says to her it sounds like the electronic noises you hear under the high tension power lines out in the country.

Sadly, very little can be done about it. There is no cure. You can be outfitted with a hearing aid that tries to cover it with "white noise."

It causes some people to get severely depressed and even suicidal.

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I appear to have mild tinnitus - but what I have noticed over the past few months is that it becomes extremely bad when my blood sugars are high. By that I mean, a movement up to say, 11 for some time mmol/l (200 mg/dl) will bring on exacerbated tinnitus. That's simply my repeated observation. And it is really, really annoying and yet another reason to add to my constant attempts to control my errant BGs.

I hope that if I find a way to improve control from where it is now in my current situation, that effect may recede. But I suspect it is existing damage that causes the problem, in the first place.
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I've had tinnitus for about 10 years. It's not fun :mad: - in fact for me it's worse than the diabetes. The medics don't actually know what causes it, & thus can't do anything for it. There is *some* correlation with exposure to loud noise (industrial noise and/or loud music), but that's not the full story. I guess for me it was probably playing in a band for years :eek: .....

If you're lucky it'll spontaneously stop.....

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I dont think its related to diabetes but is very possibly related to your meds.
I had tinnitus as a side effect from aspirin,which went away when I stopped taking aspirin.
Google Lisinopril tinnitus & see if theres a reference.

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The sensation of "ringing in the ears" or hearing noise, buzzing, whistling, etc. is a condition called Tinnitus.



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I have it too, some days are worse than others and some nights it keeps me up. :mad:
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I hope that if I find a way to improve control from where it is now in my current situation, that effect may recede. But I suspect it is existing damage that causes the problem, in the first place.


Are you a good water drinker? I swear water helps a ton, especially if you are an insulin user. Maybe not so much for type 1? Not sure, but it sure can't hurt to try if you haven't already.
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I dont think its related to diabetes but is very possibly related to your meds.
I had tinnitus as a side effect from aspirin,which went away when I stopped taking aspirin.
Google Lisinopril tinnitus & see if theres a reference.


From what I have read it is all about diabetes, they even sell diabetic products to help reduce the ringing. I don't need to take another drug so I haven't tried it yet.
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I've had it since I was a kid (long before any diabetes issues). For me, it gets worse if I'm sick, but it is always there.

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You wouldn't happen to be married would you? :D :D :D
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After reading on the internet, I am concerned that the beta blockers that I have been taking have given me this problem. I took an online hearing test and my hearing has really gotten worse from the last time I took it. (it is now in the severe range) I wish my doctor how told me this, I really need my hearing!!
I try to remember that:
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Are you a good water drinker? I swear water helps a ton, especially if you are an insulin user. Maybe not so much for type 1? Not sure, but it sure can't hurt to try if you haven't already.


Good amounts of water does help, especially if it's from certain causes. A friend has Menier's Disease that causes it & has to stay hydrated & avoid salt in order to live with it.

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I was taking a regular (325) daily aspirin. After several months I developed tinnitus. It is the pits.

I stopped the aspirin against the strong objection of my doctor and the ringing stopped for awhile and came back intermittently. When it was gone, I would involuntarily induce it just by thinking about it.

At this time I also had back pain and sciatica pain and needed a cane to walk. I read Dr. Sarno's book, "Healing Back Pain" which suggested that my back pain was psychosomatic and how to treat it. I thought that he was crazy suggesting that it was all in my head because the pain was so real.

My back pain went away, my sciatica pain went away, my tinnitus went away and never came back.

I suggest Dr. Sarno's new book, "The Divided Mind," which covers such problems including tinnitus.

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Tinnitus is my constant companion. Has been for some years. Worse with high blood sugar. Worse with high pollen or mold, too.

I HATE IT.

I am hard of hearing with it.
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Tinnitus is my constant companion. Has been for some years. Worse with high blood sugar. Worse with high pollen or mold, too.

I HATE IT.

I am hard of hearing with it.


Ditto :mad: !!!! I know exactly how you feel! Audiologist says I should be going for hearing aids :dontknow: Sometimes life sucks.....

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Ditto :mad: !!!! I know exactly how you feel! Audiologist says I should be going for hearing aids :dontknow: Sometimes life sucks.....

Dave


Yeah and hearing are EXPENSIVE and not usually covered, and require maintenance :mad: .
Linda


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Jul 09 ... C-pep 1.3, GAD-65 > 30
Mar 10 C-pep 2.8 (20 g carb); GAD 3.2
dx 02/09 in DKA


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Allan7935

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You might consider hypnotism. It is a lot less expensive than hearing aids.

I see some ads suggesting that tinnitus can be treated this way.

Allan
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More than 20 years ago I started having Tinnitus. I can describe it as a series of high frequency ringing sounds. There are three of them, with distinguishable frequencies. I was also diagnosed with nerve damage in my ears and very high frequency sounds are very difficult for me to hear. The ones inside my head are easy to hear, unfortunately, because of their location.

My tinnitus started while I was having Epstein Barr. I did not think anything about that until I read an article in a magazine written by Cher, the astress/singer. She had a bad case of Epstein Barr and had stopped performing for many months. Then she had tinnitus, and she said that the Epstein Barr caused it. She started taking large doses of Niacin and her tinnitus stopped. I tried Niacin for a few months, with increasing doses, but it did not help. I think Cher's tinnitus would probably have stopped without the Niacin. (I have read that large doses of Niacin has been known to cause elevated blood sugar.)

I have also read that Epstein Barr is among potential triggers for Type 1 diabetes. I have a friend in Pittsburg who had a very bad case of Epstein Barr. Her Type 1 diabetes was diagnosed soon after her Epstein Barr.
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I have had tinitus for a couple of years now have 2 hearing aids which do work a bit but i cant wear them outside or when sleeping was advised buy my hearing specialist to use an old fashioned wind up alarm clock in the bedroom i did not realy belive him but got 1 anyway sleep like a baby now best peice of advice i have got. Taffh




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