Wednesday, February 11, 2009
…There is never a shortage of sucky stuff you can get, is there? The human body in its infinite variations.
…Maye Clinic Women’s Health Source says 10-15% of adults have prolonged ringing, whistling, hissing or whooshing sounds in their ears.
…This is tinnitus. It’s related to age-related hearing loss. Loud noises (remember, sitting by all those speakers?) can also cause it. Earwax can also build up and cause it.
…It’s persistent and hard to treat. But not serious.
…Recently, the New York Times Well Blog did a thread on it—people wrote they had been living with it for decades, in some instances.
…Wearing a hearing aid can help. The brain will process external sounds first.
…Wearing earplugs when operating noisy machines.
…Avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and decongestants.
…Turn on a fan or other background noise.
…Use behavioral relaxation techniques to cut stress.
..And, of course, some docs recommend sedatives or antidepressants if the noises are keeping you up.
…HA gets this every so often, like a pause in sounds, then a high-pitched tone for several seconds.
…In her case—no pill.