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Tinnitus: stress related? What to do?

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  • Posted By: Pink_Panther27
  • December 5, 2011
  • 01:11 AM

For close to the past year my head has been ringing and I don't know why.

Since January of this year I have had my ear cannals thoroughly cleaned to get rid of any wax build up and the ringing has persisted. At this time the best explanation is stress.

-As far as I know I have never had an ear infection.
-I have NEVER been to a concert and when I do listen to music on a set of head phones (not ear buds) I am mindful of keeping the volume at a reasonable level.
-I have no underlying heart, or neurological problems that could be causing this.
-I had some testing done and it was determined I did not have a tumorous growth.
-Like a lot of people I have been struggling to make things work.

If stress is the root, underlying cause of this what can I do? Theoretically so long as there is nothing structurally wrong or damaged this should be reversable, right?

I have heard that acupuncture has been used to treat it, but I have been able to find nothing about how effective it is, or whether it is effective at all. And recently I was reading something online that said: (paraphrased summary)

When we are stressed our flight or fight response is activated which triggers our senses to become heightened. If the presence of stress is chronic and severe our hearing can become stuck in this mode of hypervigilance--hence the ringing.

On a whim I have decided to experiment with taking several supplements: rei-shi mushrooms and ashwagandha to see if they help at all with coping with stress and do anything to diminish the ringing. So far I have not noticed a noticeable difference on either front.

It probably is a bit much to ask, but I would really like this to go away.

Thanks for reading.

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