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tinnitus in musicians

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  • Posted By: banjogirl
  • January 20, 2007
  • 01:17 AM

I have played Irish traditional music and other acoustic folk music for thirty years. For the last twelve or thirteen years, I have developed constant ringing in both ears. In a quiet room, it's very loud to me, and lately I notice that whispered conversations are hard for me to understand, also any foreign accents in TV programs, I think because of the ringing. I have never played real loud highly amplified stuff, but a lot of high frequency sound exposure. I have a nasty suspicion that the music is the cause of this. I have no problem playing banjo, bouzouki, fiddle or mandolin and still have a good ear for pitches. I would like to know if any other musicians have this and what has been helpful. I am thinking about doing some Chinese herbs. The tinnitus is not that bad in and of itself, but I am scared that it will progress.

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