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15 years of Tinnitus: Any suggestions?

I have had constant tinnitus for about 15 years. Sometimes I can ignore it or mask it with noise, but more commonly it is quite aggravating. Without fail, there is not a day that goes by that I am not repeatedly reminded of this problem of the nagging ringing in my ears.

Some history about me is as follows:

Two head injuries as a child about thirty years ago. Each was a blow to the center of the forehead about one month apart in the same area.

History of bruxism, but not currently noticeable (as reported by my wife)

I have a high frequency hearing loss probably related to noise exposure at work. I have since quit working in noise and have not been exposed to noise hazards for about the last ten years.

Ulcerative colitis in 1996 with colostomy/ileostomy surgeries.

Sleep Apnoea diagnosed in 2004, currently using cpap.

Periodic bouts with depression. Not debilitating, but but quite a downer nonetheless.

I have noticed relief from a prior perscription of Xanax, (taken for symptoms of angina) but the thought of the negative effects made that seem like an innappropriate alternative as the angina has since subsided.

I also notice I get aggravated, frustrated, angry, short-tempered, and somewhat anxious at times. I have not connected this to the tinnitus, but seems that my overall attitude has changed from what it was in my younger years. I do not think that stress is ruling my life, but maybe my defenses have taken over and my body has accepted things as a new level of normal. If I stop and think about it, I can usually find myself tensed up and often exerting muscles for no apparent reason. (i.e. eyes, forehead, jaw, hands, legs, etc.)

I also have restless leg syndrome, which is controllable if I think about it and decide to stop it. I think that is an unconscious outlet for stress.

Some of the best natural relief is common noise, mainly the television while falling asleep and during the night. Road noise in the car is also a good masker, but hearing others is quite difficult while driving.

I also can mask the ringing with a noisy analog hearing aid, but that can also get annoying when trying to listen to others.

The ringing has been isolated to a frequency of about 3k hertz at an amplitude of about 75 dB. (which is about the threshold of hearing), but who knows if the actual ringing is masking the lower levels of residual hearing ability.

Occasionally, I will hear a loud tone (about 750 hertz), but this will usually occur in only one ear and is quite transient for only a minute or two.

I am currently not taking any medications and am not under the care of a medical doctor for any health related condition. Overall, I would consider myself fairly healthy at the age of 42.

I have never used homeopathic remedies, but my wife swears by them. After being told numerous times that nothing can be done, I figured I would give it a try if I only knew which one or combination of remedies I should try. Also what dosage would be appropriate, etc.

While I have lived with this for fifteen years, my life will undoubtedly go on, but I remember the first few months of this problem and recall vividly how devastating it was to me. I have coped with it, but looking back at the history of health issues, I find I may not be dealing with it effectively if any of these are related.

If anyone could help, I would greatly appreciate it, otherwise I will struggle along as I have in the past and try to ignore it the best I can. I sincerely hope the latter isn't the case.

Thanks for your help, as any comments or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
  dodun on 2005-12-28
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TRy first week natrum sal 200c,three doses at half an hour apart.The dose is 5 drops mixed in a little water.If you dont feel any change then try petroleum 200 exactly in the same manner.These two medicines are clnically varified.
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