Monday, February 6, 2012
Ringing in the ears
For the past couple of years I have experienced an ongoing ringing in the ears. The medical term is tinnitus. If I am remembering right, it started after taking a trip east. We drove through the mountains of West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Being from flat Wisconsin, those places provide quite a bit of ascending and descending, as possible prelude to ringing of the ears. I also remember having my ear buds in and playing my podcasts loud so that I could hear what was being said. Shortly after that trip, I remember becoming conscience to the ringing. I wonder if it has been there before than but I wasn't paying attention to it. That is possible. It maybe that it has just increased recently. Over the last week or so, it seems to have picked up a level. Now even while I am watching and listening to the television, the ringing will come through. Sleep seems to be the only time I can shut it off completely. It has me concerned as it may eventually become distracting or diminish my hearing ability if it hasn't already. I have listened to loud music in the past and I have been around machinery that was loud. However, I don't believe I have done either of these things especially long or loud but temporarily. I have not used my ear buds in a while hoping that would lower the level of ringing. I also wonder if using a Q-tip to clean my ear after showering was a cause of the problem. Right now, I do not have a solution. I usually listen to the radio and podcasts during the day. Maybe I need to go over to almost no audio for a while just to experiment. If I find a solution, I will definitely write about it.