Friday, January 23, 2009


Tinnitus from the Latin word "ringing" is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. It can be perceived in one or both ears or in the head. It is usually described as a ringing noise, but in some patients it takes the form of a high pitched whining, buzzing, hissing, humming, or whistling sound, or as ticking, clicking, roaring, "crickets" or "tree frogs" or "locusts", tunes, songs, or beeping.
I have this tinnitus back when I was still 9 years old. The doctors said it must be the side-effect from oral medications, such as aspirin and some high dosage anti-biotic syrup, because I was a sickly girl then. But I believe it has other cause than that. One time, my brother came from Japan with this "cassette walkman" that I was so fond of. (During that time, it was the latest gadgets.) I can still remember that I had it on for almost the whole day and on full volume. And I believe that caused my ear infection that gave me hearing problem in the present.
Few weeks after I arrived here, I have been suffering of tinnitus more than I had back in the Philippines. There has never been a week without it. It is very uncomfortable and it made my hearing problem worse. Flying was terrible, too. Popping ear pressure made my trip miserable for a week.
Three months ago, I had two hearing test, first at Sandusky and the other one was in Cass City. I had undergone a test called "Pure Tone Audiometry" and the other test called "Tympanometry". After such, the result was, very poor, that I seriously need a hearing aid.
Personally, I don't want to wear one. My reason is, I don't want to come to a point where I will be very dependent on it that when I took it off, I can hearing nothing at all. I would like to hear any suggestion, comments, ideas or observations regarding this hearing aid. Thank you in advance and I will appreciate it very much.


Delirious said...

Thanks for stopping by my blogs!

My husband had a short case of tinnitus. He said it was miserable.

You wondered if wearing the hearing aid would make your hearing get worse because of relying on it. I suggest you talk to the doctor about that. Maybe he can tell you if that is really true. I think that if you have a serious hearing problem you would be safer to wear it so you can know what is going on. Good luck!

Denise said...

I will be praying for your hearing sweetie.

acey said...

hi, ate grace! i'm so sorry to hear about your condition... will it get better, though? or is it a permanent thing? =(

praying for a miracle so you wont need a hearing aid.

Daniel Ng said...

Sorry to hear that..hope that you will get some good advise for those who have the same problems.

You take care and we will pray for you!

Susan said...

hope you feel better are in my prayers.thank you for the prayers for my family.god bless.

Lisa said...

Hi Grace!

Sorry to hear that your tinnitus is still giving you problems. I thought it would not be that bad during winter. If hearing aid will help you then why not try it.

My tinnitus is hardly noticeable now. Konti na lang at di na masyado. Since I got here in PI, di ko na napapansin. My ears were painful when we landed in Tokyo but the pain was gone after I got off the plane. When we landed in NAIA, my ears were ok and no pain. So far, ok na ang tulog ko at nawala na rin ang anxiety ko. God is so good. Thanks for your prayers. I'll be praying for the healing of your tinnitus. BTW, why not try Lipoflavonoids for ringing in the ears. I tried this before and it helped me. You can buy it at Walmart.

rummuser said...

This is a highly personal matter. With all good intentions, I insisted that my father get himself fitted with one and he is most uncomfortable with it. Perhaps at 92 years of age, it is different, but only he can feel the discomfort and I have to be sensitive to his feelings. I therefore believe that you need to make this decision based on your personal priorities.

tikno said...

Grace my friend,
Sorry to hear about that. I think the best things that you can do is get advice from your doctor.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog..I have enjoyed reading some of your past blogs...especially the previous one about friends and shoes! So thankful for those ones that "fit just right"!

Hope all works out with your hearing...I guess I might be reluctant about an aid also, but...I also want to hear! Pray for just the right answer...

Jessica said...

I have a ringing in my ear sometimes, but not all the time. It must be so irritating to have to deal with that all the time!

Nanaybelen said...

oww. hope you will get better soo.
i always scolding my kids of using those gadgets but they were hardheaded.
thanks for sharing lalo nasa mga kabataan ngayon