Stop Ringing in my Ears!

Ringing in my ears - stop!

Stop! Ugh!

Stop! Please stop! Stop the ringing in my ears!

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Is this the cry of countless thousands?  I suspect so.  And… I can really relate to them, all  those thousands of people around the world who suffer from Tinnitis – that continual ringing in the ears.  I guess I’ve been aware of it for most of my life, but not remotely like I am now.

When I was a kid, and into my teenage years, I always got ringing in my ears when I was unwell… like, when I had the flu.  I have no idea if everyone else gets it too, at that time.  Do you?  Please leave a message down below if you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, I have always thought that it was just a part of the flu… one of the symptoms you could say.  Outside of that time, I do not remember having it at all.

My Mum complained…

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I can always remember my Mum complaining about noises in her ears, but for some strange reason I didn’t really question her on it.  I knew what she was talking about, for sure, but I guess I didn’t comprehend that it was always there, rather than just there sometimes.  Now it’s too late to find out, as she’s passed on, but geez I’d love to talk to her about it and find out her exact experiences.

On the other hand, my sister sometimes gets the ringing.  She tells me that sometimes when she eats something it causes the noises to come, so she simply stops eating that, whatever it was, and it goes away.  Maybe she has been onto something.

I cannot say when the ringing increased or when it came to stay.  I only know that it’s been with me for a long time, and that currently it’s worse… louder, more persistent.

One of the noises in my ears sounds like cicadas!

Cicada noise!

I have 3 distinct noises:

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  1. One is like an engine running, a deep low pulsating sound.  When I take my pulse, it’s the exact rhythm of my heart.  This one seems to come from the lower back of my head.
  2. Cicadas!  That’s the best description I can think of.
  3. In my right ear there is a high pitched, uneven sound.  It bounces around a bit. Seems to be more annoying than the other two, and is the last to join the group!

So what is it?

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I’ve searched online for an answer, and from all accounts there are many different, potential reasons.  As usual, my research dug up that not everyone agrees on the causes.  Wouldn’t it be nice, or indeed very helpful, if for once everyone said the same thing!

Now I’m not against presenting myself to my local doctor… not at all, but I don’t want to do drugs.  I see them as chiefly a cover up of the real problem.  Anyway, I’d just like to see if I can work out the cause by myself first, with a little help (or lot) from the sources I trust online.

Interesting research

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Recently I was reading a book by Dr Keith Scott-Mumby, the world’s leading authority into allergy research, and lo and behold, one of the symptoms he mentioned was ringing in the ears!  That for me was one of the “ah-ha” moments!

So this doctor, was suggesting my problem could potentially come from an unknown food allergy?  Interesting!  He also described a person’s changing conditions, from child through to adult, which actually felt like he was talking about me!  I was blown away!

I have never considered myself as having any food allergies.  Nope, not me!  Don’t know why others suffer with such things, but fortunately I don’t seem to have any.

Maybe I was wrong!  Even conceited!

My interest in his book grew deeper as he made suggestions on how to discover unknown food allergies at home, exactly the same way he prescribes in his clinic.  He explained how different foods cause inflammation in the body and need to be avoided.  The problem is we don’t necessarily know we have inflammatory symptoms on the inside where we can’t see them. And… as he said, all of us is different so that a food that inflames me could be perfectly ok for you!

You know, we can eat certain foods which are known to cool down inflammation, but it only makes sense that we don’t consume them in the first place… don’t you think?

He lists out exactly what you have to do; for how long; and then gives a short list of potential outcomes. It’s like he’s right there beside you as you go through the testing.  Great stuff!

OK… I knew, without a shadow of a doubt I’d be following his plan.

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First I had to make 4 short lists regarding the foods I ate, and after that it was just a matter of preparing to go on an elimination diet for up to 14 days.

Could I do this?  I looked at the plan and realised I was pretty close to the mark anyway, but I just needed to be a little stricter.

I sat down and worked out a menu for 7 days, including only the allowed foods which is exactly the same as he allows his patients.  Nothing different.  I made sure I had 3 meals plus 2 snacks per day as I didn’t want to be floating around wondering what I should or shouldn’t eat.

Brilliant… a great 7 day menu was prepared.  Now all I had to do was prepare a shopping list.  I took one week to get my head around what I had to do, and to prepare for the start.

Start day was set for Sunday 21st June, 2015.  Today I’m on Day 4 of the program.  As I’m documenting my progress each day, click here to see how I’m going:  Stop Inflammation Naturally

So what am I looking for?

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Well, it would be more than lovely if I eventually have a lessening of this racket in my ears. More than good.  But even if I feel better generally better, it will still be a plus.

As you may know from reading my blog, I rarely eat wheat, not at all if I can get away with it, and I rarely eat white sugar.  Once again, it’s not always totally possible (if you’re invited out for a meal for example) but I choose more natural sweeteners such as Stevia or honey.  But on this elimination diet I can’t have any of those things… at all, so let’s see if I feel a difference.

Click here to learn more serious stuff about foods that cause inflammatory conditions?

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Maybe you’re not totally aware of it but my blog is about my journey… not necessarily the journey’s end.  I’m explaining with you exactly how it is for me, and maybe together we can find answers as we share together.  If you are with me and crying out “Please help!  Show me how to stop this ringing in my ears” let’s discover a cure together.

Warm regards,
Marilyn Williams shares her experience of the difference it made when she concentrated on building her health rather than trying to lose weight

 

 

Marilyn Williams

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22 Comments:

  1. Hi Marilyn, I have toured your site and I am excited about what you are promoting. The layout of your site is all inspiring. Your images are chosen to encourage your message and placed in the correct places. Your site is awesome. Everyone who visits or follows your site will find well defined subject matter and find it clearly written.
    This is very important to peak the interests of your visitors/followers. Great job.
    We have many things in common including our names.
    Marilyn

    • Hi Marilyn… great to meet you! Thanks for your encouraging words which are much appreciated. Awfully sorry I didn’t get to answer in a timely fashion but I’ve had to be away from my computer because life got in the way. I’d love to see your website… let me know sometime.

  2. Hi Marilyn, I have toured your site and I am excited about what you are promoting. The layout of your site is all inspiring. Your images are chosen to encourage your message and placed in the correct places. Your site is awesome. Everyone who visits or follows your site will find well defined subject matter and find it clearly written.
    This is very important to peak the interests of your visitors/followers. Great job.
    We have many things in common including our names.
    Marilyn

    • Hi Marilyn… great to meet you! Thanks for your encouraging words which are much appreciated. Awfully sorry I didn’t get to answer in a timely fashion but I’ve had to be away from my computer because life got in the way. I’d love to see your website… let me know sometime.

  3. I’ve got a ringing sensation in my ears from time to time, probably once a month in my life but only for a few seconds then it’s gone again!

    I can definitely agree that if someone gets a ringing in their ears that very often but not for everyone it could be something to do with nutrition.

    So many issues that people have at times is because their nutrition is not where it should be and if people would only eat the right food than a lot of issues would be fixed!

    Cheers for the informative post Marilyn and looking forward to your next one, Stephen

    • I have to say Stephen that if you only experience it about one a month you are most fortunate indeed! I suspect in your case it could be food related… you should take notice. In my case, I’m not quite so sure, as nothing seems to affect it… and it doesn’t change… it’s like it all the time. I got a fair way through the allergy testing and then was interrupted as I had to go to another state to care for my sister. I will have to get back into it again.

  4. Hmmm this is really interesting, I get a ringing in my ears sometimes as well. I completely know what you mean about cicadas!

    I also thought I had no food allergies, until I discovered I had somehow become highly allergic to Kiwi over my life. I was pregnant at the time so I figured the baby just didn’t like Kiwi, but nope I had it again after I my child and it was the worst experience ever. Thanks for the heads up, I will be sure to be on the lookout for what I had to eat the next time it happens.

    • Wow, I wonder what happened to you when you ate Kiwi Fruit! Doesn’t sound at all good. I wonder also what the difference between you and me is… in that it happens to you only sometimes, but for me it’s all the time. It never stops, unfortunately.

      Definitely if it only happens sometimes I would be on the lookout for the culprit, whether it be food or something else that happened. I would be so interested in the results of your detective work!

  5. This was a really interesting read although I do not suffer from this condition myself. I’ve always felt so sorry for those who suffer from Tinnitis.
    I really couldn’t imagine the suffering that hearing this sort of noise could cause…all day long!!!!
    Thanks for sharing this information – learned a lot from it I was unaware of
    Chris

    • Thanks for taking the time to share with me your thoughts Chris. Yeah, it’s not all that much fun but hopefully I’ll get to the bottom of it yet.

      It’s always good to learn new stuff… I’m always learning things I didn’t even know I wanted to learn… if you know what I mean.

  6. Hi Marilyn. I used to get ringing in my ears, high pitched non-stop sound and it was terrible irritating. I never thought to research it or anything. I had completely forgotten that I used to get it until I came across your post. It stopped years ago, I can’t quite remember when. I have no idea what caused it and never thought ask anyone. I hope it goes away for you too!

    • Oh thank you Lynne… how wonderful that yours just “went away”! I’d really love that. A new area I’m checking out is the teeth as I believe their is a link up there. Maybe I have an infection somewhere there. If this is so, maybe that’s what happened to you. You simply went off to the dentist… he fixed your teeth and away the noises went. Who knows? Anyway, it’s a thought. Have you ever had an infection in your teeth?

      Thank you for giving me your thoughts… every bit helps.

  7. i will say am shocked.I never knew there was something like this going on and that it might be caused by food allergies!
    We learn new things everyday.
    i admire that you have worked so hard to find a solution and i hope that it works well for you.
    I also hope that your article helps others who are in the same situation.

    • I would have to say that its lovely to be “shocked”! It means you have never experienced the problem. Good for you! Yes, it’s an ongoing search as I follow through with all this allergy testing. I’m onto the last day today testing meat… tomorrow I try a little and see what happens. Of course “meat” is a very broad term… it could be one, or some… or none!

      Yes, it is my hope that others will benefit from what I document here for them.

      Thanks for taking the time to drop by and leave your thoughts… much appreciated.

  8. My grandma is always complaining about ringing in her hears but the Doctor has told her that its part of old age (she is 96). No other options were given to her. I told her I would try to see if I could do some research to help her out, but she said she is too old and will just deal with it. It is interesting that you mention food allergies. Food seems to cause issues for many people these days. However, I don’t think my grandma would be willing to make any changes in her diet at this point. Thanks for the information.

    • Thanks for your comment Tanya. Yes, certainly heard that one before. Your grandma is doing really well at 96 and I guess if that’s all she’s dealing with it’s not too bad. What a woman! It will be interesting to see what my testing brings to light… if anything. 🙂

  9. Depending on its severity tinnitus can be anything from mildly annoying to driving you crazy. There are two types of tinnitus. One pulses with your heart or breathing. The other is a steady background noise. The first is caused by a health problem. The other is caused by loud noises and repeated loud noise can make the roaring in your ears permanent. For more information Google “ringing ears.” I didn’t see any mention allergies, but it is worth experimenting to see how you react.

    I lived most of my life before we has any idea that loud noises could cause hearing loss. I worked with chain saws and around very loud sawmills. I enjoyed shooting. I’m aware of my tinnitus when it is very quiet or when I concentrate on it. It sounds to me like distant surf.

    I’m lucky. Most of the time it is a background noise that sounds normal. I guess I am used to it. Loud noise has caused me severe hearing loss. My hearing is gone above 6000 cycles. I can’t hear our cat meow or purr and I cannot hear a digital alarm clock.

    I have to read lips to understand a lot of what is going on.

    I have thirty year old musician friends who have the same problem. Amplified music has destroyed their hearing.. Take care of yours. Use ear plugs or muffs when you work around loud power tools and dial down the volume when you listen to music.

    I hope you find the cause of your ringing ears. Let us know how your experiments go. Make sure you have none of the numerous health problems that can cause tinnitus.

    • Thanks Bill.. that’s a helpful information. I’m not aware of anything happening in my past that could have caused it to happen… the odd occasions at a disco or something, but didn’t do that much. I’ve never listened to music with the volume way up there and haven’t used power tools to mention.

      I thought it was interesting the Dr Keith mentioned ringing in the ears as one of the problems people can experience with food allergies, but it’s worth a try. I’ve been doing it for 5 days so far with no reduction in the noise. But really, 5 days isn’t that long in the scheme of things.

      I’ll have to do some serious research to see if I can discover the “numerous health problems” you mentioned.

  10. Wow a really great story mate all about your troubles with the condition. I started off thinking woa this is gonna be a long read but when I started I felt compelled to keep reading on. Great job. \your easy lifestyle page was a joy to read it really was and i guess you could call it very accurate in some ways especially the part about eating healthy and not worrying too much about your weight. I too have a healthy site and I couldn’t agree more as if you eat healthily that is half the battle won.

    • Thanks for that Simon. I am becoming more and more convinced that concentrating on great health is definitely the way to go. You know what? It’s also a ton easier! Haha.. I’ll go check out your website too as I’m sure to learn something there.

  11. I had no idea that the foods we eat could affect us in the form of tinnitis. I don’t have it thankfully, but members of my family do. I will be pointing them in the direction of this article for sure! Thanks

    • Hi Todd, well that is what I’m endeavouring to find out if it’s at all food related. I’m on Day 5 of a 10-14 day testing period. At this stage I don’t notice any letup in the symptoms, but time alone will tell. Of-course, the testing will also sort out if there are any other allergies, so I’m not only doing it for tinnitis.

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