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Kevin M.
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May 26, 2012 - 8:57 pm
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I was wondering if anyone else here has tinitus and if so how you deal with it when trying to play.  Sometimes I can play without too much background noise but sometimes it gets so loud it's hard to tell if I'm in tune or not.


May 26, 2012 - 9:10 pm
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I have mild problems associated with too much sinus pressure [which also brings on vertigo], but my fiddle is so doggone loud I can't imagine anything drowning it out.

So, sorry, I am no help. frown


May 26, 2012 - 9:27 pm
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Hi Kevin, yup I have a bit of tinnitus.  Also have some hearing loss in the high ranges from eardrum scarring due to repeated ear infections when I was young.  Note to any parents, ear infections may not be a minor thing if you hope your kid will grow up to be a musician.  Sure, being in loud rock/punk bands for many years didn't do my hearing any good either, but that caused considerably less hearing loss than the ear infections did.

My tinnitus is at a high enough pitch that I can usually work around it.  It is just kind of like if there was a small high pitched digital alarm clock constantly going off nearby.  I've learned to mostly ignore it.  Some days it is worse than others. On bad days, digital tuners are a nice invention.

But I would guess that yours may be worse than mine if you have trouble hearing a violin. 

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May 26, 2012 - 11:08 pm
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Most musicians I know suffer from Tinnitus. Mine comes and goes but especially when I am exposed to loud music. I've started protecting myself with special musicians earplugs. Been doing so for 10 years at least.
Try not to think about it. Seems impossible I know, but the longer you have it the less you will think about it.

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May 27, 2012 - 2:55 pm
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I've heard something about grape seeds oil. Somebody said it helps with tinitus dunno 

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May 27, 2012 - 4:31 pm
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like FM mine comes and goes. But I do not know how to make it go away. Sorry Kevin.facepalm

Kevin M.
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May 27, 2012 - 4:40 pm
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Mine is always there but sometimes it gets real bad.  Has to do with damage to my eardrum and medications I take.  Guess I'll just have to deal with it and when it gets real loud use an electronic tuner.

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