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Any solutions for tinnitus problems with earbuds?

by plptba / August 5, 2010 11:29 AM PDT

I have tinnitus which is a constant ringing in my ears. Loud noises, loud music, and listening to sound via earbuds or headphones makes the ringing louder. I would like to use MP3 players and other devices but have not found a way to avoid the louder ringing. Does anybody know if there is a way to listen privately to music in public without making the ringing worse? Thanks to all.

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Time to see the doc.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2010 12:09 PM PDT

I fear the answer is at the doc's office.

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No cure available - need another solution
by plptba / August 10, 2010 11:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Time to see the doc.

Thanks for your interest. I've been to the doctor and there is no cure for tinnitis. I'm hoping somebody has a hardware or software solution so that I can use earbuds or headphones to listen to music privately without making the problem worse.

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The doc is not for the cure.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2010 11:57 PM PDT

We know that. But the doc's advice about this question is best. No way you want to make it worse.

And yes I too have some ringing. My doc's advice was simple. No loud noises. For me I wear the over the ear headphones but the plug is not plugged into the ipod. It may sound odd but folk don't question that. They would if I wore what I wear when I mow the lawn.

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Just sharing. I find most won't protect their ears. Go figure.

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Thanks again
by plptba / August 13, 2010 2:16 AM PDT

I appreciate your follow up. Luckily, I don't have a lawn to mow and can avoid loud noises most of the time. My doctor didn't have a solution thus this posting. Maybe I need to see another doctor.

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