Our website is dedicated to helping people with tinnitus. We provide tinnitus support, both telephonically and via email. We do additionally provide treatments and remedies that should help most people with tinnitus to get some relieve from the constant ringing noises they have to live with.
Who Are We?
The website is owned and managed by Ellen Currie and her husband John Currie. The business was formed back in 1999.
Ellen Currie is a tinnitus sufferer and suffered for many years before she found help via a homeopathic doctor.
It actually happened by accident as she had went to see the doctor because her son had a persistant chest infection and one of the mothers from his soccer team recommended Dr. Leslie Brom to her.
While she was there she mentioned that she was really battling to sleep as a result of her tinnitus and asked him if he could recommend something natural that would help her to sleep.
His Answer Startled Ellen!
He told that he had just recently had great success in relieving the tinnitus of an old friend of his who had actually become suicidal. After spending some 20 minutes asking Ellen about her symptoms, her problems in life, what medications she was taking etc. Dr. Brom declared that he was very confident that he could help her.
He did. It took quite a few months, but these Ellen actually regards herself as a former sufferer simply because the noises are no longer a factor in her life. That is the extent to which the noises have been reduced. More than 10 years later she still has no problems with tinnitus and as far as she is concerned, she is cured.
Watch the two short videos where Ellen takes you through her complete experience with the remedies.
Ellens Tinnitus Journey Part 1
Ellens Tinnitus Journey Part 2
Tinnitus (TIN-i-tus) is a real condition that affects millions of people across the globe, yet many people don’t’ realize what it is when they have it. It’s estimated that about one in every five people suffer from ringing, buzzing, whistling or some other phantom sounds in the ears. There is no cure for tinnitus because it’s not a typical medical condition or illness that you can treat.
- Instead, it’s a symptom caused by a disease, illness, injury, age or by exposure to loud noises. The symptoms vary and potential treatments vary according to the cause of the tinnitus and the person who has it.
- Your tinnitus can be temporary or permanent, constant or intermittent, and you can hear high or low-pitched sounds.
- You may hear one particular noise or a combination of sounds all mixed up and it can affect one or both ears. It all depends on what type of tinnitus you have.
Tinnitus is not life threatening but it can be very annoying and hard to live with. It can also be the symptom of a condition that if left untreated, could become life threatening. Finding the cause is the best treatment for tinnitus but it can be difficult pinpointing the reason behind the phantom noises, since so many different things can cause tinnitus.
In some cases, treating the cause can provide complete relief and eliminate the sounds but not always. If you do not find relief when treating the cause or if you don’t find the origin of the problem, then you can look for ways to treat it directly. Many options are available that range from masking the sounds to using home remedies to help reduce the intensity or frequency of the noise.
Most treatments take time to work and not all treatments will work for everyone. It may take some time and effort to find the right one for you but once you do, it will greatly improve your quality of life. If you’re one of the millions that suffer with tinnitus, don’t give up. Help is available!
Symptoms Of Tinnitus
- Cicadas like Noises in the Ears?
Are you hearing cicadas like noises in the ears? A cicada is a big insect with wings that lives in trees and very tall grass. They make a loud shrilling or buzzing sound that can be very disturbing. If you’re hearing a chirping or buzzing sound in your ears and there are no cicadas, crickets or anything else causing the sound, then you’re most likely suffering from a form of tinnitus.
This type of tinnitus is normally caused by exposure to loud noise which damages the sensitive inner ear organs resulting in high frequency hearing loss and tinnitus.
This can be one of the most annoying sounds you’ve ever had to endure. In many cases, the constant exposure to loud noises is the cause. Many factory workers, construction workers and anyone else who works in a loud environment often suffer from this type of tinnitus.
Being in a loud environment is not the only thing that can damage your hearing and cause tinnitus. Using MP3 players, iPods and other personal devices incorrectly can also cause this problem. When you turn that volume button up, you’re slowly doing damage to your ears that can result in hearing cicadas noises.
Be aware of the amount of noise surrounding you every day. Take steps to reduce this noise by turning the volume down on that personal device or by wearing noise-canceling headphones to reduce your risks of ending up with cicadas like noises in the ears.
- Buzzing in the ears
If buzzing in the ears is keeping you up at night, your quality of live can begin to diminish. Fatigue will eventually set in, you’ll become cranky and before you know it, you’re having trouble thinking and reasoning. If you’re beginning to feel the effects of not sleeping well, try masking the sounds you hear for a good night sleep.
You may find that masking the tinnitus will help.
Masking is a very simple technique in which you use one sound to cover up the tinnitus sounds. The key is to find sounds that you find pleasant or soothing that will blend in with the tinnitus sounds drowning them out. When you can no longer hear them, you feel at peace making it easier to rest and fall asleep.
Your body needs sleep to rejuvenate itself so you feel like tackling the challenges you face daily. You can concentrate better and have more energy to do the things you need and want to do. While masking is only a temporary fix, it has helped to improve life for many tinnitus sufferers and it can work for you, too. Anyone suffering with this condition welcomes any form of relief, even if it’s temporary.
There are several different ways to mask tinnitus so you can experiment with different methods until you figure out which one works best for you. Some masking machines produce pure “white noise” while others produce calming sounds. You can even buy masking machines that produce “pink” noise, which is a signal containing all of the sound frequencies that humans can hear. These machines come in a variety of sizes and prices so there is something suited for most everyone.
- High Pitched Whining In the Ears – Normally Stress Related
Living with a high pitched whining in the ears can be very difficult. This particular type of sound can really get on your nerves, especially when the noises are loud and constant. Sometimes, this high pitched whining can feel like it’s piercing a hole through the side of your head and all you can think about is how nice it would be to have a little peace and quiet for awhile.
If you’re living with this type of tinnitus and cannot find an underlying cause for the sounds you hear, it may be caused by stress. Studies suggest that stress is one of the leading causes of this condition. Even if stress is not directly causing you to hear these noises, it can cause a number of medical conditions that can lead to hearing high pitched noises. Some of these include hypertension, diabetes and high blood pressure.
The problem with stress related tinnitus is that on top of the everyday stress you encounter, having tinnitus can add even more stress to your life making the condition even worse. It’s like a never ending circle but this cycle can be broken so don’t give up hope.
When stress is the culprit, finding ways of dealing with your stress is imperative. Some people like to play sports, fish or exercise. Others turn to hobbies like painting or bird watching to relieve stress. Find something that you enjoy doing and then find time to take advantage of it. This should help to eliminate or at least reduce the high pitch whining sounds caused by stress making them more bearable.
There are also a number of techniques available that can help lower the volume or provide temporary relief from these annoying sounds
- Hearing Loss or Distorted Hearing
When you’re suffering from hearing loss or distorted hearing, it can be devastating. You can’t enjoy things the way you used to. Even watching a movie with the family can be frustrating because it’s difficult to keep up with what’s going on when you can’t hear or understand what the characters are saying!
Imagine trying to talk on the phone or hold a normal conversation with anyone when the sounds in your head are drowning out their voices. Combine this with the tinnitus sounds that normally accompany hearing loss and it makes things even worse. Many people become depressed and tend to isolate themselves when they suffer from hearing loss or when their hearing is distorted and it’s easy to see why.
If you’re suffering with this problem, the first step is to determine if it’s a permanent condition or one caused by a medical condition that can be treated. For example, if your hearing loss is due to wax buildup or an infection that’s causing blockage, clearing up the problem can restore your hearing and in most cases, eliminate the tinnitus.
If your hearing loss is age related or due to some type of trauma that caused permanent damage to your hearing, then you can be fitted for a hearing aid. Wearing a hearing aid can help with the hearing loss and some can even help with distorted hearing by filtering out certain sounds so you can hear other sounds.
When your hearing is restored, even temporarily, the tinnitus sounds that you hear will usually go away. As a result, you can enjoy listening to music, watching movies and holding a simple conversation with friends and loved ones again.
- Popping or Crackling Sounds in the Ears
Popping sounds in the ears is often the result of changes in elevation, which is why it affects people who go diving or who fly in planes. In most cases, this is not a major problem and the popping will stop on its own as soon as you are back to your normal elevation.
The actual popping sound is caused when the Eustachian tube opens up so that it levels out the air pressure on the front and backside of the eardrum. It can be painful when it first happens but the pain usually fads away quickly.
Sometimes, yawning or swallowing will cause the ear to pop by restoring equal air pressure to both sides of the eardrum when you’re changing elevation by driving up a mountainside or when flying. You can also try gargling with warm saltwater to help clear the tubes and equal out the pressure if you’re having trouble getting your ears to pop when you need them to.
Most of the time, popping sounds in your ears is nothing to worry about. However, when the pressure on both sides of the eardrum remain unequal for a long time, it’s referred to as Ear Barotrauma and it could result in serious pain and even hearing loss. This is the most common injury that affects divers and it’s caused by using improper equalization techniques.
When you hear this popping sound and there is no external reason for it, then it’s called tinnitus. This type of popping is usually the result of nasal congestion, allergies, upper respiratory infections or sinus problems. Treating these conditions will usually alleviate the popping sounds in the ears and restore your hearing back to normal.
- Pulsating Noises in Ears in Time to Heartbeat
Pulsatile tinnitus is a rare condition in which the pulsating noises in the ears beat in time to your heartbeat. If you have this type of tinnitus, see your doctor. Tinnitus is a symptom caused by some underlying condition. When you begin to hear pulsating noises coming from within the ears, it could be the symptom of a serious medical condition.
Two of the main medical conditions that cause this pulsating sound are arterial dissection and hypertension. Both of these can cause a number of serious problems such as stroke, heart condition, respiratory problems and emboli. Other conditions that can make you hear pulsating sounds include tumors, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and malformation of capillaries. All of these medical conditions could be life threatening if not treated because they affect the blood flow within your body.
When the blood flow is altered by one of these conditions, a pulsing sound is transmitted through the inner ear and perceived by the patient as pulsatile tinnitus. You can treat the pulsating noises in the ears by treating the cause. When normal blood flow is restored, the pulsating sounds should subside. Since pulsating noises within the ears can be the symptom of something serious, you should take them seriously.
For this reason, talk to your doctor and explain your symptoms. He will use this information to determine what test to run and which medical conditions to check for. Once he diagnoses the problem, you can begin treatment to restore normal blood flow and eliminate the tinnitus.
At the very least, he can help you rule out the different medical conditions that can cause this problem. This way, you don’t have to worry about the conditions that have been ruled out and you can concentrate on finding something that will help you cope with your tinnitus.
- Musical Tones in the Ears and Medication
Did you know there could be a connection between the medication you take and the musical tones in the ears you hear? Not all medicines affect tinnitus but some of them can have quite an impact. Some drugs can make this condition worse and others are known to cause tinnitus.
Here is a list of the most common medication types that can cause or make these sounds worse:
- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
- cancer medications
These are not the only medications that can make tinnitus worse. There are many more so it’s important to know what you’re taking. In most cases, the higher the dose, the more it’ll affect the tinnitus but some people may notice an increase in the sounds even when taking small doses.
The best way to find out if medication is making your symptoms worse is to start monitoring what you take and whether or not there is a change in your condition. Even if you take a lot of medications, this can still help you narrow things down.
If you notice your tinnitus is getting worse after taking a new prescription drug, talk to your doctor. There may be an alternative drug you can take that offers the same benefits but that won’t cause the same side effects.
In most cases, the musical sounds will go away or return to normal when you stop taking the medication. However, in some cases, prolonged use of certain drugs may cause permanent damage that can’t be reversed. Therefore, it’s very important to know what you’re taking. Read labels to see if tinnitus is a side effect and monitor your symptoms to see if they get worse.
- Humming In the Ears Caused by Sinusitis
Humming in the ears is a form of tinnitus and it has many causes, including sinusitis. When the inner lining of the sinuses become inflamed and swell due to allergies or exposure to some bacteria or virus, it’s called sinusitis. This condition can cause lots of discomfort for the patient and it often requires a visit to the doctor to help clear it up.
Sinusitis causes pressure to build up in the sinus cavity. This pressure can cause dizziness, nausea and severe headaches. As the condition worsens, it will begin to block the nasal pathway and the ear canal, which disrupts the flow of sound as it enters the ears. When something obstructs your hearing, even temporarily, it can cause a humming sound to appear in the ears.
Tinnitus caused by sinusitis can be very painful because on top of dealing with the pain caused from the sinus condition, you have to deal with this annoying humming, ringing or buzzing in your ears! It makes it difficult to think about anything other than how miserable you feel but there is good news.
In many cases, you can take medication such as antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays to help clear up the sinusitis. Once the condition is clean and your ears are no longer blocked, the humming sounds will usually go away. In severe cases where the sinusitis causes permanent damage to the ear canal, the tinnitus may not go away.
In this case, you may need to look for treatment to help reduce the humming in the ears.
- Stress from Tinnitus and Causes Tinnitus- It’s a Cycle
Are you feeling stressed? Hearing things all the time can cause a great deal of stress. The tinnitus is keeping you from concentrating, from working effectively and from sleeping well. It doesn’t take more than that to cause a great deal of stress. You aren’t going crazy; you are dealing with tinnitus and yes that is stressful.
The double-edged sword is that stress also causes tinnitus symptoms to worsen so the more you have it, the more stressed you get and the worse it makes your symptoms. Many people get trapped in this cycle, fearing there is no way out.
The constant stress of tinnitus can be debilitating and will affect all other areas of your life. There are areas of your lifestyle that may cause stress but that stress will wax and wane as things progress. The stress caused by tinnitus is a constant that tends to just build and build. When you’re tired, irritable, can’t concentrate and can’t sleep, that stresses you not only mentally but physically as well. If you let it go on, stress can cause other serious health problems.
Coping with the stress caused by tinnitus requires finding a way to calm yourself. Meditation, yoga, and exercise can be helpful to relieve this symptom. While you cannot always reduce the stress in your life, you can improve the way you respond to those stressors. The people around you may not understand the stress that you feel because they aren’t experiencing the tinnitus like you are.
The first step to finding relief from tinnitus stress is to have an understanding of tinnitus and work out a way to cope with it.
Don’t simply chalk it up to normal stress and let it build. Address the fact that you have tinnitus and find out what you can do to remedy all the symptoms, including stress.