Tinnitus Chronicles – Episode 10 – Cleaning Your Ears

Even without a Tinnitus diagnosis, keeping your ears clear and clean will help make sure you dont miss a sound. There are several options to consider –

cotton swab 1. Cotton Swab – This was mentioned in a previous podcast as a don’t do. I think that is primary because some don’t know how to properly use them. This is an option I have used for years. The trick I have found is to slowly insert the cotton swab into the ear canal. Once you feel some resistance, that is probably a good point at which to stop. I then start a slow, rotating or spinning motion so that I make sure that I get all of the wax that I can from the ear canal. At the same as the spinning motion, I gradually start removing the cotton swap from my ears.

macks prorinse 2. Ear Rinse – This option may be a little easier for some. There are several examples of ear rinse products. Mack’s Pro Rinse uses FDA approved Carbamide Peroxide Drops as a part of the kit. This is not a one and done treatment. The instructions recommend a twice daily application over a four day period. You will put between 5 to 10 drops in each ear. You will then put a supplied ear plug in each ear so that you can continue with other things while the peroxide is doing its work. After the drops have been in the ears for several minutes, you will go through a rinsing process as mentioned in the product instructions.

ear vacuum 3. Ear Vacuum – This is an option that I haven’t tried yet. From what I have read, there have been mixed reviews. It might work for some better than others. Since wax is one of those substances that doesn’t always want to leave when you want it to. This is a possible use for the wax vacuum where it might just be the encouragement for the wax to leave if the ear rinse wasn’t sufficient motivation for the wax to leave.

What works for one person won’t work for another when cleaning your ears. I respect those that feel that cleaning your ears with a cotton swab isn’t safe. It has worked for me. If your ears are really clogged with wax, then it is possible that using a cotton swab could make the problem worse by packing the wax into parts of your ear canal. I use the swabs frequently to help get the larger portions of wax from my ears and then periodically use a ear rinse solution such as Mack’s ProRinse to get the portions of ear wax out of my ear that the swabs missed.

Since the inner part of the ear is more sensitive for some, then using cotton swabs may not be a good option. That is something that each person will need to decide for themselves. Another good source of information would be your hearing aid provided and your ENT physician. They may have another option that I haven’t discussed here.

Mack’s Ear Rinse – Link

OtoClip – Link

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A handy tool for Tinnitus users with hearing devices

Here is the Facebook Live video I did on this product. It is a nice little “swiss army knife” type of tool to have when you have hearing aids or tinnitus devices to take care of.

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Tinnitus Chronicles – Episode 9 – Handling Tinnitus at Night (Part 3)

Pillow SpeakerIn the previous episodes, I talked about ways of dealing with tinnitus at night. One of the first things I tried was to get the sound from the Sound+Sleep as close to my ears as possible. I found the PillowSonic Pillow Speaker and gave it a try. Depending on how loud you need the volume coming from the Sound+Sleep, you might be able to put the speaker pillow inside your pillow case just above the pillow. If the volume coming out of the speakers is louder than what you are comfortable with and you aren’t able to get the volume down enough before it gets really faint, then you can try it on the underside of the pillow.

I did find that one type of pillow doesn’t seem to work well with this kind of speaker pillow. I use a foam pillow from a bedding manufacturer that is now headquartered in the US but got its start in Europe. The density of the foam used in their product is heavy enough that when placing the speaker under the pillow I couldnt hear much sound coming from the speaker even when I had the sound as loud as I could get it. The trick there is that the louder you have the sound, especially when you have it as close to the maximum loudness, it could result in the product wearing out sooner.

3.5mm extension cableAs with anything that has a speaker, the cable is never long enough. I found this cable on Amazon for less than $7 at the time I bought it. My concern with using the short cable that came with the pillow speaker was that, depending on the amount of tossing and turning I was going through during the night, I might find the Sound+Sleep somewhere on the floor instead of the nightstand or worse yet, damaged because of the fall from the nightstand. My luck in this area is usually limited to having one end of the cable damaged. Didn’t want to take a chance on that.

Here is the link to the Clinical Trial on Pulsatile Tinnitus.

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Tinnitus Chronicles – Episode 8 – Handling Tinnitus While You Sleep (Part 2)

lepai ampIn the last episode, I mentioned the Sound+Sleep product that I use to help me get through the night. If you only experience Tinnitus in one ear, then you can position the device to be closest to the ear that is affected. In my case, having it in both ears meant that I had to come up with a little different solution. After doing some research I found a solution that has worked out very well for me. Thinking that I would need to boost the volume a bit to drive two speakers, I first set out in search of an amplifier. Didn’t need anything big but something a little larger than a postage stamp. I heard reference to just the amplifier I was looking for in one of the tech podcasts that I listen to. I found the Lepai amp to be the perfect size for what I needed. This fits perfectly on the nightstand that the Sound+Sleep is on.

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Tinnitus Chronicles – Episode 7 – Handling Tinnitus While You Sleep (Part 1)

Once you have been diagnosed with Tinnitus, one of the first things that will happen is that you may be fitted with some type of device for your ears. This could be some amplification in one or both ears or it could be a more advanced device that also has some masking functionality to help “hide” your tinnitus sound in such a way that your mind doesn’t hear it. It might be something else entirely depending on what your ENT or hearing aid provider feels is best for your particular situation.

TelevisionThat helps you during the day but what about at night. Most of the solutions that I am aware of can’t be left in the ear at night. This means as soon as you go to bed, your old buddy Tinnitus will be back in full form. I didn’t realize until after I was diagnosed with Tinnitus how long I had been compensating for it and dealing with it at night. I had been leaving the TV on when I turned in for the night and then turning it off when I woke up some time during the night. This isn’t an option in all cases.

soundplussleepOne of the first solutions I found was a device from a company called Sound+Sleep. Granted there are a whole host of companies out there that produce a device that plays a variety of sounds from white/pink noise to rain. The folks at Sound+Sleep take this to an entirely different level. They have a variety of sound stories can can be varied in different levels of detail depending what works best for you. There are two different versions of their device. The standard Sound+Sleep Device goes right on your nightstand. The Mini version comes with a nice travel case and can be powered by AC or 2 AA batteries. I have had both of these devices for almost two years and wouldn’t trade anything for them.

This next story comes from the folks at Health24.com. They have an interesting writeup on Magnesium and the role it may play with Tinnitus. As with anything like this, you may not see the same results as another individual due to a variety for reasons. More is being learned about on Tinnitus everyday. While today there is no cure for Tinnitus, there are a variety of options to deal with it that weren’t there several years ago.

For more information, click on Sounds+Sleep.
Sound + Sleep (Amazon)
Sound+Sleep Mini (Amazon)

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Tinnitus Chronicles – Episode 6 – Earplugs Part 3

In this episode of Tinnitus Chronicles, I bring things to a close for this particular series on earplugs and talk about a good headset to have, especially when you have a hard hat or safety hat to wear. I also discuss a set of 3M Peltor earplugs that offer a combination of fixed or variable sound suppression. I also talk about a handy hearing aid cleaner to have as part of your travel kit.

peltor headset3M Peltor EarMuff

peltor combat plugs 3M Peltor Combat Earplugs

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Tinnitus Chronicles – Episode 5 – Earplugs Part 2 and MicroTransponder

dubsIn this version of Tinnitus Chronicles, I talk about earplugs for a specific use. There are times that you want to hear what is going on around you. There are two types of earplugs that will reduce the pressure or loudness of the music/sound you want to hear and you can still enjoy the music/sound more than if you used hearing protection that offered maximum protection from loud sounds. Dubs is produced by the folks at Doppler Labs. One music publication, EarMilk, has mandated that hearing protection be worn by anyone who is representing the publication at any concert or outdoor event. When you look at the DopplerLabs website, it is impressive the amount of detail that they have gone into. While not giving away any trade secrets, they show you all of the parts that make up the product known as Dubs. They didn’t have to do that but it gives you additional level of comfort to know that you are making an informed decision.

macks_hearplugsAfter Episode 4 of the podcast was released, I was contact by the folks at Macks. They gave me a link to videos on their website that show a way of inserting their earplug called the reach over technique. Here is the link to their videos – http://www.macksearplugs.com/instructional_videos.php. In this episode, I talk about a different earplug from Macks that reduces the sound pressure or loudness of what you are listening to but allows you to hear more of the actual music/audio than is possible with the higher isolation level of the Macks Earplugs I talked about in Episode 4.

In the 2nd segment of this podcast, I talk about a possible treatment option called the Serenity System from the folks at http://www.microtransponder.com. This is a device that is implanted much like a pacemaker. In this case, a lead is attached to the Vegas nerve which allows the device to work with your brain to lessen or eliminate the tinnitus sound that you hear.

Dubs – http://www.tinnitusmystory.com/doppler
Macks Musical EarPlugs – http://www.tinnitusmystory.com/mackmusic

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Tinnitus Chronicles – Episode 4 – Earplugs Part 1 and Ireland Study

macks earplugsIn Episode 4, I start a new series talking about Ear Plugs. Once you have been diagnosed with Tinnitus, you should take every precaution with protecting your hearing from further damage from loud noises such as the lawnmower, a concert or industrial work environment. There are a variety of earplugs for a variety of situations. The first earplugs I talk about are my go to earplugs when I need maximum protection. I use Mack’s 32db disposable earplugs. The package I start with includes a nice carry case for a couple of plugs to have on your keychain or nearby. Since the starter package only includes just a few pair of plugs, the time will come when you will need to replenish your stock. I have found a very affordable package that comes with 50 pair of the same ear plugs that I got with the starter kit.

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Does Magnesium play a role in Tinnitus ?

When I first started reading this article, I found something that I hadn’t read before. The American Tinnitus Association has identified 200 different health disorders that have been found to cause Tinnitus. From personal experience, I knew that certain pharmaceuticals and loud noises could cause tinnitus but not that there were so many health disorders that could also be the culprint.

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Tinnitus Chronicles – Batteries Part 2 and EarMilk mandates use of earplugs

hearing aid batteriesIn Tinnitus Chronicles Episode 3, I finish the conversation on batteries. This time I talk about the pros and cons of rechargeable batteries. With a background in Amateur Radio I have some experience with rechargeable batteries. Depending on the size of batteries that your devices use, rechargeable may be not as much help as you would think. I also talk about EarMilk and their requirement that everyone representing the publication wear earplugs to protect their hear. They have their folks using the Earbuds from Doppler Labs.

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