I suffer from tinnitus, why , I don’t know but I have been suffering from it since my late teens. It wasn’t always constant, I had more good days and nights than bad. Gradually though, it became 24-7 and extremely annoying at times. Tinnitus are auditory illusions that you hear in one or both ears, varying in volume, intensity and sounds. Ringing, beeping, tapping, even a morse code like sound, it’s so annoying and loud at times that it’s a wonder I am the only one that hears it. It affects my sleep. It affected my hearing tests, and still does even with the cochlear implant. Nothing drowns it out, or makes it go away. The sounds aren’t real, the brain just thinks they are, which is why they are called auditory illusions.
What causes tinnitus? Many things could cause it like: stress, exposure to sudden loud noises, or constant exposure to loud noises, caffeine, salt intake, an underlying health issue, even medications. Little is known about tinnitus or how to alleviate it, but sometimes, white noise, eliminating caffeine and salt, and stress can help.
I’ve become an insomniac because of my tinnitus, which is why half my posts come during the middle of the night. I think sometimes it is amazing I haven’t turned into a raving lunatic because of the lack of sleep, and the constant noise. My toddler is lucky that I somehow manage to get through the day on so little sleep.
Someday, maybe it will be cured. Until then, I guess I will try to ignore the alien morse code tapping, and ringing. And pray I can keep from becoming a raving lunatic in a straightjacket, waiting to get taken to a padded room while screaming “the aliens are coming!”