What Fresh Hell is This????????

Why is there a snake hissing in my head??? Why??? I kid you not. I now have tinnitus. Deep joy. I think I’ve had it on and off for some time, but the volume has ramped up and has become intrusive. It is a constant high-pitched hiss. Naturally I have been to see my GP. Naturally I have rummaged around on the Internet and put the fear of God into myself. The sad thing is that I had a relatively good day yesterday, i.e, the hiss didn’t drown out Strictly Come Dancing, but today the hiss is back with vengeance. AAAARRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!

I will cut down on sugar and eat nuts and try to keep calm. I will listen to more music. I will sing, as singing seems to help. Maybe I will post more on my blog just to moan about it. My GP seems to be of the mind that it is stress related and I am to be referred somewhere. Nobody knows for sure what causes tinnitus… or alopecia of the eyebrows come to that, but I will keep you all updated on this thrilling new adventure.

God, this is awful, and has taken the shine-off winning The Freakin’ Green Elf Shorts!!!! Yes, I won, I won, I won!!!!!!!!! Thank you Rimpy!!! Expect a competition around Christmas/New Year.

Here is a tune. I am playing it on my laptop, which has very tinny acoustics and drowns out the hiss.

P.S For Savvy: Did my envelope ever arrive??? I have a horrible feeling it is lost due to me not putting enough postage on it. Hopefully it will arrive soon. I will send you a picture of it so that you can check that I got the address right.

51 thoughts on “What Fresh Hell is This????????

  1. Jon

    Once Hissing Sid, an evil snake,
    Kept the woodland folk awake
    In fear and trembling every night
    In case he gave someone a bite

    Poor thing – now you’ll have that bloody “Captain Beaky” song going through your head instead of the hum. Jx

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  2. Scarlet Post author

    The Doctor said it, Monsieur Pain. He checked my ears for a blockage and there was nothing there… seriously, there was absolutely no evidence of anything between my ears.
    Ack, I keep telling myself that silence is overrated….
    Sx

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  3. batarde

    Fresh hell, indeed. I’ve been putting up with tinnitus for years, and can’t think of anything to be said for it, at all. A matter of ignoring it, I’m afraid, which takes some practice. Fingers crossed that something comes of that referral.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Goodness, Mr Batarde, a fellow sufferer!!! I reckon it’s all those scratchy nibs. I shall contact you later under a separate cover. I have a few things to sort out, but then we can compare notes. I have been listening to my tinny laptop for the last couple of hours and the hiss has been turned down, significantly, so I am feeling a bit better.
      Sx

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  4. lisleman

    Blog therapy – easy inexpensive and effective
    Great song pick but of course I’m over analyzing and looking for a tinnitus connection. I think I found it: ‘Relax’ said the night man,
    ‘We are programmed to receive.
    You can check out any time you like,
    But you can never leave!’

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  5. Inexplicable DeVice

    Oh, noes! Or “Oh, ears” perhaps? Sorry. Sorry… I hope your tinnitus is only making a brief cameo in your life, and will move along to another starring role very soon.
    You have probably seen this – what with being a big Strictly fan and all – but just in case you haven’t, here’s a brilliant stress relief video: Keep Your Craig Face On. Alison Hammond cracks me up every time I watch it, and Charles’ reaction upon finding out that Ann Widdecombe is “starring” in the Christmas Special, followed by Kate’s witchy cackle, is just priceless!
    (Here’s the video on YouTube for those overseas who may not be able to watch it on the BBC website – no guarantees, though)

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Awwww Ed Balls!!!! He was the best!!! Thank you for the reminder, Mr Devine!
      I hope the tinnitus goes away, too. I think it is quieter this morning…. but it’s still early.
      Sx

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  6. Maurcheen

    Oh no! I’ve had it for at least 15 years now. The worst time is at night when trying to sleep. My doc reckons mine was caused by all the years of being on stage with them feckin guitarists and drummers. (D’oh!) plus I worked in a very noisy factory for years. In time you learn to zone it out for the most part. I hope yours is a temporary condition, my best pal had it a few years back and it went away again. Lots of love to you. Xxx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      You have my sympathies, Mr Sheen. It’s kept me awake only one night so far and I went into panic mode. Awful. I have a knack for getting to sleep, which I am grateful for – I have a picture reel in my imagination and I just look at that… I know, sounds a bit odd!
      It did cross my mind that in my youth I went to loud concerts, I went clubbing every week, and I played the saxophone…. so maybe this is payback for all the fun I had. The doctor thinks it’s stress related…. sometimes it’s completely overwhelming, but the only thing to do is accept it and carry on living – which is bloody hard!
      Sx

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  7. llcooljoe

    I have it too, caused by dj-ing. I don’t have a hiss I have a hight pitched ringing noise like an alarm bell going off all the time. Fortunately it’s only in one ear. The joys of getting older right?

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  8. Scarlet Post author

    Oh Joey! I don’t think I could handle the ringing kind. I’ve been thinking that if mine gets higher pitched then I won’t be able to hear it! I am living in hope…. and clutching at straws, but yes, getting older is throwing up all these new glitches!
    Sx

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  9. dinahmow

    Can’t offer any help on the ear thingy (I keep getting autocorrect on tinnitus!!!!), but I’ve just watched the Devine clip. Gotta dip me lid to the Widdicombe wench. Woo-hoo! Ladies of advanced years getting down on the floor…( shame they dressed her in yellow feathers…looks like a canary fallen off its perch. Maybe it’s political?)

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  10. nick

    Ooer, tinnitus is really annoying. And as you say I don’t think anyone knows what causes it or how to cure it. Hopefully if it’s just a result of something simple like stress, or an infection, or too much earwax you can get rid of it. Luckily I don’t have tinnitus, just lots of weird dreams.

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  11. Eryl Gasper Dick

    Oh no, not another thing to bait you! It probably is stress related – she said knowing nothing but hoping – you are under a lot of it at the moment. I get the high pitched ringing sort that reminds me of coming out of a club in the early hours after dancing to music far too loud, but not all the time. It’s loud today though. And I seem to have done something unpleasant to my left knee, it wouldn’t let me bounce on the trampoline this morning.

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  12. Scarlet Post author

    That’s exactly the sound, Eryl! The getting home from a club hiss!! AND, I’ve had an issue with my left knee for about a year, since the dog pulled me over.
    I am experimenting with food to lower the sound of my hiss, and it seems to be working today. I am avoiding sugar spikes by eating regularly…. and I’ve quit my biscuit habit. Sometimes I would skip meals and eat biscuits instead… so I’m hoping that if I behave myself the hiss we go into remission. I am hopeful… but not counting my chickens. I had a good day most of Sunday and then it all kicked off again… probably because of a glass of orange juice without food.
    Sx

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      1. Scarlet Post author

        I have had quiet moments today. I often skip breakfast, but I think this may contribute to the hiss. Today I had breakfast and lunch at appropriate times and I’ve snacked to alleviate any dips in my blood sugar. It has definitely been better…. but is this just a coincidence?? I will report back in a week.
        Sx

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  13. Mitzi

    My maid of all work Carmen has had it for years, she’s even had me put my ear next to hers and asked if I can hear the hissing noise inside her head, the daft cow, she is going mutt though, I don’t mind repeating myself for a second time or even for a third, there is an edge to my voice at the fourth ‘eh eh?’. I often hear an eerie pulse sound in my ears when I go to sleep it usually goes off after 10 mins. Have you tried trepanning? or failing that those tinnitus hypnosis sound therapy on YouTube there are countless of them.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Err…. I might give the trepanning a miss, Mitzi, but thank you for the suggestion. I once witnessed this procedure on Casualty and never watched the programme again!
      Sx

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  14. eroswings

    Get well soon. I hope the hiss goes away. I get the ringing tinnitus from time to time. It gets annoying at times, but I’ve learned to ignore it, and eventually I forget it’s there. It comes from years of loud music and firing ranges during my youth.

    Try some yoga to help you relax. Have a nice cup of tea. Get well soon with the knee.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mr Swings – Oh no, not you as well! It seems that a few of us are suffering. I think I’ve had it a while, but recently it’s gone mental, which has made me more conscious of it. I think it’s a note to tell me to take care of myself – which I will 🙂
      Sx

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  15. Tara Sparling

    I have tinnitus too, Scarlet 😦 Mine is very low-pitched – sounds like a contented cat whose adenoids need removing. I’m supposed to go for a hearing test and an MRI but I’ve done nothing about doing either. All my fault. In the meantime, Tibbs resides in my right ear. I hope your theories as to reason turn into facts which make everything go away like a superhero.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Oh no, Tara! Why are we all getting tinnitus? There are so many theories out there, but I’m sure my tinnitus is aggravated by the food I eat; if I eat a large carb laden meal then it goes shrill and mental. Go for the tests if simply to rule out anything serious. Maybe bloggers just think too much?
      Sx

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  16. savannah49

    IT’S HERE!!! Arrived yesterday and if I hadn’t been the sous chef to the MITM I would have done a post about it! It’s ever so lovely and your note inside beyond lovely, sweetpea! Thank you so much! Today I’m going to rummage around here for a suitable frame and then, I’ll post a pic on the blog!

    Sorry to hear about your tinnitus! It seems to be something that we’re all experiencing now. Yes, there’s a low level hum in my ears, too! It’s not as bothersome as some of the others have shared, but it’s there. I have to say that listening to Hotel California on a loop would be worse for me, not soothing at all! LOL

    xoxo and thank you again for the lovely gift!

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Yay, Savvy!!! I’m so pleased it’s arrived!!! I was getting worried – it’s always a bit nerve wracking sending calligraphy into the wild.
      I can’t believe how many people have come here and also are suffering from tinnitus to some degree. I think I’ve had it for a while, but it’s been quietly in the background – because of stress it’s ramped up the volume. Or it could be hormone related? So many theories, and no glove fits all.
      Sxxx

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