Tinnitus and Me.
2 am in the morning and driving through the Scottish countryside on the country roads – quiet, nobody about except me.
Two huge amplifiers screwed into the rear seat connected to 6 high power speakers with heavy-duty copper wiring and 1980s music playing as loud as I could play it!
20 years old and not a care in the world, just finished work in a restaurant and trying to wind down by playing music and driving.
Little did I know that this extreme volume would eventually affect my hearing in my later years.
That ringing noise that I can hear when it’s quiet and I’m trying to be in a peaceful environment is called tinnitus.
Sometimes the ringing noises are louder in one ear than the other and sometimes I don’t notice it but it is a constant volume “ring” like somebody tinkling a bell and letting the tone go on and on.
On some occasions the noise gets louder for example if I go to a concert or I am in a noisy vehicle or in a crowded place then afterwards the tinnitus is worse.
If I drink too much alcohol then during the night I can wake up with a loud ringing noise in my ears as well.
The best way to deal with it is to have exercise and eat well and drink less.
Also I find relieving stress levels by being with friends or taking a long holiday which is rare.