New here, any good tips?

Hi, am new here, but not new to tinnitus, had the affliction for years and am quite deaf in the right ear, had a head scan back in the day but nothing was found and told probably some cell damage in the inner ear.

I have had an NHS hearing aid since 2012 but don't use it much if at all, can't seem to get on with it and the battery doesn't last long and faffing about, so yes hearing is difficult sometimes especially with a lot of background noise and picking out words..

I usually ignore my tinnitus, but it seems worse at the moment as have a wax blockage in the left ear as seen by the doctor, and have wax irrigation booked for 2nd October and am currently inserting olive oil drops from the chemist until removal, so at the moment I have a constant hearing dullness & hissing tinnitus..😒

Am thinking I'll have to use the drops a bit more regular to keep the wax soft..

I also get a pulsating heart beat tinnitus in my right ear, and when I out on a run get the thumping sound on footstrike, again I just try and ignore it all, but it's not always that easy is it, I'd welcome any tips that anyone finds beneficial and which may help, thanks..😊

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  • I would try and persist with your hearing aid - it will not only help with your hearing but should also help to quieten the tinnitus. Regarding the battery not lasting long - are you switching your aid off when you take it out. With mine it just means leaving the battery compartment open. Depending how long each day you wear it you should get about 7 days out of a battery.

    I too have a problem with earwax and try not to have my ears syringed too often so I put olive oil in my ears every other night on a regular basis. Seems to be working at the moment.

    I also have pulsatile tinnitus due to my loss of hearing and the fact that the carotid artery runs very close to the hearing nerve. Would be worth your while to get a referral to ENT to get yours investigated - there are a number of possible causes for pulsatile tinnitus.

    The BTA have a good information sheet on this type of tinnitus - have a look at their website.


  • Thanks Lynne, yes, had a CT head scan some years ago on hearing nothing serious found.. wonder if I should prompt my doctor again on this? and the hearing aid, the battery compartment is either left open or battery taken out when not in use, I know to switch it off after use, but am lucky to get a few days from a battery, for me they seem to run down quicker when I start using a fresh battery, maybe I should take it into the hearing centre for a check..

  • Yes I think that would be a good idea. Doesn`t sound right to me - I would have thought you`d get more than a few days from a new battery.


  • Yes, my batteries last at least 7 days, sometimes running for 10 days, and I wear mine for 14 to 15 hours a day. Angela xx

  • Thank for replies all..

  • Hello and welcome to the British Tinnitus Association forum.

    Do feel free to ask any questions, I hope that you find this a helpful and supportive place to help you manage your tinnitus.

    We have some resources that you might like to check out in addition to our home here:

    Helpline 0800 018 0527 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) (outside the UK you can call +44 (0)114 250 9933)

    Warmest wishes

    Nic (BTA Communications Manager and Forum Administrator)

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