Yes, I have tinnitus, too.
Mine is a very high-pitched frequency, unfortunately. If it were mid-range, I could figure out what note it is, then I could have perfect pitch.
I’ve had it since I was a kid, but just thought it was normal and everyone had it. I’d close my ears and hear my heart, my breathing, and, you know, that “Eeeeeeee”. So mom said, “It’s just the sound of your brain thinking.” And I accepted that. It was barely noticeable anyway, only when I was swimming underwater or closed my ears.
(Why is this thread so dead, btw?)
Anyway, it’s gotten worse recently. This could be because of:
- recent rise in my cholesterol levels, decreasing blood flow to inner ear
- acoustic shock (some idiot turned the PA system way too loud when I was at some Christmas presentation.)
anyway, it’s been bugging me recently, and at least its nice to know I’ve got companions in misery or something, I guess. Other companions in misery who have tinnitus include:
Pete Townshend (and he’s got a very serious case of it)
Neil Young (the reason why he started making quieter acoustic music)
So, in other words, tinnitus is actually kind of cool.