My Tinnitus Has a Melody — Is That Possible?

Musical Ear Syndrome

My Tinnitus Has a Melody — Is That Possible?

You probably know someone who experiences tinnitus — a ringing, buzzing, pulsing, hissing, or humming with no external source. People often call it “ringing in the ears,” and it affects approximately 15% of the U.S. population, according to the American Tinnitus Association.

But did you know some people experience a form of tinnitus in which they hear actual melodies? It’s called musical ear syndrome (or musical tinnitus).

What Is Musical Ear Syndrome?

Musical ear syndrome (MES) is when someone hears music that has no external source. Some people hear a single instrument playing a simple melody; others hear several instruments playing a complex piece of music; and still others hear a voice singing, with or without accompaniment. The most common melodies, however, are hymns, Christmas carols, and patriotic music.

How is this different than when you can’t …

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Tinnitus-Friendly Recipes

Tinnitus-Friendly Recipes

From sound-based therapies to mindfulness-based exercises, new ways to manage or reduce the sounds associated with tinnitus — a ringing, buzzing, or pulsing that has no external sound source — are being developed every day.

  Though there’s no cure, treatment options abound. One promising option: nutrition.  

Recipes With Tinnitus-Friendly Ingredients

A growing body of research is linking not food but nutrition with tinnitus. For example, people with Ménière’s disease-related tinnitus should keep their salt intake from fluctuating to control tinnitus symptoms. Some encouraging studies have shown that folate, B12, and certain antioxidants are linked to improved tinnitus symptoms.   In honor of National Nutrition Month, enjoy these recipes bursting with tinnitus-friendly nutrition!

Beef With Broccoli

Whether you serve it over chow mein or skip the noodles for a low-carb option, this hearty and healthy recipe can’t …

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Tinnitus Questions & Answers

Tinnitus Can Be Confusing — Let’s Clear the Air

Many of our patients complain of a ringing, whistling, or hissing in their ears — a symptom of hearing loss known as tinnitus. People who experience this sort of “head noise” and aren’t sure what it is might think it’s a serious condition. In some cases, tinnitus can be debilitating, but it’s rarely a sign of a serious disease. Here are some of our practice’s most common tinnitus questions and their answers.

Q: What causes tinnitus? A: Tinnitus is most commonly caused by exposure to excessively loud noise and is often associated with hearing loss. Long-term exposure on the job or during recreational activities can lead to tinnitus, as can a single intense event that causes permanent damage. But tinnitus can also be the result of a physical trauma, and a small percentage of cases may come from medical conditions such …

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