Tinnitus and playing music….
There have been discussions re this before but I thought I might be worth revisiting.
After an ear infection, I’m almost completely deaf in my left ear and I also am prone to bouts of tinnitus. It’s usually a loud hissing noise which isn’t constant but does occur on a daily basis in two to three hour "slots". Some days, more often than others….
As you might guess, this spoils my enjoyment of playing music somewhat especially the fiddle although changing the position towards my chest seems to help. Other instruments aren’t so bad although the volume is obviously not as great as before. The harp is fine as my right ear is usually alongside.
Anyway, I am just wondering about other members’ experience of such things and if you have any tips or advice. For instance, could playing tunes aggravate the situation?
I’ve sometimes tried ear plugs/cotton wool in my left ear when playing the fiddle which seems to help and the sound is less distorted(the higher pitched notes still seem to get through) but I’m presently awaiting hearing aids and purpose built ear plugs(For swimming and shower but they might help with the music too).
I try other "home made" ideas for the tinnitus. Sometimes, I find Pernaton or Vick’s soothing if I rub it around (not inside, obviously) the ear but it’s all trial and error.