Shatner Almost Committed Suicide Over Tinnitus Trouble

STAR TREK icon WILLIAM SHATNER once contemplated suicide because his hearing problems were driving him mad.
The actor has revealed the permanent hiss of tinnitus, caused by an explosion on the set of Star Trek, used to keep him awake at night - and he started fearing he'd never shake the noise.
He tells the Globe magazine, "It was like listening to the hiss of a TV that's not tuned to a channel. I thought I'd go deaf or nuts.
"I thought of killing myself."
Shatner eventually underwent tinnitus refraining therapy, which helped him retrain his brain to ignore the buzzing.
The actor says, "Now the condition doesn't affect me."
Shatner isn't the only star to have suffered from tinnitus - The Who's Pete Townshend, Barbra Streisand and fellow Star Trek veteran Leonard Nimoy have also fought the hearing condition.


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Julia Martin Timothy

I also have tinnitus. Mine is due to a condition called Superior Canal Dehiscence. I had the problem corrected, which fixed most of the other symptoms I had. Unfortunately, I still have the ringing. It drove me completely mad the first few months I had it and I also contemplated suicide on more than one occasion. I didn't do tinnitus retraining therapy, but I did eventually learn how to train my brain to ignore it. Today, my ears ring most of the time, but for the most part, I don't hear it or don't pay attention to it. If someone else is reading this and has problems with tinnitus, it does get better and you really help your brain adjust to it. By the way, save your money, because the supplements and "miracle cures" that you can buy on the market do NOT work.

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