Do you suffer from Tinnitus?
Are you sure the problem isn't Virgin or BT cable boxes?
Do you really suffer from Virginitus?
Tinitus used to be known as a ringing in the ears and even in the sixties medical forms would ask patients if they suffered from ringing in the ears. Most people experience a ringing in their ears from time to time but it is only a temporary phenomena. However, for some people this ringing never ceases and this is the illness known as tinitus.
Other sounds one hears or thinks one hears are not tinitus but are, in fact, real sounds in the real world. Itís hard and sometimes even impossible to identify where they come from but that doesnít mean they are sounds in the individualís head.
The way to tell the difference is that tinitus is a sound created by the brain and it is therefore impervious to outside influences. Even when an aeroplane flies overhead or a lorry drives by, sufferers of tinitus still hear the ringing in their ears and there is also no change to the sound they hear.
Those who are simply hearing difficult to define sounds in the outside world will notice that other noises such as an aeroplane flying overhead or a car driving by will drown out the sound and give them at least some relief from the noises they are plagued by.
This is the crucial difference between those who truly suffer from tinitus and those who are actually hearing a real sound.
But where is this sound coming from? Many only hear it when they lie back on their bed and try to relax or go to sleep. But most importantly, they only hear it when all around is quiet and there is no traffic on the road outside their homes.
If you are one of these individuals and wish to identify the source of the sound which is plaguing you, the first thing to do is look for a green Virgin cable box. About four feet high, four feet wide and eighteen inches deep the first thing you will notice about this box is that it has ventilation slats which are usually situated on the front or on the sides. This indicates that there is some kind of machinery inside which needs to be ventilated. If you approach you will hear the hum of an interior fan which usually works twenty four hours a day. It is this fan which is setting up the endless whine you can only hear when you try to relax or go to sleep. Sometimes during the night this whine turns into what I can only describe as a rumble-whine. For some reason best known to Virgin, the power of the fan is increased, the machinery begins to vibrate and to the person with sensitive hearing who is trying to sleep, there is the impression that somewhere nearby someone has left the diesel engine of a van or lorry idling.
These noises can, to those with sensitive hearing, be absolutely infuriating but there is little anyone can do about them. Even though Virgin cable boxes contain some powerful machinery, Virgin does not need planning permission to put one of them close to you house. Optic fibre cables need cooling and if people are to have high speed internet in their homes, then these boxes are a necessity. In consequence, Virgin is unlikely to be too concerned by the tribulations of those who are plagued by the noises this machinery makes. (I have complained to the council about the one near where I live and they have passed my complaint on to Virgin who promised to send an engineer. But they never did and so the endless, never ending night time whine continues. When I complained a second time I was told that my telephone number would be passed on to Virgin and they would contact me, but needless to say, nothing ever happened.)
Finally I will note that BT also install fibre optic cable boxes with similar machinery inside but I can only speak for the Virgin machines because those are the only ones close to where I live. I will, nevertheless also note that due to the power of the machinery inside, a Virgin box can be over five hundred yards away and still produce a continuous, never ending whine which can keep someone with sensitive hearing awake at nights.
---July 6, 2011---
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