Annoying Noise

My ICD is driving me crazy. The noise never stops! I have trouble sleeping because the thing keeps me awake. I like noisy environments because I don't have to hear the thing! Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
SDGlo


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by Suzzy - 2007-12-19 02:12:36

You should not be hearing any noise, and the DoctorNurse should be able to make some adjustments.

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by southdakotaglo - 2007-12-19 10:12:09

I've mentioned it to the doctors, but they just say it's ringing in the ears. I've had ringing in the ears and this is different. It sounds mechanical and tinny, plus it's constant. Thanks for mentioning it could be adjusted. No one has offered that, but I think they aren't really listening to me.
SDGlo

Noise

by kyle0816 - 2007-12-19 11:12:27

Yeah you shouldn't be hearing any noises at all, what type of noise exactly are you hearing??

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by GCWebb - 2007-12-19 11:12:42

just received icd 11-19 no noise, agree with Suzzy have it adj

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by ElectricFrank - 2007-12-22 02:12:18

If your pacer is implanted on your chest where you can feel it, try gently moving it, or cup your hand over it. If any of these change the sound it likely is coming from the ICD. One other thought. If you are young like in your 20's or less you can hear frequencies much higher than many of us. In my 20's I could adjust the old TV sets from behind by just listening to the squeal. It's unlikely that your doc can hear it.
An ICD needs a voltage converted to charge the defib capacitor. It could produce a squeal, but shouldn't. Unfortunately if this is it the only solution would be to replace the ICD. The docs will resist this since it is working OK otherwise.
Another thought. If you were under anesthesia during the implant, they may have left your head in an awkward position which can put stress on the neck. This could cause a new type of ringing in you ears. I chose to be awake during my implant and several times had to ask them to treat my body more gently. They didn't like to have t stop while I moved into a more comfortable position, but at least I didn't have a sore neck or back afterwards.

Thanks ElectricFrank!

by southdakotaglo - 2007-12-23 08:12:53

I appreciate your input. I tried your suggestions, but it wasn't any different. I still think it's the ICD making the noise.
I've gotten more info here than the doctors provide. They don't seem to have any real interest.
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