Ringing in the Ears

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  1. Joy

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    I've had a high pitched ringing in my ears for several years. It seems that lately it has either gotten worse or I am more aware of it. I went to my doctor when I noticed it a few years ago but he didn't make much of it. I've decided that since it seems worse I am making an appointment over break and am going to ask to see an ear doctor so that I can have my hearing tested. Does anyone else have this and what do you do for it? I am a musician so I am around alot of sound but I never listen to loud music or use earphones. I'm not sure what's causing it or making it get worse but it's starting to get really annoying! Any help would be appreciated!!!
     
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    Do you take any medication? I used to take a particular medication and one of the side effects was ringing in the ears. I mentioned it to my doctor who said that while it was irritating, it wasn't harmful and there wasn't any problem with my ears, so I should just try to live with it. I don't know if that might be what's happening with you, but it's worth thinking about.
     
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    Large or continual use of aspiring can cause this. Do a web search for tinnitus for more info. Otherwise, background white noise can help. I think I read in the People's Pharmacy column that there might be a holistic/vitamin approach, too.
     
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    I take a calcium channel blocker for Raynauds. I made an appointment to talk with my doctor about it and ask if that is a side effect. I've been researching it for awhile. I think that I just need to ask the professionals now. I've put it off for awhile because I don't want to be told that it's permanent. I've had it for at least three years though so I have learned to deal with it. Maybe there is something they can do or keep it from getting worse.
     
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    Well, I went to the doctor yesterday but didn't really get any help. I am planning to go to an ENT. At least there I can get my hearing tested and maybe some more answers. My family doctor that I have been going to for all of my life (he delivered me too), retired in July. I tried someone new this week but won't be going to him again. He was so rude and hardly spent any time with me. I guess it will take awhile to find a replacement for such an amazing doctor. I don't know that I ever will.
     
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    Mine gets especially worse when I haven't had enough sleep.
     
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    I have Menieres, and while I do not have ringing in my ears, this is very common for some people with Menieres. As a preventive measure, my ENT has me on lipoflavnoid, an OTC vitamin that treats ringing in the ears.
     
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    What's weird about my ringing is that it has always been the same. I woke up with it in my right ear one morning I'm thinking about five years ago. I went to my doctor then and he gave me decongestants. About a month later I had it in my left ear too. The decongestant didn't help so I went back but my Doctor didn't do anything else for it. I'm a busy person and didn't think alot about it until lately I was talking to someone and he said he has ringing in his ears and was told it was the onset of deafness. I sort of decided to maybe try and get it checked out some more since I might be saving my hearing.

    The sound is always constant and never gets softer or louder. I don't always notice it as much when I am busy but it's still there. This doctor yesterday just was no help at all. I wish I could have my retired doctor back.
     
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    None of us are doctors of medicine. Keep seeking help until you get relief.:angel:
     
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    Do you have dizziness? I've been researching Menieres but it seems like it's always accompanied by dizziness. I have been a little worried about something called Autoimmune Ear Disease. I have severe Raynauds and have been being monitored for an autoimmune disease for years. I mentioned it to the doctor yesterday but he had never heard of it and didn't want to take any time on discussing it with me. It seems that the disease has dramatic hearing loss with it that I don't think that I have. I just notice tinnitus and that's it. I hope the ENT will be better at answering my questions.
     
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    I agree. I'm not worried about being left with it at this point. I just want to know what is causing it. I've probably put off going in about it too long.
     
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    This might not work for you since yours seems to be constant, but there is a muscle in the side/back of your neck - if you rub around you will feel it going straight up and down the back of your neck. If you massage this area, it can relieve the ringing. I do this and so does my BF and grandma who get ringing frequently.

    My first thought was Meuniere's as well.
     
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    Isn't there dizziness with that? I've never been dizzy. I just have the ringing. I guess I'll find out if I have hearing loss. I don't feel that I do. Sometimes I need to ask people to repeat things but I think they're just mumbling. I guess I'll find out the truth soon. I have an appointment towards the end of January which is the soonest I could get in with the ENT that specializes in ears. Hopefully, they will be able to tell me more.
     
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    All of us have tinitus at one point or another and most don't notice it. It's when is frequent, constant and interferes that it is a problem. Mine problem didn't start until I got a cochlear implant. The funny thing is, it happens in the opposite ear! The irony is that it usually stops it. Go figure. Three things trigger mine. One is lack of sleep. I think that might have always been there but it tends to go away through the day. The second is if I put my CI on when I'm I'm tired, it escalates. The third is if the stimulation setting is too high on the CI then it drowns out any benefit I would have gotten. Mostly I learn to adjust the setting and to take the CI off if I already have sleep deprivation tinitus. Other than that, I have no tips for myself.
     
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    While it could be anything, it could also be something as simple as needing your ears cleaned. Some people with excess wax blockage will get tinitus. It's best, of course, to see an ENT.
     
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    Yes, I have some balance issues and bouts of extreme vertigo. There are many possible symptoms with this, and not everyone has all of them. Good luck with your ENT; my family doctor thought my symptoms were due to abnormal migraines. The ENT sent me for an MRI and a series of tests.
     
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    Maybe the ENT will find it is something as simple as a buildup of earwax.

    There can be a lot of wax built up in the ears (There are videos on youtube of earwax removal of huge amounts of it. Watching them is oddly... good feeling, as if the wax is being taken out of your own ears)
     
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    Ringing can be an inner ear thing or even blood pressure issues...I would definitely have it checked out.
     
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    Ringing can be caused by a variety of oh-so-fun medical maladies
     
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    I have tried to find out what key my ringing is but I am almost never near a piano :whistle:
     
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    Missy, I have Meniers as well. Do you have hearing loss? I can't hear much out of my right ear.
     
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    Luckily, I have no hearing loss. The ENT checks my hearing every 6 months. I was only diagnosed two years ago.
     
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    Does anyone know if they always make people who have tinnitus have a head MRI?
     
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    I don't know. But when I had my MRI my dr sent me to a facility with an open MRI, so I did not have any issues with claustrophobia. It was very noisy, but that didn't bother me.
     
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    I've noticed when researching tinnitus it seems that doctors often have a MRI done. If it is REALLY necessary, I'm sure I could do it. If it's just a precaution, I think I want to pass on it. I guess I'll have to talk with the ENT. If it seems that this whole thing is getting a little too technical, I think that I'll be headed for Mayo Clinic. It's only three hours from where I live and alot better than the doctors in the area. I ended up going there a few years ago for my Raynauds. I had a rhuematologist in my area who wanted to send me for a major procedure that was completely unnecessary according to the doctors at Mayo. Ever since that experience, I've been hesistant to go to doctors in my area. I think I'll try it here and if I don't like it I'll be headed for Mayo.
     
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    If I was a betting person, I'd bet that my entire life, I've had a type of tinnitus because I remember hearing a type of buzzing even when I was a little girl. I've never been to a dr about it though. It's all I know my ears to be so I live w/ it, but it's never gotten worse for me.

    Yes, since you notice a change for the worse, it would be interesting to see what the dr says. Keep me/us posted on this.
     
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    OMG! I have it too AND it irrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrritates the heck OUT of me! I went to the doctor and he ordered to have them flushed. It was a waste of money. They sent in a rookie trainee and did not know what she was doing. There was nothing that came out of my ears but like 2 little tiny pieces of wax. The electric thingy she tried did not work, so she did it by whatever way they called it. I definitely need another doctor's opinion.
    The ringing started about 4 years ago too.
    I WISH I CAN GET RID OF IT, 'cause now that we are all talking about it, I am paying attention to it more and it is really annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnoying. :(
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    I'm sorry to find that so many people here have it but it does make me feel better that I am not alone. It is true that the more you think about it the worse it gets. I noticed that it started getting worse for me last summer. I took a graduate music class where I had to do very detailed dictation (the teacher sang or played a song that I had to notate by hearing). I was concentrating so much on what I was hearing and the ringing started to get really annoying. It has bothered me worse ever since.

    I really don't want to go through dealing with doctors that don't know what they are doing. My family doctor just retired and I feel like I don't even know of a doctor to go to for a trusted opinion. If things seem weird at this appointment at the end of January, I'm going somewhere else.
     
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    What's weird is I remember the day that I first heard it. I think it was about four or five years ago. I woke up one morning and thought my radio was on. Then I realized that something was wrong in my right ear. I went to my family doctor who gave me decongestants. About a month later I noticed it in my left ear. I went in again but they didn't make much of it and neither did I until I noticed it seemed worse lately. Since my family doctor just retired, I went to a new doctor. I asked him to look up when I was in for it in my chart (my old doctor always did things like that for me). He wouldn't do it so I won't be able to know the exact time I started having it even though it is in my chart. It's so frustrating! I guess if it is very important I'll have the ENT that I go to call and ask for the documentation.
     
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    Joy,
    Keep us posted. I am going to make an appt with a diff doctor. Oh! They even had me buy this ear wax removing oil, and I had to put the drops in my ears the night before. What a joke!
    Well! According to hubby, "You blast your music too loud in your car and that's why you have the ringing!"
    I was like, "I can't hear you! I have this ringing in my brain now!":p
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    Hmm. For me, when I was only so many months old, I had spinal meningitis & had a 50/50 chance to live & was in the hospital for a good month, so I have no idea if that had anything to do w/ my hearing buzzing for as long as I can remember (which is my whole life). Since I was just a baby, I never knew how I heard otherwise, so I don't know any differently. Fortunately, I don't think it's bothersome to where it affects my daily life. On the other hand, I wonder from time to time if someone else heard the way I do, would they think it's really bad or not so much.
     
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    I have gone years and haven't thought about it. If I'm left with it, I don't think I will feel like I'm going crazy because I think that people can deal with it. I already have been and other people do too.

    You are probably right about the meningitis since tinnitus can be a symptom.
     
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    Aren't they able to see when looking in your ear if wax is causing the problem? I don't think wax could be the problem if you've had it for years. It seems like if a person had that much wax to cause it for that long, their ears would get infected.

    I am a cellist and pianist and I did play in orchestra but it seems pretty extreme for that to have caused tinnitus. I never listen to loud music or use earphones. In fact, I'm wondering if I have heightened hearing because loud sounds seem VERY annoying to me. It will be intersting to find what my hearing test shows.
     
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    I found what pitch my ringing is E 329.6 Hz.

    For you Joy
    Michael Jackson - You Are Not Alone
     
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    It is good as a precautionary measure. Many neurological and neurophysiological issues can cause tinnitus. Hell, I sometimes get quick bouts of tinnitus after seizures. If your insurance covers it, just get it. Head MRIs are quick and simple. 15 minutes w/o contrast, 25-30 with contrast.

    They aren't hellish like cardiac MRIs w/ MRAs


    If you are within three hours of the Mayo Clinic go to the Mayo Clinic. However, if you get the MRI done and do not trust the doctors in your area, call the hospital and ask for a copy of the MRI films for your records. Then you can bring them to the Mayo Clinic.


    Meningitis would cause tinnitus. That feeling of never knowing otherwise is such a peculiar feeling.
     
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    Noise-induced hearing loss is a common cause of tinitus. Another one I found really interesting is from using those in the ear headphones too much.

    P.S. to the op... I hope I didn't imply that I think it IS from wax buildup. I'm just saying that a trip to the doctor is a good idea because there are just so many causes and they can range from simple to complicated. I wish you the best luck.

    Rebel, I just had to go though a big thing to prove that I should always go to a ENT. There is a shortage of specialists here and I never see regular doctors for my ears even for routine stuff. It was granted.

    To all of you, another thing to consider is looking at your medicines. Some medicines can cause it or even cause hearing loss.
     
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    I went to the ENT today and I feel so relieved about the whole thing! He was wonderful and answered all of my questions! I had a hearing test and I hear perfectly! The audiologist was even surprised at how well I could hear. I do take a small dose of Amlodipine for severe Raynauds. I started taking it close to when I first noticed the ringing but I never made a connection. I've been researching the connection and brought it up today. The ENT said that it could possibly be causing it but the help it was doing for my Raynauds would outway the annoyance of the ringing.

    While he wasn't really sure of what the cause of it is, he said that there was no indication that it would lead to any hearing loss. I'm so glad because I was really worried about that! I'm left with it but as long as I know that I've checked it out, I'm sure that I can live with it just as I have been doing.

    He also suctioned out a small bit of wax in my right ear that was unrelated. Boy, was that a good feeling! I have a thing about clean ears and I wish I could have that done everyday!
     
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    JOy...glad you liked your ENT and he answered your questions!!!

    Sidenote... I always heard that buzzing was someone was talking about you... an old wives tale!!! LOL!!!
     
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    I love that sensation when the wax is just sucked out of your ear.

    I went to the ENT a lot as a kid

    I remember that feeling was AWESOME haha

    I also remember that he had a fishtank in his office and a waterfall in the lobby of the building
     

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