Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Cause

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Comment from: Nita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I suspect medication I'd taken for over 10 years started my tinnitus. The audiologist said my hearing is fine except the high tones that are stuck in my ear or brain. It does drive me crazy sometimes. I found a free sleep aid white noise app and found crickets chirping at night masks the ringing in my ears and helps me sleep. I hope this helps someone else too.

Comment from: Chris Yantolo , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I'm 28 years old. I've been up and down and it's been a month now. The doctor referred me to the hospital to be admitted but they refused. I went there when it was early, they did take the x-ray and found that I have bacteria pneumonia. So last Sunday I went to the clinic because I was in pains and I didn't have appetite. Then the clinic doctor asked me to go to a hospital and to be admitted, but the doctor did his work by checking me up, then gave me a drip, and then he took an x-ray. For the pneumonia infection he didn't admit me, he just gave me antibiotics called Ranclav 1 g, and now I feel even sicker. If I eat I vomit so I don't eat, and I have chest pain and still sweat at night. And my body is tired. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: GogoKnights, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

Migraine headaches, factory work and loud concerts are most likely the cause of my tinnitus. Lately it's been a clicking, tapping sound as opposed to the constant buzz it was for years.

Comment from: Jason Garcia , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

My tinnitus started with a pair of headphones that I would use when I was working at an office job. The work was so boring that I needed something to zone out on and concentrate on something else. I started at a low volume at first, but before I knew it, I was at full maximum volume all the time. I never even thought what I was doing to my hearing. After three years I started to notice serious problems with ringing in ears constant. I looked for a ringing of the ears medication and found Lipo-Flavonoid. These types of tinnitus supplements made the difference for me, but doesn't work for everyone. It dropped my tinnitus by 50 percent. If you don't believe that it works, that's ok. But at least look into a white noise machine for insomnia and tinnitus. That's when it is the worst. Good luck everyone.

Comment from: theyaretoblame, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

My tinnitus was caused by going to many concerts where the music was increasingly louder than it should be. I don't understand why people in the music industry are allowed to put speakers so close to the audience. Or at least put warning signs up on the speakers that mention that tinnitus can happen if you are too close for too long. Many people are unaware about the harmful effects that excessive noise can do your ears, and it was a huge thing for me to deal with. I finally found a vitamin supplement called Lipo-flavonoid that worked to fix the issue. This tinnitus treatment was the only thing I noticed that helped. I seriously think the music industry should make more awareness to tinnitus or be held accountable for the effects their sound has on their fan's ears.

Comment from: 412mrg, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 17

A fire alarm in a senior citizen care caused my tinnitus. I was a fire fighter answering a call to this care center, and after I came out of the structure I had a humming in my ears because it was so loud in the structure. They was 6 years ago and it is still with me, it changes octaves for short periods of time but I dread it is with me for life.

Comment from: GoVegan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

Vitamin B6 toxicity caused my tinnitus. Four years ago after taking a multivitamin with a mere 2 mg of B6, nerve-related symptoms appeared. They progressively got worse and worse as misdiagnosis prevailed. Until my B6 levels were checked and found to be over quadruple normal range I suffered increasing nerve damage. The tinnitus began six months after my first symptoms. It is still present all day, every day.

Comment from: C Grant, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

My symptoms are a pulsating flow or rush sound in my ears. On occasions I hear a buzzing or ringing sound, however the pulsating sound is constant. I have been on lisinopril for high blood pressure for roughly four years and am wondering if this is the root of my problem. I am also a singer pianist and wonder if that could have something to do with the noise. There are times when I think perhaps it may have stemmed from the sinus problems I use to have. I would suffer terribly during the spring and fall seasons with a runny nose. My sinus problems then suddenly went away. I am thinking, since the inflammation is no longer running out, if possibly it's collecting in my nasal cavity and causing the pulsating noise. However I feel that the most likely cause is the lisinopril which might have brought on medication toxicity. My sentiments stem from the fact that the problem started after being on these pills for a year or so. The pills seem to have helped with my runny sinus problem as well as blood pressure. But the pulsating in my ears have gotten worse since being on the lisinopril. In the beginning I just didn't relate the symptoms to the pills.

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Comment from: djdouglas, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

Working around loud machinery caused my tinnitus.

Comment from: Lizz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

When I was younger I was prone to recurring ear infections, which caused scarring on my ear drum and perhaps my inner ear. I have slight hearing loss in my right ear (affected ear). When swimming I got water in my right ear and I could not get it out and therefore got an ear infection from it. The water in my ear caused it to ring and it seemed to never stop (this was December 2009 it is now September 2014). I have gone to many doctors and specialists about it but not much seems to help. For relief I use acupuncture and massage on my head to help relive sinus and most of the tinnitus. I also regularly take sinus tablets (I am prone to a buildup in my sinuses and when this occurs the ringing worsens). I also take Ginkgo Biloba which is a natural medication that works on improving blood flow. This helps it, sort of.

Comment from: Ginap1563, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

About a year ago I awoke from a sound sleep because of an extremely loud high pitched whistle noise. I went all through the house and even outside trying to find the source of this loud noise and finally realized it was within my own head. Honesty it was so unbearable if I had a gun I would have shot myself in the head to make it stop. A year later I still have tinnitus! Doctors have no clue and don't really seem to care. I have to sleep with my TV volume on 50 just to try and drown the noise. During the day (most days anyway) it's tolerable because of other noises masking the sound. Night time is terrible! I have noticed that it is much louder when I am extremely stressed which is almost always! OTC medicines do not help! I also notice that a prescription medicine I was prescribed about 6 months ago (Adderall) makes it louder. I am so sick of trying to live with this condition with no answers. At least I know I am not alone! I am sorry you guys have it to, but at least we can identify and share.

Comment from: AKfreedom, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

Mine started 4 years ago after a 3 week stay in ICU fighting pneumonia. I was very close to death and to save me they gave me massive doses of antibiotics and steroids. I am thankful to be alive but have to live with severe ringing in both ears that never stops. I have read that it can drive people insane so I just try not to think about it and live my life as best I can. I would pay a lot to have it go away but suspect I will just have to live with it. I have not tried any "remedies" as I am sure it's all snake oil. If there was something that really worked the doctor would have it.

Comment from: mike, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

When I started to take Lipitor is when I think my tinnitus started.

Comment from: becca, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I fell on the ice and ever since my ear has been ringing; the tinnitus started with my right then going to my left.

Comment from: Stephen, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

I took 20 mg tadanafil (Cialis) and the next day I woke up with severe ringing in my ears. I have contacted my family doctor but he seems surprised to hear of these side effects. I will visit him today. I can't sleep because of the noise in my ear. Now it is three day after taking this pill and the noise is still the same!

Comment from: Cathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I and two other family members have suffered from ringing in the ear after dental treatments. All three of us had a deep cleaning where they numb your whole mouth. That many shots is just too much. I was warned not to have it done all at once. I didn't listen and have suffered from ringing ever since. The dentist will not even believe this because they have nothing else to offer for the numbing effect.

Comment from: Marie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

The first time I took a blood pressure pill, I experienced ringing in both of my ears, within 12 hours. I have had it ever since. I hope one day I wake up and it's gone.

Comment from: tom, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 05

I was taking TB medications with streptomycin injection and I ended up hearing noise from both of my ears, since December 2012. Now the noise has grown too and I can't hear any more.

Comment from: Michie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

Every time when I get pain in my throat, it usually causes earache and tinnitus.

Comment from: Brenda 50, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

On 9/28/2015 my granddaughter came home from school not feeling well. Through the night she vomited multiple times. She stayed home on 9/29 and continued with nausea and vomiting. Today she continues to have severe nausea. She displays no appetite, and a slight sore throat. Three of her close school friends are presenting the same symptoms of gastroenteritis. One now has a 102 fever. I have been experiencing nausea and severe abdominal cramping with diarrhea for 3 days, no fever.

Comment from: LordJons, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

On my left ear listening to loud music on full volume on earphones was the cause of my tinnitus.

Comment from: CarolC, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I just started having ringing in my ears that I say sounds like a transformer; high pitched multiple noises. I went to see an ENT and he removed a lot of wax and then found I have a small hole in my right eardrum. He put a paper patch on it and I go back in 3 weeks to see if the hole is healing. But having the hole patched didn't help the tinnitus. It could be I'll be like the others and have to learn to live with it.

Comment from: Kacie197, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I went to a concert last night and knew it was loud but didn't know it caused this horror known as tinnitus! Overpowering, all-consuming humming noise...I could barely hear, everything was covered up by this noise. I felt like I wanted to rip my skin off! Thankfully however, it seems to be dissipating after 15-16 hours. I think I might be in that group of temporary sufferers. The hum is very low now. I am hopeful it will be gone by tomorrow. But that's a wait and see. I was so afraid that loud hum was permanent. I couldn't figure out how I'd be able to work any longer, I couldn't hear people very well; everything sounded muffled. Everything was covered up by that noise. No longer able to sing or work oh the horror. My heart breaks for those who suffer from the long-term version of this disease. It's terrible and something I never knew about until today. I'm going to an audiologist and I'm going to work at taking care of my hearing. And I'm going to be thankful for the second chance.

Comment from: T-Gone, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I had a mild tinnitus that was only present at night when I went to sleep, and after few years it got worse and had trouble to fall asleep. I went to doctors and they said that my hearing at high frequency is damaged and that is why I got the tinnitus. It happens because of Coclea damage in inner ear but there are lots of remedies and methods that helps relief the symptoms so it vanishes 90% so you can hardly notice it and it's a GREAT relief! You can visit the T-gone remedies website on which you can find explanations and great relief for your problems, if you try to do everything that is explained success is guaranteed, try it and good luck to all T-sufferers to find the relief!!It helped me very much!

Comment from: Theresa, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 21

My husband was injured on the job Sept 2010. A pressurized metal pipe blew up in his face. He lost hearing in both ears, with the right one being worse. He now wears hearing aids in both ears. Since the accident, he has a ringing in his right ear, which the ENT says would never go away. He uses a sound machine at night and is getting a little better dealing with it but most of the time it drives him nuts and it seems to cause some fatigue as well.

Comment from: ts, 45-54 Female Published: April 29

I've had ringing in my ears since I was a child. I thought the silence was very noisy. It has continued through my adult years, and I realize that it was ringing in my ears and not loud silence. Sometimes it gets very loud and makes it difficult to hear things. I use a sound machine at night, and it blends in with the noise in my ears, which can sound like crickets or locusts where it builds and softens. It can be very difficult at times trying to go to sleep.

Published: January 21

I started hearing the swooshing noise in my right ear 4 months ago. The noise is worse to deal with while trying to sleep. After the 2nd month of the annoying noise I went to an ENT. He gave me a hearing test that was fine and then a CT of my brain. That was also negative. Then after investigation I realized that Tinnitus is a side effect from an oral medication that I was taking from my dermatologist called Solodyn. I have since stopped the medication and the pharmacy said it would take 2-3 weeks to leave my system. After a month it has gotten better but I still hear it. Hopefully it goes away all together soon!

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Comment from: Davey zee, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 19

Back in august my son and I were sighting in our shotguns for deer season in NY, and all was good, after we were done, we took a ride to the local store and I noticed a hissing noise in the car, asked my son what the noise was and realized it was my ears! I am a local musician in a band and have been onstage performing for years. As I sit here now, the hissing is there, some days I don't even notice it. Other days it drives me nuts! I find myself dwelling on it and it gets louder. If you are going on with your day, accept that it is there, and try not to think about it, it gets easier. I sleep with the TV on so I don't have to hear it. I do take gabapentin for neuropathy, but it doesn't seem to help the hissing. There are some days that I don't even have it, then there are days I have it for two or three days in a row with no relief! As a musician, I try to catch the key and hum a harmony with it! God bless and may you find relief!

Comment from: jabem4, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

I was struck in the head and shoulder by a falling tree at work last march, and have developed tinnitus from it. I have seen an Audiologist who said what I have is what I have. He did a hearing test and found mild to moderate hearing loss. I work around loud noise daily but this came on after the accident. It is very loud most of the time. I have always used a fan at night for white noise but the ringing overrides the fan. I take blood pressure meds, stay away from sodium, aspirin etc. I am afraid what the noise will be as I get older and my hearing diminishes more. Now I know why people with tinnitus drink but I don't plan on taking that up as a cure. Good luck to all fellow ringers!

Comment from: No way, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

After reading here I am cancelling my colonoscopy for next Tuesday. And they wonder why people are afraid of this test. Just keep reading. I am sick to my stomach. I am cancelling appointment tomorrow.

Comment from: alafiaoutlaw, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 03

I work in a jail and was sucker punched by an inmate fracturing my face. I have suffered from the tinnitus ever since. I was dazed on the first punch then he hit me about 4 times in numerous places on my face and head. My tinnitus is severe on the side he hit repeatedly.

Comment from: BrotherDave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I have been living with tinnitus nearly all of my adult life. Pinning it down to a specific cause is difficult since as a teen, I went to a 38 Special concert where the noise was so loud, I think my heart wasn't beating properly. I am also an avid hunter, so the use of guns was pretty regularly. The main thing I suppose was being in the U.S. Air Force and working around idling or taxiing aircraft. The noise I hear is not just one tone; it is a myriad of varying tones. If I am in a silent room, it can be very annoying. But somehow, when I sleep, I use ear plugs and sleep like a baby. Without the plugs, I cannot sleep. I have wanted to know of a cure but as yet there is none.

Comment from: martha, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

If you've had chicken pox or shingles the herpes virus is still with you. I fell, had a concussion. The blow activated the herpes virus in my left inner ear. I had shingles some years ago on my left forehead. It was horrible, After numerous tests, two surgeries (to inject a solution to kill the virus) the ringing is still there. Fortunately, the burning sensation caused by the virus is gone (for now). None of the meds worked for me and I just have to live with the ringing sensation. Only option is to cut the nerve which will probably result in deafness.

Comment from: Trumpet, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

Seven years ago, I lost 80% of my hearing in my right ear overnight while sleeping. The ENT said a virus had attacked my inner ear. Ever since then I have had tinnitus.

Comment from: Arizona Guy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 18

I am a healthy 39-year-old man. I have taken Cialis on occasion for the last seven years. I took Cialis one night in September of 2012 and woke up with tinnitus the next day. It started in the right ear and then eventually moved into both ears. It was very light and easy to deal with. Last Saturday night I stayed up all night playing cards. After sleeping for about five hours following the night out, I awoke with my tinnitus significantly worse. I have the ringing kind. I'd like to know if this will improve.

Comment from: AUNT MARY, Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I believe my tinnitus was caused by cleansing my ears in the shower with too much soap and water.

Comment from: Rick, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I took a fall about seven years ago and hit my head pretty hard. I have had a loud ringing in my right ear ever since. I have seen audiologists and they all say the same thing, tinnitus, and it's probably never going to go away. As soon as I accepted the fact that I will always have this loud ringing in my ear, it was easier to deal with. White noise at night helps for sure, I use a small fan to help me get to sleep.

Comment from: awakite, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 14

I am over 70, have had tinnitus for over 50 years. It doesn't run in my family so I think I got it in the Army. In 1967 my family Doctor said that there wasn't anything he could do, and that I would have to live with it. Sometime it is loud and sometimes I don't know that it is ringing. Over the years I have tried a number of things. Not one worked, so my Doctor was right, just live with it.

Comment from: kdaveo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 14

My tinnitus was caused by ingesting acetaminophen over a period of several days continuously,it does interfere with my sleep and impacts my life. I am about to try niacin, and presently use alprazolam to cope. I Have sensitivity to loud sounds, and have been told the tinnitus will probably get worse over time. It is present all the time.

Comment from: JJmac, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

About a month ago I had a severe bout of vertigo and nausea that my ENT thought might be benign proximinal vertigo. Upon testing my hearing he found significant hearing loss in my right ear, but none in my left. He sent me for an MRI and prescribed prednisone for 11 days. While taking the prednisone I developed a high pitched whine in my ear which also feels stuffed. He said that's funny because he would prescribe the prednisone again for the ringing.

Comment from: Debra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I just woke up one morning with ringing in my right ear. I had an MRI done which showed nothing wrong. I had a hearing test done by an ENT. I do have some hearing loss in my ear with evidence of tinnitus. It brought on anxiety attacks and I had to take an anti-depressant to cope with the tinnitis. The ringing is still there and it has been for years, but the medicine helps me to live a normal life even though I still hear the constant ringing. I've had no more anxiety attacks over it.

Comment from: Andyt, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 10

My tinnitus started about a year after I started taking lisinopril for high blood pressure. It a high pitched shine. I appears to "go away" if I'm around other real noises such as an air conditioner or even music. Thought about taking lipoflavonoid but after reading that it appears to not really work, I gave up on the idea.

Comment from: OzGirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

My tinnitus was caused by shooting without ear protection. I have constant noise in both ears, multiple pitches and different noises - ringing mostly, also whooshing and beating, and sometimes like a moth is flying around in my head.

Comment from: mjtsquints, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

I started having tinnitus 18 years ago when a bomb blast killed two of my platoon mates and blew out both my eardrums. I have been living with screaming, piercing ringing in both ears since then. Nothing has helped. It has not improved one bit and I often feel helpless and hopeless. I am hoping one day a cure will be found. Even if it provides one day of tinnitus free living, it will be some relief.

Comment from: 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: September 14

It started off one night randomly about 2 weeks ago, a high pitch ringing in both of my ears. I dont know if its definitely tinnitus, but the meds the doctor has put me on are antibiotics for an infection but I would have thought that after a week the sound would decrease. It seems to get worse at night because thats when i focus in on it. I also am needing sleeping pills to get me off to sleep. At 15 years old, it's not something I want being so young. I can cope during the day as noise seems to block it out. I dunno any useful methods to help yet. Heaps of good advice on here though.

Published: July 05

I've had this condition ever since I was a small child. The ringing was so loud that it used to make me cry. At times I thought I was going to go crazy because it just wouldn't stop. It's only in one ear and it sounds like "Santa Ana Winds" blowing through my ear and I can feel the ear muscle actually pulsating. I am 44 now and it still happens to this day, but only while lying down. I have been tested numerous times and a every doctor states that there just is no treatment at this time and this condition remains a mystery. So, until a cure is found, I guess I just have to suffer through like I've been doing all my life. I believe I have lost some of my hearing in the ear which this always happens, as well.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I experienced ringing in my left ear a year ago. I tried to ignore it and did nothing about it until 4 months later when I went for my annual check-up. My PCP sent me to an ENT and he sent me for an MRI. I was diagnosed in October of 2010 with an acoustic neuroma and I had it surgically removed in February 2011. I had moderate hearing loss prior to the surgery. I am now deaf in my left ear and the ringing is worse than before the surgery. Running my hair dryer or the vacuum cleaner makes it worse. I have also had several episodes of a buzzing sensation that feels like something is orbiting inside my brain. I am not dealing with all of these changes. Two weeks ago I had to start taking Ambien so I could sleep and last week I started seeing a counselor. If anyone has any other suggestions to help me I would appreciate any advice. I am glad that I had the surgery because the tumor was making its way toward my brainstem but I was not prepared for the length of time it would take to fully recover emotionally. If you have not sought the advice of a physician to rule out a tumor like I had I would advise you to consider it.

Comment from: keyline, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 04

My tinnitus was caused by my cancer treatments, especially the chemo therapy. The level is extremely high and very annoying. It bothers me most in a semi-quiet room.

Comment from: Roland, 65-74 Male Published: February 16

I developed tinnitus after taking 4000 mg of aspirin daily for six months to eliminate arthritis. It helped but ended up giving me tinnitus, which sounds like locusts. It gets worse whenever I drive our diesel pickup but gets better again after several days. I've had tinnitus for about 35 years.

Comment from: Katie, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 03

My father suffers from a ringing in his ears. It all started when he had his ears flushed - after the flushing - he started having dizzy spells for about a month, and then shortly after that he has had this constant ringing in his ears. He's had the ringing for about 3 years. He's hoping he'll hit his head really hard someday - and the ringing will just be gone. Well I don't want my dad to hit his head really hard someday. Any idea what I could get for him that could help him cure this?

Comment from: medicinenet, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

A firecracker blasted off very near to my right ear in 1984. Since then I was attacked with a very light hissing sound. I have tried all sorts of treatment but it only worsens the condition. Now, today, the sound is like a jet turbulence 24 hours in my both ears. I am really horrified with it. I do not know if I live more 20 years what will be the intensity of the tinnitus sound then.

Comment from: kid, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I am eleven years old the ringing noise drives me crazy, but I have found a solution to help me sleep at night I use a fan. I have had tinnitus 4 four years. Sadly it has gotten worst. I hope that all of us ringing in the ears sufferers find some kind of relief.

Comment from: madashell, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I don't know what caused my problem doctors don't even know. They want me to see another doctor. What I do know is that it has made me sick I feel dizzy and my head hurts and this ringing in my ear is license any little noise causes it to get louder and it sounds like an echo in the middle of my ear.

Comment from: Clyde, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 18

I just acquired mine after a nurse removed hard wax from my ear. I was having an ear ache and the doctor looked in and said my canal was plugged with wax. Nurse came in and force flushed it out with a syringe and water peroxide mixture. Hurt like he'll. She got the clump of wax out but I know have a constant high pitch ring with crickets in the background. Driving me crazy.

Comment from: penn07, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

I worked on the railroad for 36 years. Lots of air exhaust, lots of train horns and lots of noise. I have tinnitus in both ears. I do take over the counter sleeping pills so I can sleep at night. It seems that the quieter it is the louder the ringing in my ears. I feel for anybody that is suffering with this noise. I pray that soon they can find a cure for it.

Published: November 28

I was in a manufacturing plant. I was wearing ear protection when going through a stamping room. I removed the ear protection after leaving the room, but then realized I had left something in the room. I went back in without ear protection and that did it. This was 25 years ago and I've had the loud ring non-stop ever since.

Comment from: terri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I believe my tinnitus was caused in childhood by my parents "boxing" my ears as a punishment. I have had the tinnitus for years and years, all my life, I'm sure it was exacerbated by loud music in my teens. When I am sick and have a fever the ringing is almost intolerable. I wish I could have peace from this condition.

Comment from: Worried Wife, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 08

My husband suffered a severe blow to the face and head. He now has a ringing in his right ear and doctors say it will never go away. It is driving him crazy, he can't rest, sleep, etc.

Comment from: Rumiko341, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

So one night I got real sick, throwing up. One particular heave was real bad and my jaw opened really wide and my body tensed, pressure built up in my head and suddenly I heard this 'pop'. No pain, just....'pop'. Then the tinnitus/ringing started! It's been over four months now and I still don't know what I damaged!

Published: July 19

I'm not very old but the loud ringing in my ears has been there as long as I can remember. I always thought it was normal. I asked my mom about it one day and she said it was just me, I dismissed it as I have gotten older its gotten worse so I decided to do some research on after seeing what I have found I think I need to talk to a doctor.

Comment from: grimi, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 30

I caused my tinnitis by firing pistols and not wearing ear protection. This occured at age of 30 and I am now 65. I can hear "it" as I type this note. At least I only have it in one ear.

Comment from: Love to Garden, Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I have just begun having the Tinnitus a few months ago after taking Steroids for Colitis, the Steroids shot my blood pressure up so I quit taking it! However, at the same time I found that a ringing/like Locusts had started in both ears, especially my left! I thought it would go away after the Steroid got out of my system, however, it didn't! Went to the EMT and am having a MRI in a couple of weeks. What a nightmare! You wouldn't think that something like this would bother you but it will drive you nuts if you let it! I take a low dose of aspirin for Cholesterol problems and sometime Aleve! I wish I knew what I could do to help it before going totally insane! Hopefully after the MRI the doctor can treat it in some way. Luck and God Bless all of you who are experiencing this. It is life changing and not an easy thing to deal with!

Comment from: shaneblazer1, 55-64 Male Published: May 16

I have had severe tinnitus for 20 years. I have wore hearing aids for 15 years. When I take my hearing aids out it's like putting my head inside a bell and someone hit it with a hammer! I cannot hear without hearing aids so there in until I go to bed. It's a horrible thing to have to live with, and I understand while some people choose the end there life over it. I have wanted to on several occasions.

Comment from: Smart guy, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

Guys I found a cure!!! All you must do is cover your ears with the skin on the outside of it, sticking your fingers in your ear will have no effect. I tried this and it worked for me. I pray to God that your problems go away. Thanks for reading!

Comment from: joemeza7, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 27

I developed tinnitus after being treated with Effexor for anxiety. Now I have more anxiety caused by a loud high pitch ringing in my ears. At times the noise is unbearable and I cannot see how people can live their lives with this. It's enough to drive a person nuts!

Comment from: HamRadioOperator, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I think my problem originated starting at around age 15 when I became a Ham Radio Operator. I would turn the volume way up on my headphones to hear a faint DX signal (morse code or voice) among all the other (loud) signals for hours every night for many years. But when in Vietnam I became especially aware of noises when on guard duty on the perimeter. I think the radio experience helped with discerning the cause of noises. Now I just hear the sounds of a summer night (like locusts). Could also be experiencing it now since I had a pacemaker and am taking several medications.

Comment from: stewburn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I have had tinnitus for many years. The cause of my condition is due to loud noises for many years. First from firearms and artillery firing in Vietnam. Ear protection was not available due to conditions experienced at the time. Later I was an auto technician using air tools and other pieces of equipment that made loud noises. Now, later in life, medications taken for arthritis and other problems add to the problem. I have hearing aids due to hearing loss but the tinnitus is always with me. It is usually worse at night when it is quiet. Some days are worse than others but nothing can be done to remove the problem.

Comment from: pilotwannabe, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 17

I got my tinnitus by listening to very loud music from earphones.

Comment from: LP, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

My tinnitus started after a car accident 14 years ago. I struck the windshield with my head and sustained head and neck injuries. Hearing tests are followed up with "nothing you can do but get fitted with a hearing aid,” which I'm not prepared to do because I don't want to simply make other sounds louder than the ringing! The ringing is getting louder and has never stopped in these 14 years. It's the constant sound of locusts with clicking, chirping, clanging and sometimes changing pitch. Drives me CRAZY at times. Would LOVE help!!

Comment from: tlcg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

My tinnitus started after I had an ultra sound of my thyroid done.

Comment from: Harry McNicholas, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 08

I have very bad tinnitus likely due to my age 67. You mention no medication will help. That is not correct. I use nimodipine 30 mg capsules which does not eliminate the tinnitus but cuts it back from 50 -70%. I can sleep now and work well throughout the day. The best time is to take a pill about an hour before you go to sleep. There may or may not be some tinnitus in the morning when you wake up but it is under control. Also do not eat for at least 2 hours before taking the pill and not under one hour after taking the pill. Take the pill with a full glass of water.

Comment from: beetle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I have had ringing in my head/ears for 3 months now I think it started when I had a CT with iodine based contrast dye it subsides once a while but mostly consistently there I find a fan running at night help me at night to sleep I will never have a CT or MRI again others have said the same thing about the dye.

Comment from: julebrand, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I believe my tinnitus possibly came from a severely abusive relationship, prolonged negative stress, and possible withdrawal from Celebrex or Clonazapam, high blood pressure or possibly my left eye injury as my left ear rings.

Comment from: Mrs. Ridd, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I have been having ringing in the ears for several years, but it seems like it has gotten worse. Resently my blood pressure was very high and I was put on a blood pressure pill, along with a beta-blocker. At that point my pressure went down after a few weeks, but I got insomnia for the beta-blocker. Dr. took me off beta-blocker and left me on the blood pressure Pill (lower dose) now I have this high pitched sound in left ear only, It never goes away, sometime it makes me want to loose my sanity. Any suggestions on what to do here??

Comment from: sonofanders, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 27

The first time I experienced tinnitus was after I had a very serious case of flu around 1970. I went to a specialist and the diagnosis was damage to nerve cells in the rear of the brain, attributing to a 'ringing or hissing' noise. This is a constant noise which never dissipates and is now affecting my hearing as I grow older.

Comment from: f15eflyguy72, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I was involved in an auto accident where the percussion of the impact and both airbags deploying caused my tinnitus. One Doctor so far as told me that it is due to old age.

Comment from: Busylady68, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I have had the ringing in my ear for about 4 years now. It became worse after having surgery for trigeminal neuralgia. It gets worse whenever I get a cold and the mucus increases in my nasal area. It feels like I'm under water and the ringing is so intense when I talk it's like a whistle sound. I constantly feel like I have to "pop" my ear. I do take meds for blood pressure and gastric reflux. Nothing is helping, if anyone is experiencing anything like this and have found somewhat of a relief please post, I would so greatly appreciate it.

Comment from: maryK, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I took Sudafed to alleviate my head cold and as a direct response to this, I got ringing in both my ears.

Comment from: Patty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had recent shoulder surgery and had a ON Q nerve block in my neck for 2 days, the ringing in my ears started when the dose was turned up to .6 on the dial. On day 2 the ringing was constant so the morning I had the nerve block removed. I now go to PT and when exercising the ringing begins and lasts for several hours it is loud in the beginning then subsides until exercise is done again. You would think that the solution would be to stop the exercises but I can't because it is part of the recovery process.

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