Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Causes

What caused your tinnitus?

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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