Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Causes

What caused your tinnitus?

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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