Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Causes

What caused your tinnitus?

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.

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Comment from: KC, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 10

My ringing was caused by multiple head traumas ans seriously standing very close to the main speakers at many, many heavy metal concerts. I thought I knew everything growing up, but now my ears ring so loud I feel like I am gonna go crazy sometimes. I have seen an ENT and the only thing that can be done is to get hearing aids to cancel the tone of the ringing out so I can't hear it anymore. I don't want to wear hearing aids but may have to do it soon! Good luck all!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Comment from: dai, 35-44 Female Published: July 25

I wore earplugs deep in the canal of my ear during flight and upon descent, could not reduce pressure in ear and felt pain. I had to remove plugs to remove pressure. Since then, the right ear hears a constant ring when there is ambient silence. This has been happening for seven months.

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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.

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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.

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