Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Causes

What caused your tinnitus?

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.

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Comment from: Inpatient, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

This tinnitus I have is horrible. I cannot concentrate and when I press on my head it gets worse. I think mine all stems from ear infections throughout my life and also from having surgeries to remove tumors on the inner ear. My right ear is no good and my left is barely hanging on. I cannot sleep and think it is due to this tinnitus. It is just horrible. My ear specialist says there is nothing that can be done with it. I tried gabapentin. Nothing works.

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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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