Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Causes

What caused your tinnitus?

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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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