Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Causes

What caused your tinnitus?

Comment from: terri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I believe my tinnitus was caused in childhood by my parents "boxing" my ears as a punishment. I have had the tinnitus for years and years, all my life, I'm sure it was exacerbated by loud music in my teens. When I am sick and have a fever the ringing is almost intolerable. I wish I could have peace from this condition.

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Comment from: Aussie Lady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I also stopped taking vitamin E the end of 1010. The tinnitus attacks stopped but the so called tinnitus was still there--that I can live with. Recently the attacks have started up again and I'm wondering if perhaps I'm over doing it with fruit smoothies I've been having. These attacks began after I had surgery for a Cochlear Implant over five years ago; I had mild tinnitus before that. The attacks were and can be severe. I am taking vitamin D, Soy & B-6 along with Ginko Baloba and also do a weekly bio-feedback.

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Comment from: Worried Wife, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 08

My husband suffered a severe blow to the face and head. He now has a ringing in his right ear and doctors say it will never go away. It is driving him crazy, he can't rest, sleep, etc.

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Comment from: Rumiko341, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

So one night I got real sick, throwing up. One particular heave was real bad and my jaw opened really wide and my body tensed, pressure built up in my head and suddenly I heard this 'pop'. No pain, just....'pop'. Then the tinnitus/ringing started! It's been over four months now and I still don't know what I damaged!

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Published: July 19

I'm not very old but the loud ringing in my ears has been there as long as I can remember. I always thought it was normal. I asked my mom about it one day and she said it was just me, I dismissed it as I have gotten older its gotten worse so I decided to do some research on after seeing what I have found I think I need to talk to a doctor.

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Comment from: Thankful it works., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I damaged my right ear at work from loud noises from a box baler. The ringing stopped when I was sleeping but would resume when I got up in the morning, it went from a slow ding ding to a fast ding all day driving me crazy. MY doctor prescribed anti-depressant and they worked for me by lowering the volume of the ringing so I was able to function mentally. I am taking Bupropion Hydrochioride 100 mg. I was able to quit smoking on this drug and it has been five years since this has all started.

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Comment from: parisienne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I've had very mild tinnitus for most of my adult life, and it has hardly bothered me. Six weeks ago I was on a train journey and the train went into a tunnel at high speed. This caused a blocked feeling, which normally I would expect to right itself within a few hours. However, the blocked sensation persists and I'm aware of irritating tinnitus, as a high-pitched noise akin to the whistle when you switch off a TV. I have tried oil drops and earache drops, but they make no difference. Will probably see a doctor if it doesn't clear spontaneously.

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Comment from: grimi, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 30

I caused my tinnitis by firing pistols and not wearing ear protection. This occured at age of 30 and I am now 65. I can hear "it" as I type this note. At least I only have it in one ear.

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Comment from: Cured and happy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

My doctor prescribed Wellbutrin SR(bupropion} also known as Zyban, it stopped the tinnitus ringing so much I was able to live and I also quit smoking by the second week. If I miss taking it within 24 hours the ringing starts slowly. It appears it is not prescribed to people with tinnitus and for me it works. I take 100 mg as 150 mg was too strong for my system with side effects of dizziness. I wish a study would be done to see if I am a rare success story. Because I now have a second chance to live and without smoking I am so thankful.

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